Application to Spectropolis, 2004
Artist Statement
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Project Timeline
Josh Kinberg Bio and CV

Joshua Kinberg Bio and CV

Joshua Kinberg
840 West End Ave., Apt. 3E
New York, NY 10025

(201) 328-4547

Joshua Kinberg is an emerging technology artist and activist. He creates contagious media and politically expressive art pieces engaging a wide array of technologies from web development to hardware hacking. In 2004, Joshua focused his efforts on defeating the presidential reelection campaign of George W. Bush. Joshua's Sloganator Memorial Slideshow, celebrating the Bush/Cheney campaign’s short-lived, ill-fated, online poster creation tool, has been emailed to thousands upon thousands of people, attracting roughly half a million visitors within 8 weeks. Bluetooth Users Against Bush, a website encouraging anti-Bush participants to create "moments of ad-hoc solidarity" using Bluetooth-enabled devices (mobile phones, PDAs, laptop computers), became an overnight craze and warranted cease and desist threats from the Bluetooth Special Interest Group. Bikes Against Bush, which will use wireless bikes to protest the 2004 Republican National Convention, has already garnered Kinberg national attention with interviews on CNN and MTV, amongst others. Joshua has exhibited artwork in numerous galleries and has received of a number of artistic grants and awards. He has been an instructor at Parsons School of Design, Eyebeam, and the Queens Museum of Art. He earned an MFA in Design and Technology from Parsons School of Design in 2004, and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in Art and Art History from the College of William and Mary in Virginia in 2001.


Parsons School of Design, New York
MFA candidate in Design and Technology
Expected graduation, 5/2004

College of William and Mary, Virginia
BA, Art/Art History, 1998-2001
Graduated Summa Cum Laude

Richmond International University, London
Semester study abroad, 2000

Corcoran School of Art, Washington, DC
Additional summer art courses, 1998-1999

University of Virginia, Virginia
Completed liberal arts study, 1997-1998

Major Projects

Bikes Against Bush, 2004
Bikes Against Bush transforms ordinary bicycles into Internet-enabled, tactical media "weapons" for non-violent, creative resistance to the 2004 Republican National Convention in NYC. First and foremost, Bikes Against Bush is a wireless bicycle consisting of an ordinary bicycle with an embedded laptop computer, a Bluetooth-enabled cell phone affixed to the handlebars, a GPS device, and a webcam. In addition, Bikes Against Bush incorporates a homemade, mechanical printing device that contains a series of spray-chalk aerosol cans, and can print text messages from web users to street surfaces while it cruses around.

Bluetooth Against Bush, 2004
Bluetooth Against Bush uses bluetooth enabled devices (mobile phones, PDA's, laptop computers) to create moments of ad-hoc solidarity for people opposed to George W. Bush and his disastrous policies. The site encourages people to set the name of their device to "Bluetooth Against Bush," and make it "discoverable." Bluetooth Against Bush is a fun and subtle way to show your solidarity with the anti-Bush movement and discover people in your immediate vicinity who feel the same way. When you are in a crowded area, you can use your bluetooth enabled device to scan for other bluetooth devices. If you find other devices named "Bluetooth Against Bush," then you know other participants are within 20-30 ft. of you!

Magicbike, 2003-2004
Over the last year, I have assisted Yury Gitman in the development of Magicbike. Magicbike is a mobile WiFi hotspot that gives free Internet connectivity wherever its ridden or parked. Magicbike explores new delivery and use strategies for wireless networks by disappearing into the urban fabric and bringing Internet access to yet unserved spaces and communities. It is perfect for setting up ad-hoc Internet connectivity for art and culture events, emergency access, public demonstrations, and communities on the struggling end of the digital-divide. Magicbike has been featured in the New York Times and Time Out, New York.

