Lawrence Malstaf

D.I.Y - Manual for a potential future by STATEX at Festival Trajectoires

22.01.2019 - 23.01.2019

Stereolux
Nantes (F)

Today, our society suffers a future crisis. It seems nearly impossible to imagine a society radically different form the existing one. We are trapped in the realities of the present. The project DIY or manual for a possible future, is based on recognition that the world can not change if we are unable to think about new futures. More than ever, we therefore need utopias. 

‘The first law of thermodynamics states that energy can never be made or destroyed
Sunlight transforms into trees, 
trees become oil, 
oil is oxidised into CO2.
Nothing is lost
Matter and energy transform endlessly in various states
All matter and everything that ever will exist
exists already.' 

Performance by and with installation artist Lawrence Malstaf, dancer / performer Liv Hanne Haugen, playwright Tale Næss, musician / performer Amund Sjølie Sveen and director Jon Tombre. 

http://festival-trajectoires.com/diy-manual-for-a-potential-future/

Nemo Observatorium 02002 at Festival Trajectoires

22.01.2019 - 23.01.2019

Stereolux
Nantes (F)

Nemo Observatorium 02002 - Styrofoam particles are blown around in a big transparent PVC cylinder by 5 strong fans. Visitors can take place one by one on the armchair in the middle of the whirlpool or observe from the outside. On the chair, in the eye of the storm it is calm and safe.Spectacular at first sight, this installation turns out to mesmerise as a kind of meditation machine. One can follow the seemingly cyclic patterns, focus on the different layers of 3D pixels or listen to its waterfall sound. One could call it a training device, challenging the visitor to stay centred and find peace in a fast changing environment. After a while the space seems to expand and one's sense of time deludes. Impressive and hypnotic.

http://festival-trajectoires.com/nemo-observatorium-02002/

Shrink 01995 at Festival Trajectoires

22.01.2019 - 23.01.2019

Stereolux
Nantes (F)

Shrink 01995 - Two large, transparent plastic sheets and a device that gradually sucks the air out from between them leave the body vacuum-packed and vertically suspended. The transparent tube inserted between the two surfaces allows the person inside the installation to regulate the flow of air. As a result of the increasing pressure between the plastic sheets, the surface of the packed body gradually freezes into multiple micro-folds. For the duration of the performance the person inside moves slowly and changes positions, which vary from an almost embryonic position to one resembling a crucified body.

At Festival Trajectoires there will be 6 Shrinks and the bodies of 6 performers.

https://festival-trajectoires.com/shrink-01995/

Transporter 02008 in 'Visions'

05.10.2018 - 26.10.2018

Les Halles
Brussels (B)

Transporter 02008 - Two conveyor belts of about 13m long are set up next to each other and running in opposite directions. People can lay down on them to be transported very slowly. Hidden under the surface an invisible mechanism produces a subtle yet intense tactile experience for the spine. Halfway the trajectory the visitors are confronted with two horizontal mirrors moving up and down above them.

Les Halles

Shrink 01995 at Chroniques 2018

10.11.2018

Chroniques 2018
Aix-en-Provence (F)

Two large, transparent plastic sheets and a device that gradually sucks the air out from between them leave the body vacuum-packed and vertically suspended. The transparent tube inserted between the two surfaces allows the person inside the installation to regulate the flow of air. As a result of the increasing pressure between the plastic sheets, the surface of the packed body gradually freezes into multiple micro-folds. For the duration of the performance the person inside moves slowly and changes positions, which vary from an almost embryonic position to one resembling a crucified body.

At Chroniques 2018 there will be 3 Shrinks and the bodies of 3 performers.

https://chronique-s.org

Shrink 01995 at NU Performance Festival

24.10.2018 - 25.10.2018

Nu Performance Festival
Talinn (EE)

Two large, transparent plastic sheets and a device that gradually sucks the air out from between them leave the body vacuum-packed and vertically suspended. The transparent tube inserted between the two surfaces allows the person inside the installation to regulate the flow of air. As a result of the increasing pressure between the plastic sheets, the surface of the packed body gradually freezes into multiple micro-folds. For the duration of the performance the person inside moves slowly and changes positions, which vary from an almost embryonic position to one resembling a crucified body.

At NU Performance Festival 2018 there will be 5 Shrinks and the bodies of 5 performers.

https://saal.ee/en/festival/5305/about

Double Compass - solo exhibition

31.01.2019 - 05.05.2019

TETEM
Enschede (NL)

Compass is an orientation machine to wear around your waist. It directs you left and right while walking. It guides you through virtual corridors, rooms and doors programmed in the physical exhibition space, or any location. The apparatus imposes an attraction or repulsion on your waist, like you are in a magnetic field. You can explore this environment and discover a tactile architecture. The machine is programmed to make you follow an invisible map but you can choose between resisting to the machine or giving in and letting yourself be guided.

