Jol Thoms was Stonecroft artist-in-residence at Queen’s and Agnes Etherington Art Centre in 2020–2021 for a set of activities that intersected with Drift: Art and Dark Matter, a residency and exhibition project generated by Agnes, the Arthur B. McDonald Canadian Astroparticle Physics Research Institute and SNOLAB. Thanks to Stonecroft funds, Jol Thoms was able to travel to Kingston from December 2020 to March 2021. In this period, he produced an installation for Agnes co-presented with the above partners that will tour with the exhibition to Vancouver, Ottawa and Sudbury. He was mentor to a group of six local artists, Dark Matter Playgroup, through online workshops. He made Zoom visits to undergraduate classes in both music and geography at Queen’s; Thoms gave a talk for the Zoom-based “curator’s circle” Agnes member’s event and a closing broadcast event with artist Josefa Ntjam. Earlier stages of Thoms’s residency took place over two extended site visits in July and October of 2019, during which, he and other artists, scientists and other scholars, connected with the unique research experiments in SNOLAB. While interactions continued from Thoms’s home studio, travel and accommodation support was essential to the residency’s impact.
Manicouagan Reservoir from Jol Thoms’s workshop for Dark Matter Playgroup, 2021. Creative Commons License
The Deep Sonic Futurisms and Hyperdimensional Rhythms with artists Josèfa Ntjam (Saint-Étienne, France) and Jol Thoms (London, UK).
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 coordinator of Deep Field Projects with artists Neal White and Diann Bauer at the University of Westminster.
Thoms has recently participated in 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).