Igshaan Adams

Jan-Henri Booyens

Jared Ginsburg

Bronwyn Katz

Dorothee Kreutzfeldt

Donna Kukama

Turiya Magadlela

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).

Born in 1975 in Kimberley, South Africa, Webb lives and works in Cape Town.

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


selected solo exhibitions

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


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

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

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

2016 Le Voyage à Nantes, Nantes, France

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 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

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

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


selected discography

2010 A Tasty Swarm Of Small Signals (compilation DVD), Störung Room40

2010 (compilation CD), Room40

2008 Audible Geography (compilation CD), Room40 Radio Flirt (with Brandon LaBelle), Room40

2001 Linear City (with Holger Czukay), Dignose Infinite Coastline (with Niklas Zimmer), Upland



2017 Fountainhead Residency, Miami

2017 Atelier Mondial, Basel, Switzerland

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

Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

The Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

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


selected private collections and foundations

Darat al Funun, Khalid Shoman Foundation

Jordan Vranken Pommery Monopole

Main Street Life

Nirox Foundation

Ellerman House

Artist Pension Trust


essays + press

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

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

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)