For the solo exhibition Double Compass at TETEM, Lawrence Malstaf will develop a second machine, both Compasses will not only follow an invisible map, but will also interact with each other.

TETEM

Nemo Observatorium 02002 in 'VISIONS'

05.10.2018 - 26.10.2018

Les Halles
Brussels (B)

Nemo Observatorium 02002 will give you the unique opportunity to launch a hurricane and witness the consequences safe inside the eye of the cyclone or somewhere far removed where there is no chance of skidding.

Styrofoam particles are blown around in a big transparent PVC cylinder by 5 strong fans. Visitors can take place one by one on the armchair in the middle of the whirlpool or observe from the outside. On the chair, in the eye of the storm it is calm and safe.Spectacular at first sight, this installation turns out to mesmerise as a kind of meditation machine. One can follow the seemingly cyclic patterns, focus on the different layers of 3D pixels or listen to its waterfall sound. One could call it a training device, challenging the visitor to stay centered and find peace in a fast changing environment.

After a while the space seems to expand and one's sense of time deludes. Impressive and hypnotic.

Les Halles

D.I.Y - MANUAL FOR A POTENTIAL FUTURE

26.10.2018

KHIO
Oslo (NO)

Today, our society suffers a future crisis. It seems nearly impossible to imagine a society radically different form the existing one. We are trapped in the realities of the present. The project DIY or manual for a possible future, is based on recognition that the world can not change if we are unable to think about new futures. More than ever, we therefore need utopias. 

‘The first law of thermodynamics states that energy can never be made or destroyed
Sunlight transforms into trees, 
trees become oil, 
oil is oxidised into CO2.
Nothing is lost
Matter and energy transform endlessly in various states
All matter and everything that ever will exist
exists already.' 

Performance by and with installation artist Lawrence Malstaf, dancer / performer Liv Hanne Haugen, playwright Tale Næss, musician / performer Amund Sjølie Sveen and director Jon Tombre. 

KHIO Oslo

Polygon 02016

05.10.2018 - 14.10.2018

Maintenant Festival
Rennes (F)

Polygon is a large kinetic structure composed of lightweight articulating tubes hanging from thin wires. Via a mechanism of motors and counterweights it becomes a geometric landscape that moves organically and adjusts shape and balance in response to the visitors. 

https://www.maintenant-festival.fr

D.I.Y - Manual for a potential future

30.06.2018

FINN - Festspillene i Nord-Norge
Harstad (NO)

Today, our society suffers a future crisis. It seems nearly impossible to imagine a society radically different form the existing one. We are trapped in the realities of the present. The project DIY or manual for a possible future, is based on recognition that the world can not change if we are unable to think about new futures. More than ever, we therefore need utopias. 

‘The first law of thermodynamics states that energy can never be made or destroyed
Sunlight transforms into trees, 
trees become oil, 
oil is oxidised into CO2.
Nothing is lost
Matter and energy transform endlessly in various states
All matter and everything that ever will exist
exists already.' 

Performance by and with installation artist Lawrence Malstaf, dancer / performer Liv Hanne Haugen, playwright Tale Næss, musician / performer Amund Sjølie Sveen and director Jon Tombre. 

FINN Harstad

DIGGING INTO MY MAGNIFICENT TRASHBIN I'M SEARCHING FOR MY LIFE

23.06.2018

FESTSPILLENE I NORD-NORGE / ARCTIC ARTS FESTIVAL
Harstad (NO)

We need each other to understand and experience ourselves in the world. Starting with shiny trashbins, five distinctive dance artists take the audience and search in their own lives in hope for healing and salvation. Sharing is caring!
Haugen Produksjoner takes the audience on a journey - out of the theater room and into reality, a reality that can also be poetic and full of movement.

Idea, concept: Anne Katrine Haugen
Dance Artists / Performers: Jenny Marie Svensson, Gerd Kaisa Vorren, Alexander Aarø, Jordi Cortes Molina and Anne Katrine Haugen 
Music: Erik Stifjell
Scenography / Installation: Lawrence Malstaf
Artistic guides: Kristina Junttila, Jon Tombre, Liv Hanne Haugen
Producer: Liv Hanne Haugen
Production: Haugen Productions

FINN Harstad

Exhale

28.04.2018 - 29.04.2018

When Art Meets Science - I Love Science Festival
Horta Hall, BOZAR Brussels (B)

During the ‘I Love Science’ festival BOZAR devotes three whole days to an investigation into the links between art and science. 

EXHALE (performance - installation)
A large inflatable is constantly changing shape, struggling with its environment or adapting to it? Visitors can sign up to visit the inside of this gigantic lung and witness some excerpts of the EXHALE- performance.
EXHALE  starts from a movement we all share: breathing. This process of inhaling and exhaling as an expression of our physical and mental states is in constant change and usually unconscious. Yet it can also be a portal to control psychosomatic phenomena like stress and anxiety. Breath connects mind and body, the yogi said a 1000 years ago. However in these eco-calyptic times where fear is the best selling currency, science tell us about earlier mass extinctions and the cycles of life in our earthly atmosphere. With scientific prose, dance and electronic sounds, the audience is invited inside a large inflated lung where performers and visitors become one and the invisible air is shared as a physical and tangible medium. ‘Breathing is the first and the last thing you will do, you will breath about 10000 liters of air today. Without breath, no life.’

