James Stephen Wright (*1988) is an artist based in Newcastle upon Tyne. He studied at Leeds College of Art before graduating with a BA (Hons) in Environmental Art and Sculpture from Glasgow School of Art in 2011. He also holds an MA in Contemporary Art from the University of Edinburgh. He was the artist in residence at OG9 Kunsthaus Aussersihl in Zurich in 2013; Index Zurich in 2015; Arthur Junior in Will in 2016; King’s Mall London in 2017; VR 360 at Surge in 2020. In 2019, James received a twelve-month fellowship and recognition for lifetime achievements in the arts from the State of Bavaria at the Internationales Kunstlerhaus Villa Concordia. He is the founding member of the band The Modern Institute and a resident artist at Slacks Radio in Newcastle since 2021. He is also the co-founding member of the socially engaged Swiss gallery Residence in Art.

Selected exhibitions and live shows include ˈbər-b(ə-)liŋ performed live at Middlesbrough Art Weekender 2022; (nɑnkəˈmjuːnɪkəbəl) performed live at GoMA in February 2022; Donor at GENERATORprojects Dundee in 2021, Anecdotes from The Abyss, in collaboration with George Finlay Ramsay, FuturShock, FOLD London/ Lahmacun Radio Budapest in 2021; dualisms_oo, Internationales Kunstlerhaus Villa Concordia, Bamberg, (DE) in 2019; A Skulk in London, London Nights Late at the Museum of London in 2018; Haha C’est La Vie at Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich during Manifesta in 2016; Acclimation of dark respiration at the Voidoid Archive in 2015; Book of the Dead, A Museum for an Imagined City, Soil Seattle, USA; The Maillard Effect at Drap-Art, Festival of Recycling Art in Catalonia in 2014.

Previous scientific collaborations include ASCUS Edinburgh, the University of Edinburgh, Asteria Space Art & Research Group, The UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology.