Igshaan Adams

Jan-Henri Booyens

Jared Ginsburg

Bronwyn Katz

Dorothee Kreutzfeldt

Donna Kukama

Herman Mbamba

Sabelo Mlangeni

Kyle Morland

Cinga Samson

Gerda Scheepers

James Webb

Pedro Wirz

Billie Zangewa

James Webb

James Webb is an interdisciplinary, conceptual artist whose work ranges from site-specific interventions in public spaces to large-scale installations in galleries and museums. Informed by his studies in advertising, comparative religion, and theatre, he often makes use of ellipsis, displacement, and détournement to explore the nature of belief and the dynamics of communication in our contemporary world. Webb’s practice employs a variety of media including audio, installation, and text; referencing aspects of the conceptualist and minimalist traditions.

Recent solo presentations include the Art Institute of Chicago, United States of America, 2018; Norrtälje Konsthall, Norrtälje, Sweden, 2018; Galerie Imane Farès, Paris, France, 2016; Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield, United Kingdom, 2016; Hordaland Kunstsenter, Bergen, Norway, 2015; blank projects, Cape Town, South Africa, 2014; CentroCentro, Madrid, Spain, 2013; Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa, 2012; and MAC, Birmingham, United Kingdom, 2010.

Major group exhibitions include the 13th Biennial of Dakar (2018), 4th Prospect Triennial of New Orleans (2017), Documenta 14 (2017), 13th Biennial of Sharjah (2017), 12th Bienal de la Habana (2015), 55th Biennale di Venezia (2013), the 3rd Marrakech Biennale (2009), the 2009 Melbourne International Arts Festival and the 8th Biennale d’Art Contemporain de Lyon (2007). Other notable group shows include spaces such as Wanås Konst and Historiska, Sweden; MAXXI Roma, Italy; Darat al Funun, Jordan; Théâtre Graslin, France; and Tate Modern, London. In 2008 he curated “Fear of the Known, a festival of extreme listening,” featuring international sound artists in Cape Town, Stellenbosch, and Johannesburg.

Webb’s work has been acquired by numerous international collections, and his projects have been written about and published in “Xenagogue” (Hordaland Kunstsenter, 2015) and the forthcoming monograph “…” (blank projects, 2018).


For more information on the artist, and audio/video samples, please visit http://theotherjameswebb.tumblr.comor see the links below:



Untitled (Al Madat)
Children of the Revolution
Telephone Voice
The Black Passage
In Living Memory Of What Never Happened
Let Me Lose Myself


Le Marche Oriental
September 1st
Saturday Night Can Be The Loneliest Place on Earth


curriculum vitae

1975   Born in Kimberley, South Africa

Lives and works between Cape Town, South Africa and Stockholm, Sweden


selected solo exhibitions

2020 AUDIOSPHERE: Social Experimental Audio, Pre- and Post-Internet, curated by Francisco López, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain

