Kunstverein Göttingen presents »Identification Please«, a solo show by American multimedia artist Liz Magic Laser. »Identification Please« focuses on Laser’s visceral approach to unearthing sociopolitical constructions of self. The exhibition brings together works that explore identity formation in a wide range of scenarios including parenting, news production and political address. Viewers are invited to actively engage with the works via a series of teleprompters and a newspaper publication that offer directives.
The eponymous work »Identification Please« is a new iteration of Laser’s »Living Newspaper series« (2012 – present) which investigates the manipulation of empathy in the production and reception of current events. A monumental news- paper wall will display video and texts developed during workshops at Max-Planck-Gymnasium, Göttingen. Laser will use the school’s sports center as a forum to process the current ›refugee crisis‹ with the students. The installation invites viewers to take part in exercises that juxtapose newspaper articles with the students’ personal stories and perspectives.
The exhibition includes Laser’s latest video, »Kiss and Cry« (2015), made with child figure- skaters, which traces the social construction of the innocent child. Other works such as »The Thought Leader« (2015) reset and render visible the performance training and market research strategies used by politicians and the media to sway public opinion.
Liz Magic Laser (*1981, New York) lives and works in Brooklyn. Her performances and videos intervene in semi-public spaces such as bank vestibules, movie theaters and newsrooms, and have involved collaborations with actors, dancers, surgeons, and motorcycle gang members. Her work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Mercer Union, Toronto (2015); Wilfried Lentz, Rotterdam, the Netherlands (2015); Various Small Fires, Los Angeles (2015); Paula Cooper Gallery, New York (2013).