AlanJames Burns (pronouns: he/they) is a visual artist producing immersive sensory environments and events with mixed-reality technologies in site-specific locations reflecting on the inner psychological space by giving voices and consciousness to structures and systems. Burns' work is highly collaborative with other artists, writers, composers and technicians.
Recent projects focus on contemporary issues relating to disability, mental health and climate concerns, including:
Augmented Body, Altered Mind (2022), a collaborative, interactive project weaving a brain-computer interface with projected audio-visual environments. It explores behaviour change, neuro-divergence and individual agency within dominant systems, focusing on climate change conversations and technology growth. Commissioned by Carlow Arts Festival and supported by the Arts Council’s Arts and Disability Connect Scheme managed by Arts & Disability Ireland.
Sound On! (2021), an Artist in the Community artwork exploring experiences of human rights and happiness for and by people with a learning disability. A collaboration with artist Dr Sinéad McCann and St John of God Liffey Services Ireland, who provide a range of support to adults with learning disabilities.
Silicon Synapse (2019), a Virtual Reality experience conceived for the Carnegie Library in Swords, Fingal; redeveloped for JRC Milan, Italy and Bozar, Brussels, 2019; core funded by Arts Council of Ireland and jointly commissioned by Fingal Arts & European Commission.
Entirely hollow aside from the dark (2016 – 2019), a sound installation produced inside caves, commissioned by Fingal Arts 2016 and redeveloped for an Irish tour 2017, core funded by Arts Council of Ireland, North/South Co-Operation Fund & Creative Ireland. The first international presentation of this work took place at Creswell Cave, England, in August 2019.
Recent residencies include Rapid Residency with Science Gallery Dublin, 2020; Research Residency with Hermes Artes Visuais, São Paulo, 2021; The Space Programme with the Performance Corporation at Tyrone Guthrie Centre 2019; Resonance Residency, JRC Milan, Italy and Seville, Spain, 2018-2020.