2019  Three Dreams of a Sinking World, curated by Amy Watson and Mika Conradie, POOL, Johannesburg, South Africa

2018  It’s not what it looks like, SPACES, Cleveland, USA

2018  Prayer, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, USA

2018  Supernature, Yorkshire Sculpture Park,  Yorkshire, United Kingdom

2018  The dreamer in me meets the dreamer in youNorrtälje Konsthall, Norrtälje, Sweden

2016  Hope is a good swimmer, Galerie Imane Fares, Paris, France

2016  We Listen for the Future, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Yorkshire, United Kingdom

2016  Ecstatic Interference, blank projects, Cape Town, South Africa

2015  Xenagogue, Hordaland Kunstsenter, Bergen, Norway

2015  Nous نحن , with Ninar Esber, Galerie Imane Farès, Paris, France

2014  The Two Insomnias, blank projects, Cape Town, South Africa

2013  Audiopolis, Centro Centro, Madrid, Spain

2012  MMXII, Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

2010  Aleph, Goethe On Main, Johannesburg, South Africa

2010  Terms Of Surrender, ABSA Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

2010  Untitled States, MAC, Birmingham, United Kingdom

2010  Prayer, Djanogly Gallery, Nottingham, United Kingdom

2010  JWAKZNSA, KZNSA, Durban, South Africa

2010  One day, all of this will be yours, blank projects, Cape Town, South Africa

2008  Prayer, Huddersfield Art Gallery, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom

2007  Beau Diable, Gallery In The Round, Grahamstown, South Africa

2006  Untitled, Blank Projects, Cape Town, South Africa

2002  Phonosynthesizer, US Art Gallery, Stellenbosch, South Africa


selected group exhibitions

2019  Listening Room, Michaelis Galleries, Cape Town, South Africa

2018  Hacer Noche, Centro Cultural San Pablo, Oaxaca de Juarez

2018  Radiophonic Spaces, Museum Tinguely, Basel

2018  Truth is black, write over it with a mirage’s light, Darat al Funun, Amman

2018  Radiophonic Spaces, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin

2018  Ways of Seeing, New York University Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

2018  African Metropolis: An Imaginary City, MAXXI Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo, Rome

2018  blankGalerie Guido W. Baudach, Berlin

2018  Gegen die StrömungReise ins Ungewisse, Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen

2018  More for less, A4 Arts Foundation, Cape Town

2018 The Red Hour, 13th Biennial of Dakar, curated by Simon Njami, Senegal

2018 Common Ground, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield, United Kingdom

2017  17, blank projects, Cape Town

2017  The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp, Prospect New Orleans 4, New Orleans

2017  Ways of SeeingVilla Empain Fondation Boghossia; curated by Sam Bardaouil et Till Fellrath, Brussels

2017  Mixed Signals, Helicotrema 6, Teatro di Palazzo Grassi, Venezia

2017  Utocorpis, Silenco; curated by Amina Zoubir, Paris

2017  Cinéphémere for LOOP Barcelona; curated by  Carolina Ciuti, Grand Palais, Paris

2017  Every Time An Ear Di Soun, curated by Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung and co-curated by Marcus Gammel, documenta 14 radio

2017  Tous, des sang mêles, curated by Frank Lamy and Julie Crenn, MAC VAL, Paris

2017  Home is so fucking complicated,  Galerie Nathalie Halgand for the Curated by_ series; curated by Samuel Leuenberger, Vienna

2017  Picasso et la maternitéCurated by Florence Saragoza, Musée Crozatier, Le Puy-en-Velay

2017  Image Drain, curated by Anthea Buys, Tallin Art Hall, Tallin

2017 Afrique Capitales, curated by Simon Njami, La Villette, Paris

2017  Becoming an Apricot, an apple, a crow, a tree, a cockroach, a glacier, a plant, a mushroom, a shell, a bird, algae for Survival Kit 9, curated by Jonatan Habib Engqvist, Solvita Krese, and Inga Lāce, Former Faculty of Biology of the University of Latvia, Riga

