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News & Agenda April 2018
In conversation
Lawrence Malstaf
FILE Rio de Janeiro
13 April 2018 - 18:00
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.

Lawrence Malstaf & Ischa Tallieu in conversation at FILE SOLO 2017
Shrink 01995 & Nemo Observatorium 02002
Lawrence Malstaf
FILE Rio de Janeiro
13 April 2018
until 4 June 2018
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. 
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.

Lawrence Malstaf, Nemo Observatorium, 02002
The Physical Mind
Teun Vonk
FILE Rio de Janeiro
13 April 2018
until 4 June 2018
CCBB, Rio de Janeiro (BR)

With The Physical Mind, Vonk seeks to let participants experience the relation between their physical and mental states by applying physical pressure to the body. The installation consists of two inflatable objects. The participant lays down in between, is lifted up and gently squeezed between the two inflatable objects. The lifting creates an unstable feeling, a slightly stressful sensation that is directly contrasted with a secure feeling of being gently squeezed between two soft objects. Paradoxically, this forced physical stimulus reduces feelings anxiety and paradoxically stress and the flight- or fight-response disappear. The participant experiences and increased sensitivity to stimuli, normalized alertness and a calm state of mind. The positive effects of this increased receptivity can continue for a few hours after the experience. The installation evokes empathy in bystanders who witness a participant undergo the experience.

Teun Vonk, The Physical Mind (photo by Luuk Smits)
Compass 02005
Lawrence Malstaf
ZHI Art Museum
25 April 2018
until 25 August 2018
ZHI Art Museum, Chengdu (ROC)

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.

Lawrence Malstaf, Compass 02005
Mental Overdrive featured in 'The Wire'

' ... Per Martinsen aka Mental Overdrive is a veteran of the Norwegian dance scene. “Without party we wouldn’t survive,” he declares. A festival highlight, his show is built on glitched, minimal, sparse beats and straightforward dance rhythms, which he breaks down with ambient glaciers. Adjusting the kind of music he makes according to season, he tends not to escape but to explore the theme of weather and polar areas. At an artist’s talk he remarks on the concert of local musician Jasnazima, whose sound seems to him “individual and site-specific”...'

The Wire - April 2018 - Issue 410 
Download PDF for the full
article HERE

Mental Overdrive by Carl Christian Lein Størmer
Tele-present water
David Bowen
MAK, Vienna (AT)

until 15 April 2018

tele-present water  draws information from the intensity and movement of the water in a remote location. Wave data is being collected and updated from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration data buoy station 51003. The wave intensity and frequency collected from the buoy is scaled and transferred to the mechanical grid structure, resulting in a simulation of the physical effects caused by the movement of water from this distant unknown location.

David Bowen

David Bowen, tele-present water, 2011
Het Kanaal
Annelies Van Parys
27 April 2018 - 20:30

On a beach near Calais a young refugee prepares himself to swim across the Channel, towards his new future. On the English side, on the chalk cliffs of Beachy Head, a (transsexual) woman bids life goodbye; in a few instants she will jump to her death. 

The new text by author Gaea Schoeters is mirrored by recently recovered Shakespeare-text. Composer Annelies Van Parys uses the Shakespeare-text as a libretto for a cycle of songs, which set the refugee theme in a historical perspective. The soprano is also the intermediary between past and present, audience and play; via other spoken Shakespeare fragments she sets the story in a different perspective, turning the personal stories into a sharp reflection of society, both in the 16th century and today – because the similarities are, alas, striking.


Het Kanaal ©Koen Broos
28 April 2018
until 29 April 2018
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.

Lawrence Malstaf - Per Martinsen - Liv Hanne Haugen, EXHALE, 02016

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.’

FREE ENTRANCE - Performances: limited places - Online and on-site registration

Saturday 28 April 2018: 14:00 > 22:00
Continuous installation - free access
Performances (10 min) - 14:30 / 15:30 / 16:30 / 17:30 / 18: 30 - registration on site possible
Performance (20 min) - 19:00 / 21:30 - registration via the "Registration" link below

Sunday 29 April 2018: 10:00 > 17:00
Continuous installation - free access
Performances (10 min) - 10:30 / 11:30 / 12:30 / 13:30 / 14: 30 / 15:30 / 16:30 - registration on site possible


TALK: The Anti-Automaton
Lawrence Malstaf
27 April 2018 - 15:00
BOZAR, Rotonde Bertouille, Brussels (B)

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


Lawrence Malstaf (photo by Franz Gruber)

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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