Lawrence Malstaf - The poetics of immersion

22.07.2017 - 18.09.2017

Since its first year, in 2000, FILE has staged collective exhibitions, with the intention of demonstrating the diversity of expression found in technology-based art and providing a wide-ranging view of the production from each period and from different countries through the poetic development of each artist. Over the last 18 years, however, numerous digital artists have developed consistent and cohesive work along the lines of innovation and creativity.

Aligned with this movement, the International Festival of Electronic Language has created a project exclusively for the CCBB-SP, called the FILE SOLO, that aims to display a set of works by a specific artist, and explore the interdisciplinary relationship between technology and creativity.

This new type of show, FILE SOLO, that will be inaugurated with the Lawrence Malstaf - The poetics of immersion exhibition on July 22, will display six installations by the Belgian artist on the ground floor and three other floors of the historic CCBB - SP building. 

Even though digital art and transdisciplinarity in the arts is a new field of knowledge - dating from the 1990s - it can be said that a number of artists have firmly established themselves in the area, as is the case with Malstaf. He works in the inter-relationship of the visual arts with performance, using technology as inspiration for his projects. The FILE SOLO project has decided to present the rise of Lawrence Malstaf due to the interdisciplinary and innovative nature of his poetics. The development of the artist’s work over the past 20 years relates to the coming of age of the FILE festival, now in its 18th year. Lawrence’s work straddles various languages, and today combines works that consider the role of the viewer, challenging them to take an active part in the pieces”, explains the organizer of FILE, Paula Perissinotto.