CV

JOSHUA THORSON


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

SUPPLEMENTAL 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

2021

Oklahoma! [projections], London


2020

Oklahoma! [projections], US National Tour


2019

Oklahoma! [projections], Circle in the Square (Broadway), NYC

To Music, Act 4 [projections], Roulette, Brooklyn, NY

Return to Forbidden Planet, [projections], Symphony Space, NYC

• Games for Windows [group show], 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

• Ocean by Charles Atlas, [camera and co-editor], George Eastman Museum

Pinochet Porn by Ellen Cantor, [supervising editor], ICA London; Künstlerhaus Stuttgart;

KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin; mumok, Vienna; Tufts University, Boston; REDCAT, Los Angeles (among others)

• “Words & Text,” [group exhibition], Malmo University, Malmo, Sweden


2016

Pinochet Porn by Ellen Cantor, [supervising editor], Modern Mondays, MoMA, NYC

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

Ocean by Charles Atlas/Merce Cunningham Dance Company, [camera & co-editor], Whitney Biennial, NYC

• “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

AWARDS/GRANTS/DISTINCTIONS/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), 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,” Visual Studies Workshop, 2016

• “The Making of Pinochet Porn,” Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, NYC, 2016

• “Science Fiction,” 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

Tell Me Everything, Williams College School of Art, 2013

• “Strange Attractors,” Anthology Film Archives, NYC, 2012

• “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,” 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 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 Foundations]

· Research Core [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 [Foundations/Photography]

· Moving Image and Contemporary Practice [BFA/MFA Photo]

· Expanded Documentary Film [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

· 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