Jordan James KayeBio

Jordan James Kaye is a multifaceted visual artist based in Naarm/Melbourne.

His artistic practice is an experimental mergence of analog film, sculpture, installation and performance. 

His artworks are informed by his poetic response to the human encounter of our world, seeded by a desire to unveil threads to the fabric of his personal experience. 

He realises works that are technically complex, driven by pure compulsion, that vibrate and encourage immersion in deep reflection.
About

My artistic practice is beginning to set in foundations that have been brewing within micro-cosms of ideas explored in expanded cinema live film performance and sculpture installation. While foundations do set in, there is an incessant driving force that is forcing new pavements to be paved and ideas to be macro scaled up and looked deeper upon. 

I explore and participate in experimental film in it’s essence yet there lays a deep desire to break free of traditional modalities of the audiences participation of my ‘film work’ - the desire seeps to the surface of the foundational backbone of cinema and the beholders experience of it. 
I make films. 
I make film sculptures of my films. 
I make live performance of my films. 
I make sound on films. 
I make sculptures as vessels for my films. 
I make films in the most tangible way I know. 
I make films from reverse engineering, just for fun. 
I make films to break them down to their most material form to remind myself of the tangibility of life. 
I make films to make sculpture to make performance, to ask myself questions and to project that onto an audience. 
I showcase films with the respect that the materiality and structural nodes of analog film deserve and catapult them into the physical reality we exist. 

I deeply ask of myself to escape established constructs to set my films free, selfishly as a priority and un selfishly when they are free enough to be in a public domain.

Curriculum Vitae

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2024

    (MAR) The Battery Of Inquest (16mm Expanded Cinema showcase),
              It Has Me By The Throat And I Am The Fingerprint  (16mm Film showing)  
Baltic Analog Lab, Riga, Latvia    

2023
    (MAR) Amygdala Oxytocin (16mm Expanded Cinema Performance),
Topspace, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
    
(MAR) FILM ~ AS SCULPTURE (16mm Film Sculpture Exhibition), 
Work In Process Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2022
    (NOV) Analysis Paralysis (16mm Film and Film Sculpture showcase), 
Rooftop, Melbourne, Australia

2021
    (AUG) When The Gloss Comes Off, (Exhibition) 
Boomtown, Castlemaine, Australia

2019
    Resident Alien (Exhibtion)
Neon Parlour, Melbourne, Australia



ARTIST IN RESIDENT PROGRAM ATTENDANCE

2024

    (JANUARY 28-MARCH 30) Baltic Analog Lab, Riga, Latvia

2023

    (FEB-MARCH) Topspace, Blackmans Bay, Tasmania


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2023

    (OCT) Craft Contemporary Satellite Exhibition (Film Sculpture), Beta STH BNK, Melbourne, Australia
    (OCT) Material Matters (Film Sculpture), Beta STH BNK, Melbourne, Australia
    (SEP) Material Matters (Film Sculpture), Beta STH BNK, Melbourne, Australia
    (AUG) Bauhaus-Universität Weimar (16mm), Weimar, Germany
    (JUN) Zero Pixel Festival (16mm), Topspace, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
    (MAY) Carte Blanche - 10x Melbourne (16mm), La Lumière Collective, Montreal, Canada
    (MAY) Expanded Cinema hosted by Dogmilk (16mm), Miscellania, Melbourne, Australia
    (MAY) Pleasure Planet - Hysteria w/ Thick Owens (Live Projection), Miscellania, Melbourne, Australia
    (FEB) Embodied Knowing (16mm), ACMI (Australian Centre of Moving Image), Melbourne, Australia
    (FEB) Recomposing Decomposition (16mm), Workshop For Potential Cinema, Sydney, Australia
    (FEB) Recomposing Decomposition (16mm), Canberra, Australia

2022
    (DEC) Recomposing Decomposition (16mm), Artist Film Workshop, Melbourne, Australia
    (OCT) Embodied Knowing (16mm), NGBE Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
    (SEP) Dogmilk Degustations (16mm), Analysis Paralysis, Miscellania, Melbourne, Australia
2021
    91 Cycles Bloom, FORTHEART For The Earth, Melbourne, Australia

2020
    Downstream, Lift-Off Film Festival 2020, New York, New York
    Downstream, Lift-Off Film Festival 2020, Tokyo, Japan

2016
    20th Century Evolution, Exposure and Capture Photography Prizes, Geelong, Australia

When I Look Up All I See Is...


  • Film Sculpture
  •    Mixed Materials, 16mm Film & Projector


06 October 2023
I see, therefore I feel. 
I lay down, therefore I look up.

When I look up all I see is ceiling tiles electrogalvanized cold rolled steel substrate environmental systems expansion joints exposed grid systems bevel edge light emitting diodes access breathe splines vents hook tees.

Opportunities arise from the weight of material matter. Mass is important as a value of worth. Mass is interpretable wherever the mind leads, whatever the mind sees, however it feels.

When I look up I see opportunity. I see an opportunity to move forward. Mass falls on my mind, I am still, moving parallel to the stillness of material. Aliveness is considered, re-interpretation strikes. 
Modular grid systems as still as anything in current form beg to be modulated. Modularity of a system in place exists only to expand thought and act on it.

Material does not exist to be single faceted. It requires perception and materialises in action of interpretation. I strip layers of the material, to look beneath the surface to see farther than the first conception of the idea the material displays to me. When I break it down and remove the layers it speaks to me and a re-birth begins to eventuate through action.

The material used in this artwork would be deemed land-fill had it not inhabited the land mass in my mind.