Torsten Lauschmann’s critically acclaimed work has been described as too slow to be film, and too fast to be photography. Working across old and new technologies, he creates magical installations that reference pre-cinematic optical entertainment and the power of illusions. This solo exhibition responds to the context of the Laing Art Gallery, continuing his interest in the history of image technology from paintings to game engines. Including the new commission Father’s Monocle, in which animal flocking behaviour is projected through a rotating monocle lens.
Born in Germany in 1970, Torsten Lauschmann lives and works in Glasgow. He studied Fine Art Photography at Glasgow School of Art and Media Art at HfG Karlsruhe (ZKM), Germany. Since graduating in 1997 he has exhibited his work widely including at the following venues: Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow; Art Basel Miami Beach, Miami; ICA, London; Arnolfini, Bristol; Transmission Gallery, Glasgow; DCA, Dundee; Tate, Liverpool; Kunsthalle, Hamburg; Tramway, Glasgow; Edith Russ Haus, Oldenburg; and Collective Gallery, Edinburgh. In 2010 he received the inaugural Margaret Tait Award and a Vital Spark Commission from Creative Scotland; in 2011 he was shortlisted for the Jarman Award; and in 2012 shortlisted for the Samsung Art Prize.
Commissioned by AV Festival 12; DCA, Dundee; and Film and Video Umbrella.