Jonah King

Jonah King is an interdisciplinarity artist exploring human/nonhuman relations and speculative futures. Their multifaceted world-building projects examine how ecological intimacies influence individual and social identity.




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Jonah King

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“Artist Jonah King explores the warmth of a simple human gesture as it exists within a digital realm.”

— Laura Kennedy, WGLT, NPR Radio

“The individual or social unit requires reconstruction through a series of discrete, contextual points of evidence, videos depict the individual as equally complex and contingent but more monophonically drawn. In Jonah King’s work, the body, intimate as it is, is captured, reproduced, and violently modulated.”

— Adam Harper, Lecturer in the aesthetics of technology in music at Goldsmiths University, Oxford University; critic at The Wire

“Bodies of Water is a sly meditation on life, art and all we leave behind.”

— The Irish Times

“Jonah King considers ecologies of the body in the context of climate change, Artificial intelligence, and the Anthropocene. Jonah’s practice is epistemologically underpinned […] by the proposal that digital media is an ‘evolutionary conclusion’ of stones, minerals and deep time.”

— Joanne Laws, Visual Artists Ireland

“It’s useful to think of Jonah’s work in the scope of his projects rather than the singular pieces they produce—the video and the objects are documentation and perspective of this event happening rather than the event, and the artefact ends up confusing the fact with fiction much like actors and movie props. His work elaborates on elements from para fiction, post-truth tricksters to create loving narratives. It is certainly pointed towards our political climate, but not in the form of didactic political criticism.”

— Anthony Hamilton, Sight Specific Magazine

“I was drawn to the work of Jonah King. There were really sweet moments when both very young children and elderly people were captivated by Jonah’s piece […] the audience was expanded not only in the sense that it was international but also different ages.”

— Artforum

“[Jonah King’s work]celebrates the resilience of human tenderness within the sleepless mechanisms of digital technology. It examines the contradictions of connection in an age when human intimacy is often at odds with our “always-on” digital realities”

— Zach Buckley, Curator at University Galleries ISU

“All My Friends Are In the Cloud (2017 - ongoing), digitally archives moments of intimacy forever - a particularly moving gesture for those whose loved ones have since passed away.”

— Joanne Laws, Visual Artists Ireland