Joss Areté is a queer avant-pop media artist whose work incorporates interactive emerging technology (web/XR), film, music, dance, literature, and immersive event design.
Born in NYC, they currently live in Britain via the Global Talent 'Promising Leader' visa, after graduating with Distinction from the MA in Creative Writing at the University of Manchester, where they were Editor of the MA anthology.
In 2023, they worked as Creative Producer for Cinimod Studio, produced a touring immersive puppet show for children with the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and served as a freelance editor with a novelist on their second book together. They received a Studio/Lab residency from FACT in Liverpool, in-kind support from HOME in Manchester, and developed innovative projection-mapping work that began with the help of their 2022 Arts Council of England 'Developing Your Creative Practice' grant.
They have directed music videos & contemporary dance films, & their first feature film as director and producer, the festival-premiering Your Friends Close, is currently streaming on Amazon.
Their multimedia project, Cassandra, begins with a single & surrealist video & continues with an upcoming novel & EP. In 2021, they were a resident artist at Spirit Studios. They’ve devised immersive experiences throughout Los Angeles, toured as a musician, & produced large-scale creative conferences, including the Transforming Hollywood conference (USC/UCLA) & other future-focused symposiums during their time working for pioneering media scholar Henry Jenkins.
Their web design work includes sites for Jeanette Winterson, Henry Jenkins, the Civic Imagination Project, & the award-winning MacArthur-funded Digital Civics Toolkit. Their non-fiction writing has been published in Pop Culture and the Civic Imagination as well as online. They have been a Guest Lecturer in UX for Digital Design MA students at the University of Leeds, and in Multimodal Storytelling for Arts Journalism MA students at the University of Southern California. Additionally, they work as a "creative doula," aka freelance editor, creative producer & pitch developer, for screenwriters, novelists, and immersive performance creators.
They answer to any pronoun & are likely to rebel against any box.