Norwegian artist Lars Laumann draws inspiration from the outskirts of popular culture. By sampling and reediting, he creates works that take form as installations or videos. Mixing different media and techniques, he creates idiosyncratic worlds, that are at times absurd and unsettling revelations of our collective modern mythologies.
LIVING TRUTHFULLY UNDER IMAGINARY CIRCUMSTANCES (2011)
33 mins, Format: 2 Channel HD Projection & 2 Video Monitors
living truthfully under imaginary circumstances is a multi-channel video installation that explores the acting exercises developed by Sanford Meisner.
Meisner’s techniques paradoxically deploy an unnatural training routine of intense repetition and observational feedback to stimulate ‘authentic’ emotion and spontaneity in performance. They remain highly influential on American cinema and drama today.
Continuing our interest in drama and performance and its relationship to subjectivity and political agency the installation combines footage of young actors working with Meisner’s exercises with material from the history of theatre and cinema. Analytic yet hypnotic it interrogates the the meaning of ‘emotional truthfulness’ in post-modern naturalism and dominant assumptions about the nature of human behaviour.