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Rachel James

Rachel James is a Canadian sound-based artist living and working in New York City.

She has exhibited or performed throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe, including at La MaMa, The Watermill Center, MoMA PS1, Uniondocs, Recess, The Painting Gallery, and Spectacle in NY, SFMOMA, Totaldobže in Latvia, Kamppi Chapel in Helsinki, and The New Gallery in Calgary. As a radio documentarian she has worked with Radiolab, This American Life, BBC Radio, and her academic background is rooted in experimental ethnography and oral history. As a documentarian James celebrates integrity in playfulness.


The Pigeon Race

We may be a bit biased subject-wise, but here's a delightful, sound-rich exploration of an endangered sport and community in Maine that's got it all: history, suspense, expertise and devoted participants both human and winged.

What drew you to the pigeon racers? How did you find them, and was there any trepidation on their part about you documenting the race, lest you "get in the way"