Jason File

BA (Hons) Fine Art 2013

Chelsea College of Arts


  • Life Copy (2012)
  • Erasing a Classified Military Document (2013)


Employing elements of real life as a material in his multimedia practice, Jason File's work reflects on the function of institutions and networks in society, and their relationships vis-à-vis individuals. This work remains broadly focused on official institutions, from galleries and museums to government, media, corporate, and legal structures, as well as informal relationships in society. By creating and exploiting overlaps between real life and art objects or performances, File interrogates the identity, authenticity, value and purpose of objects and events. He often uses his own relationships with institutions to employ materials or contexts that are shielded from aesthetic critique—“non-art” environments—as a means of exploring institutional processes.

File graduated in 2013 with two first-class BA degrees in Fine Art: one from the Chelsea College of Art, where he was joint winner of the Ovalhouse Prize, and the other from the Royal Academy of Art in The Netherlands, where he won the Academy Thesis Prize at graduation and was hired as a lecturer in Fine Art starting in September 2013. He was awarded the Zabludowicz Collection Future Map Prize in March 2014.

For more information, see www.jasonfile.com

Featured works:

(1) Life Copy (2012)
Video installation with commercially-published book authored by the artist, video of internationally-televised news program appearance/performance by the artist and television advertisements, and folding table

(2) Conditions of Performance (2013)
Laser-printed text on acid-free A4 office paper constituting all of the legal contracts, agreements and other terms and conditions identified by the artist as in force and binding on the artist on the first day of exhibition; nickel-plated brass eyelets

(3) Erasing a Classified Military Document (2013)
Limited edition video documentation of performance executed on 27 May 2013

(4) Present Absence (2013)
Performance and sculpture with artist’s active UK mobile phone SIM card, glass, stainless steel wire, wood, MDF, acrylic, voicemails, text messages and missed call notifications left on network



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