2017  Tamawuj, Sharjah Biennial 13, United Arab Emirates

2016 Silencio, in collaboration with Raphaëlle Delaunay, curated by Mehdi Brit, Paris, France

2016 Sonic Somatic, Firenze, Italy

2016 Nothing is Impossible, Monte Vista Projects, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sante Fe, USA

2016 Helicotrema, Palazzo Grassi, Venice

2016  History Unfolds, Historiska Museet; curated by Helene Larsson Pousette, Stockholm

2016  Malmös Leende, curated by Edi Muka, Malmö, Sweden

2016 Sèvres Outdoors 2016, Sèvres Cité de la Céramique, Paris

2016 Le Voyage à Nantes Festival, Théâtre Graslin and Jardin de la Psalette, Nantes

2016  Alive in the Dead Sea (1995-2015), The Khalid Shoman Foundation Darat Al Funun, Amman

2016  The 55-Minute Hour, Trubok Factory; curated by Live Art International, Cape Town

2015 Libertas, 7th Bienal de Jafre, curated by Carolina Grau, Girona, Spain

2015  Handle with care, Ostrale 15, Dresden

2015  Barrier, Wanås Konst Sculpture Park, Sweden

2015  Between the idea and experience, Bienal de la Habana, Havana

2014  Frestas, Trienal of Sorobaba, Sesc, Sao Paulo

2014  Helicotrema, Recorded Audio Festival, Viafarini DOCVA, Milan

2014  No Fixed Abode, The New Church Museum, Cape Town

2014  Fittja Pavilion at the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale, Serra dei Giardini, Venice

2014  Dirty Ear Forum: Sound, Multiplicity and Radical Listening, Galleri 3,14 and Rom8, Bergen

2014  next thing you know, blank projects, Cape Town

2013  This is the thing, blank projects, Cape Town

2013  blank projects, FNB Joburg Art Fair, Johannesburg

2013  blank projects in Johannesburg, Ithuba Arts Gallery, Johannesburg

2013  Imaginary Fact, South African Pavillion, 55th La Biennale di Venezia

2013  Between The Lines, Former Tagesspiegel Building, Berlin

2013  No Limit 2, Galerie Imane Fares, Paris

2012  GIPCA Live Art Festival, City Hall, Cape Town

2012  When Form Becomes Attitude, blank projects, Cape Town

2012  Experience Pommery 10, Domaine Pommery, Reims

2012  abc Art Berlin Contemporary, Station Berlin, Berlin

2012  Making Way, various venues, National Arts Festival, Grahamstown

2012  Fierce Festival, various venues, Birmingham

2012  In Other Words: the black market of translation, NGBK, Berlin

2011  Experience Pommery 9, Domaine Pommery, Reims

2011  Neither Man, Nor Stone, Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town

2010  Sentences On The Banks and other activities, Darat Al-Funun, Amman

2010  Reflex / Reflexión, Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg

2010  Article Biennale, various venues, Stavanger

2010  My World Images, various venues: Copenhagen, Denmark, Istanbul, Athens, Marrakech, Palermo, Catania, Riso Museo d’Arte Contemporanea della Sicilia, Palermo

2010  In Other Words, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg

2010  Twenty, Nirox Foundation, Johannesburg

2010  Contemporary Artists From South Africa, Stiftelsen 314, Bergen

2010  Ampersand, Daimler Contemporary, Berlin

2010  No Soul For Sale, L’appartement 22 / Tate Modern, London

2010  1910 – 2010,  Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town

2010  Printemps des Poètes, Salon de lecture, Musée du quai Branly, Paris

2009  Happy House, Kunst im Tunnel, Düsseldorf

2009  3rd Arts In Marrakech Biennale, Museum of Marrakech

2009  L’effacement des traces, Musée d’histoire contemporaine, Paris

2009  Melbourne International Arts Festival, Melbourne

2009  Open Frame, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane

2009  CAPE 09, Cape Town’s second biennale of contemporary African culture, Cape Town

2009  This Is Now 2, L’Appartment 22, Rabat

2008  Delusions Of Grandeur, Unit B Gallery, San Antonio, Texas

2008  Jozi & The (M)Other City, Michaelis Gallery, Cape Town

2008  Home Bound, Stiftung Kunst:Raum Sylt Quelle, Sylt

2008  za, Giovane arte dal Sud Africa, Palazzo delle Papesse Centro Arte Contemporanea, Siena

2008  This Is Now 1, L’appartement22 booth, Jo’burg Art Fair, Johannesburg

2008  Light Show, Bank Gallery, Durban

2007  Sakra!, St. Andrä, Graz, Austria 9th Biennale d’Art Contemporain de Lyon, Lyon, France

2007 3C, Critic’s Choice Exhibition, Association for Visual Arts, Cape Town

2007  (In)visible Sounds (with Brandon LaBelle), Netherlands Media Institute, Amsterdam

2007  Afterlife, Michael Stevenson Contemporary, Cape Town

2006  MTN New Contemporaries, Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg

2005  Aqua Art Sound Broadcast, Aqua Art Hotel, Miami

2005  Gallery Puta, Cape Town

2005  Incidental Amplifications, Various venues, Melbourne

2005  CCA Kitakyushu Open Studio, Kitakyushu

2004  Typhoon, Maeda Gallery, Kitakyushu

2004  The Brett Kebble Art Awards (with Matthew Kalil), CTICC, Cape Town

2004  Listening to The World Today, BBC Radio 4

2004  A Decade Of Democracy, Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town

2004  Zèppelin 2004-Festival de Arte Sonor, Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona

2003  Mooimark, Mooimark House, Johannesburg

2003  YDEsire, The Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town

2002  The Long Night Of Radio Art, Ars Electronica Festival, Linz


selected permanent installations

The dreamer in me meets the dreamer in you, Norrtälje Konsthall, Norrtälje, Sweden

Let Me Lose Myself, Skogskyrkogården, Stockholm, Sweden

There Is A Light That Never Goes Out, Darat al Funun, Amman, Jordan

There’s No Place Called Home (Amman), Darat al Funun, Amman, Jordan

There’s No Place Called Home (Pommery), Vranken-Pommery Monopole, Reims, France

There’s No Place Called Home (La Villa Demoiselle), Vranken-Pommery Monopole, Reims, France

Untitled, Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

Siren, Main Street Life, Johannesburg, South Africa


selected commissions

2014 The Shadow Of The Hummingbird, written and directed by Athol Fugard, Fugard Theatre, Cape Town, South Africa

2013  The Conversation, time capsule to be opened on 4 August 2103, Egebjerg, Denmark

2013  Die Laaste Karretjiegraf, written and directed by Athol Fugard and Riana Steyn, Fugard Theatre, Cape Town, South Africa

