22 October 2011 - 8 January 2012
Gallery 1 & 2
Torsten Lauschmannís work is informed by his interest in the earliest forms of magical entertainment and the latest technical innovations. In his largest solo exhibition to date, he explores the use of tools, techniques and systems to solve problems, with the aim of bypassing the tension between optimistic and sceptical attitudes towards technology. Startle Reaction uses Lauschmannís interest in automatons and cinema to play with the notion that we are capable of believing in things we know are false.
The exhibition will feature new commissions alongside significant works from the past decade, including Misshapen Pearl (2003), a wistful investigation of the streetlampís function in consumer society. Skipping Over Damaged Areas (2010) shows a series of film titles narrated by a voice-over artist, creating a new and unexpected narrative from the appropriated footage.
Born in Germany in 1970, Torsten Lauschmann lives and works in Glasgow. He has exhibited work widely, including at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh; Art Basel Miami Beach, Miami; ICA, London and Arnolfini, Bristol. In 2006 he created World Jump Day, a high-profile hoax encouraging people across the Western Hemisphere to jump at the same time in order to shift the Earthís orbit. More recently, he received the inaugural Margaret Tait Award and a Vital Spark commission from Creative Scotland, and he has been shortlisted for this yearís Jarman Award. Torsten Lauschmann is represented by Mary Mary, Glasgow.