James Steventon’s practice is concerned with inhabiting the fleeting mental state of operation loosely defined by Csikszentmihalyi as ‘Flow.’
James Steventon is an artist, writer and runner who has taught on the Art and Design (including foundation year) at the School of Art, Architecture and Design for over 15 years, as well as lecturing at other universities across the the United Kingdom.
James is Director of Fermynwoods Contemporary Art, an arts organisation and educational charity which commissions artists to engage with audiences, in public spaces ranging from forests to the edge of the earth's atmosphere, across Northamptonshire and online.
James is also the Digital Special Interest Representative for Engage, the lead advocacy and training network for gallery education in the United Kingdom.
James' artistic practice utilises endurance running and endurance drawing, corporeal physicality, computational coding and new technology in an attempt to qualify his existence and map his interior state.
In addition to a running-based performance at the University of Reading's Journeys Across Media Conference: The Body and the Digital, James has run five kilometres inside a bank vault, 100 miles in 24 hours, and 26 miles dressed as an eighteenth-century Running Footman.
James is a member of the research group Running Cultures (a cross disciplinary discussion on the cultural, social and political agency of running), and A Place in Time (research into several different areas of fine art practice, engaging with the relationship between the words place and time, and place and time orientated art practice).
James is also researching the resistance of creativity to automation, and the relationship between aesthetics and artificial intelligence.