"Stored Potential & Laser Beam Escalator," 2017 Six channel sound installation, video projection and glass melting performance. These three works meet at the crossing of ASMR, Prince Rupert's Drops and motivational/self-help rhetoric. W Y, sound art space, Łódź, Poland.
"Gabo Scream Queen," 2016 Four channel performance/sound installation, 30min
Audio artwork inspired by and composed for Untitled Constructivist Sculpture by Naum Gabo, 1957 which now stands by the entrance to a major department store on Coolsingel in Rotterdam, NL.
"Night Knights," 2016, video/audio installation, 10min 25sec loop
Shown in context of Freierfest, First Annual Festival of Contemporary Art in Odessa, Ukraine
Volume is prepared for deep listening. Please use headphones or earbuds. Watch "Night Knights"
RAAR (Rotterdam Art And Radio) is a streaming platform for Audio Arts,
Sound Art, Debate, Discussion, Music, Performance and more related to
the audible broadcast medium. Produced and performed by Joshua Thies in context of Charlois Speciaal Festival 2016.
"In Free Fall," 2014, Video loop, 18' A specific reaction to Steyerl's essay, this work makes use of media that attempt to synthesize the grounded human experience represented in Google Earth. Locations were chosen based on recent events concerning pirating off the coast of Somalia and container shipping through the Gulf of Aden and the Suez canal. Some of the narrative text comes directly from Steyerl's essay plus original anecdotal material by the artist. Special thanks to SND, Laurie Spiegel, Alva Noto, Avus and Veronica Olivotto for sound, music and field recording contributions. Link to the video: https://vimeo.com/103744166 Please contact the artist for video passwords
Circuits Collection - White Wall Project Each artist is free to use the
theme he or she sees fit, freedom is absolute in this sense, the artist
is free to intervene in the space in any way he or she believes is
suitable. Visitors can observe how diverse forms of expression can coexist within the same
space and become a message. The first edition takes place at Café LaBru, Rotterdam (NL). Artists include: Hanneke van der Werf (NL),
Peter Hoijmakers(NL), Yoshiyuki Koinuma (JP), Joshua Thies (US), Isabel
Marcos (SP), Alejandra Huerta (CHI/NL), Ivo van den Baar (NL), Inge
Aanstoot (NL) and Piet Rogie (NL). More info here.
'Non-action at a distance'
Patterns we can see from such a distance as that of orbiting satellites and gazing at our
planet promote a sense of possession over these territories. The images in this video work were captured via
Google Earth in the outback of Australia and the text comes from various sources about the history of photography and
flight, self-help/motivational books and finally a fictional element written by myself. The drawings capture
various ways of seeing surfaces at both micro and macroscopic distances. The images refer to places on
Earth's surface that can be viewed via satellite or high altitude flight photography as well as microscopic imagery based
on forms created by nano technology. Each image is a mixture of human intervention in the landscape and human
intervention in artificial production of microscopic surfaces. Field recordings of the 'booming desert' phenomenon compose the soundtrack. See stills below.
Radio Program hosted by Audio Foundation: Sound artist, Joshua Thies and Urban Researcher Veronica
Olivotto set out to discover white noise and pollution in Rotterdam, The
Netherlands. Hailing from The United States and Italy respectively, the two have called Rotterdam their home for the past 5 years.
"As the largest port city in Europe, Rotterdam is resonating with
the sound of industry from container yards, major shipping lanes on the
river Maas, freeways across the lowlands, public transit and a small
airport on the outskirts of the city. Noise pollution, from those and
other sources, is perceived as a problem in the city, causing sleep
disorders, increasingly forcing families to move to quieter locations
out of the city. One of the deterrents of noise pollution, ironically, can be
‘white noise’, a competing constant or recurrent sound, dissolving into
the local environment. In this postcard we aim to search for samples of
noise pollution and white noise in the city, find the meaning of these
notions as well as possible points of overlap or ambiguity.” Listen to: Sonic Postcards Episode III
Solo Exhibition: Joshua Thies Art Fair from 6-10 February. 'Non-action at a distance' is a title that
attempts to describe the fundamentals of this work. Both the drawings
and the video work were inspired by many hours floating around our
virtual Earthscape otherwise known as Google Earth. It is not only
about the patterns we can see from such a distance as that of orbiting
satellites but also what gazing at our planet can mean for our sense of
ownership or possession of territory. The images in the video work were
captured via Google Earth in the outback of Australia and the text comes
from various sources about the history of photography and flight,
self-help/motivational books and finally a fictional element written by
myself. In the drawing I wanted to capture various ways of seeing
surfaces at both micro and macro distances. Therefore the images you
see refer to places on Earth's surface that can be viewed via satellite
or high altitude flight photography as well as microscopic imagery based
on forms created by nano technology. Each image is a mixture of human
intervention in the landscape and human intervention in artificial
production of microscopic surfaces.
Creative Culture Exhibition and Conference: Padova, Italy 2012
Duo Exhibition: Joshua Thies & Maziar Afrassiabi Photo Series Installation: "Walls Ooze Ghosts" Sound Installation: "Your Exceptional Future" Development of new voice works with conference attendees
Hellebou Vol.4 Expo at Het Wilde Weten
with works by Marijke Appelman, Joshua Thies, Dico Kruijsse, Inge Anstoot, Jahanne Birkeland, Ellen Henriette Surhke Field recordings made in and around the cabin Hellebou in Helleberg, Norway were composed and performed live at Het Wilde Weten. Photographic documentation of site-specific sculpture made on the cabin grounds. Hellebou Vol.4 Publication Launch
Duo exhibition with Ties ten Bosch and Joshua Thies.
Sound installation "Your Exceptional Future"
and drawing series "Mohammed - Otis Bridge"
were on exhibit in context of Re:Rotterdam Art Fair