Installation and visual art

In this project Lawrence Malstaf wants to explore the kinetic and tactile qualities of a large dark mass of primal matter slowly descending a slope and threatening to flood the exhibition space and the visitors.

Some precision machines try to control and contain the unpredictable and mysterious compound in a Sisyphean struggle to hold off the inevitable. Does it become a state of conflict or an attempt for symbiosis in the eternal drama of order and chaos inherent in both our physical and mental reality?

Work in progress © Lawrence Malstaf

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Lawrence Malstaf (BEL)

The work of Lawrence Malstaf (1972 Belgium) is situated on the borderline between the visual and the theatrical. He develops installation and performance art with a strong focus on motion and coincidence. He creates immersive sensorial rooms for individual visitors and also larger mobile structures dealing with space and orientation. Living objects, kinetic architecture and physical interaction are characteristic for the installations by Lawrence Malstaf. His responsive environments generate theatrical situations involving the visitor as an essential presence and co- actor in their dramaturgy. In a complex play with unstable order, chance and change his machines display emotion, doubt and other human qualities.

Lawrence Malstaf has received several international awards in the field of art and new technology. He is also well known as an innovative scenographer in the dance and theater world. In 2008 he receives the Witteveen + Bos – prize for Art + Technology (NL), in 2009 the Golden Nica at Prix Ars Electronica (A) and in 2010 the Excellence Prize at The 13th Japan Media Arts Festival in Tokyo (JP). In 2013 he wins the Norwegian Hedda Prize for best scenography with his design for The Tin Drum by Gunter Grass. He currently lives and works in Tromsø (Norway) & Oudenaarde (Belgium) and exhibits internationally.

Credits & mentions

Assistants: Mihaly Stefanovicz, Mari Bø.

Creation realized in coproduction with the platform CHRONIQUES CREATIONS, supported by the DRAC Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, the Région Sud Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, the City of Marseille and the French Institute in Paris.

Delegated production: Tallieu Art Office.
Coproduction: iMAL.