James Bulley (b.1984) is an artist, composer and curator whose practice explores site-specific installation and sound sculpture. He has exhibited and performed at the Royal Festival Hall, the Barbican, the Natural History Museum, Mykolas Žilinskas Gallery and La Gaîté Lyrique. His work has been featured by the BBC, ITV, the Quietus, the Daily Telegraph, Nature and the Guardian.
Recent works include Tactus, an exploration into the a direct art form for the blind and visually impaired, translating written language into tactile sound landscapes. Tactus was recently exhibited at the Kaunas Biennial 2015 in Lithuania, a commission from Crafts Council UK. As part of a long term partnership with the systems artist Daniel Jones as Jones/Bulley, Bulley was nominated in 2014 for British Composer of the Year for the forest-based touring sound installation Living Symphonies, commissioned by Sound and Music and Forestry Commission England.
Bulley has written numerous scores for theatre and film, including the 2011 multi-room installation work this is where we got to when we came in, in collaboration with Non Zero One, at the Bush Theatre, which won the Off West End Award for Best Entertainment. In 2012, and it all comes down to this, a sonographic landscape installation created in collaboration with artist David Shearing, was awarded the gold medal for Installation Design at the World Stage Design awards. Current film projects include E-Life, a feature-length documentary focusing on the circular economy and Agbobloshie, Ghana.
As a curator, Bulley co-curated the Oramics to Electronica exhibition at the Science Museum in 2010, and the Sho-Zyg exhibition in 2011. In 2012, he curated A Concert of Sound Arts at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, and co-directed the Sound Art Curating conference at Goldsmiths, University of London, where he is a current doctoral researcher in Sonic Arts. At Goldsmiths he is graduate representative for the Unit for Sound Practice Research and since 2010 has worked cataloguing and researching the archive of the British composer, Daphne Oram. He is also a member of the New Radiophonic Workshop under Matthew Herbert.