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James Richards, Radio at Night, 2015, digital video, color, sound, 8 minutes. Installation view. Photo: Mark Blower.

James Richards

ICA - Institute of Contemporary Arts, London

James Richards, Radio at Night, 2015, digital video, color, sound, 8 minutes. Installation view. Photo: Mark Blower.

James Richards’s wall-size film-and-audio work Radio at Night, 2015, shows faces and figures whose identities remain unknown: a pair of staring eyes in a close-up clip from a vintage science film about a nervous condition that makes the eyes rapidly twitch; a trio of surgically masked doctors beneath the glare of operating-room lamps; a group of happy revelers emerging from a masked ball. The many animals we see are similarly anonymous—never beloved, named pets, but rather a flock of birds flying in random formation over a rippling sea, a row of freshly slaughtered pigs hanging bloodlessly in an abattoir, or a heap of factory-farmed fish being processed on a conveyor belt.

Richards directs our attention not to the singularity of an individual life but to faceless collectivities. His carefully selected images are mostly culled from his vast archive of found footage, ranging

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