The Gallery at Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar (VCUarts Qatar) has announced that its Crossing Boundaries lecture series for 2022 will start with an online talk by Jonah King, this Monday, 21 February.

The lecture titled, ‘Tomorrow’s Nature’ is free and open to the public. Those interested in the webinar can register online, while further information is available on The Gallery’s website.

You can also check out more details on the Marhaba Calendar.

Exploring ecological intimacies

Born in Dublin, Ireland, and based in New York, King is a media artist, filmmaker and educator who explores how ecological intimacies give rise to culture and identity.

In this specific lecture organised by VCUarts Qatar, he will chart connections between the ecological intimacies, entangled histories and emerging technologies that underpin his cross-disciplinary practice. He will also discuss his process and upcoming collaborative project, Honey Fungus, a sci-fi virtual reality film exploring the interconnectedness of humans and non-humans through underground fungal networks.

Honey Fungus Gem (2021)
Honey Fungus Gem (2021)

Following the lecture this Monday, King will conduct a workshop exclusively for students of VCUarts Qatar and Education City, on 22 February.

The workshop will take place both online and at the VCUarts Qatar Atrium. Participants will explore the creation and use of digital avatars in augmented reality and motion capture, using several software platforms. They will also be introduced to King’s specific approaches in the use of avatars to express the relationship between human beings and nature.

King often invites groups of people to enact performances based on scientific and historical research. The resulting films, sculptures, installations, and technology projects are neither documentation nor storytelling. Instead, they combine the two, world-building new perspectives on experiences shared.

Jonah King

VCUarts Qatar Jonah King
Jonah King

King received a BFA from NCAD, Dublin in 2012 and an MFA from Columbia University, New York in 2016. He attended the Skowhegan Residency in 2016. He had solo exhibitions at Rockford Museum of Art in Chicago, NCAD Gallery in Dublin, University Galleries in Ilinois, Clima in Milan, at Weekend in Seoul, and at Meyohas in New York.

In addition to being part of the Irish State Collection and Irish Arts Council Collection, King’s work has featured in numerous group exhibitions. He was awarded official selections at the Oberhausen Film Festival and London International Motion Pictures Awards and has been recognised with the Owen Walsh Award, Andrew Fisher Fellowship and a Rema Hort Mann Nomination.

King is a current Creative Science Member at NEW INC, the New Museum’s art technology incubator program in New York.

Crossing Boundaries

For over a decade, VCUarts Qatar’s Crossing Boundaries lecture series has been regularly offering the public a chance to interact with and be inspired by world-class designers who – through the application of design thinking, and their cross-disciplinary approaches – provide creative solutions to global concerns. VCUarts Qatar is a partner university of Qatar Foundation.

Following King and the theme of science and design, the next Crossing Boundaries lecture on 28 March will feature British-born Australian sci-fi artist and ‘Body Architect’ Lucy McRae. McRae is a visiting professor at SCIArc in Los Angeles who has spoken at TED, the Royal Albert Hall, Cannes Lion and Tribeca Film Festival. She is regarded as a pioneer who blurs the boundaries across art, architecture, design and technology with a healthy disregard for labels that limit the interdisciplinary practice.

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