november, 2021

01nov15:1515:45L Schmidt: Sonomama session15:15 - 15:45 Studio 6Event type:PresentationTopic:Rites & Rituals


(Monday) 15:15 - 15:45


Studio 6

Event Details

Lars Schmidt: Sonomama session

Lars’ contribution is flexible and responsive and to be shaped in response to the overall programme.

The Sonomama Sessions are regular gatherings/happenings I have initiated and organized at the Center for Contemporary Art in Glasgow. Inspired by the gathering ritual of the Japanese Tea ceremony they provided a space and atmosphere for encounter and exchange around various themes ranging from the arts, to ecological and spiritual understanding. They intend to provide a context and support to explore fundamental questions about how to live a full, responsible and respectful life. In other words: what it means to live artfully. Improvisation played a central role. And I think something around the theme of improvisation is what I would like to share, eventually. To me central to be able to improvise is the ability to listen, and to be able to say ‘yes’ and adjust. Both traits that seem quite timely. Also there is a wonderful collection of Death poems in Japanese literature. Hence, the Sonomama Sessions will find a way to adapt to place, time and context, eventually

Speakers for this event

  • Lars Schmidt

    Lars Schmidt

    Lars Schmidt, natural thinker and artist (MLitt in Fine Arts Practice and Performance, Glasgow School of Arts; Diploma of Applied Permaculture Design) Besides his practice in various artforms, he has curated 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 and Berlin. 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. Lars also worked, lived and learned on organic farms and with shepherds in France, Italy and Norway, and holds a Diploma of Applied Permaculture Design. After initiating and facilitating the Art, Ecology & Education Project in 2006 in Berlin, in 2010 he conceived The Natural Circus: "Not unlike a wandering monk or a pilgrim, or at times a traveling researcher, I roamed in and out of cultural contexts and natural environments. At times I passed on information on various practices and approaches from one culture and bioregion to the other. Also, The Natural Circus was my form of resistance. It was a conscious and necessary withdrawal from Western ways of perceiving, thinking and operating on any level, which I could not resonate with and which I often experienced as destructive, or not based in an ecocentric and integral approach to view the world. It was (and is in a way) a passively active way of non-cooperation/participation; an ongoing strike, that at the same time, here and there, points at and shares alternatives." Since then, Lars continues to explore the creative process in the context of soundart and music, various visual arts, and dance. He facilitates and teaches in the context of With Mu Landscapes he creates regenerative landscape and garden designs, and pursues research in animal behavior and communication. Another research interest is traditional craftsmanship and land use. 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.