Josh Rios is faculty at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he teaches courses in visual and critical studies, political science fiction, and institutional critique. As a media artist and scholar, his projects deal with the intersection of globalization, modernity, postmodernity, and neocoloniality along the US-Mexico border. Recent projects and presentations have been featured at The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts (Omaha), the University of Houston (Houston), Andrea Meislin Gallery (NYC), and Sector 2337 (Chicago). Recent writing includes the essay, “A Possible Future Return to the Past,” published in the journal Somatechnics (Edinburgh University Press). Upcoming public activities include a performance for the Mountain Standard Time Performance Festival (Calgary, Canada), the group exhibition, A Debt of Times, at Konstall C (Stockholm), the Truth and Reconciliation Residency at the Santa Fe Art Institute (Santa Fe), and a long-term sound project made possible by a Boston Live Arts Grant (Boston). Additionally, Rios will chair a College Art Association (CAA) session titled, “Latinx Sounds: Auditory Technologies of Resistance and Aural Practices of Social Transformation,” which investigates how the sonic imaginary is mobilized to maintain authority over communities of color and how practices of noise and sound might formulate oppositional publics and engender methods of social transformation.
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