Passive Activism |
On Learning To Listen
Lars Schmidt is a multimedia artist, improviser and permaculture designer.
(MLitt in Fine Arts Practice, Glasgow School of Arts; Diploma of Applied Permaculture Design)
His artistic practice meanders through sound art and music, poetry and performance, film, photography, the visual arts and sculpture.
His work, in his various roles, reflects an immersion in both Eastern philosophy and nature.
Contemplation, listening and meditation, improvisation, instant composition, as well as the notion of offering, play a central role.
He has curated and initialized interdisciplinary projects linking the arts and improvisation with ecological and spiritual understanding, and has facilitated workshops in the US, Latin America and Europe.
Formative years in New York City.
Background and studies in performing arts and music, somatics, photography, film, ecology and anthropology, focusing on indigenous cultures and Eastern philosophies.
He has worked internationally as actor for film and TV, as acting coach and director.
In dance and bodywork his path led from classical and modern dance training to working with postmodern dance forms and improvisation.
With Mu Landscapes he creates and facilitates regenerative landscape and garden designs, supporting the establishment of biodiverse habitats and wildlife refuges, and pursuing research in animal behavior and communication.
Another research interest is traditional craftsmanship and land use.
He has worked, learned and lived on organic farms and with shepherds in France, Italy and Norway, and holds a Diploma of Applied Permaculture Design.
Besides the deep immersion into rural areas and retreated life, he has been living and working in major cities like New York, Paris, Berlin, Buenos Aires, Barcelona or Oslo.
He is currently based in Paris and Glasgow.