Lawrence Malstaf: Conversations

Opening reception: March 7 from 6–8PM

Hours: Tues. – Sat., 12 – 6PM

Cost: Free

Vibrating chairs are slowly moving and turning randomly through the space. They seem to search and reject each other. When a visitor passes by or sits down, the chairs hesitate and then carefully try out different patterns. The patterns are not designed; it is a self-organizing system where new compositions and new behaviors arise spontaneously through the duration of the installation.

Living objects, kinetic architecture and physical interaction are characteristics of the installations by Lawrence Malstaf. His responsive environments generate theatrical situations involving the visitor as an essential presence in their dramaturgy. In a complex play with unstable order, chance and change, his machines display emotion, doubt and other human qualities.

The work of Lawrence Malstaf (°1972, Bruges, Belgium) is situated on the borderline between the visual and the theatrical. He develops installation and performance art with a strong focus on movement, coincidence, order and chaos, and immersive sensorial rooms for individual visitors. He also creates larger mobile environments dealing with space and orientation, often using the visitor as a co-actor. His projects involve advanced technology as a point of departure or inspiration and as a means for activating installations.

Lawrence Malstaf has received several international awards in the field of art andnew technology. He is also well known as an innovative scenographer in the danceand theater world.

In 2008 he receives the Witteveen + Bos – prize for Art + Technology (NL), in 2009the Golden Nica at Prix Ars Electronica (A) and in 2010 the Excellence Prize at The 13th Japan Media Arts Festival in Tokyo (JP). In 2011 his project ‘Pavilion’ is selected for iMinds Art&D-call (B). To develop ‘Pavilion’, he collaborates with the Ghent University Multimedia Lab.