JOSHUA THORSON
CURRICULUM VITAE

EDUCATION

• Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute                                 Ph.D.—Electronic Arts
09/2009–8/2013
• Bard College                                                               M.F.A.—Film/Video
06/2003–08/2005
• University of Minnesota–Twin Cities                           B.A.—Cultural Studies and Film Studies
09/1996–05/2001


SUPPLEMENTAL EDUCATION

• State University of New York—Albany                        Fiction writing seminars with Lydia Davis and Lynne Tillman
01/2011–-12/2012 
• Minneapolis Community and Technical College         16mm Film Production with Bruce Mamer
09/1999–05/2000


SELECTED SHOWS & EXHIBITIONS


2017
In Xanadu, Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY
• Words & Works, Malmo University, Malmo, Sweden

2016
• "To Music (Act 2)," collaboration with Nick Hallett, Experiments in Opera, NYC
• Words & Works, Rochester Design Center, Rochester, NY

2015
• "64 Minutes," Beulahland, Cameron Mills, NY
• "Oklahoma!," video design, Bard Summerscape, Fisher Center Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
• "To Music (Act 1)," collaboration with Nick Hallett, Experiments in Opera, Roulette, Brooklyn, NY
 "Requiem Reimagined," collaboration with Daniel Fish, Sleeping Giant, and Albany Symphony Orchestra; Troy Music Hall, Troy, NY
• "Urban Renewal," collaboration with Kyle deCamp, OnEdge Festival, Storefront Theater, Chicago, NY

2013
• “Tell Me Everything” [solo], EMPAC, Troy, NY
• “Space Shifters,” Video_Dumbo, Eyebeam, NYC
• “Science Fiction,” Rencontres Internationales Festival, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin
• “Urban Renewal,” collaboration with Kyle deCamp, Crossing the Line Festival, Florence Gould Hall, NYC; New Settings Festival, Theatre de la cité, Paris
• “Moby Dick—Rehearsed” by Orson Welles [video design], Fisher Center, Bard College

2012
• “Science Fiction,” Rencontres Internationales, Palais de Tokyo, Paris
• “Magic Kingdoms,” Pleasure Dome, Toronto
• “Joshua Thorson Videos” [solo], The Thing, NYC
• “Strange Attractors,” Anthology Film Archives, NYC
• “Deep State,” Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival, Chicago, IL

2010
• “Paradise Lost” [video design], American Repertory Theater, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
• “Urban Renewal,” collaboration with Kyle deCamp, EMPAC, Troy, NY
• “Paradox Rules: Narrative Video Works by Joshua Thorson” [solo], EMPAC, Troy, NY
• “Parts and Labor,” Soloway Gallery, NYC
• “d.i.y. sci-fi,” Scope Art Show, NYC

2009
• “Perspectacle Version 1.5,” The New Museum, NYC
• “Girl Monster,” Donau Festival, Austria
• “All Suffering Soon to End,” Callicoon Fine Arts, Callicoon, NY & NYC
• “Time-Life P2,” Taxter and Spengemann Gallery, NYC
• “New York Stories,” Light Industry, NYC
• “dis/BELIEVER: Intersections of Science and Religion in Contemporary Art,”
Columbia College Glass Curtain Gallery, Chicago, IL

2008
• “CELLuloid,” Documentary Fortnight, Museum of Modern Art, NYC
• “Paradise Park” [video design], Signature Theatre, NYC
• Pocket Films Festival, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
• “Kock Fight Club” [video design], Fisher Center for Performing Arts, Bard College
• “Perspectacle,” MIX NYC

2007
• “Free to be…,” Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA
• “Bad Boys,” Pleasure Dome, Toronto, ON
• “More Than Meets the Eye,” Onion City, Chicago, IL
• “Optic Nerve: Opening Night,” MIX NYC

2006
• “Under the Spell,” Rotterdam International Film Festival, The Netherlands

2005
• “Premieres,” Museum of Modern Art, NYC
• “Studio: 7 Months...,” Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC
• International Competition, CinemaTexas, Austin, TX

2004
• “Studio: 7 Months…,” Musee d'Orsay, Paris
• Dumbo Arts Festival, Brooklyn, NY, Saturday


AWARDS/GRANTS/DISTINCTIONS 

• Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant [with Nick Hallett], 2015
• Programme “New Settings” Grant [with Kyle deCamp], Fondation d’entreprise Hermès, 2013 
• Rencontres Internationales Artist Travel Grant [US Embassy], Berlin, 2013 
• New York Theater Workshop Dartmouth Residency [with Kyle deCamp], Dartmouth College, 2013 
• Fisher Center Artists in Residence [with Kyle deCamp], Bard College, 2013 
• Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Fellowship, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 09/2011–08/2013 
• Canadian Video Art Research Fellowship, Vtape [Toronto], 2010 
• Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Assistantship, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 09/2008–09/2011 
• Rotterdam International Film Festival Travel Grant, 2006 
• Curator’s Choice Award, CinemaTexas, 2006 
• Honors Distinction, Milton Avery Graduate School for the Arts, Bard College, 2005 


