Billiam James is an artist, writer, composer, and activist. What does he care about? People, emotions, and mental health. His mission? To change the way we act, by changing the way we feel… about ourselves, and about each other.
Billiam combines storytelling, visual art, music, theatre, interactive digital technologies, and social activism to create multimedia artistic works focused on social issues.
Over the past three decades he has produced work addressing the following themes:
- Rights for people with intellectual disabilities
- Over-medicalization of human behaviour
- Environmental activism
- Free speech and political censorship
- Ethics and social decision-making
- Political decision-making
- Creativity and social-labeling
- Sexual identity and the medicalization of our aspirational identities
- The effect of technology and capitalism on our aspirational identities
Billiam James is co-founder of The James Gang, which he established in 1989 with his partner Franke James.
The James Gang works with government agencies, corporations and non-profit organizations to help create positive social change with a focus on environmental, health care, and social justice issues. The James Gang is working with Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change to manage and upgrade the province’s online air quality monitoring system. They also work with Data Based Medicines and Dr. David Healy to raise public awareness adverse reactions to medical treatments build world-wide database of patient-reported Adverse Drug Reactions. See: https://www.rxisk.org/
Billiam is also the inventor of Verbotomy the daily create-a-word game and comic, which was published in “b”, Baltimore’s free daily newspaper, He is also co-creator with Franke James of office-Politics, the game everyone plays. His work at The James Gang has included interactive projects for the Forest Stewardship Council, Ontario Government, Upper Canada College, Kids4Peace, Umbra, Roots, Sony Music, and Edward de Bono. Billiam’s artistic work includes a series of interactive, computer-driven, multimedia installations which have been exhibited in art galleries across Canada. His musical comedy, Control Alt Delete, premiered at Toronto’s Poor Alex Theatre in 1999. His 1987 installation for Guerrilla Tactics included real-time video integration with user input, consumer profiling, and electronic commerce, foreshadowing the biggest trends in technology and communications by almost a decade. He lives and works in Vancouver B.C.