Saturday 28 April 2018
14:00 - 21:30 : ongoing performance 
14:30 / 15:30 / 16:30 / 17:30 / 18:30  : 10” performance inside the bubble with dance and text interventions by Liv Hanne Haugen.
19:00 - 21:30 : 20” performance inside the bubble with live music by Per Martinsen/Mental Overdrive.

Sunday 29 April 2018
14:00 - 21:30: ongoing performance 
14:30 / 15:30 / 16:30 / 17:30 / 18:30  : 10” performance inside the bubble with dance and text interventions by Liv Hanne Haugen.

When Art Meets Science

Talk: The anti-automaton

27.04.2018

When Art Meets Science - I Love Science Festival
BOZAR, Brussels (B)

Talk by Lawrence Malstaf. He will show material related to his practice as installation artist dealing with animated objects, anti-automation and coincidence.

COPING WITH COMPLEXITY - SCIENTIFIC AND ARTISTIC WAYS TO ORDER CHAOS

PROGRAMME: 
Host: Jean Paul Van Bendegem (VUB - Philosopher/Mathematician)
15:00 - Welcome
15:05 - Marleen Wynants (Director VUB Crosstalks): 'The first computers were women' 
16:40 - Talk by Lawrence Malstaf (artist): 'The anti-automaton'
15:50 - Michel Tombroff (ULB / University of California Santa Barbara): 'Tautological limitations in conceptual art: A proposal to represent the beauty of truth'
16:10 - André Ariew (University of Missouri): 'Abstract statistical ideas made simple: The case of Francis Galton’s quincunx'
16:40- Q&A + Break 
17:00 - Isar Goyvaerts (VUB): 'Symmetry in music: A means of exploring the modern Western classical repertoire'
17:30 - Bruno Letort (Ars Musica): 'Le pavillion Philips: Fusion des arts'
18:00 - Open discussion 
18:30 - Festival cocktail

More info: Crosstalks
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Compass 02005

25.04.2018 - 12.08.2018

Zhi Art Museum
Chengdu (ROC)

ZHI ART MUSEUM is pleased to present the exhibition Open, celebrating the long-awaited official inauguration of the museum which marks a new cultural signpost in southwest China. Curated by ZHANG Ga and co-presented by ZHI ART MUSEUM and Chronus Art Center (CAC).

To open is also to make ready for adventure, to lose orientation in order to obtain cognition of a different dimension. Compass 02005 by Lawrence Malstaf is precisely such an uncanny apparatus that exercises its own machine logic on the participant. Perhaps here a power play is at work to tease out the conundrum of the human-machine interaction that questions the popular assumption and begs for an ethical reappraisal. 

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Shrink & Nemo Observatorium

13.04.2018 - 04.06.2018

FILE Festival
CCBB, Rio de Janeiro (BR)

Nemo Observatorium 02002 - Styrofoam particles are blown around in a big transparent PVC cylinder by 5 strong fans. Visitors can take place one by one on the armchair in the middle of the whirlpool or observe from the outside. On the chair, in the eye of the storm it is calm and safe.Spectacular at first sight, this installation turns out to mesmerise as a kind of meditation machine. One can follow the seemingly cyclic patterns, focus on the different layers of 3D pixels or listen to its waterfall sound. One could call it a training device, challenging the visitor to stay centred and find peace in a fast changing environment. After a while the space seems to expand and one's sense of time deludes.

Shrink 01995 - Two large, transparent plastic sheets and a device that gradually sucks the air out from between them leave the body vacuum-packed and vertically suspended. The transparent tube inserted between the two surfaces allows the person inside the installation to regulate the flow of air. As a result of the increasing pressure between the plastic sheets, the surface of the packed body gradually freezes into multiple micro-folds. For the duration of the performance the person inside moves slowly and changes positions, which vary from an almost embryonic position to one resembling a crucified body.

http://file.org.br

In conversation

13.04.2018

FILE Festival
CCBB, Rio de Janeiro (BR)

“Installations that look like performances. Performances that look like sculptures. Living installations depending on the visitor, where the public is exhibited and spectators are being immersed. Being in the middle. 
Training devices, anti-automatons and technology.
Animated objects. 
Coincidence.
Inspired by nature.

