Sam James’ The Nest

Been an extra pair of hands for video artist Sam James this week, as he works in the studio on a new installation work titled The Nest. He said in a recent interview for Realtime, “The main notion is that space is a series of interconnected links, like a nest. With conceptual forms similar to ant nest architecture, I am interested in making connections between these found spaces and people. The compositing and animation process is digging the tunnels, to try to make connections between subject and space, and also to make connections between them as newly invented, discrete entities.” (read full interview here)

Sam is constructing layered, composite environments from footage he has shot on previous travels, and will place performers in these spaces in post-production. This week we are recording the performers in a little black studio at UNSW (picture below from my phone). Visit Sam’s blog here.

Sam confers with Peter Fraser before filming

Sam confers with Peter Fraser before filming