OPHER THOMSON interprets public space through images, sounds and words in the hope of better understanding how these places express and condition social dynamics over time – the tracing of sedimentary stories that shape our future. As such, he focuses on the ripples of the present, and calls this practice Kalagraphy, the study and depiction of places in time and time in places. His research considers migration as an action and home as a practice, and is especially concerned with possible translations of divergent experiences that might foster greater empathy.
His films have been screened at important international film festivals such as Tallinn Black Nights, Torino Film Festival and Camerimage, and the feature length 'The New Wild: Life in the Abandoned Lands' went on to be distributed theatrically throughout Italy and Austria. His books include the novel 'Travels Through Absence' and the photo book 'The Place Between'. Increasingly however, new projects are seen less as productions of finished pieces and more as ongoing explorations, with greater emphasis on dialogue and collaboration, questions and plurality: the hope is that each piece acts as a kind of invitation, and asks "where might we meet?" His latest research 'Forrest' has already taken loose form through photography exhibitions, installations, guided walks, public readings and sonic performances, which anticipate a film, three photo essays and a collection of writings on belonging and longing — a kind of homeless book, 'Berth Songs'.
Aside his own research, OPHER THOMSON is also involved in various social and community projects, often concerned with questions of periphery and new, innovative forms of centre. Working alongside sociologists, geographers, architects, urban planners, social workers, volunteers, artists and locals, he offers workshops and seminars to help develop collective readings of space that can better inform projects and enrich participatory processes.