Looking into the future …”

This conversation between Lawrence Malstaf (artist) and Ischa Tallieu (Tallieu Art Office) will shed a light on the activities, installations and performances by Lawrence Malstaf and will give an insight in what drives and inspires the artist.

http://file.org.br

FILE SOLO 2017. Lawrence Malstaf featured on Google Arts & Culture

07.03.2018

FILE SOLO at CCBB
São Paulo (BR)

Check 'FILE SOLO. Lawrence Malstaf - The Poetics of Immersion' on Google Arts & Culture here: https://artsandculture.google.com/exhibit/KwJCuqNdz06LLg

Shrink at FILE Belo Horizonte 2018

19.01.2018 - 19.03.2018

CCBB
Belo Horizonte (BR)

For this exhibition at CCBB Belo Horizonte, FILE Festival has chosen the theme “Electronic art in the disruptive age”. These exhibitions purpose a rupture at the traditional form of art appreciation, here the visitors can experience: new sensations and perceptions; senses the relationship between real and digital movement; interact with the works and immerse themselves into virtual reality.

Lawrence Malstaf
Shrink 01995
 
FILE Festival Belo Horizonte 2018

Lawrence Malstaf - Biennale Némo

09.12.2017 - 04.03.2018

Le 104 - Les Faits du Hasard
Paris (F)

Conversations 02012
A couple of vibrating chairs are slowly moving and turning randomly through the space. They seem to search and reject each other with soft humming sounds. 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 behavior arises spontaneously through the duration of the installation.

Biennale Némo
Le Centquatre
Lawrence Malstaf

Shrink at FILE Brasilia 2017

12.10.2017 - 09.12.2017

CCBB
Brasilia (BR)

The theme ‘Electronic Art in the Disruptive Age’ was chosen specifically for the Festival’s first edition in Brasilia. It presents innovative works which are arranged in four different groups – or aspects – which represent new behaviors in the contemporary world: Experiential Body, Kinetic Body, Virtual Body, and Playful Body.

Shrink 01995

FILE Brasilia

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New Publication Lawrence Malstaf

22.09.2017

FILE SOLO at CCBB
São Paulo (BR)

FILE SOLO 2017. Lawrence Malstaf: The poetics of immersion

“Lawrence Malstaf: The poetics of immersion” by Paula Perissinotto & Ricardo Barreto. FILE SOLO 2017 – Exhibition. Installations: 6 works with their own texts. “The edginess of the body” by Pieter T’Jonck. “A state of pure observation” by Steven Sourbron. “Lawrence Malstaf interviewed by Dominique Moulon”. “Man/Machine – or how to reassemble the globe. A short reflection on Lawrence Malstaf and his art practice” by Tale Næss. “That which lies in-between. Reflection after collaboration: A conversation with the artist Lawrence Malstaf” by Astri Fremmerlid.

Editorial Concept: Paula Perissinotto and Ricardo Barreto
Design: André Lenz
Year: 2017
Pages: 124

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Event Horizon at KIKK Festival

02.11.2017 - 11.11.2017

KIKK Festival - Invisible Naratives
Galerie du Beffroi, Namur (B)

Between poetry and technology, artists are revealing the invisible, they tell us stories awaking our senses and showing possible worlds. The artworks disturb our reason and play with the imaginary, a visual, acoustic, luminous, geometric, tangible, abstract or hypnotic travel in the world of invisible narratives.

Event Horizon 02015
KIKK Festival

Nemo Observatorium - Nuit Blanche Brussels

07.10.2017

Nuit Blanche Brussels - Power Games
Galerie du Parlement, Brussels (B)

A transparent cylinder, polystyrene particles and five fans… The instantly spectacular installation is in fact a hypnotic machine encouraging meditation. Nemo Observatorium 02002 can be watched from a seat placed inside the whirlpool or outside of the tube. Everything is calm and peaceful in the eye of the storm. Spectators can follow the circular movement of the balls, concentrating on the threedimensional forms they draw or listen to the cascade-like sound they make. Lawrence Malstaf challenges them to remain calm and focused in a constantly changing environment.

Nuit Blanche Brussels

Shrink at KIKK Festival

02.11.2017 - 05.11.2017

KIKK Festival - Invisible Naratives
Eglise d'Harscamp, Namur (B)

Two large, transparent plastic sheets and a device that gradually sucks the air out from between them leave the body vacuum-packed and vertically suspended. The transparent tube inserted between the two surfaces allows the person inside the installation to regulate the flow of air. As a result of the increasing pressure between the plastic sheets, the surface of the packed body gradually freezes into multiple micro-folds. For the duration of the performance the person inside moves slowly and changes positions, which vary from an almost embryonic position to one resembling a crucified body.

At KIKK Festival there will be 6 Shrinks and the bodies of 6 performers.

KIKK Festival
Shrink

PUST / EXHALE

28.09.2017 - 01.08.2017

Dansens Hus
Oslo (NO)

Dance by Liv Hanne Haugen and electronic sounds, performed live by one of Norways leading and internationally acclaimed electronic musicians Per Martinsen, communicate abstractly and open - sometimes violently and loud, other times soft and quiet, with each other, always in presence of the sound of breathing. Visual artist Lawrence Malstaf is manipulating, pulling and re-shaping the bubble in a dance that also makes the audience move. 
Finally the audience has the chance to monitor their own breath standing side by side on a line while dropping pebbles in a papercup leaving us wondering how many more breaths to go. 

