‘Wasteland Rituals’, set in Wick Woods, London, was a performance by Adam James that sought to question exclusion through physical interaction with objects and people. Participants known as ‘players’ used various forms of communication via sculptural objects to explore how collective identity plays a part in social exclusion.

Drawing on Larp (live action role play), the performance merged audience and performers in a shared collaborative fiction and expands on the artist’s previous work examining fringe groups and individuals within a games-based context.

Utilising parallels between performance art and Larp, James developed the use of game mechanics as a means to generate choreographic content.

With special thanks to the Arts Council Grant for the Arts, London Borough of Hackney and MillCo.

Image courtesy of Christian Dorley Brown.