Polymath and Thinker

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Joshua Jennings attended the University of Chicago and the NYU Tisch School of the Arts for Film and Theater in New York City. As a youth, he interned summers at the Bonner Particle Physics Laboratory at Rice Univeristy in Houston, attended ecological studies in Coasta Rica with Duke University, and studied political science and philosophy at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

He has worked on a wide range of projects.  At Rice University in Houston, he worked on the construction of a particle detector for Fermi Lab in Chicago. In New York City, he worked on productions at the legendary Mabou Mines experimental theater, assisted with the planning and construction of the exhibition space at the Guggenheim Museum, and was an assistant curator at the Grey Art Gallery on Washington Square. In Los Angeles he worked with music video studios as a production assistant and technical director for streaming services.

Joshua’s professional positions include serving as Technical Director for various international marketing and communications agencies in both the US and Germany and as SaaS Director for Cloud and Mobile Solutions for a leading manufacturer of electronic measuring instruments.

Joshua’s understanding of technological, artistic, and philosophical concepts informs his universal approach to knowledge and facilitates his ability to apply diverse ideas and skills to literature, art, design, and technology.

Joshua sees culture similar to a living ecological system with the constant interplay of forces readjusting the direction of culture and affecting the health and survival of its participants. He believes that the ideas and solutions we create today should have a beneficial and lasting effect on generations to come.

Joshua Jennings currently lives in Freiburg, Germany; he works in Freiburg and Los Angeles, California.

Projects

Earth with Man
Earth with Man

Understanding the relationship between Earth and Man

On a journey covering over 13,000 miles and nearly a third of the continental United States and Canada, Josh Jennings along with his wife and three children sets out to discover what lies behind the intimate, yet often contradictory and antagonistic relationship between Earth and Man.

The Made Space
The Made Space

A New Space for New Art

Started in 2016, The Made Space is an art and design studio founded by Los Angeles designers and artists, Josh and Zach Jennings. The Made Space is not only a showroom and gallery in the traditional sense, where contemporary works of design and art are on display, but The Made Space develops new approaches to presenting and producing works of art and design.

ShortWorks Publishing
ShortWorks Publishing

A Journal of Culture and Society

Started in 2014, ShortWorks is an independent publishing group that compiles short, compelling works, from arts, music, literature, social criticism, history, science, and technology.  These works share attention to detail, critical thought, and common sense and offer stimulating ideas for further creative and critical endeavors.

Writings

En attendant le jour
En attendant le jour

Published by ShortWorks, 2015. Freiburg & Los Angeles.

Although just eleven poems, this slim book is an innovative and evocative poetic achievement of contemporary literature. Regarded by respected critics and writers as highly competent, En attendant le jour is a tour de force in poetry.

The Sonnets to Orpheus: Part I
The Sonnets to Orpheus: Part I

Published by ShortWorks, 2015. Freiburg & Los Angeles.

In this new translation of Part I of Rilke's famous sonnet cycle, Joshua Jennings shows his craftsmanship and skill in shaping a superb translation of these unique and difficult poems. Jennings's translations is one of the most authentic renditions available today and proves that poetry still has a solid place in our contemporary lives.

The Incomplete Reichenau Sonnets
The Incomplete Reichenau Sonnets

Published by ShortWorks, 2014. Freiburg & Los Angeles.

The Incomplete Reichenau Sonnets offers a counterpoint to the profane, technical world of our foreseeable future when the written word may be nothing more than information to be indexed and searched. These poems suggest that perhaps in the midst of our technical advancements, we are entering a new Dark Age in which our future hope for safeguarding our culture, and ultimately our humanity, will be through ardent, individual efforts like those of the anonymous monks of Reichenau.

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