Culture Lab Newcastle

Staff Profile

James Davoll

Technical Manager

Background

Profile

James Davoll is a multi-disciplined artist working across creative digital media, video installation, film, photography and sound. Based in Culture Lab, Newcastle University, UK. His practice explores specific landscapes asking questions of their contemporary role, relevance and our emotive response to them. He seeks to investigate our complex and contradictory relationship with the natural world. 

With his main background in lens based media he has found himself more and more bewitched by the art of sound and performance. Sound can be the most direct way of engaging with a subject and makes for an enlightening and evocative medium to explore the outside world. Sound can affect our emotions immediately without thought or explanation. As an artist I am interested in the intersection of the visual and sonic landscape.


Qualifications

MRes Digital Media, Newcastle University - 2012

PGCE in Post Compulsory Education, Sunderland University - 2008

BA Contemporary Photographic Practice, Northumbria University - 2006


Committees

School EXEC

Faculty Health and Safety

Culture Lab Steering and Working Groups 

Athena Swan Steering Group

Research

Research

I'm interested in the following themes:

  • How the viewer experiences and contributes to the artwork and how this role is continually evolving with changes in society and technology
  • Landscape, migration and place
  • Soundscape Ecology
  • Environmental Sound Art
Current Project Include:
  • Experiences of Polluted Leisure where the River Tees meets the Sea
  • Investigating the Sonic Potential and Heritage Sounds of Dorothea Slate Quarry


Selected Projects, Exhibitions, Conferences

CAMP residency, France

Sustaining the Seas Conference 2017, Polluted Leisure, Collaboration with Dr Clifton Evers, Australia

Sydney Ideas Festival 2017, Polluted Leisure, Collaboration with Dr Clifton Evers, Australia

Paths Across Waters, North Shields

The Dark Outside and Sanctuary Lab, Contributed work, Talnotry

Adlais, Dorothea Quarry, Gynedd

Chwarel, Taysarn, Wales 

Murmur, Collaboration with David De la Haye, Prof. Julieanne Preston, Newcastle 

AHRC Commons, Common Ground, York 

Bridges, Collaboration with David De la Haye, Tyne Bridge

Seasons, Field Camera, Cumbria

Loops, Lines, Layers, Newcastle

Things Not Seen Archive, Ex Libris

Cloud 9, Kirkley Hall, Northumberland

FutureEverything Festival, Manchester

Render3, CultureLab

Emblematic Project, Newcastle

LandeScape, Hatton Gallery

Wield Allotments Residency, E.Sussex

Brighton Biennial, Brighton

Change, Queenstown, New Zealand

Helios, Biscuit Factory

Mise-en-scène, Gallery North


I am also an active member of the group CineHack - cinehack.com - which is a community centred project designing hardware hacks to produce high end results. 




Teaching

Modules

MCH 2002 Filmmaking: Ideas to Screen 
MCH 2060 Multimedia Journalism 1 
MCH 3010  Independent Filmmaking 
MCH 3079 Multimedia Journalism II
MCH 3084 Film Practice Project 
MCH 8004 Film Practice Project