James Curcio’s career as polymath or dilettante (depending who you ask) began around 2001 when he graduated Bard college with the world’s most lucrative degree (Philosophy), and co-founded a media collective. Partially inspired by The Factory, they cranked out media by day for clients ranging from local business to Glaxo Smith Kline and Roche, and avant-garde art weirdness by night.
He left that partnership in NY to focus on a music project in LA, based on Jack Parson’s Babalon Working, which worked out for them about as well as it did for Jack. Following that was ten years half lived on couches, futons, festivals, and conventions across America. During this time he worked on numerous transmedia projects. Some of these included Join My Cult!, a postmodern occult novel satirizing postmodern occultism published by New Falcon, (also of Aleister Crowley and RAW), Disinfo’s anthology Generation Hex, which was launched at Alex and Allyson Grey’s Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, and collaboration with Joseph Matheny and Dave Szulborski, two pioneers of Alternate Reality Games, on various popular ARG related comics, podcasts and websites. He co-starred in a bi-weekly “Gonzomentary” web series. This LSD-soaked, mangled gibberish inexplicably won the Outstanding Lead Actor Award and Outstanding Writing by the 2013 LA Web Series Festival, while receiving an Honorable Mention for Best Documentary at the 6th Philadelphia Independent Film Festival.
He was editor-in-chief of Rebel News, an independent news outlet he founded with “House of Cards” consultant Gregg Housh. He keeps the dilettante tradition of corrupting the youth alive; his previous non-fiction anthologies, Apocalyptic Imaginary and The Immanence of Myth were both curriculum materials for several lit and philosophy courses at SUNY Binghamton. He ceased musical live performance in 2005 with an opening act for Front242, only since releasing studio collaborations on obscure labels you’ve never heard of.
Present projects include Tales From When I Had A Face, Narrative Machines: Modern Myth, Propaganda, and Revolution, and endless research for the forthcoming anthology, Masks: Bowie and Artists of Artifice.