Pandora's Ball

Lauschmann, Torsten
In 'Pandora's Ball' Torsten Lauschmann shows a woman's legs, pictured from mid-calf down, dancing above a large, glossy pearl-like sphere superimposed over a cobbled street. The woman's feet, in white-heeled shoes, tiptoe elegantly around the pearl bubble, which extends beyond the moving image frame into the darkness below. In creating this work, Lauschmann moved the entire frame of the film millisecond by millisecond so that the 'legs appear to skip on top of the sphere', creating what he describes as 'a carefree dance becoming a Sisyphean task'. Working across photography, sculpture, sound, film and performance, Lauschmann, consciously or unconsciously manipulates the viewer's expectations of the medium. A seemingly static shadow cast by a three-dimensional object becomes a film of moving shapes, or a contemporary street scene is layered with grain and noise, reminiscent of the first experiments with moving image. With a strong technological knowledge, his work is grounded in invention or the re-invention of historical methods. Rachel Arndt
  • Artwork Details: running time: 12seconds
  • Edition: Edition of 5
  • Material description: DVD installation
  • Credit line: © the artist
  • Theme:
  • Medium: Film and Audio Visual
  • Accession number: ACC6/2008



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