“I work with environmental collapse and conceptual performance to make uncertain terrain.”
“I experience instability in everything – all the natural systems, and the artificial constructs. I feel the precarity of humanity. Yet I am not worried for the Earth, whatever is left will outlive us. I work with loose material, it is teaching me to be agile. And when the world starts to shake – and it will – I intend to shape-shift into the mountains and feel everything fall.”
Luce Choules is an artist and independent researcher whose praxis encompasses environmental collapse and the documents, objects and afterlife of performance.
Choules has performed, exhibited, and held screenings and presentations internationally, recently at 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 Spain (Centro Negra) 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 Regolith (2020 ongoing) is a body of process- and time-based performance 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 recently led the Itinerant Actions fieldwork programme as part of the Encura 3 research residency at Hangar Barcelona. They continue to lead the Immaterial Fields workshops with individuals and arts centres across Europe, 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).
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