A scene from Light the Barricades, now on view across Los Angeles
About
James is a writer, designer, and educator whose work examines the role of ritual in these days of flux. His first book, The Road to Somewhere: An American Memoir (W. W. Norton), documents fifty-thousand miles through America, and his work has appeared in the Rubin Museum of Art, the Annenberg Space for Photography, and the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum. He frequently collaborates with Candy Chang on interactive installations that introduce new rituals into public space. He is an assistant professor at the New School.
Selections
A Monument for the Anxious and Hopeful
This participatory installation invites visitors to share their anxieties and desires—and to see how their sense of tomorrow squares with the collective mood.
The Last Year of My Father
After receiving a lung and transforming himself into a grand old man, my father slipped suddenly from this world.
Chaos Is Your New Lady
A dusty ballad plays from an old radio in an alley but the machines can’t find it. A blurry sequence of songs starring the Ronettes, Autechre, Suicide, and more.
Updates
A Monument for the Anxious and Hopeful was featured in TIME’s issue about stress.
Light the Barricades is now on view throughout Los Angeles and opens at Annenberg Space for Photography on October 5, 2019.