Temporal School of Experimental Geography is an itinerant network of artists sharing ideas and responses to landscape through fieldwork. The intention is to explore and consider the geographic potential of artist-led fieldwork, and the experience and meaning of these practices to contribute to our collective understanding of place. The aim of TSOEG is to bring together artists working across a range of disciplines and geographic environments, to discuss fieldwork as methodology, parallel activity, art form, and research. The activities of the TSOEG network will be shared through presentations, publications, and exhibitions.
Luce Choules is an artist and independent researcher whose praxis encompasses environmental collapse and the documents, objects and afterlife of performance.
Choules has performed, exhibited, and held screenings and presentations internationally, recently at AADK Spain (Centro Negra), Royal Geographical Society, MIMA, Hangar Barcelona, GroundWork Gallery, British Library, Baltic 39 (WOON Studios), Verge Gallery, DeVos Art Museum, AirSpace Gallery, Project Space Plus, Burton Art Gallery, Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art, Arts Catalyst, The Culture Capital Exchange, and Centre for the Geohumanities Royal Holloway University of London. Their practice has been supported by Askeaton Contemporary Arts, Hangar Barcelona, Curator’s Network Madrid, a-n, Invisible Dust, Heritage Futures, Rabbit Island Foundation, Arts Council England, Centre for Life-Writing Research King’s College London, Rednile Projects, and CRP Hauts-De-France.
Choules is a collaborator with AADK Spain (Centro Negra), and in December 2019 was part of the Prácticas Contemporáneas, 5ta edición: La Ecología del Arte. They contribute to environmental and academic symposia on the subject and object of fieldwork, and led the Itinerant Actions fieldwork programme as part of the Encura 3 research residency at Hangar Barcelona in March 2019. They are a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and previously coordinated workshops for artist-led expeditions and fieldwork planning activities as part of the annual Explore event for over a decade.
Choules participates in collaborative and multi-authored fieldwork and shares research through publications and other public platforms. They are currently curating the TSOEG itinerant project Loose Leaves (2020 ongoing) to present collective fieldwork as live event. Choules continues to lead the Immaterial Fields workshops with individuals and arts centres across Europe – the methods used are the culmination of a 10-year enquiry into The Body Holding Space.
Choules’ work is in collections across the UK, Europe and US, and their practice has been written about and featured in Critical Distance in Documentary Media (Palgrave Macmillan), Topografías de lo Invisible: Estrategias Críticas entre Arte y Geografía (Universitat de Barcelona), and Form, Art and the Environment: Engaging in Sustainability (Routledge).
“Exploring, mapping and observing our landscape and environment Luce Choules’ fascinating work develops an earthy and earthly poetics that advances debates between geography and art in intellectually invigorating, visually engaging and aesthetically challenging ways.”
Professor Harriet Hawkins, Reader in Geography
Senior Lecturer in Geography, Director MA Cultural Geography (Research)
Royal Holloway, University of London
“Bringing a new perspective to landscape through fieldwork is challenging – it is such a well-trodden path by geographers and artists alike. Luce succeeds in doing so – [their] approach to combining image and text, and sometimes voice, provides an immersive experience. [They] leave [themself] outside the frame. One doesn’t merely ‘view’ [their] landscape images – but also steps into them.”
Carolyn Black, Flow Contemporary Arts
“Luce Choules is an artist at the forefront of re-imagining traditional fieldwork by exploring both physical and emotional geographies through [their] collaborations with map-makers, writers and explorers in the landscapes where [they] live, work and explore [themself].”
Shane Winser, Expeditions and Fieldwork
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)