Josh Thorson is an artist and writer who lives and works in New York City and Rochester, NY. 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. More recently, his work focuses on the intersections of modernist ideals, the nuclear family, and global capitalism. In his video designs for collaborative theater projects, Thorson strives to use video linguistically, as if the projections were another 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.