MFA Fine Arts Lecture Series: Josh Kline

Josh Kline

Josh Kline (b. 1979) was born in Philadelphia. He now lives and works in New York, as a curator, collaborator, and artist.

Kline aligns his art with the philosophy of post-humanism. Spanning a wide variety of media with specific focus upon the technologically innovative, his art has an ergonomic sensibility. It is centered upon the ability of humanity to function efficiently within its working environment, with corporeality being marginalized in favor of digital expressions of selfhood. The beating heart of his work is found in the human obsession with an abstract future and the obsessive desire to project onto this imagined existence. It is quintessentially sci-fi that exists as an expression of the contemporaneous obsession with progression; it is a statement of art’s ability to exist at the frontiers of scientific advancement and simultaneously a warning against the potential to strip one’s humanity away to better function within a technocratic society. Kline opposes the often-held belief that technological progress is necessarily positive. There appears to be a commodification of the individual, forced to operate as a near superhuman machine, enhanced by caffeinated drinks, drugs, and accessories. In his work human productivity is improved at the cost of one’s humanity: technological progress comes to serve societal means over the personal and creates a society, which enables the production of commodities that do not truly benefit the masses.

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December 09, 2021
Lectures
MFA Fine Arts Lecture Series: Josh Kline
11:00AM - 12:30PM Zoom
Open to the Public
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December 09, 2021
2021-12-09 11:00 2021-12-09 12:30
Lectures
MFA Fine Arts Lecture Series: Josh Kline
11:00AM - 12:30PM | Zoom
Zoom info below
Open to the Public
This event is free!