JOSH BERSON ← anthropologist of boundaries and flows

Fieldwork

Dear Riki, The other night I was telling Jessy how it drives me crazy not to be able to talk to you, share things with you. Jessy, for instance. But especially things related to fieldwork, and how knowledge gets made, and all the stuff we used to talk about. It

Zeitgeber

Since I presented sketches in Berlin last week, it is time to start talking about Zeitgeber in a more public way. Zeitgeber is a collaboration between the Delhi-based artist Rohini Devasher and myself. Rohini and I met two years ago in Berlin, when she was artist-in-residence at the Max Planck

Living Tools

(This first appeared on Medium in May 2013) Why do we get such pleasure from contrived scenes of animals “acting human”? If you saw the video week before last of the bicycle race at the Shanghai Wild Animal Park, in which a bear and two monkeys are made to pedal

Dogs with Bandages

(This first appeared on Medium in May 2013) Everywhere I go I see dogs with bandages on their paws. It happened earlier this week. It was coming up on 9am on a Sunday morning at the end of May, the air temperature a dismal 45° F (7° C). A fine

Heat

In Berlin it is hot. It’s been in the mid-30s the past three days, and bright, but dry. I am reminded of the summer I moved back to New York, fifteen years ago. The MTA’s Poetry in Motion series that August featured this: Too Much Heat, Too Much

Carry

Years ago, a friend, who knew something about coming home to find her possessions set out at the curb, told me sharing a place with me was like living with a ghost. “You can’t be sure someone else is in the apartment, except that the peanut butter keeps disappearing