LARS JAN is a director, writer, artist, and the founding artistic director of EARLY MORNING OPERA (EMO), a genre-bending performance + art lab whose works explore emerging technologies, live audiences, and unclassifiable experience. Jan is the son of émigrés from Afghanistan and Poland.
His original works have been commissioned and presented by The Whitney Museum, BAM Next Wave Festival, Sundance Film Festival, Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, REDCAT, Hammer Museum, Guggenheim Museum, Symphony Space, and Toronto Nuit Blanche Festival.
EMO has been supported by multiple awards from the NEA and Center for Cultural Innovation; Robert Rauschenberg Foundation; MAP Fund; Surdna Foundation; NEFA’s National Theatre Project; NPN’s Creation Fund; and the New York State Council on the Arts. He has held artistic and teaching residencies across the US, including at the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, where he was an inaugural artist-in-residence (2012–14).
In 2015, EMO’s HOLOSCENES will be exhibited in various iterations at the Pasadena Museum of California Art, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. ABACUS will tour to Edinburgh, and upcoming performance work, The Institute of Memory (TIMe), will tour to REDCAT, the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, Institute of Contemporary Art Boston. Jan is a TED Senior Fellow.
TED2015, TED2014, TED2013, TEDActive 2012, TEDGlobal 2011
Areas of Expertise
Live Performance, New Media - Video Artist, hybrid artist