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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

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