HelloWorld Project, 2003
The HelloWorld Project provided an opportunity for people all over the world to project their own message onto well-known buildings and landmarks in the four cities of Mumbai, Geneva, Rio de Janeiro and New York from December 9th to 12th, 2003. Messages were submitted from the project’s website or by sending a cell phone text message. In New York, messages were projected onto the United Nations building, and each location could be viewed on the website via live streaming video. At the UN building, Magicbike enabled the Internet uplink for HelloWorld, and I helped provide technical assistance. The HelloWorld Project was a gift of Switzerland as the host country to the UN World Summit on the Information Society, being held in Geneva from December 10th – 12th, 2003, and was produced by Swiss media artist, Johannes Gees., 2002
I designed and programmed, a satirical website exposing subtle forms of racism, created in collaboration with Jonah and Chelsea Peretti. Launched as an experiment in contagious media, BlackPeopleLoveUs quickly received over 1 million unique visitors, and was featured by the New York Times, Good Morning America, Black Entertainment Television (BET), and National Public Radio (NPR). Cleverly disguised as a personal website, BlackPeopleLoveUs uses humor as a vehicle for social commentary and explores the web as a medium for performance and artistic expression.

Teaching Experience

NYC Grassroots Media Conference, 2004
Blogging 101

What began as a simple Internet fad a few years ago has transformed into a surprising and effective challenge to "Big Media." Weblogs, or “blogs,” have made publishing online easier than ever before, enabling a new breed of amateur and independent journalists that are shaping public opinion, and democratizing media. This workshop will teach participants how to build their own blog. We will go over the features of some of the more popular blogging platforms, and discuss the culture of blogging and its effects on media and society.

Bootcamp, Parsons MFADT, 2003

All incoming MFA candidates in the Design and Technology program must take Bootcamp as an entry requirement. Bootcamp is a rigorous crash course with three areas of focus: Web, Code, and Design. As an instructor for the Web section, I taught HTML, the basics of CSS and Javascript, and critical thinking in regards to the Web, interface design, usability, hyper-narrative, and experience design. For their final projects, students were challenged to create "web experiences" rather than web sites.

Eyebeam Digital Day Camp, 2003
Focusing on the themes of civil disobedience and cyber-activism, teams of high school students were challenged to raise public awareness of specific issues relevant to their lives. Students developed their concepts in three-tier communication campaigns utilizing blogs (personal web logs), contagious media (use of emails or web sites designed to be evocative forwarded from friend to friend, spreading virally), and guerilla broadcasting (use of cell phones with audio/video capabilities and community access television networks). DDC 2003 culminated with an exhibition in Eyebeam's Chelsea gallery space and a live television performance on Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN).

Substitute Teacher, Fairfax County, VA, 2001-2002
As a substitute teacher I taught a wide-ranging variety of classes, subjects, and grade levels. It was quite a learning experience, and helped me refine my communication skills to be able to work with Kindergartners and High School students alike.

Invited Lecture Presentations

NYU, Gallatin School, Digital Activism: Strategies for Social Change, New York, NY, 4/2004
Version>04: InvisibleNetworks
, Bikes Against Bush Demonstration, Chicago, IL, 4/2004
16Beaver, Artist’s Talk, New York, NY, 2/2004


Dean's Scholarship, Parsons School of Design, 2002-2003
Artist's Grant, Vermont Studio Center, 2002
American Design Award, Graphic Design: USA, 2001
Cover Award, The Gallery, 2001
Best Short Video, W&M Film Festival, 2000
Third Place Futures Prize, Stockley Gardens Arts Festival, 2000
Best New Artist, The Gallery, 1999

