Crossing Boundaries Lecture Series
Can we truly draw lines between the human world and the natural world? Can one exist without the other?
“When you look closely, the distinction between a person and their surrounding ecology is very diffuse,” explains artist and filmmaker Jonah King. It is in the exploration of these blurred boundaries where this multi-media artist finds his artistic inspiration, direction and connection with his audience.
“I am interested in bodies, identity, and landscape […]. Focusing on this destabilizes cultural beliefs that separate us, delineate identity groups, and construct an artificial separation from nature.”
Through his work and collaborations, King invites his audience to join in this exploration “collectively” and in doing so, to deconstruct the inner mechanisms of human nature and to re-assemble a new perspective on the human experience and human consciousness.
Join artist Johan King in this lecture “Tomorrow’s Nature” on bridging the human and natural worlds thought emerging technologies and participate in a related workshop on the creation of digital avatars in Augmented Reality and Motion Capture.
Media artist and Filmmaker
Jonah King is a media artist, filmmaker and educator examining how ecological intimacies give rise to culture and identity.
Born in Ireland, based in New York, King received a BFA from NCAD, Dublin in 2012 and an MFA from Columbia University New York in 2016, and attended the Skowhegan Residency in 2016.
Solo exhibitions of his work have been held at Rockford Museum of Art, Chicago; NCAD Gallery, Dublin; University Galleries, Ilinois; Clima, Milan; Weekend, Seoul; and Meyohas, New York.
King’s work has featured in numerous group exhibitions, including the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; The Jewish Museum, New York; Hesse Flatow Gallery, New York; Fotografiska, Stockholm. He has been awarded official selections at the Oberhausen Film Festival and London International Motion Pictures Awards.
Jonah King’s work is part of the Irish State Collection and Irish Arts Council Collection.
King received an Owen Walsh Award, Andrew Fisher Fellowship and a Rema Hort Mann Nomination. They have featured in Artforum, The Irish Times, Mousse Magazine, Sixty Inches From Center and Washington Post.
King is a current Creative Science Member at NEW INC, the New Museum’s art technology incubator program in New York where he is working on ‘Honey Fungus’, a virtual reality film exploring the interconnectedness of human and non-humans through underground fungal networks supported by Science Sandbox, The Simons Foundation and the Irish Arts Council.
Feb 21, 2022 ― 7 to 8:30 PM
Crossing Boundaries Lecture series:
Feb 22, 2022 ― 5 to 7 PM
Creation and use of digital avatars in Augmented Reality and Motion Capture (For VCUarts Qatar and Education City only)
Yara El-Sherbini: Forms of Regulation and Control, curated by Naeem Mohaiemen, at CUE Art Foundation