SELECTED SPEAKING TOPICS:
Future of technology, future of the Internet, speculative applications of technology, digital culture, automation, blockchain, surveillance, artificial Intelligence, drones, citizenship, accountability in the digital age, changing media landscapes, digital-physical futures, creative technology, innovation.
“New Dark Age” is among the most unsettling and illuminating books I’ve read about the Internet, which is to say that it is among the most unsettling and illuminating books I’ve read about contemporary life.”
- The New Yorker
James Bridle is an interdisciplinary artist, journalist, and technologist. He takes current technologies (like drones, driverless cars and streaming services) and explores their possibilities via hypothetical objects, installations and thought pieces. Through these speculative scenarios, he’s creating a provocative space where we are forced to challenge, question, wonder at and critique our relationship with technology.
His June 2018 TED Global talk The nightmare videos of children's YouTube — and what's wrong with the internet has already amassed 6 million views and solidified James' position as an authority on the state of the 21st century. His critical lens and philosophical writing style has manifested in ‘The New Dark Age’, the artist-writer’s debut book which hypothesises how concepts like big data, algorithms and automated software are responsible for the loss of control we are currently experiencing in the world we have constructed. James has become the go-to for intelligent thought-leadership on how we connect and untangle our mad world.
With the forensic eye of a journalist, his work does away with the sci-fi, ‘space age’ vision of the future, and instead reflects on our actual new realities based on current technologies. Core themes of his work surround artificial intelligence, data ownership censorship, automation, surveillance, security, and digital citizenship. His landmark project Drone Shadows saw James catapult on to the international stage; the artwork is an outline of a full size drone, mapped onto real-world environments giving these concealed terror machines human-scale context and it has been exhibited in major galleries worldwide.
This October, James was invited by the prestigious Institute of Contemporary Arts to conduct a rare interview in London with activist Chelsea Manning.
Vanity Fair on his new book, The New Dark Age, Technology and the End of the Future: “The young British artist is spearheading a conceptual-art movement—‘the New Aesthetic'—through Tumblr, Twitter, and Instagram, as he tries to capture technology’s strange effects on society.”
James influential 2017 article on Medium went viral with global syndication, across countless languages. Viewed over 2 million times, it provoked responses from international media and pressured Youtube to terminate over 50 channels targeting children including Business Insider, The Independent, BBC, TechCrunch, The Guardian, Fast Company and many others.
James was voted number 3 on Buzzfeed's Top 10 Tech Heroes of 2017.
He was named one of the 100 Most Influential people in Europe by Wired.
He's the winner of the London Design Museum’s Designer of the Year award.
Winner of the Excellence Award at the Japan Media Arts Festival.
James Bridle coined the term New Aesthetic: the blending of the virtual and physical worlds.