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I make installations and films that explore our human relationships with different aspects of made and natural environments. 


Wherever possible, I like to focus on places where I have a lived experience of the area or activity under study. I call this 'insider art'.

I collaborate with scientists, academics, educators, technical specialists, other artists and all kinds of people I find along the way. I am a founding director of D-Lux Festival of Light-based Art.

I'm also interested in how we interact with place through technology, and how live and historical data sources can be used to create dynamic audiovisual installations that respond to measurable changes beyond the installation space.

John Wallace

February 2020

October - November 2023 - SCENE: HERE  - re-installation at Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries.

November 2023 - COOK UP THE CASTLE! - facade projections on MacLellan's Castle, Kirkcudbright, with food, costume, and music, as the culmination of public filming workshops for Historic Environment Scotland.

June 2023 - BALANCE IN NATURE - installation at Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries, showing all five artist's films created to explore the ecosystem and landscape restoration work ongoing at NTS Threave Nature Reserve. For National Trust for Scotland and D&G Council.

September 2022 - RITUALS OF REPAIR: ANALOGUE VIDEO DISCRIMINATOR, former Debenhams store, Dumfries. CRT matrix with archive clip from the atomic age selectable via bespoke controlled created from 1950's military surplus. Part of an ensemble exhibition with Robbie Coleman and Jo Hodges.

October 2021 - IMPRINTS IN TIME - installation and exhibition of print materials and products at The Press, Dumfries High Street, formerly Robert Dinwiddie & Co Printers and Stationers. For Midsteeple Quarter Project.

September 2021 - SCENE: HERE video installation following 18 month residency at National Trust for Scotland's Threave Nature Reserve, Castle Douglas, for Moving Souls Dance Dance Company and Upland.

November 2019 - ROADSPACE installation at Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh (WINNER - RSA MORTON AWARD 2018).

March 2017 - September 2018 - THE SAME HILLSIDE touring installation at Cryptic Nights / CCA Glasgow, Wild Film Festival Scotland, The Barn at Banchory, Annan Academy, BIggar Science Festival. Visit project website

January - April 2018 - WHOSE HOOSE IS THIS? - web enabled interactive video-jukebox installation and filming workshops, The Oven, Dumfries, (with Robbie Coleman).

December 2018 - TWEED-SARK CINEMA installation at HMRC 'Being Human', Galashiels, Scottish Borders.

September 2015 - ENTROPY LURE installation at Sanctuary, with Thermographer Graham Rooney.

October 2014 - TWEED-SARK CINEMA installation at Berwick Film and Moving Image Festival

September 2013 - CINEMA SARK installation at Environmental Arts Festival Scotland

October 2012 - SHORE STORY (film) EDINDOCS 2012 Official Selection

March 2007 - WHEN CHAPELCROSS TOWERS CAME DOWN (ITV/Hopscotch FIlms) - Royal Television Society BEST SINGLE FACTUAL 2007

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