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above still from video, Buryiat (2014) filmed at Mongolian Border with Siberia. 2014 ©  FormLAB, ARS, New York

The Artist as Explorer 

Directing three research projects in Russia, Mongolia, and China, Les is Visiting Scholar at Columbia University and US Department of State sponsored Field Research Fellow at the American Center for Mongolian Studies (ACMS). He is 2015 Fellow at the Research Centre for Transnational Art, Identity and Nation (TrAIN) at The University of the Arts London researching art processes that engage other cultures, disciplines, collaboration and notions of archive and has presented on intercultural arts collaboration at the Cambridge University Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities.


As 2014 Fulbright-Hays US Public Diplomacy Awardee he led an expedition to Tsaatan a nomadic reindeer herding community at the Mongolian Border Region with Siberia which will be featured in a forthcoming book on the Artist Exploration exploring geographically dispersed practices.

Arctic Circle: First Nation Americans: Artifact, Ritual and Conception of the Contemporary (2019)


New Russia: Exploring St Petersburg through image, sound and memory. CEC-ArtsLink (2017)


China: Urban Ritual, Artmaking and Exploration in the Modern Metropolis (Fulbright-Hays Awardee, Inside Out Art Museum, Beijing, 2017)


Mongolia: Contemporary and Nomadic - Khoomei throat singing and contemporary music (Zanabazar Museum of Fine Art, 2014)


Mongolia: Performance and Nomadic Tsaatan Reindeer Herders near Siberia: Exploring music, ritual and landscape (2014).


Habitat (Mongolia): Nomadic Families in Khovsgol Province (video, 2014)


Sao Paulo, Brazil: Ritual and The Performer as Observer of the City (Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado, 2013)


Sao Paulo, Brazil: Exploration of its Topographies through Performance (Hemispheric Institute, 2013)


Sao Paulo, Brazil: Exploring Neighborhoods and their Found Objects (Brazilian Museum of Sculpture, funding from Brazilian Ministry of Culture, 2012)


Seoul: Exploring Neighborhoods and their Found Objects (Seoul Foundation for Art and Culture, Korea, 2012)


Germany: exploring Perforated City/ Disappearing City - An exploration of cities in Sachsen Anhalt, Germany, funding from Bauhaus Foundation Dessau, 2008)


Norway: Shapeshifters and Time Travelers: Sunnfjord and its Legends of Nordic Mysticism (funding from Nordisckkunstnarsenter Dalsasen, NKD, Norway 2008).

Image from 2014 US Fulbright-Hays and CEC ArtsLink sponsored expedition to the Mongolian Restricted Border Region with Siberia.

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