Author Profile: James Bridle is a writer, publisher, journalist and artist.
Name: James Bridle
Timeline: New Dark Age (Technology and the End of the Future) is his ambitious first book which proclaims that there is a radical shift in boundaries of human experiences due to the latest digital age.
Background: James Bridle is born in London in 1980 and is 40 years of age. He completed his Master’s degree in Cognitive Science and Computer Science and specialized in Linguistics and Artificial Intelligence from University of London. James Bridle has worked at New York University as Adjunct Professor on the Interactive Telecommunications Programme. A number of installations and artworks of Bridle have been put up at exhibition in Australia, Europe, Asia and North and South America.
Genre: Being an artist, publisher, writer and journalist James Bridle writes on technology, culture and literature. This increasingly talked about writer and artist considers the relationship between consciousness, culture and technology in his works. Aspects of security apparatus used including asylum seeker deportation and drones in western countries are explored by him in his work. Self-driving cars and drones are amongst his subjects of art.
Literary Contributions: James Bridle writes a column regularly on technology and publishing for the Guardian. He has also worked as writer for The Atlantic, WIRED, Cabinet Magazine, Domus, Icon and a number of other publications.
Unique Stylistic Features: His work, The New Aesthetic “deals with ways in which the networked digital world reaches the offline or the physical world”.
In the year 2018, James Bridle has also selected and organized a group show called the ‘Berlin Exposition Agency’ at the Nome Gallery related to works of the artists, Ingrid Burrington, Morehshin Allahyari, Navine G. Khan-Dossos, Sophia Al Maria, Suzanne Triester, Constant Dullaart and Anna Ridler. Works of various artists were about climate change, mass surveillance and transnational terrorism, rapacious capitalism, anti social media and conspiracy theories.
Bridle broadcast a series in four parts on BBC Radio 4, in April 2019. The series called ‘New Ways of Seeing’ has examines ways in which culture is influenced by technology. The series is also an analogue to John Berger’s Ways of Seeing.
A keynote address was presented by Bridle at the Spy on me 2 Festival held in March 2020 held in Berlin as well as online. He has made a film called Se ti Sabir in 2019 which has its starting point in the Mediterranean Lingua Franca and which was premiered in Berlin on March 19, 2020. The film was due to streaming on the HAU-You Tube channel due to the Corona epidemic.