Kruno Jošt, born 1973 in Zagreb, Croatia, studied painting at Art Academy Zagreb, continued studying “Free Direction” at Gerrit Rietveld Kunstakademie in Amsterdam, and obtained MFA in New Media Arts at Transart Institute, Berlin.
Using trandisciplinary methods while researching connections between art and (its) environment, he works in media of sound, video, performance, site specific installation, on-line archives (blog, video and photo archives and interactive works) and living nature. Jošt most recent interest is in environmental art trough connections of humans, non humans and technology. Themes he often elaborates are autonomy and systems.
Recent exhibits include Stützpunkt Teufelsberg, Berlin, Tiefgarage Galery, Cologne, MZA Ecoworld in Bangalore India, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rijeka, K6/4 Art Center in Ljubljana, Concent Art Gallery in Berlin and festivals such as Invisible Cities in Gorizia, Italy, ImproCon in Kumrovec, Croatia, Arte.mov festival in Belo Horizonte, Brazil; HAIP festival in Ljubljana, Slovenia; PD convention in Sao Paulo, Brazil; KIBLIX festival in Maribor, Slovenia…
Jošt is acting through GentleJunk collective since 2006, collaborating on multimedia participatory works and in improvised music collectives: Impromondays, Live Noise Tupi and Noise Wall. He was one of the founders and editors of magazine for culture 04 - Megazine for Reality Hacking, one of the founders of Internet radio network “Free Radio: Station MIR (FRSM)”, and running GentleJunk NetLabel for non-conventional sound and music. He also initiated ongoing research on exchange in Free and Open Culture Between Brazil and Croatia and New Media Cross-Border project focusing on cross border issues between Croatia and Slovenia in new media arts and transdisciplinarity.
Jošt is one of the founders of Culture and Education Association (UKE) which is focusing on international collaboration, cultural exchange and networking. UKE works on organizing international art meetings, art camps, volonteer projects, art residencies and festivals: Experimental Electronic Interventions (EEII) since 2004 and Multimedia camp (MMKamp) since 2006 and its offspring Free Traveling Radio.
He received Croatian Ministry of Culture award for best collaborative electronic audio work in 2007 and first prize for best locative collaborative work at Arte.mov festival in Belo Horizonte in Brazil 2009. He received many national and international grants including Donau University Krems grant for years 2008 to 2010. Research grants include OIEAUS for relation of art and renewable energy and Mobile Art Dome for mobile hybrid cultural surrounding .
At the moment Jošt is interested in off-the-grid aesthetics in connection to art, working on establishing Center for Creative Solutions - art work that questions positions of de-growth, environment with DIY aesthetics.