Dansens Hus

POLYGON

25.08.2017 - 27.08.2017

RakettNatt
Tromsø (NO)

Polygon is a large kinetic structure composed of lightweight articulating tubes hanging from thin wires. Via a mechanism of motors and counterweights it becomes a geometric landscape that moves organically and adjusts its shape and balance unpredictably. 

Video Polygon
Lawrence Malstaf

LAWRENCE MALSTAF WITH 'OVERVIEW' IN BUBBLING UNIVERSES

18.07.2017 - 03.09.2017

FILE SÃO PAULO 2017 - GROUPEXHIBITION
Fiesp Cultural Center, São Paulo (BR)

Bubbling Universes - "The emergence of social networks has led to a multiplicity of events on a scale never seen before. The unchecked proliferation of information has now reached an astonishing level and is stored in an unprecedented amount of storage, accessed by thousands of networked data devices. This exponential increase in accessible information overwhelms us all in an incessant and overwhelming flow of concepts, images, opinions and desires. No one is exempt from this cross-contamination, no discipline succeeds in remaining within set boundaries. The proliferation of worlds and tendencies carries us into an indeterminate plurality. All and everything is expanding, like a star in its Red Giant phase, ready to explode at any time. What was immense and infinite has become small when faced with the multiverse. We live in an age of bubbling universes." 
Paula Perissinotto and Ricardo Barreto (FILE Founders and Organizers)

FILE Festival 2017 - Bubbling Universe
FILE SOLO - Lawrence Malstaf
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Lawrence Malstaf - The poetics of immersion

22.07.2017 - 18.09.2017

FILE SOLO
CCBB - São Paulo (BR)

FILE - Festival Internacional de Linguagem Eletrônica  and CCBB come together to present an individual exhibition by the Belgian artist Lawrence Malstaf, opening on 22 July 2017, as the inaugural show of FILE SOLO, confirming the expansion of FILE Festival, that is now in its 18th year.

FILE SOLO - Lawrence Malstaf
CCBB - São Paulo
FILE Festival 2017 - Bubbling Universes
Lawrence Malstaf

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L'Ososphère

28.04.2017 - 07.05.2017

La COOP
Strasbourg (F

Conversations & Sandbible by Lawrence Malstaf are part of the parcours artistique at L'Ososphère in Strasbourg (F)

nuitnumérique #14 kinestezi

11.03.2017 - 24.05.2017

Saint-Ex - Centre Culturel Numérique
Reims (F)

Compass, 02005 is an orientation machine to wear around your waist. It directs you left and right while walking. It guides you through virtual corridors, rooms and doors programmed in the physical exhibition space, or any location. The apparatus imposes an attraction or repulsion on your waist, like you are in a magnetic field. You can explore this environment and discover a tactile architecture. The machine is programmed to make you follow an invisible map but you can choose between resisting to the machine or giving in and letting yourself be guided.

Saint-Ex Reims

Nachtelijk Symposium

19.04.2017 - 02.06.2017

KVS & On Tour
Brussels, Mechelen, Antwerpen, Gent (B)

Mesut Arslan, Platform 0090 & KVS.

Mesut Arslan places the actors and the text in artist Lawrence Malstaf’s installation of spinning tops. The audience is gathered around an open arena in which not only the tops, but also the characters, start revolving around each other. In this way the director sets the inner identity of a family and the surrounding audience in motion. 

Lawrence Malstaf
KVS

Où sont les sons? / Where are sounds?

19.04.2017 - 10.09.2017

Centrale for Contemporary Art
Brussels (B)

Where Are Sounds? is an exhibition put together by Nicole Gingras, an independent curator interested in the links between sound and image, and in listening as a means of relating to the world. With regard to this exhibition, the curator comments: “Where are sounds? Where are they going? This double question, so simple at first sight, reveals several essential aspects specific to listening, including the predispositions of listeners at all sound events. The exhibition also allows us to examine the ways in which sounds manifest themselves and travel through a given site, in public places or during our daily wanderings. Several artists have explored these issues. Some work in sound, probing the intensity of sonic masses, while others are interested in noise or aural traces; still others focus on silence, the near-inaudible or imperceptible. Finally, some convert a sound phenomenon into an object, a sculpture or temporal experience. Where Are Sounds? suggests that it is not only possible to hear a sound, but also to see it, touch it, be pervaded by it.”

