Jol Thomson
The audio-visual composition “GVD | >c” was filmed with/in Siberia’s ancient fresh water Lake Baikal during the deployment of the Gigaton Volume Detector (GVD), a cubic kilometer scale neutrino observatory assembled at a watery depth of 1.4 km. Baikal holds a status in Russia not dissimilar to Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring in America – they are both essential to a profound environmental awakening during the postwar industrialization period. The strange subatomic neutrino particle, Thomson’s collaborator, revolutionizes current conceptions of particle physics due to a number of anomalous, unpredictable behaviors.
As he poetically documents the ongoing reconfiguration of the natural sciences’ limits, infrastructures, and knowledge systems, Thomson resituates meaning, relation, and intangibility into renewed scientific concepts of Nature and Cosmos.

By positioning this Landscape-Laboratory as a non-standard philosophical object, he contributes to an ongoing project of destabilizing the empiricist assumptions and bifurcations at the heart of our current socio-cultural and geopolitical inequities.

Jol Thomson is an artist, sound designer, researcher and collaborator working in the interstices between critical theory, particle physics, environmental humanities, and experimental music and moving image. He received his meisterschüler in Fine Art from the Städelschule in 2013. Between 2014-2016 he developed and delivered an experimental transdisciplinary arts pedagogy to architecture students at the TU Braunschweig with artist Tomás Saraceno. 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’. He has participated in a number of international residencies, and in 2016-2017 he was a fellow of the Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart.

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); and Quantum Real: Spectral Exchange at Exhibition Research Lab, Liverpool (2019).

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