Joshua Simon

2011-2013 Vera List Center Fellow
Joshua Simon is a curator, filmmaker and writer living in Tel Aviv-Jaffa, whose fellowship is part of the Thingness cycle of VLC programs.

Programs and projects
Towards Neomaterialism: Barricades vs. Shipping Containers, Neomaterialism: On the Subjectivity and Vitality of Things, and United States of Palestine-Israel: Here and Elsewhere.

During his fellowship term, Simon investigated the object through various "stagings"—the auction, the experiment, the tag, the classified advertisement, the forwarded message—in order to examine historical and contemporary notions of the object as commodity.

Simon is the founding co-editor of Maayan Magazine for Poetry and Literature and The New & Bad Art Magazine, and editor of Maarvon – New Film Magazine, all based in Tel Aviv-Jaffa. Among his publications are Red: Poems of the Working Class and Out! – Poets Against the Attack in Gaza (2008) both anthologies in Hebrew and Arabic (co-editor, May Day, 2007). He is also the co-editor of The Aesthetics of Terror (Charta, 2009), and the editor of United States of Palestine-Israel, published in the Solution series by Sternberg Press (2011).

Recent curatorial projects include ReCoCo – Life Under Representational Regimes (co-curated with Siri Peyer, White Space, Zurich and Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna, 2011), The Unreadymade (FormContent, London, 2010), Internazionale! (Left Bank, Israeli Communist Party Culture Club, Tel Aviv, 2008), and Come to Israel, It's Hot and Wet and We Have The Humus! (Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York, 2008).

A graduate of the School of History at Tel Aviv University, Simon is currently in the Curatorial Knowledge PhD program in the Visual Cultures Department at Goldsmiths College, London. He teaches at Minshar College of Art and is head of theory studies, postgraduate program, at Hamidrasha College of Art, Tel Aviv. (Biography as of 2011)

Below, download the Introduction to Simon's Neomaterialism, 2013, Sternberg Press. Simon worked on aspects of this book during his fellowship.
      • K Neomaterialism by Joshua Simon, Introduction excerpt, 2013, Sternberg Press Download - pdf (464 kB)