SELECTED ARTIST TALKS & PRESENTATIONS 

• “Science Fiction,” Rencontres Internationales, Berlin, Germany, 2013
• Urban Renewal, Artist Talkback, New York Theater Workshop Dartmouth Residency, Hanover, NH, 2013
• Urban Renewal, Artist Talkback, Fisher Center at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, 2013
• “Tell Me Everything,” EMPAC, Troy, NY, 2013
• “Josh Thorson Videos,” The Thing, NYC, 2012
• “Strange Attractors,” Anthology Film Archives, NYC, 2012
• Working Group Presentation: “Making a Case for the Arts in a Research University,” Graduate Quorum, Michigan Meeting for the Arts, 2011
• “Paradox Rules,” EMPAC, Troy, NY, 2010
• “CELLuloid,” MoMA, NYC, 2008
• “Under the Spell,” Rotterdam International Film Festival, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 2006
• “Premieres,” MoMA, NYC, 2005


CURATORIAL
 

• “Narrative Video Art: An Introduction,” Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, 2013 
• “The Sense Ritual,” MIXNYC, 2010 
• “A Few People Are Watching: VHS ’09,” Half Inch Half Life, Migrating Forms/X-Initiative, NYC, 2009. 
• “Perspectacle, Version 1.5,” The New Museum, NYC, 2009 
• "Perspectacle," MIXNYC, 2008
• Artfancy Issues 1-3, 2007–09 
• “Video Burnout,” MIXNYC, 2006 


PUBLICATIONS 

• “Aura Satz: Eyelids Leaking Light,” The Wire, March 2015.
• “An Evening in New York,” Connu, April, 2014.
• “Tell Me Everything: A Narrative Video Art Practice,” UMI/ProQuest, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, 2013.
• “Lisa Steele: The Conceptual Anthropology of Narrative Works, 1976-1982,” Vtape, Toronto, 2013. Included in The Complete Works of Lisa Steele DVD boxed-set.
• “The Sense Ritual,” MIX NYC Catalogue, 2010.
• ArtFancy, Issues 1-3, 2007-2009.
• “Perspectacle,” MIX NYC Catalogue, 2008. 
• Rit Premnath, ed., “Science/Séance,” Shifter, Volume 2 Issue #4, 2006. 
• “Between a memory, a portrait, a resolution,” They Shoot Homos Don’t They, Issue 3, 2006.
• “Video Burnout,” MIX NYC Catalogue, 2006.


BIBLIOGRAPHY 

Books
• Suzie Silver, ed., Strange Attractors: Investigations in Non-Humanoid Extraterrestrial Sexualities (Pittsburgh: Inst. for E.T. Sexualities/Encyclopedia Destructica, 2012). 
    Video also included on DVD insert.
• Lauren Cornell, ed., Younger than Jesus: Artist Directory (New York: Phaidon, 2009).
• Neysa Page-Lieberman, ed., dis/BELIEVER: Intersections of Science and Religion in Contemporary Art (Chicago: Columbia College, 2009).
• Alex Gartenfeld, ed., Queer Zines (New York: Printed Matter, 2008).
• Annie Dufour, ed., Gustave Courbet/Tony Oursler: Studio (Paris: Editions Hazan/Musee d’Orsay, 2004).

Articles 
• Joseph Dalton, "Requiem Reimagined: A New Twist on an Old Classic," Albany Times Union, March 22, 2015.
• Ben Sachs, “Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival,” Chicago Reader, June 20, 2012.
• Jeffery Songco, “Fantastic Voyage: An Interview with Christopher Kardambikis,” Bad at Sports, May 8, 2013.
• Bill Stamets, “Onion City Film Festival Goes Way Beyond the Mainstream,” Chicago Sun Times, July 23, 2012.
• Linda Matchan, “Video Projection: Expanding Role in Mainstream Theater,” Boston Globe, March, 2010.
• David Haskell, “Queer Zines,” New York Magazine, January 1-7, 2008.
• Barbara Pollack, “Just Like Courbet’s. Except for a Few Tiny Details,” New York Times, June 5, 2005.
• Lauren Cornell, “Studio,” Time Out NY, Issue No. 517 August 25–31, 2005.
• Lance Esplund, “Lost in Translation,” NY Sun, May 19, 2005.
• Ioannis Mookas, “Midnight at the Oasis,” Senses of Cinema, Issue 33, Oct/Nov., 2004.


BROADCAST APPEARANCES 
• “CELLuloid” [with Sally Berger, MoMA], The Brian Lehrer Show, WNYC, 2008.


SELECTED EDITING
• "Turning" [assistant editor], Antony and the Johnsons, directed by Charles Atlas, 70 minutes, 2012
• "Ocean" [editor], Merce Cunningham Dance Company, directed by Charles Atlas, 100 minutes, 2010
 "Interscape" [editor], Merce Cunningham Dance company, directed by Charles Atlas, 47 minutes, 2008
• "Summerspace" [editor], Merce Cunningham Dance Company, directed by Charles Atlas, 2008


TEACHING
• Rochester Institute of Technology, Visiting Assistant Professor, Fine Art, 2014-2015
• Williams College, Visiting Lecturer in Art, 2012-2013
• Guest Lecturer and Guest Critique, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2009-2012
• Teaching Assistant, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2009-2011