Jol Thoms

Staff details

Position Studio Lecturer
Department Art
Email j.thoms (@gold.ac.uk)
Jol Thoms

Jol Thoms (b. Toronto) is an artist, sound designer, and researcher. His audio-visual compositions, lecture-performances, installations, and educational experimentations emerge from site-based fieldwork in remote ‘landscape-laboratories’ situated at the forefront of experimental physics and environmental stewardship. There planetary bodies such as lakes, mountains, or deserts become vast cosmological sensing arrays. His critical practice addresses our troubled relationships with nature, technology, science, and the cosmos by signalling beyond the purely measurable and quantifiable, and by thinking, feeling, and sensing with more-than-human worlds.

In 2021 Thoms founded 'Radio Amnion: Sonic Transmissions of Care in Oceanic Space', an installation 2.5 kms deep in the Pacific Ocean. During each full moon Radio Amnion transmits new compositions from artists directly in/to Cascadia Basin - 300kms from the shores of Vancouver Island - as an offering to all water bodies.

Academic qualifications

  • PhD, University of Westminster, London, UK 2021
  • Meisterschüler, Städelschule, Frankfurt aM, DE 2013
  • Honors BA, University of Toronto, CA 2009

Teaching and Supervision

Studio Lecturer

Research interests

Thoms is interested in creative and ethical approaches to sentient landscapes and other non-human entities. His research crosses and reconfigures boundaries between the non/human, the ineffable, cosmological, and the scientific using strategies from quantum field theory, environmental humanities, and feminist anti-colonial science studies. Thoms’ critical practice advocates for an expanded understanding and ethical engagement with knowledge practices and vocabularies by attending to radical pluralities of experience and phenomena beyond the measurable and quantifiable.

Further profile content

Professional projects

Thoms has recently participated in the residency and touring exhibition project 'Drift: Art and Dark Matter' generated by Agnes Etherington Art Centre, the Arthur B. McDonald Canadian Astroparticle Physics Research Institute and SNOLAB. In 2021 his new installation 'n-Land: the holographic (principle)' has been shon in the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queens University, Kingston, CA and the Belkin Art Gallery, UBC, Vancouver, CA (2021). In 2022 the project will be shown in the Carlton University Art Gallery, Ottawa and in Art Museum, University of Toronto.

Thoms participated with Deep Field Projects in the exhibition 'Who Wants to Live Forever?' curated by Stefanie Hessler at Kunsthall Trondheim (2020).

Thoms collaboratively developed and led an experimental ecological arts pedagogy ‘IAK’ for grad and undergrad architect students with artist-architect Tomás Saraceno at the Technische Universität Braunschweig, Germany (2014-16).

G24|0vßß was installed alongside work from Susan Schuppli and Ursula Biemann in 'Logics of Sense 1: Investigations'­ curated by Christine Shaw at Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto Mississauga (2019)

Thoms participated in the exhibition 'Blind Faith: Between the Cognitive and the Visceral in Contemporary Art' at Haus Der Kunst, Munich (2018)

Goldsmiths Research Centres/Groups

Conferences and talks

2021: DRIFT Opening Discussion with Denise Ferreira da Silva and Jol Thoms
Thoms and Da Silva discuss the intersections of their recent works exhibited at the Belkin Art Gallery, UBC, Vancouver

2019: Assembly: Extractable Matters, Arts Catalyst and CREAM, London
Presentation of recent work

2018: 'Behind the Sun' in the Aerocene Symposium during Tomás Saraceno's ON AIR at Palais de Tokyo
A discussion at with the director of the European Southern Observatory and Philosopher Heinz Wismann

2018: Being In Two Places at Once: art, apparatus, and the geopolitics of remote-sensing. NYU
Thoms, his collaborator Sasha Engelmann, and Karen Barad discuss their work in quantum physics and ethics.

2017: Ecologies of Toxicity
A discussion of DDOS attacks and nonhuman agency at the American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, Boston

2017: The Grammar of Things
A discussion and presentation of G24|0vßß at the Society for the Philosophy of Technology, Darmstadt

Grants and awards

2021: Project to Realization Grant for Radio Amnion from Canada Council for the Arts
Commissioning support for one year of operating the project

2018: Creating Earth Futures project Grant from Royal Holloway University's Centre for the GeoHumanities
A project grant for collaborative the fieldwork and research that led to 'Viriditas: In The Future Perfect'

2016: MERU Art*Science Award Ed. IV (Bergamo Scienza & GAMeC Bergamo)
Award to produce and acquire a new video work shot in Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso: G24|0vßß