Lara Thoms

I am interested in socially engaged, site-specific and participatory possibilities in contemporary art and performance. I recently received a creative Australia fellowship from the Australia council to continue exploring different forms of engagement and presentation in this field. 

Many of my projects work with people beyond the arts and include long research and development periods.  I am interested in the areas of participation when artists and non-artists come together, looking at both frictions and shared experiences. I have made work with Indonesian metalheads, an 87yr old television broadcaster, a 70 yr old pop star, womens clubs, children and 150 people who visited public libraries and invited me back to their homes.

Elements of exchange, politics, humour and dialogue are important in my work. Some of my projects are performative across forms of installation and video such a large scale socially engaged artwork  in Hurstville shopping mall made with local teenagers as part of the Museum of Contemporary Arts c3west program. Others work in traditional theatre spaces, with the intention to disrupt audience expectations of such sites.

I also work as an artist in Field Theory and Aphids. For ten years I have also been a curator and producer for organistaions including Dark Mofo, Supplefox, Next Wave and Performance Space.

All of my projects sit within the common theme of reconsidering social hierarchies and highlighting the unexpected and being responsive to these sites.

My work has been presented with Perth International Arts Festival, Artshouse, Gertrude Contemporary, The Malthouse, Next Wave festival, the MCA, Performance Space, Radial System v Berlin, as well as multiple venues and institutions.

 

Email - laramarusyathoms (@) gmail.com