Jol Thoms (b. Toronto) is an artist and researcher based in London, UK. His audio-visual
compositions, lecture-performances, and educational experimentations emerge
from site-based fieldwork in remote ‘landscape-laboratories’ situated at the
forefront of experimental physics and environmental stewardship where planetary bodies become vast posthuman sensing arrays. His critical practice
addresses our troubled
relationships with nature, technology, and the cosmos by signalling beyond the
purely measurable and quantifiable, and by thinking, feeling, and sensing with more-than-human worlds.
Thoms was a participant in the Anthropocene Campus’ I & II at the
Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (2014/16), won the MERU Art*Science Award (2016), and was a Fellow of the Akademie
Schloss Solitude (2016-17). He received an honors BA from the University of Toronto in 2009 and a meisterschüler in Contemporary Fine Art from the
Städelschule in Frankfurt aM, Germany (2013). Thoms collaboratively developed
and led an experimental arts pedagogy ‘IAK’ with artist-architect Tomás
Saraceno and geographer/artist Sasha Engelmann at the Technische
Universität Braunschweig, Germany (2014-16). He is currently a co-ordinator of Deep
Field Projects with artists Neal White and Diann Bauer at the University of Westminster.
Thoms has recently participated in: Drift: Art and Dark Matter – Agnes Etherigton Art Centre, CA (2021); Who Wants to Live Forever? – with Deep Field Projects – Kunsthall Trondheim (2020); Logics of Sense 1: Investigations – Blackwood
Gallery, University of Toronto Mississauga (2019); Istanbul Experimental
Film Festival, Kadikoy Sinemasi, Istanbul (2019); Blind Faith: Between the
Cognitive and the Visceral in Contemporary Art - Haus Der Kunst, Munich
(2018); BLACKHOLe – GAMeC, Bergamo (2018); Open Codes: Living in
Digital Worlds -ZKM, Karlsruhe (2017-2018).