With Christoph De Boeck (B), Raymond Gervais (CA), Aernoudt Jacobs (B), Anne-Françoise Jacques (CA), Rolf Julius (D), Yann Leguay (F/B) et Gaétan Rusquet (B), Bernhard Leitner (AT), Lawrence Malstaf (B/NO), Dominique Petitgand (F), Martin Tétreault (CA) and dieb13 (AT), Davide Tidoni (IT/B), Katerina Undo (GR/B). 

Overtoon
Centrale for Contemporary Art

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MELTING

24.01.2017

Grand Theatre
Groningen (NL)

MELTING is an investigation of various questions related to the scientific, economic and psychological reasons for, and consequences of, our presumed current climate crisis.

Grand Theatre Groningen
Lawrence Malstaf
Amund Sjølie Sveen
Slagr

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EAST, SCENOGRAPHY FOR A DANCE-SOLO BY ARCO RENZ

05.10.2016 - 16.11.2016

De Brakke Grond - Schouwburg Kortrijk - Kunstencentrum Vooruit
Amsterdam (NL) - Kortrijk (B) - Gent (B)

What an amazing, obsessive show!
 
Drawing from fifteen years of creative experience between Europe and Asia, Arco Renz throws his body to create seemingly alien movements, yet part of our artistic and cultural background. 
EAST exposes and simultaneously shakes up the stereotyped portrayals of the differences between East and West. We are in another world, our body and soul engaged in a thrilling dialogue with the surrounding lights, the staging and the music played live.
The performance evolves inside 'Spheres', an installation by Lawrence Malstaf.

Kobalt Works EAST

De Brakke Grond

Schouwburg Kortrijk

Vooruit

FOLDING: HYBRID MATTERS PRODUCTION GRANT AND TOURING EXHIBITION

24.11.2016 - 18.12.2016

Forum Box
Helsinki (FI)

Lawrence Malstaf his proposal FOLDING stems from a research project on traditional origami techniques and contemporary 3D modeling software and explores the borderline between representation and abstraction. The aim is to accumulate a series of full scale kinetic sculptures based on 3D scans of the exhibition visitors. The sculptures expand and shrink according to motion patterns of the public in the space. Thus the visitors are reanimating the abstracted models of earlier visitors and create a responsive choir of breathing avatars. A metaphor for the blurring boundaries between animate nature and inanimate simulation and modeling technology.

Hybrid Matters - Production Grant

Hybrid Matters - Touring Exhibition

 Forum Box, Helsinki (FI) 

Première PUST / Exhale

13.11.2016

DanseFestival Barents
Arctic Culture Centre, Hammerfest (NO)

This project has its starting point in a movement we all share: breathing. Through dance, installation art and electronic music and by roles between performer and audience which are sliding and shifting, we hope to move from an I to a we, from individual to community. The project seeks to strengthen the self-esteem through community as a starting point. A multitude of unique breath. The project seeks to create a space where the public will own habits and BREATHE conscious to contribute to greater freedom of action, individually and collectively.

Idea: Liv Hanne Haugen - Concept: Lawrence Malstaf and Liv Hanne Haugen - Composer and musician: Per Martinsen - Installation and light: Lawrence Malstaf - Dance and voice: Liv Hanne Haugen - Text: Vibeke Thorp - Producer: Anne Katrine Haugen - Consultant: Margunn Kilde - Production: Haugen Productions

DanseFestival Barents

Cosmos - Project Daejeon 2016

26.07.2016 - 20.11.2016

Daejeon Museum of Art, Daejeon
South Korea

The theme of Project Daejeon 2016 is COSMOS. The quest for the origins of life in the universe has inspired many artists. Project Daejeon 2016 has an ambition to break with the stereotypical view of the world and humanity and wishes to give a deeper insight into art and science through various collaborations.

Event Horizon: Dust particles are suspended in a light beam which is slowly scanning a dark room. Visitors can enter wearing a protective gas mask and witness the silent complexity of matter with millions of fragments forming a temporary micro universe. Remote sounds of human masses and activity fill the otherwise empty room.

Premiere 'State & Ecstasy'

24.05.2016

FESTSPILLENE I NORD-NORGE
Harstad (NO)

'State & Ecstasy' is a performance with dance, installation, music, poetry: five artists dig into collectivity, both politically and existentially. The result is a subjective and beautiful examination of individualisation and freedom, and a fervent desire - both in art and politics - to achieve a collective ecstasy.

With Amund Sjølie Sveen, Lawrence Malstaf, Jon Tombre, Liv Hanne Haugen and Tale Næss.

FINN, Harstad (NO)

Event Horizon at Mapping Festival

28.04.2016 - 08.05.2016

Mapping Festival
Geneva (CH)

In the installation Event Horizon, dust particles are suspended in a beam of light that is slowly scanning a dark room. Visitors are invited to wear a protective gas mask and, thus made conscious of their own breath, witness the silent complexity of matter with millions of fragments forming a temporary micro-universe. Matter is taking centre stage, dancing in the light and airstreams of the black box, with remote sounds of human masses and activity filling the otherwise empty room.

