For Iconic Mirage.
What version of ourselves are we showing the world?
The art and music collective, Iconic Mirage, asked Joel to exhibit his work 'Vacation' in Berlin's Tipsy Bear.
'Vacation' sits somewhere between a photo slideshow and a film, showing raw autobiographical images and videos taken on a variety of mediums and juxtaposed with ironic cutting and more abstract works.
With this work, Joel wanted to ask why we capture particular experiences and share them with those around us. What moments of our lives do we try to immortalise and why? Are we curating our lives as content to form it into a dairy we can look back on? Or are we simply sharing it as an expression of identity? Are our vacation photos really who we are?
HAVE YOU BEEN HERE BEFORE? (2019/2020)
As part of Dream World.
'HAVE YOU BEEN HERE BEFORE?' is an art film shot on VHS which examines the way our memory, subconscious, and dreams affect our every day interactions and thought processes.
This film was made and installed as a part of Berlin's Dream World, a narrative-driven experiment in a surreal house, that explores the transformational power of your most intimate dreams..
Open 14.12.2019 - 27.12.2019
Schmutz Presents: Joel I Thomas solo exhibition (2019)
In May, 2019, Joel's works showed in Das Giftraum, where he launched his new zine: Take photos in your dreams and bring them back with you.
This included a live ambient set by NZ musician indi, and after party tunes by the Schmutz lads.
As part of this event, Joel's work was featured on the front page of Schmutz.
In a globalised society where change is constant our ideas of home are often liminal and transitory. How can we establish our own identity in spaces that are endlessly moving?Backhome. is a collection of autobiographical still photography and moving image works by Iara Gelpi, Bridget McCarthy, and Joel I Thomas.
At Lowtide from June 21-28, 2018.
some further work
Golden Dawn: The Tavern of Power for Audio Culture
Compromising Home, for Schmutz Berlin (physical publication)
Sustainable Bag Range for mimycri
Backhome, an interview with Low Tide
Inside the empire of Auckland’s first couple of food, for The Spinoff
Marlon Williams is trying to break your heart, for The Spinoff
Josh Fountain is everywhere, if you know where to listen, for The Spinoff
A few beers with Rachel House, for The Spinoff
The Jacindatrain steams into Auckland, for The Spinoff