JOSHUA THORSON

Curriculum Vitae


EDUCATION

09/2009–8/2013

  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Ph.D.—Electronic Art

06/2003–08/2005

  • Bard College, M.F.A.—Film/Video

09/1996–05/2001

  • University of Minnesota–Twin Cities, B.A.—Cultural Studies and Film Studies

Additional Education

07/2016

  • NYS Summer Writer’s Institute, Fiction seminar, Mary Gaitskill & Howard Norman

01/2011–12/2012

  • State University of New York—Albany, Fiction workshop, Lydia Davis & Lynne Tillman

09/1999–05/2000

  • Minneapolis Community and Technical College, 16mm Film Production, Bruce Mamer

SCHOLARSHIP

2020

  • Oklahoma! [projections], US National Tour, 2020-21

2019

  • Oklahoma! [projections], Circle in the Square (Broadway), NYC
  • To Music, Act 4 [projections], Roulette, Brooklyn, NY
  • Return to Forbidden Planet, [projections], Red Bull Theater Company, Symphony Space, NYC
  • Games for Windows [group exhibition], Swampbabes, Rochester, NY

2018

  • Oklahoma! [projections] St Ann’s Warehouse (Off-Broadway), Brooklyn, NY
  • To Music, Act 3 [projections], Issue Project Room, Brooklyn, NY
  • To Music, Act 3 [projections], Mt. Tremper, Phoenicia, NY
  • Source of Light, [projections], Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY

2017

  • In the Matter of J. Robert Oppenheimer [projections], University of Rochester
  • In Xanadu [solo exhibition & residency], Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY
  • Words & Text, [group exhibition], Malmo University, Malmo, Sweden

2016

  • To Music, Act 2 [projections], Experiments in Opera, Merkin Concert Hall, NYC
  • Silver and Gold by Nao Bustamante, [dancer], Modern Mondays, MoMA, NYC
  • Words & Text, [group exhibition], Rochester Design Center, Rochester, NY

2015

  • Urban Renewal [projections], OnEdge Festival, Chicago, IL
  • To Music, Act 1 [projections], Experiments in Opera, Roulette, Brooklyn, NY
  • Oklahoma! [projections], Bard Summerscape Festival, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
  • Compartmented, [group exhibition], Lyric Theater Project Space, Rochester, NY

2013

  • Science Fiction, [group screening], Rencontres Internationales Festival, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin
  • Urban Renewal [projections], Crossing the Line Festival, Florence Gould Hall, NYC; Hermes New Settings Festival, Theatre de la cité, Paris
  • Tell Me Everything [solo screening], EMPAC, Troy, NY
  • Space Shifters, [group screening], Video Dumbo, Eyebeam, NYC
  • Moby Dick—Rehearsed by Orson Welles [projections], Fisher Center at Bard College

2012

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

Selected Past Scholarship

  • Paradise Lost [projections], American Repertory Theater, Harvard University, 2010
  • Perspectacle, [curator], The New Museum, NYC, 2009
  • CELLuloid, [group screening], Documentary Fortnight, Museum of Modern Art, 2008
  • Paradise Park, [projections], Signature Theatre, NYC, 2008
  • Under the Spell, [group screening], Rotterdam International Film Festival, 2006
  • Premieres, [group screening], Museum of Modern Art, NYC, 2005
  • Studio: 7 Months..., [group exhibition], Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC, 2005
  • Studio: 7 Months…, [group exhibition], Musee d'Orsay, Paris, 2004

Editing

  • Pinochet Porn (2008-16) by Ellen Cantor, [supervising editor]; Modern Mondays, MoMA, NYC, ICA London; Künstlerhaus Stuttgart; KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin; mumok, Vienna; Tufts University, Boston; REDCAT, Los Angeles (among others).
  • Turning (2012) by Charles Atlas [assistant editor].
  • Ocean (2010) by Charles Atlas/Merce Cunningham, [camera and co-editor]; Whitney Biennial, NYC, George Eastman Museum, among others.
  • Interscape (2001/2008) by Charles Atlas/Merce Cunningham [editor].
  • CRWDSPCR (2008) by Charles Atlas/Merce Cunningham [additional camera].

