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James Rushton — 'Milky'

MA work

Infracontra – Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea

Infrasonic Control is an ongoing research project exploring and mapping infrasound (inaudible low-frequency waves > 20hz) levels within communities. Infrasound has long been known by science to create nausea, respiration difficulty, anxiety and fear within humans. It has also been known to mutate bacteria and is possibly believed to be related to grey matter. In order to monitor these levels of infrasound, self-adapted geophones (seismic sensors) are used on location. The project itself is firmly grounded in the theory of Vibrational Anarchitecture: that the low-frequency resonation of buildings create ambient infrasound in urban environments along with all other sources of urban infrasonics. The work questions whether this repeated exposure to infrasound is being used as a means of systemic societal control, through the perpetuation of ecological fear seen in rentier capitalism.


  • MA Degree


    School of Arts & Humanities


    MA Contemporary Art Practice, 2019



  • James Rushton's work is situated within unsound research, moving image and installation. Presenting ideas and questions focused on communities and, more specifically, gated communities; that is, gates to keep people in or gates to keep people out. However, these gates are not always obvious or visible. Through forensic unsound research, the work attempts to present new or possibly forgotten and ignored ways of understanding these gates and ultimately, the disparity they represent through a perpetuated ecology of fear. The work also attempts to ask broader questions related to class, rentier capitalism, sonic agency and the materiality of sound.

  • Degrees

  • BA Fine Art, Falmouth University, 2015
  • Experience

  • Co-founder and creative director, From Concentrate, London, 2016–present; Art director and live visual artist, Husky Loops, London, 2017–present
  • Exhibitions

  • Degree Show, Royal College of Art, London, 2019; 'Togetherness', Assembly Point, London, 2019; Work-in-progress Show, Royal College of Art, London, 2018; The Embassy Tea Gallery, London, 2015; The Poly Gallery, Falmouth, 2015