An analogue laboratory of both ‘production’ and ‘display’.
James Alec Hardy defines the studio space as ‘an artifice’ and ‘an in between space,’ and this is precisely how I felt when walking into his Brixton-based studio, with its contrasting areas, various book references, and gadgets. The artist is interested in the relationship between his works and the space they inhabit; how context can transform their meaning. This thought process is evident in his studio, divided into ‘showing’ and ‘producing’ zones. The artist welcomed DATEAGLE ART into his hidden lab, which was completely crammed with numerous analogue screens, recorders, audio equipment, and cables in all sizes, colours, and shapes. Here, I encountered the different layers involved in his video works, from the very technical aspects to the literature and music he often references. “Process is everything”, James remarks, as he shows me around.