Notable recent projects of James Webb (1975) include “Autohagiography,” whereby the artist taped himself speaking under hypnosis, “The Black Passage,” a recording of the empty elevator cage descending 3,5km to the bottom of the world’s deepest goldmine, and “There’s No Place Called Home” an on going, world-wide intervention using incongruous foreign birdcalls broadcast out of speakers concealed in local trees, for example the calls of South African summer birds installed in Japanese trees during midwinter.

In 2008, Webb recently curated South Africa’s first festival of ‘extreme listening’ called Fear of the Known, a 3-city international concert series and symposium featuring adventurous sound art and theory from around the world.

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