Mushi Wooseong James approaches art from an anthropological standpoint. After receiving his BSc in Anthropology from UCL, Mushi relocated to Japan to partake in the JET programme. During his stay, Mushi’s underlining interest in the construction of individual and collective identities through social conditioning and body history led to ‘Microperspectives’, a documentary-style video series developed in an attempt to inform and normalise the seemingly ‘alternative’ lives of Japanese artists residing in Beppu. This body of work was awarded Finalist at Milan Expo in 2015 which he received during his residency at VAR Program in Sausalito, California. During the residency Mushi met artist Alex Nichols and formed a full-time collaborative duo to conceive projects such as the ‘Portable Studio’, ‘Chair Conversations’, ‘Still Conversations’, and more-in-development. Their bodies of work focus on the idea of communication and connection to explore the ‘primal language’, an innate language that transcends gender, language, and culture. Mushi’s perspective is fundamentally informed by his mixed-race experience. Having been raised in South Korea and the UK, his research in navigating the relationship between self and other began early from an effort to understand his own heterogenous background in homogenous settings whether biological or cultural.
Mushi is the Co-Director of TMT (Think Make Tank), a non-profit organisation he founded with Alex in early 2016 in San Francisco. TMT is a space for experiencing ideas through performance and culture. Founded upon the idea that, “an idea must be experienced to become one’s own”, TMT is dedicated to building a community where ideas, experimentation, and improvisation can happen.
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