Josh Thorson is an artist and writer who lives and works in Rochester, NY and New York City. In his videos and writing, he uses themes such as consciousness, science, religion, love, and the virtual in an exploration of the subjective exchange that takes place in storytelling.
In his video designs for collaborative theater projects, Thorson strives to use video linguistically, as if the projections were another actor or character in the performance.
Thorson's work has been exhibited internationally in venues such as the Museum of Modern Art (NY), Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid, Rotterdam International Film Festival, Onion City Film and Video Festival, among others. His theatrical projection design work has been featured at Bard College's Summerscape Festival, American Repertory Theater (Harvard), Signature Theater (NYC), Crossing the Line Festival (NYC) & New Settings Festival (Paris), among others. He is currently collaborating on an "internet opera" with composer Nick Hallett; "Experiments in Opera" will premiere Act II in December of 2016 in New York City.
Thorson has an MFA from the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College. He was awarded a fellowship from the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to pursue a Ph.D. in Electronic Art, which he completed in 2013. His research interests include narrative video art, narrativity in storytelling and representation, the intersection of documentary and fiction practices, realisms, radical empiricisms, and the representation of the spiritual in cinema.