Scott Keva James is a visual artist, working with light and sound, using video and projection in real spaces. His work includes live visual mixing, free-standing installation pieces, playable environments, portable video content, and printed art derived from video works.
Scott’s live performance work is more visual exploration than narration. It is essentially improvisational, following ideas as they occur and connecting dots on the fly. Ideally both the artists and viewer’s mental frameworks shift, lsoing the sense of self, of location, and of normal time. The result is entirely ephemeral.
His installations emphasize interaction with specific people and specific spaces. The intention is to create something that both responds to, and alters energetic and emotional states. Everything is made from scratch, with a heavy emphasis on collection of ordinary images, organic motion and incidences of interesting light.
Chronology of Work
2018 | Frank Lloyd Wright’s Birthday FundraiserÂ | Westcott HouseÂ | Springfield, OHÂ – outdoor, sound reactive installation during fundraising party.
2018 | Allotfest / Abberation Ignite | Mother Stewart’s Brewery | Springfield, OH – Multi – projector environmental installation and live stage support visuals with bands in conjunction with Aberration art show
2018 | >Dozer’s Warehouse Closing Party | Dozer’s WarehouseÂ |Â SeattleÂ – Hanging paper mobile installation withÂ audio-reactive projection mapping for a party produced by Lusio
2018 | Light Work | Mokedo Studio | Seattle – installed audio-reactive pieces on multiple walls and hanging paper pieces.
2018 – March | Lusiolights | Volunteer Park ConservatoryÂ |Â SeattleÂ – Large Paper Banners over DJ’s – Â installation with audio-reactive projection mapping
2018 – January | Lusiolights | Volunteer Park ConservatoryÂ |Â SeattleÂ – 3 DimensionalÂ installation with audio-reactive projection mapping
2017/2018 |Â New Year’s Eve | CNDY FactoryÂ |Â SeattleÂ – Multi – projector environmental installationÂ and live visual mixing
2017 | Halloween BashÂ | Mother Stewart’s BreweryÂ |Springfield, OH – Multi – projector environmental installation and live stage support visuals with bands.
2017 | Kosin| SubstationÂ | Seattle – live visual performances with rock band.
2017 | Das Flot – at Lusio FestivalÂ | SeattleÂ -Â Outdoor installation featuring projection mapping, audio reaction and interactive controls.
2017 | The Basement Sessions All StarsÂ | SubstationÂ | Seattle – live visual performance with rock band.
2017 | Westcott House Artist in Residence | Springfield, OH – created A/V installation piece test in parallel with teaching design studio
2017 | Frank Lloyd Wright’s 150th BirthdayÂ | Westcott HouseÂ | Springfield, OHÂ – outdoor, sound reactive installation during fundraising party.
2017 | TrimtabÂ | Rolling Bay Hall/Hattie’s Hat Backroom | Bainbridge/Seattle – performances with live trio.
2017 | Sylvan SeriesÂ | Lusio | Volunteer Park ConservatoryÂ | Seattle – multiple installations in the plant conservatory.
2017 | Fractal Horizons – ambient album project with Jason Goessl.
2017 | Sight Unseen | Mokedo Studio | Seattle – installed audio-reactive Live Mural.
2016 | The Underground | Milk Bar |Denver – simple installation and live video mixing atÂ minimal techno night.
2016 | Swivel Gallery Show | EKO HouseÂ |Â Denver – installed projectors and mixed live during gallery event
2016 |Â TrimtabÂ | Substation/Hattie’s Hat Backroom | Seattle – performances with live trio.
2016 | Westcott House Artist in Residence | Springfield, OH – created A/V installation piece test in parallel with teaching design studio
2016 | Hip Hop is Green | Harlem Â – created branding and interstitial pieces for the 10th Element of Hip Hop Gala
2016 | Lusio: A Night to Awaken | Volunteer Park | Seattle -Â sound-responsive audio/visual piece insideÂ a translucent dome.
2015 | Decibel Festival: Optical | Triple Door | Seattle – performed with headliner Eskmo.
2015 | Trimtab | Hattie’s Hat Backroom | Seattle – performance with live trio.
2015Â |Â The UndergroundÂ | Milk Bar |Denver – simple installation and live video mixingÂ atÂ minimal techno night.
2015 | Hub Gallery Opening | Hub Gallery | Springfield, OH – multi-surface, networked video installation with live music
2015 | Westcott House Artist in Residence | Springfield, OH – created A/V installation piece test in parallel with teaching design studio
2014 | Decibel Festival |Â Seattle Center Fountain| Seattle – live projections onto internationalÂ fountain at night
2014 | Funky Bhudda | Denver – live visuals with Kevin Callison.
2014 |Â The UndergroundÂ | Milk Bar |Denver – simple installation and live video mixingÂ atÂ minimal techno night.
2013 | Tsurumi Records 5th Anniversary Party| The Mix | Seattle – live mix projections behindÂ several bands
2013 | David Bowie Tribute Show | Gilly’s | Dayton, OH – provided stage atmosphere and textural effects over a series of glam rock tribute acts.
2012 | Funky Bhudda | Denver – live visuals with Kevin Callison and Seth Nichols
2011 | ::TSAR:: a Neodandi Fashion Performance | Bellevue, WA -Â The Now DeviceÂ helped out with visual branding, mixingÂ live cameras and custom content onto models, built-in video monitors, and, a huge curtain wall.
2010 | The Storybox Allstar | Inside/Out awards | Benaroya Hall | Seattle – stage performance opening Lucid Jazz Lounge’s firstÂ Inside/Out (I/O) music awards.
