Valencia James is an interdisciplinary artist from Barbados interested in the intersection between dance, theater, technology and activism. Her works have explored remote interdisciplinary collaboration, artist-driven open-source software tools and the combination of live performance with immersive interactive technologies.
Valencia is a recipient of numerous scholarships, and fellowships, including the 2014 danceWEB scholarship at Impulstanz Festival in Vienna, the 2020 Rapid Response Fellowship at Eyebeam NYC, and the 2021-2022 Sundance Interdisciplinary Fellowship. She has had residencies at Workshop Foundation, Budapest; 3:Vaningen, Gothenburg; the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University and the 2022 Sundance Interdisciplinary Lab at MassMoCA.
She has presented work at the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence 2015, SIGGRAPH 2021, Gray Area Festival 2021 and the 2022 New Frontier exhibition at Sundance Film Festival.
Valencia is currently pursuing an MFA in Art Practice at the University of California, Berkeley, where she is researching how traditional Caribbean cultural and spiritual forms have been used by communities in active resistance and problem-solving in the face of colonial systems.