to work with
where we are
not as one
in uncertain movement
with resistance and agility.”
Collapsing environments in performance and sculpture is the work of artist Luce Choules. Through a spatial enquiry encompassing writing, image and sound they use fieldwork, language and live event to explore precarity and temporality in a radical rethinking of our time on this planet.
Choules has performed, exhibited, and held screenings and presentations internationally, recently at ONCA Gallery, AADK Spain (Centro Negra), Royal Geographical Society, MIMA, Hangar Barcelona, GroundWork Gallery, British Library, Baltic 39 (WOON Studios), Verge Gallery, DeVos Art Museum, AirSpace Gallery, Project Space Plus, Burton Art Gallery, Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art, Arts Catalyst, The Culture Capital Exchange, and Centre for the Geohumanities Royal Holloway University of London. Their practice has been supported by Askeaton Contemporary Arts, Hangar Barcelona, Curator’s Network Madrid, a-n, Invisible Dust, Heritage Futures, Rabbit Island Foundation, Arts Council England, Centre for Life-Writing Research King’s College London, Rednile Projects, and CRP Hauts-De-France. Choules is a collaborator with AADK (Centro Negra) and Nau Côclea in Spain, and Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. They founded and coordinate the itinerant artist network TSOEG.org
Their works deal with ecological precarity, accelerated change, extractivism, post-industrial tourism, social movement, aggregate structures, material and immaterial transformation, temporal loop, and shape-shifting. The Thin Layer on Which We Build Our Lives (2020 ongoing) is a body of process- and time-based work exploring behaviour, environment, and instability. The film After-image (2019) is about persistence and explores the enduring material field to imagine a post-human space of the vast future. Mountain Festival (2016 ongoing) is a counter-cultural event that takes place in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc in the French Alps, and is an observance of vast geological time set against humanity’s brief entity. Littoral States / Interior States / Superior States / Relative States (2017) is a large-scale installation of multifaceted dynamic parts observing the changing structures and rhythms of a remote landform in permanent flux.
Choules contributes to environmental and academic symposia on the subject and object of fieldwork, and led the Itinerant Actions fieldwork programme for the Encura 3 research residency at Hangar Barcelona 2019. They lead three workshop programmes with organisations, groups and individuals, including: Immaterial Fields, The Transported Body and Practicing Passivity; and are currently curating the TSOEG itinerant project Loose Leaves (2020 ongoing) to present collective fieldwork as live event.
Their work is in collections across the UK, Europe and US, and their practice has been written about and featured in Critical Distance in Documentary Media (Palgrave Macmillan), Topografías de lo Invisible: Estrategias Críticas entre Arte y Geografía (Universitat de Barcelona), and Form, Art and the Environment: Engaging in Sustainability (Routledge).
Choules holds an undergraduate degree (BA Hons.) and postgraduate degree (MA) from the School of Art, University of Brighton, UK.
Through their long-term activities at the Royal Geographical Society in London, arts organisations across the UK, and many trans-disciplinary conversations at conferences, symposiums, meetings and talks with artists who use fieldwork in their practice, Choules began working on the framework for the TSOEG network in 2013, and launched the website in 2015.
Temporal School of Experimental Geography (TSOEG.org) is an itinerant network of artists sharing ideas and responses to landscape through fieldwork. The intention is to explore and consider the geographic potential of artist-led fieldwork, and the experience and meaning of these practices to contribute to our collective understanding of place. The aim of TSOEG is to bring together artists working across a range of disciplines and geographic environments, to discuss fieldwork as methodology, parallel activity, art form, and research. The activities of the TSOEG network are shared through presentations, publications, and exhibitions.
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