2010 | ByDesign 10Â Opening Night Event |Â Northwest Film Forum | Seattle – Iller Aint A/V performance opening the festival. Â Also appearing:Â Scientific American and Wyndel Hunt.
2009 | Off The Wall: a Neodandi Fashion Opera | Neodandi House of Couture, Seattle -Â installation, live shooting and live video mixing, during and around a Michael Jackson themed fashion show and party
2009 | Who is Watching WhoÂ | Neodandi House of Couture, Seattle -Â live video installation, live camera operation at an open house / theatrical fashion show
2009 | Neodandi Halloween Party |Â Neodandi House of Couture, Seattle – mapped projections, mobile surfaces, scaryÂ and other content.
2009 | Decibel Festival: Optical |Â Seattle Asian Art Museum, Seattle – live A/V performance by Iller Aint
2009 |Â Â ByDesign 09 Opening Night EventÂ | Northwest Film Forum | Seattle -Â my second invitation to play at this opening event. Â I pulled in Andy Seaver and we performed an A/V set as Iller Aint. Also appearing: Son of Rose.
2008 | Obelus with ndCv | Nectar | Seattle – live visuals with live/electronic trio – http://parlourtrick.com/artists/obelus/
2008 | Aberration V | State Theater | Springfield, OH – Fifth installment of the multi-faceted art opening series by Aberration Concensus.Â The Now DeviceÂ managed projections on and around an antique stage proscenium.
2008 |Â Seattle Green Festival Vendor Party | Seattle Aquarium,Â Seattle – live A/V performance byÂ Iller Aint during aÂ private party in the aquarium’s main hall
2008 | Elan Vytal | 507 Bar Lounge, Williamsburg Â NY- live visuals with Elan VytalÂ (a.k.a. DJ Scientific) and violinistÂ Matt Szemela
2008 |Â Club Cruz Control Â | The Moore Theater,Â Seattle -Â The Now Device, collaborating withÂ Seattle Theater GroupÂ andÂ choreographerÂ Daniel Cruz
2007 |Â Virgin Festival | Pimlico Race Track | Baltimore – Â liveÂ video mix on an LED screen at the “dance tent” at this annual summer music fest. Â Artists included M.I.A., Girl Talk, Booka Shade, Danny Tenaglia,Â Infected Mushroom,Â The Crystal Method (DJ set), LCD Soundsystem,Â Sasha & John Digweed
2007 | School House Rawk! A New Yearâ€™s Celebration | Decibel Festival | Youngstown Cultural Arts Center | Seattle – Designed, installed and performed live in the Decibel Room w/Thomas Fehlmann, Jerry Abstract, Let’s Go Outside, Kristina Childs, and Nora Posch.
2007 | Aberration 2 | Clark County Heritage Center | Springfield, OH – The Now Device participated in this second in a series of Multi-media Art Exhibitions, put on by Aberration Concensus.Â This one benefitted Eyes Wide Open Worldwide. Â IÂ mixed content and live cameras with Rod Hatfield.
2007 | VJ Night | 911 Media Arts Center | Seattle – a monthly event curated by VJ Scobot, featuring interviews with and performances by local visualists.Â Performance with ndCv and Hyacinth.
2007 | Share, NYC | Share | New York – I was the featured performer at the weekly share open jam.
2007 | ByDesign 07 Opening Night EventÂ | Northwest Film Forum | Seattle – ndCv and I opened forÂ a performance by Randy Jones.
2007 | More Music@the Moore: Mashup | Moore Theatre | Seattle – The Now Device collaborated with Seattle Theater Group and Musical Director DBR. We did stage and production design, ran three live cameras, 5 projection surfaces and a fluid live mix behind young musicians.
2006 | Local Sightings FestivalÂ | Northwest Film Forum | Seattle – Set up an AV environment for the lounge. Mixed video with pre-recorded music by ndCv and Greg Skidmore.
2004, 2005 | Heaven and Hell Ball New Yearâ€™s Eve | Consolidated Works | Seattle – The Now Device -Â Multi Room Visual Design, Installations and mixing of live and pre-made video ssupporting The Long Winters, The Decemberists, Harvey Danger, United States of Electronica (U.S.E.) and others.
2003 | The Future of Media: Action for Media Democracy | Experience Music Project | Seattle – SpaceboatÂ performance of our “Media Piece” and mixedÂ live w/ Chuck D & Fine Arts Militia.
2002 | Satellites Film & Video Opening Party | Rendezvous Jewel Box Theater | Seattle – SpaceboatÂ performed a Live A/V set with ndCv
2002 | Spaceboat TV | Experience Music Project | Seattle – Spaceboat presented an entire opus incorporating theater, performance art, music, alongside live video compositions on the jumbotron in the Skychurch.
2001 | Superflat Screen | Exloding Cinema | Consolidated Works | Seattle – The Spaceboat crew cut and mixed anime content on a complex series of surfaces and installations at a party for Exploding Cinema/SIFF.Â This included our beautiful TV wall.
Mid – 2000â€™s Repeating Series / Club Nights
Oscillate | The Baltic Room | SeattleÂ – Eclectic music including audio residents Electroset, Kinoko and Greg Skidmore. I was the visual resident for about a year and a half, and then helped Greg to produce the night for a brief span
Habibi – world beats at the Last Supper Club
Globalista – world beats at Tost and the Mirabeau Room
Voyage – weekly night of live entertainment,DJs and visual environment
Superfluid – weekly featuring SynthClub at the Mirabeau Room w/ Reggie Watts