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Lars Schmidt is a multimedia artist, improviser and permaculture designer.
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 and listening, 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.
He is an advocate and activist for nature protection and regeneration, supporting the creation of 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, where he is involved in a MLitt in Fine Arts and Performance at the Glasgow School of Art.
‘If you feel the desire to look for a purpose in what we call art, I would say that one purpose could be to offer a gateway, and eventually reveal a sort of ungraspable and indefinable essence that is always here, yet hidden by a world of names and forms.
In other words: artistic expression may point at our common origin.’