Aaron James is a London-based artist, DJ, curator and researcher.


He has received commissions or presented work at leading European art institutions such as Tate, Arnolfini, National Galleries Scotland, ZKM and Mo.E and has received press as a DJ from Time Out, The Guardian and Resident Advisor through the critically acclaimed event series Future History. He is also an expert in surround sound composition and was the first composer and sound designer to work with Dolby’s groundbreaking technologies Dolby Mobile and Dolby Headphone.


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! 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 with industrial pioneers and sonic material handlers Test Dept (whom he also manages) in partnership with Vice Magazine and The Quietus, which also marked the first major event of the recently founded Institute of Sonic Art.

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