Enter Lauschmann’s immersive, spellbinding world
Winner of the inaugural UK Margaret Tait Award for artists working with the moving image, Lauschmann created a surround-theatre event for ACCA where carpets flew through the air, pianos played themselves, and mechanical monkeys and mice made great music. The work was first commissioned by Creative Scotland and came to Melbourne as a special event to coincide with the Melbourne Art Fair 2012.
“The audience was rapt, following the spotlight as it swung, dimmed, to the spot wherever the next projection would begin. Craning to the far left, we saw footage of mechanical toys, monkeys clapping cymbals, apes swinging on the spot, strolling wooden mice on sticks with trundling legs. Switching onto the main screen, painting of cherubs playing instruments were overlaid with a clanging industrial soundtrack…..when it was over, the audience didn’t want to leave.” Sean Welsh, Glasgow Film Festival.