With environmental challenges, population growth and our ever-expanding needs in mind, the Malstaf brothers sought a way to zoom out and contemplate our temporary existence on spaceship Earth. The aim: "Making a work with a minimum amount of material and the biggest possible spatial impact."

Mapping Festival

Mirror & Shrink at SPOR Festival

12.05.2016 - 15.04.2016

SPOR Festival
Aarhus (DK)

Mirror 02002: A dark room with a large vibrating mirror deforms the reflection of the visitor. At first the vibrations are so subtle that you might wonder if it are your own eyes that are having trouble to focus. But gradually it becomes more obvious that the mirror is actually moving and mutating the mirror image into a Francis Bacon portrait. Yet the visual impression is so real that some people feel the urge to check if their body is actually decomposing or not. In the end the body evaporates and disappears.

Shrink 01995: Two large, transparent plastic sheets and a device that gradually sucks the air out from between them leave the body (in this case the artist himself) vacuum-packed and vertically suspended. The transparent tube inserted between the two surfaces allows the person inside the installation to regulate the flow of air. As a result of the increasing pressure between the plastic sheets, the surface of the packed body gradually freezes into multiple micro-folds. For the duration of the performance the person inside moves slowly and changes positions, which vary from an almost embryonic position to one resembling a crucified body.

SPOR Festival

FESTIVAL VIA 2016: PERCEPTIONS

10.03.2016 - 20.03.2016

Le Manège
Maubeuge (F)

Nevel a matrix of nine pivoting walls forms a labyrinth whose architecture continuously changes. A sequence of different compositions creates choreography of spaces flowing into one another. It is an auto choreographic space to wander and get lost in, like in a mutating city, to linger and surrender to the disorientation

Exposition Perceptions

Burning Ice #9 - Kaaitheater

16.02.2016 - 20.02.2016

Kaaistudio's
Brussels (B)

During BURNING ICE #9 Lawrence Malstaf presents an adapted version of Tipping Point. A large water-filled disc carefully balances on top of a steel support, tilting up and down. An air bubble slowly travels around, disrupting the disc’s balance.

Malstaf shows how small changes can generate enormous consequences. The findings of the Norwegian Polar Institute were his starting point. They investigated the impact of human activity on the arctic ecosystem. Air and water are the main elements in this vast yet delicate thermodynamic process.

East, Scenography for a dance-solo by Arco Renz

15.03.2016 - 16.03.2016

Les Brigitinnes
Brussels (B)

What an amazing, obsessive show!
 
Drawing from fifteen years of creative experience between Europe and Asia, Arco Renz throws his body to create seemingly alien movements, yet part of our artistic and cultural background. 
EAST exposes and simultaneously shakes up the stereotyped portrayals of the differences between East and West. We are in another world, our body and soul engaged in a thrilling dialogue with the surrounding lights, the staging and the music played live.
The performance evolves inside a spheric installation by Lawrence Malstaf.

Les Brigittines - Tickets

Kobalt Works

Artefact: Up in the Air

09.02.2016 - 21.02.2016

STUK
Leuven (B)

In the installation Event Horizon dust particles are suspended in a beam of light that is slowly scanning a dark room. Visitors are invited to wear a protective gas mask and witness the silent complexity of matter with millions of fragments forming a temporary micro-universe. Conscious of one’s own breath, matter is taking centre stage, dancing in the light and airstreams of the black box with remote sounds of human masses and activity filling the otherwise empty room.

With environmental challenges, population growth and our ever-expanding needs in mind, the brothers Malstaf sought a way to zoom out and contemplate our temporary existence on spaceship Earth. The aim: ‘Making a work with a minimum amount of material and the biggest possible spatial impact.’ 

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FESTIVAL EXIT 2016: PERCEPTIONS

07.04.2016 - 17.04.2016

Maison des Arts
Créteil (F)

Nevel a matrix of nine pivoting walls forms a labyrinth whose architecture continuously changes. A sequence of different compositions creates choreography of spaces flowing into one another. It is an auto choreographic space to wander and get lost in, like in a mutating city, to linger and surrender to the disorientation.

Exposition Perceptions

FOLDING: HYBRID MATTERS PRODUCTION GRANT AND TOURING EXHIBITION

20.05.2016 - 30.11.2016

Kunsthal Grenland / Nikolaj Kunsthall / Forum Box
Porsgrunn (NO) / Copenhagen (DK) / Helsinki (FI)

Lawrence Malstaf his proposal FOLDING stems from a research project on traditional origami techniques and contemporary 3D modeling software and explores the borderline between representation and abstraction. The aim is to accumulate a series of full scale kinetic sculptures based on 3D scans of the exhibition visitors. The sculptures expand and shrink according to motion patterns of the public in the space. Thus the visitors are reanimating the abstracted models of earlier visitors and create a responsive choir of breathing avatars. A metaphor for the blurring boundaries between animate nature and inanimate simulation and modeling technology.