2011  Telephone Voice, Répondeur, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France

2011  The Bird Watchers, written and directed by Athol Fugard, Fugard Theatre, Cape Town, South Africa



2018 SWAP, SPACES, Cleveland, United States of America

2017  Fountainhead Residency, Miami

2017  Atelier Mondial, Basel, Switzerland

2016 IASPIS, Stockholm, Sweden

2011  Nirox Foundation, Johannesburg, South Africa

2011  Darat al Funun, Amman, Jordan

2010  USF, Bergen, Norway

2009  Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France

2009  KIT – Kunst im Tunnel, Düsseldorf, Germany

2009  Visby International Composers’ Centre, Götland, Sweden

2008  MediaLab Prado, Madrid, Spain

2006  MALAB, Amazonas, Brazil

2004/5  CCA Kitakyushu, Yahata, Japan



2009  Art Moves Africa Travel Grant

2008  ABSA L’Atelier Award

2006  Nominated for the MTN New Contemporaries Award

2006  ABSA L’Atelier Top 5 finalist

2002  ABSA L’Atelier Top 5 finalist


selected public collections

The Art Institute of Chicago, United States of America

MAC VAL Musée d’Art Contemporain du Val-de-Marne, Paris, France

MAXXI Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo, Rome, Italy

FRAC Champagne Ardenne, Reims, France

Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

The Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

Wits Art Museum, Johannesburg, South Africa

The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum, Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Kaiser Wilhelm Museum, Krefeld, Germany


selected private collections and foundations

Darat al Funun, Khalid Shoman Foundation

A4 Art Foundation, South Africa

Jordan Vranken Pommery Monopole

Main Street Life

Rennie Museum, Vancouver, Canada

Emile Stipp, Johannesburg, South Africa

The Life Collection, Johannesburg, South Africa

Nirox Foundation, Johannesburg, South Africa

Ellerman House, Cape Town, South Africa

Gordon Schachat Art Collection, Johannesburg, South Africa


essays + press

2019   James Webb’s ‘3 Dreams of a Sinking World – reflections on the Carlton Hotel’ by Marcia Elizabeth, Bubblegum Club

2018  ‘James Webb’s Sound Art Symphony at Yorkshire Sculpture Park‘ by Nichola Forrest, BLOUIN ARTINFO

2018  ‘Prayer’ by James Webb at ArtInstitute of Chicago‘, BLOUIN INFO

2017   The sound artist making a call for resilience’ by Clelia Coussonet, Apollo Magazine

2016   ‘Reverberating Sound of Things to Come: James Webb’s Ecstatic Interference’ by Tim Leibbrandt, Arthrob

2016   ‘Predictions from the heart of the sun’ by Sean O’Toole, Times LIVE

2016   ‘Critics Pick’s: James Webb’ by Sean O’Toole, Artforum

2016   ‘Webb se konseptuele minimalisme tref’ by Melvyn Minnaar, Die Burger

2015   James Webb: Journeys into Thirdspace by Rahma Khazam, Hordaland Kunstsenter

2015   The Precarious Body – James Webb’s ‘Xenagogue’ by Brandon LaBelle, Hordaland Kunstsenter

2015   Xenagogue, edited by Anthea Buys, with essays by Brandon LaBelle and Rahma Khazam, Hordaland Kunstsenter

2014   The Sound of James Webb‘ by Ilpo Jauhianen, Another Africa

2012   Selected as a Young African Artist by Business Day’s Wanted magazine

2012   Review: James Webb’s MMXI at the Johannesburg Art Gallery’ by Rory Bester, Art South Africa

2010   Artbio: James Webb‘ by Renee Zollerman, Art Throb

2010   ‘Black Landscape: An Argument in Three Parts’ by Sean O’Toole, Art South Africa

2009  Hacking and Hiding by Anne Szefer Karlsen, 3rd Arts in Marrakesh (AiM) International Biennale

2007  A Sweet and Tender Hooligan by Sean O’Toole, 9th Biennale de Lyon



workshops / teaching

2014  Sonic Mmabolela 2, Mmabolela Reserve, Limpopo Province, South Africa

2014  The Spring Sessions, King Ghazi Hotel, Amman, Jordan

2013  Mmabolela (2-week field recording workshop conducted in collaboration with Francisco López), Limpopo Province

2011  Towards The Third Ear, Amman (5 day sound workshop covering listening and recording in theory and practice), Darat al Funun, Amman

2011  Republic, GIPCA, Cape Town, South Africa

2011  Crossings 2 (2-week workshop designed around the intersections of choreography, music and light in contemporary dance)