Lars Schmidt, multidisciplinary artist, dancer and facilitator,
ecophilosopher and activist
(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.
After initiating and facilitating the Art, Ecology & Education Project in 2006 in Berlin, in 2010 he conceived The Natural Circus (2010-2018) as a life-art project and form of resistance to ways of thought and operation that do not honor the well-being of all life.
Regarding art as a way of knowing, his Master of Fine Arts thesis was called The Arts in Service: On Learning to Live and to Die, Improvisation as Way of Being and Ecological Practice
As soundartist he works under the moniker Cyril Lamar, investigating the nature and sculpturality of sound and silence, working with field-recordings, drones, improvisations and genre-crossing experimentations.
In his photography and films he often references 'that, which the eye does not see', examining the realm of the classical portrait, as well as the genus loci, the spirit of a place.
His drawings and paintings are mostly abstract, instant compositions.
He facilitates and teaches in the context of www.contemplative-arts.org, integrating methods from Zen meditation, the dance and acting process, as well as improvisation and somatics to foster the ability to listen, ecological understanding and interspecies empathy.
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.
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.
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.
_Get in touch at: contact (at) larsschmidt.org