Torsten Lauschmann (b.1970, Bad Soden, Germany) lives and works in Glasgow, Scotland. Lauschmann’s art is notable for its innovative and idiosyncratic approach across a range of formats including video, photography, sound, online projects, performance and installation. He is interested in the earliest forms of magical and cinematic entertainment, as well as the latest technological advances. He tweaks the mechanics of both digital and analogue technologies, producing works that explore our relationship with machines, as well as our understanding of the moving image and illusion. Made using a range of materials, found objects and technological processes, his works defy categorisation and deliberately avoid the notion of a signature style or appearance. Instead Lauschmann is interested in delving into the fundamentals of life and human nature – resulting in artworks that range from the melancholic, poetic and romantic to the theoretical and the absurd. The combination of the home-made and the high-tech is another integral part of many of Lauschmann’s works – their low-fi and DIY appearance can often mask the complexity of their construction. The artist often transforms that which we take for granted, focusing our attention on how we live our lives.
His work is included in private and public collections including Art Council of England, Contemporary Art Society and National Galleries of Scotland. Hewas awarded the Margaret Tait Award in 2011, a national award for experimental and innovative artists working within film and moving image, and the 2013 Paul Hamlyn Award.
Lauschmann has been teaching Art, Philosophy and Contemporary Practice in the UK and abroad for the last 15 years. He is currently Lecturer in Contemporary Art Theory and Practice (Post-Media) at the Edinburgh College of Art.
Solo shows include: Hohe Nacht der Klaren Sterne, Pig Rock Bothy, National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh,UK (2017); After Images, Tate St.Ives, Portemore Studios,UK (2016); Marvellous Possessions, Old Hairdresser Glasgow, UK (2015); Bend, Glasgow Project Space, DCA Dundee, UK (2014); Amen Break, Old Hairdresser Glasgow, Tate Britain, UK (2014); Startle Reaction, DCA, Dundee, AV FESTIVAL, Laing Gallery, Newcastle, John Hansard Gallery, Southampton (2012); Lauschmann, Bradford 1 Gallery, Bradford, UK (2012); The Darker Ages and many more.
Group exhibitions include: Skin, Ferenc Gallery, Hull, UK (2017); Fantom Cinema, Glasgow International 2016, (with Rob Churmm and Marc Baines), (2016); Images Moving out Onto Space, Tate St.Ives, UK (2015); Illuminated, QUAD, Derby, (UK 2013); Samsung Art+ Prize 2012, The British Film Institute, London, (2012); AV Festival, Newcastle, UK (2012); Alice in Wonderland, Tate Liverpool, Kunsthalle Hamburg, (2011-12) and many more.
For more information visit www.torstenlauschmann.com
War of the Corners
This new solo commission of audio-visual and sculptural works by Glasgow-based Torsten Lauschmann takes its title from a war of words that broke out in 18th century Paris when an elitist French opera had to make way for a sudden wave of populist Italian opera.
At a time when populist and nationalist vocabularies have again re-surfaced, Lauschmann creates a series of ambitious new works which interact with and reframe referents and resources from high and low culture, thus drawing together abstraction, humour, politics and art.
Supported by Glasgow International, The Glasgow School of Art and Edinburgh College of Art.
Tue 17 April – Mon 7 May
Mon – Wed & Fri – Sun, 10am-5pm