As far as my work is concerned, a lot of it is up to the audience, how they choose to read it. I believe that if I wanted to give a definitive message I would take out an advert on a national newspaper and write it very clearly. [James Webb]

James Webb is a pioneering artist working primarly with sound in South Africa. Starting from his immersive sound installation The Black Passage, on view at the Palazzo delle Papesse as part of .za Young art from South Africa – a sound recording of the empty elevator cage descending into and ascending out of the South Deep mine, the deepest twin-shaft goldmine in the world, broadcast from a wall of speakers installed at the end of a narrow 20m black tunnel – he told us about his relation with sound and radio.


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