Awards/Grants/Residencies

  • Drama Desk Award Nomination, Outstanding Projection Design (Oklahoma!), 2019
  • American Theater Wing Obie Award, Special Citation Award (Oklahoma!), 2019
  • Mt. Tremper Arts Residency (To Music, Act 3), 2018
  • Visual Studies Workshop Artist Residency, 2017
  • Programme “New Settings” Grant [w/ Kyle deCamp], Fdtn. d’entreprise Hermès, 2013
  • Rencontres Internationales Artist Travel Grant [US Embassy], Berlin, 2013
  • New York Theater Workshop Dartmouth Residency [w/ Kyle deCamp], Dartmouth College
  • Fisher Center Artists in Residence [w/ Kyle deCamp], Bard College, 2013
  • Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Fellowship, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2011–
  • Canadian Video Art Research Fellowship, Vtape, 2010
  • Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Assistantship, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute,
  • Rotterdam International Film Festival Travel Grant, 2006
  • Curator’s Choice Award, CinemaTexas, 2006

Artist Talks & Panels

  • In Xanadu, artist talk, Visual Studies Workshop, 2016
  • The Making of Pinochet Porn, panel, Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, NYC, 2016
  • Requiem Reimagined, artist talkback, Troy City Music Hall, 2015
  • Science Fiction, artist talkback, Rencontres Internationales, Berlin, Germany, 2013
  • Urban Renewal, artist talkback, New York Theater Workshop @ Dartmouth College, 2013
  • Urban Renewal, artist talkback, Fisher Center at Bard College, NY, 2013
  • Strange Attractors, artist talkback, Anthology Film Archives, NYC, 2012
  • Making a Case for the Arts in a Research University, Graduate Quorum participant, Michigan Meeting for the Arts, 2011
  • Paradox Rules, artist talk, EMPAC, Troy, NY, 2010
  • CELLuloid, artist talkback, Documentary Fortnight, MoMA, NYC, 2008

Published Writing

  • Atlas, Charles, et al. Charles Atlas. JRP Ringier Kunstverlag, 2018.
  • “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. [Ph.D. Dissertation].
  • “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.
  • “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).
  • 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, 2004).

Articles

  • Ben Brantley, “A Smashing Oklahoma is Reborn in the Land of Id,” New York Times, April 7, 2019.
  • Sara Holdren, “Where Storm Clouds Loom Above the Plain,” New York Magazine Vulture, October 8, 2018.
  • Jeffery Songco, “Fantastic Voyage: An Interview with Christopher Kardambikis,” Bad at Sports, May 8, 2013.
  • Ben Sachs, “Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival,” Chicago Reader, June 20, 2012.
  • 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.
  • Rit Premnath, ed., “Science/Séance,” Shifter, Volume 2 Issue #4, 2006.
  • 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.


TEACHING

Awards

  • RIT, 2019-2020 Richard & Virginia Eisenhart Provost's Award for Excellence in Teaching

Appointments

10/2019–present

  • RIT, School of Photographic Arts & Sciences, Director of MFA in Photography & Related Media

07/2015–present

  • RIT, School of Photographic Arts & Sciences, Assistant Professor, Fine Art Photography

Classes taught:

      • 4D Design [BFA]
      • Advanced Video for Photographers [BFA]
      • Research Core II [MFA Photo]
      • Moving Image and Contemporary Practice [BFA/MFA Photo]
      • Integrated Practices II [MFA Photo]
      • NYC Fine Art Photo Field Trip [BFA/MFA Photo]
      • 360 Storytelling [BFA Photo]
      • Thesis [MFA Photo]
      • Graduate Seminar [MFA Photo]
      • Imaging Workshop: Writing as Practice [MFA Photo]

08/2014–2015

  • RIT, School of Photographic Arts & Sciences, Visiting Assistant Professor, Fine Art Photography

Classes taught:

      • 4D Design [BFA]
      • Moving Image and Contemporary Practice [BFA/MFA Photo]
      • Expanded Documentary [Art History]

09/2012–06/2013

  • Williams College, Department of Art, Visiting Lecturer in Art

Classes taught:

      • Introduction to Video [Art]
      • Writing for Film, Video, and Performance [Art/English]
      • Artists Respond to Dangerous Times [Art/American Studies]

09/2009–05/2011

  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Department of the Arts, Teaching Assistant/Co-Instructor

Classes taught:

      • Media Studio: Video, with Associate Professor Igor Vamos [Art]
      • Creativity and I.T., with Associate Professor Igor Vamos [IT]
      • Deep Listening, with Professor Pauline Oliveros [Art]
      • Multimedia Century, with Professor Michael Century [Art]

Service

  • Rochester Institute of Technology
      • Institute Writing Committee [Institute], as co-chair, 2019-present
      • Institute Writing Committee [Institute], 2017-present
      • 4D Design Coordinator [CAD], 2015-present
      • Foundations Committee, ad hoc participation [CAD], 2015-present
      • MIC Center Committee [CAD], 2018
      • Video Wall Committee with John Aasp [CAD], 2017-18
      • Moving Media Committee [Photo], 2015-present
      • Photo Curriculum Committee, [Photo], 2018-19
      • MFA Curriculum Committee [Photo], 2017-18
      • Honors Committee [Photo], 2017-18