Torsten Lauschmann: Patchwork Cinema
Lauschmann’s unassuming new film work ‘Stuntmen in Skirts’ has to be one of the most enthralling moving images currently on display in Edinburgh. Impressive, considering there’s a film festival going on. The artist has animated a small portion of a soft black and white image depicting a 1920s Louise Brooks-style figure lying underneath a fallen motorcycle, her glowing headlight gently distorting its surface.
The artist’s practice can be characterised by an interest in differing approaches to performance, and new developments in software, coupled with an unwavering interest in film, have in the passed few years prompted a body of work that removes the need for him to appear. In his place, digital hybrids, such as this diminutive piece, assume an anthropomorphic appearance. With ‘Stuntmen in Skirts’ Lauschmann’s endlessly re-presentable vision of almost stillness elides the temporary and ephemeral nature of the live event, making this work appear as a cornerstone – almost mythical in effect – of not only the artist’s central concerns, but also of those of early cinema.
Working with one of the earliest forms of a camera obscura and the now obsolete slide projector, this exhibition pays marvellous homage to the moving image, from pre-cinema optics through to the digital projections to which we are accustomed. The central work, the ‘patchwork cinema’ itself, offers an endlessly charming, harem-style set-up and screens a consummate assemblage of found film footage including early cinema and animation. This is an astonishingly warm and timely exploration into the intrigue of the black box environment.
Collective Gallery, Edinburgh, until Sun 18 Jul