Jol Thoms (b. Toronto) is an
artist, sound designer, and researcher based in London, UK . His transdisciplinary fieldwork
and critical audio/visual practices interrogate the Wests troubled
relationships with Nature, Technology, and Cosmos by signalling beyond the purely
measurable and quantifiable, and by thinking, feeling, and sensing with more-than-human worlds. His compositions, lecture-performances, and educational experimentations emerge
from site-based fieldwork in remote ‘landscape-laboratories’ situated at the
forefront and intersection of experimental physics and environmental stewardship where cosmic and planetary bodies become entangled as vast posthuman sensing arrays.
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, a meisterschüler in Contemporary Fine Art from the
Städelschule in Frankfurt aM, Germany (2013), and received a PhD from The University of Westminster in Creative Media (2021). Thoms collaboratively developed
and led an experimental arts pedagogy ‘IAK’ with artist-architect Tomás
Saraceno at the Technische
Universität Braunschweig, Germany (2014-16). As a composer and sound designer he has collaborated with Alva Noto and Libita Sibungu. He is currently Studio Lecturer in Goldsmiths’ MA Art & Ecology where he is also a member of Critical Ecologies.
Thoms has recently participated in: The Measure of the World - RADIUS Centre for Art and Ecology, Delft; Unknown Unknowns: An Introduction to Mysteries - 23rd Triennale de Milano (2022); Drift: Art and Dark Matter – Agnes Etherigton Art Centre, CA (2021)/Belkin Gallery, UBC, Vancouver (2021)/Art Museum, U of Toronto (2022); 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); Open Codes: Living in
Digital Worlds -ZKM, Karlsruhe (2017-2018).