Lars Schmidt is a multidisciplinary artist, improviser, permaculture designer and activist.
(MLitt in Fine Arts Practice and Performance, 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.
He sees his artmaking and life in line with the approach of traditional Japanese Haiku poets, or hunters from native communities: an expression based in a spiritual tradition and executed with alert attentiveness and respect.
Besides his practice in various artforms,, 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 and Berlin.
Background and studies in performing arts and music, somatics, photography, film, ecology and anthropology, focusing on indigenous cultures and Eastern philosophies.
Practitioner of Zazen meditation since many years.
With Mu Landscapes he creates and facilitates regenerative landscape and garden designs, and pursues 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.
Get in touch at: info (at) contemplative-arts.org