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Josh Kline

Josh Kline is a Philadelphia-born (b. 1979) curator, collaborator, and artist based in New York City. His practice touches on the philosophy of post-humanism, producing objects and curating exhibitions centered around how technological innovations impact human behavior and neuroses. For Kline, “It’s about technology changing what it means to be human. There’s a self-actualization aspect to it that’s potentially positive, but I mostly associate it with the relentless push to squeeze more productivity out of workers—turning people into reliable, always-on, office appliances.” For example, his sculptures, installations, and videos often include android with body parts, pharmaceuticals, and sanitizing products as well as references to politics, labor, health and hygiene.

He has exhibited internationally at the following museums and galleries: Astrup Fearnley Museet (Oslo), White Columns (UK), MoMA NY (USA), Glasgow Sculpture Studios, New Museum (USA), Albright-Knox Art Gallery (USA), Whitney Museum of American Art (USA), Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (USA), Walker Art Center (USA), 47 Canal (USA), Modern Art Oxford (UK), Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo (Italy), 9th Berlin Biennial (Germany) and many others.

Josh’s residency occurred January 16-February 1, 2019.

The residency allotted Josh a contemplative environment to research and ruminate a work in progress, a long artist essay about the legacy of conceptual art, the 1960s counterculture, and the relationship to the electoral and political failures of the left in countries like the United States. In between writing, he visited Bataan historical landmarks including the now defunct Philippine Refugee Processing Center.

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