Jonah King is a filmmaker and media artist who works on the intersection of cinema and social practice. His work traces the connections between landscape, ecology, ideology and structures of power.

Whether populating a gallery with increasing numbers of security guards; co-choreographing dance narratives with an Indian primary school; bringing friends and their lovers to embrace in his studio; convincing Republican golfers to play a round in the desert; or inviting public school children to imagine a future lived on asteroids; Kingโ€™s work always includes a lot of people. Accordingly, the rituals they perform come to exemplify moments where ideology is enacted through the body.

Jonah King received his MFA from Columbia University, BFA from NCAD, Dublin, and has attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. He has been featured in ArtForum, The Washington Post, and RTE. King is a recipient of the Owen Walsh Award, Andrew Fisher Fellowship, and is represented in the Irish State Collection. His work is exhibited internationally.


Selected Works:

2018    Leisure Sports
2017    All My Friends Are In The Cloud
2016    Upper_Sea
2014    Confluence I

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Leisure Sports (2018)

A series of works developed with Joseph Miller and Richard Milanesi; two California residents, Republicans and avid golfers.

Installation View (Clima Gallery, Milan):

1. How the West Was Won 
(4:1 4K Video Loop. 18m34s. 2018)

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2. The Good News Is He Thinks Iโ€™m God 
(2-Channel HD Loop. LCD TVs,Frames. 18m34s. 2018)

3. Untitled (relic)
(plexiglass, wood, aluminium, resin, stone and sand 91 x 20 x 15 cm. 2018)

4. Joseph Miller, Richard Milanesi, 1851, 2018
(plexiglass, wood, digital print, velvet, 76x64cm. 2018)

All My Friends Are In The Clouds (2017-)

The work grows as I invite more friends to visit my studio with people they love.

1. All My Friends Are In The Cloud (v0.1)
(LCD screens, steel, networked media players. 2017)

2. Uncrossed  (Music video for Arto Lindsay. 2017)   

Upper_Sea (2-channel HD video loop, stretched canvas, carpet, LED lights. 2016)

I combined animation, computer-vision, early cinematic special effect techniques and footage of my students participating in performances around purpose-built sculptural objects, to create this science-fiction video essay. 

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A disembodied voice, evocative of an artificial intelligence program, guides the viewer to a speculative future where consciousness has been emancipated from the human body into digital technology.

Confluence I: : 25.209309, 82.931918 (HD video, 7m50s. 2014)

Together with students from South Point School, Varanasi, we made this dance film about moments in our lives that where something transforms from one state into another;  making coffee; turning plates from dirty to clean and how our dreams come to haunt us in our waking lives.