Jol Thomson is an artist, sound designer, film maker, educator and researcher. His work diffracts cultural studies, environmental humanities, and the histories and philosophies of science and technology to develop experimental ‘audio-visual compositions’ – moving image installations that document the ongoing ecotechnical transformation of nature and its modes of description.
He received his meisterschüler in Fine Art from the Städelschule, Frankfurt, DE in 2013. Between 2014-2016 he developed and delivered an experimental transdisciplinary arts pedagogy to architecture students at the TU Braunschweig together with artist Tomás Saraceno and geographer Dr. Sasha Engelmann. In 2016 he won the MERU Art*Science Award for his a/v composition G24|0vßß, a collaboration with the ‘coldest object in the observable universe’ which resides within the Earths largest underground laboratory for fundamental physics, Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso, Italy.
He has exhibited and screened work internationally. Recent exhibitions include:
Blind Faith: Between the Cognitive and the Visceral in Contemporary Art at the Haus Der Kunst, Munich (2018);Open Codes: Living in Digital Worlds, ZKM (Center for Art and Technology), Karlsruhe (2017-2018);Quantum Real: Spectral Exchange at Exhibition Research Lab, Liverpool (2019). On two separate occasions in 2018 he presented his experimental film Deep Time Machine Learning at EU Commission meetings in Vienna and Sophia. Deep Time Machine Learning will be presented in 2019 in the Contemporary Moving Image Festival Recontres Internationales Paris/Berlin.
He has participated in a number of international residencies, and in 2016-2017 he was a fellow of the Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart; in 2019 he will be an artist-resident at the Nobel prize winning underground physics laboratory SNOLAB, in Sudbury Canada, through a collaboration with the Agnes Etherington Art Centre and the Arthur B. MacDonald Canadian Astroparticle Physics Research Institute, each at Queens University: Kingston, Ontario, Canada.