Aaron James is an artist, DJ, curator and researcher.
He has received commissions or presented work at leading european art institutions such as Tate (2015), Arnolfini (2016), National Galleries Scotland (2015), ZKM (2017) and Mo.E (2016) and has received press as a DJ from Time Out, The Guardian and Resident Advisor through the critically acclaimed event series Future History.
As an independent researcher, Aaron is currently working on a practice-as-research project entitled Live Curation: A Methodology Towards a New Platform for the Reception of Art. This explores whether the artist as curator and the audience as active agents in the curation of an exhibition, can curate an exhibition live and explicate art and curatorial knowledge relationally. His most recent exhibition Culture Is Not a Luxury! (2017) was called ‘one of the most exciting and challenging exhibitions of the last thirty years’ by the Scottish author Irvine Welsh.
He also recently produced and co-curated a three-day London based festival entitled Assembly of Disturbance (2017) with Test Dept (whom he also manages) in partnership with Red Gallery, Vice Magazine and The Quietus, which also marked the first major event of the recently founded Institute of Sonic Art.
He has been artist in residence as part of Groundwork; a performance and research project about Milton Keynes by artist collective Tracing the Pathway since 2015.
For more information on Aaron's forthcoming commission for Groundwork please visit:
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