Josh Berson


Josh Berson is an essayist, novelist, procedural tinkerer, and bothy enthusiast. His work addresses the technological scaffolding of sensorimotor habits over epochs of 10 to 100,000 years, where he gives special attention to scale: the coupling of the intimate (eating, sleeping, moving, sensing) and the evolutionary (sentience, capitalism, niche exhaustion). He is the author of Computable Bodies (2015), The Meat Question (2019), and Ditch Kit (forthcoming 2020) and has held research appointments at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, and the Berggruen Institute, Los Angeles, along with artist’s residencies at Shiro Oni Studio, Onishi, Gunma, Japan, and LUST (now RNDR), The Hague. At Bogong CSC he will be continuing his work — incorporating field recording, procedural composition, and essay — on the theme of how we resolve the spectral envelope of the acoustic world around us into a coherent auditory scene and what emancipatory political possibilities arise from our inability to fully resolve the sonic world.