Hybrid Matters - Production Grant

Hybrid Matters - Touring Exhibition

- 19 March - 8 May 2016: Kunsthal Grenland, Porsgrunn (NO)
- 20 May - 31 July 2016: Nikolaj Kunsthall, Copenhagen (DK)
- 24 November - 18 December 2016: Forum Box, Helsinki (FI) 

MELTING

22.04.2016 - 23.04.2016

BIT Teatergarasjen
Bergen (NO)

MELTING is an investigation of various questions related to the scientific, economic and psychological reasons for, and consequences of, our presumed current climate crisis.

BIT Teatergarasjen

Lawrence Malstaf

Amund Sjølie Sveen

Slagr

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ART WITHOUT CONDITIONS

11.10.2015 - 27.12.2015

GALERIE TRIANGLE BLEU
Stavelot (B)

'... Seduced by the generous offer of the Triangle Bleu gallery of curating and presenting an exhibition, Jacques Charlier has made a selection of artists, both young and less young, who in their work remain insensitive to external pressures ... Recommended for lovers of the unexpected.' (Stephen Falk)

Galerie Triangle Bleu

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BOZAR ELECTRONIC ARTS FESTIVAL 2015

08.10.2015 - 18.10.2015

BOZAR
Brussels (B)

WYSIWYG? OR WHAT YOU SEE IS NOT WHAT YOU GET?!

Media Arts Exhibition

Digital or analog? New or old technologies? How does the medium affect the way reality is perceived and represented ? How do we want to perceive reality or how can we? Real and virtual reality, facts and fiction are today inseparable. There are unlimited possibilities for the creation of images. Within the context of art and technology we re-examine the essence of representation and perception, and this by means of creating immersive , interactive and kinetic works. The selected installations approach in different ways the relationships between registration and medium, projection and content, perception and interpretation.

BEAF15

BOZAR

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Transporter

27.07.2015 - 21.07.2015

MiramirO
Sint-Baafsabdij, Gent (B)

Transporter 02008 is an installation consisting of two conveyors moving in the opposite direction and a mirror midway moving up and down. The audience chooses this time for a horizontal position and let themselves literally be carried away by the installation. Be prepared for a strange encounter with yourself.

Lawrence Malstaf

MiramirO

VORMIDABLE: Shrink & Conversations

20.05.2015 - 25.10.2015

Vormidable - Museum Beelden aan Ze
Den Haag (NL)

Shrink 01995 - Two large, transparent plastic sheets and a device that gradually sucks the air out from between them leave the body (in this case the artist himself) vacuum-packed and vertically suspended. The transparent tube inserted between the two surfaces allows the person inside the installation to regulate the flow of air. As a result of the increasing pressure between the plastic sheets, the surface of the packed body gradually freezes into multiple micro-folds. For the duration of the performance the person inside moves slowly and changes positions, which vary from an almost embryonic position to one resembling a crucified body. 

Conversations 02012 - A couple of vibrating chairs are slowly moving and turning randomly through the space. They seem to search and reject each other with soft humming sounds. 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 behavior arises spontaneously through the duration of the installation.

Museum Beelden aan Zee

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Scenography for Oz + Pavilion

25.02.2015 - 25.03.2015

Hålogaland Teater
Teaterplassen , 9007 Tromsø (NO)

Directed by Jon Tombre

Hålogaland Teater

SHRINK PERFORMANCE

05.02.2015 - 07.02.2015

Barentsspektakel 2015
Kirkenes (NO)

The Shrink-performance will include two Russian and two Norwegian dancers, a large metal scaffold and loads of plastic. The dancers couple up, one Russian and one Norwegian, and vacuum-seal each other; their bodies moving slowly, pausing, changing their pose until they are completely wrapped in plastic and not able to move anymore.

Barentsspektakel

New Installation: Event Horizon

30.01.2015 - 01.02.2015

Small Projects
Tromsø (NO)

Event Horizon - Dust particles are suspended in a light beam which is slowly scanning a dark room. Visitors can enter wearing a protective mask and witness the silent complexity of matter with millions of fragments forming a temporary micro universe. Remote sounds of human masses and activity fill the otherwise empty room.

Small Projects

Exhibition Homo Religiosus

08.11.2014 - 31.12.2016

Perspektivet Museum
Storgata 95, 9006 Tromsø (NO)

The ongoing exhibition 'Homo Religiosus' is about the spiritual world and the quest for meaning and coherence in life. This is a dimension that art installations and music can help mediate. In art, the existential and religious dimension comes to expression as a type of insight that transcends dispassionate, reason-based knowledge. Perhaps the art can be viewed as a window facing inwards.

Homo Religiosus is produced through collaboration between the visual artist Lawrence Malstaf and Perspektivet Museum.

Library 2014 and Portraits 2014 by Lawrence Malstaf. 

Photo: Mari Hildung/PEM