Artist in Residence

Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT, 1/2002

Solo Exhibitions

Emerging Artist Spotlight, Daily Grind, Williamsburg, VA, 4/2001

Group Exhibitions

Biennial of Electronic Arts, Perth, Perth, Australia, 9/2004
Design and Technology Thesis Show
, Parsons School of Design, New York, NY, 6/2004
Version>04: InvisibleNetworks, Chicago, IL, 4/2004
Design and Technology Winter Show, Parsons School of Design, New York, NY, 2/2004
Art Romp 13, Warehouse Gallery, Washington, DC, 7/2002
Artoconecto, Artoconecto Studio Annex, Washington, DC, 6/2002
Small Works on Paper, Gallery One, Asheville, NC, 5/2001
Senior Exhibition, Andrews Gallery, Williamsburg, VA, 5/2001
Genesis Exhibition, Penninsula Fine Arts Center, Newport News, VA, 4/2001
Tangelo Exhibition, Andrews Gallery, Williamsburg, VA, 4/2001
W&M Film Festival, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA, 10/2000
Stockley Gardens Arts Festival, Stockley Gardens, Norfolk, VA, 9/2000
Synoddity, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA, 3/1999
Faculty Juried Exhibition, Andrews Gallery, Williamsburg, VA, 4/1999


Graphic Design: USA. 2001. {Design Award Annual}
The Gallery. 1999-2001. {Art and Literary Magazine of the College of William and Mary}
Lumps In My Oatmeal. The Flat Hat. 1999-2001. {Weekly Comic Strip}

Press and Reviews

Ankeny, Jason. Magicbike is the Wheel Deal. Wireless Review. 2/1/2004.
Sweetingham, Lisa. Hot Wheels: Souped-Up Bikes Deliver Wi-Fi Juice for Cheap. TimeOut, NY. 1/22/2004.
Gallagher, David. Using a Bicycle to Uplink on a Downtown Platform. New York Times. 12/15/2003.
Spotlight On…Joshua Kinberg: “Spreads the Love” on the Internet. Parsons Insight. 4/2003
Ogunnaike, Lola. Black-White Harmony: Are You Kidding Me? New York Times. 11/17/2002.

Professional Experience

Oddcast Media Technologies, New York, NY, 2003
Design for Contagious Media and Promotional Strategies

Developed strategies for contagious media and web-based promotional campaigns for Oddcast’s [V]Host, SitePal, and GreetingPal products. Implementations included rich media viral email campaigns, interactive Flash animation, and HTML-formatted email promotions. In addition, I also created materials for such clients as Howard Stern, Primedia, Sony Music Entertainment, and Universal Music Group.

The Ophelia Project, 2002

The Ophelia Project is a non-profit organization based in Erie, PA, that initiates programs in schools and communities to help teenage girls cope with issues such as relational aggression, eating disorders, and low self-esteem. I designed and programmed their website, which was part of a successful campaign to expand the organization from a local focus to a national scope.

WALCOFF Technologies, Fairfax, VA, 2000
Graphic and Web Design

Responsible for graphic design, programming, and maintenance of websites for a variety of clients. Samples of work can be viewed at the following URL’s:
Website for DARPA research project. Award winning site design.
Website for Country Music singer/songwriter. Included Flash animation, Real Audio sound clips, and a message board. {No longer active}
Website for Congressman Joe Skeen, NM. {No longer active}
Marketing demo for potential DARPA clients. Included Flash animation and streaming Real Audio sound clips.

Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), Alexandria, VA, 1999
Development, Membership, and Individual Giving

Assisted in planning 1999 PBS Development Awards Conference in Miami, FL. Reformatted PBS Membership Academy training packets. Additional administrative duties included customer service, database maintenance, creating mailing lists, and Intranet posting.

Computer Skills

Software: After Effects, BBEdit, Director, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Flash, Illustrator, Image Ready, Max/MSP, Media 100, Microsoft Office (Access, Excel, Powerpoint, Word), Photoshop, Premiere, Protools, PureData, Quark, Reason, SoundEdit 16

Programming: HTML, XHTML, CSS/DHTML, Javascript, Actionscript, Lingo, Applescript, VXML, XML, PHP, mySQL, Perl, C/C++, pBASIC