James Webb (South African artist)

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James Webb
Born (1975-06-20) June 20, 1975 (age 42)
Kimberley, Northern Cape
Nationality South African
Known for Sound art, installation art
Awards 2009 Art Moves Africa Travel Grant
2008 ABSA L’Atelier Award
Website http://www.theotherjameswebb.com/

James Webb (born June 20, 1975 in Kimberley, Northern Cape) is a South African artist best known for his interventions and installations incorporating sound. Webb also works as a sound designer, curator and teacher.[1] His sound installations place special emphasis on the sourcing and presentation of the sound clips, as well as the social significance and context of these sounds.[1] Often referred to as a "collector of sounds," Webb is interested in the role that aural events play in our everyday life.[2] The physical presentation of the work, including the installation space and the logistics of speakers, are also deliberate choices for Webb.[2]

Webb received the 2008 ABSA L'Atelier Award and his work is featured in many private and public collections, including the Iziko South African National Gallery, the Johannesburg Art Gallery, and the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum.[3]



Webb received his BA in Drama and Comparative Religion at the University of Cape Town in 1996.[3]




  • Aleph, Goethe on Main, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Terms of Surrender, ABSA Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • United States, MAC, Birmingham, United Kingdom
  • Prayer, Djanogly Gallery, Nottingham, United Kingdom
  • Jwakznsa, KZNSA, Durban, South Africa
  • One Day, All of This Will Be Yours, Blank Projects, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Sentences On The Banks and other activities, Darat Al-Funun, Amman, Jordan
  • Reflex / Reflexión, Johannesburg Art Gallery, South Africa
  • Article Biennale, various venues, Stavanger, Norway
  • My World Images, various venues, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Istanbul, Athens, Marrakech, Palermo, Catania, RISO Museo d’Arte Contemporanea della Sicilia, Palermo
  • In Other Words, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Twenty, Nirox Foundation, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Contemporary Artists From South Africa, Stiftelsen 314, Bergen, Norway
  • Ampersand, Daimler Contemporary, Berlin, Germany
  • No Soul For Sale, L'appartement 22 / Tate Modern, London, United Kingdom
  • 1910 – 2010, Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Printemps des Poétes, Salon de lecture, Musée du quai Branly, Paris


  • Happy House, Kunst im Tunnel, Düsseldorf, Germany
  • 3rd Arts In Marrakech Biennale, Marrakech Museum, Morocco
  • L’effacement des traces, Musée d'histoire contemporaine, Paris, France
  • Melbourne International Arts Festival, Melbourne, Australia
  • CAPE 09, Cape Town’s second biennale of contemporary African Culture, various venues, Cape Town, South Africa
  • This Is Now 2, L’appartement 22, Rabat, Morocco


  • Prayer, Huddersfield Art Gallery, UK
  • Jozi & The (M)Other City, Michaelis Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Home Bound, Stiftung Kunst:Raum Sylt Quelle, Sylt, Germany
  • za. Giovane arte dal Sud Africa, Palazzo delle Papesse Centro Arte Contemporanea, Siena, Italy
  • This Is Now 1, Joburg Art Fair, South Africa
  • Light Show, Bank Gallery, Durban, South Africa


  • Beau Diable, Gallery In The Round, Grahamstown, South Africa
  • Sakra!, St. Andrä, Graz, Austria
  • 9th Biennale d'Art Contemporain de Lyon, Lyon, France
  • 3C, Critic’s Choice Exhibition, Association for Visual Arts, Cape Town
  • (In)visible Sounds, Netherlands Media Art Institute, Amsterdam (With Brandon LaBelle)
  • Afterlife, Michael Stevenson Contemporary, Cape Town


  • Untitled, Blank Projects, Cape Town, South Africa


  • Phonosynthesizer, US Art Gallery, Stellenbosch, South Africa[3]


  1. ^ a b Zaayman, Carine. "James Webb". ArtThrob. Retrieved 7 May 2012. 
  2. ^ a b O'Toole, Sean (2006). "The kid making all the noise". Enjin Magazine. Retrieved 7 May 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c "About". Retrieved 7 May 2012. 

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