Lawrence Malstaf's “SHRINK 01995” takes place at House of the Black Heads' White Hall on Oct 24th and 25th at: 17:00 + 19:00 + 20:00
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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.
The work of Lawrence Malstaf 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 physics and technology as a point of departure or inspiration and as a means for activating installations.
Living objects, kinetic architecture and physical interaction are characteristic 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.
In 2008, he received 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 2011, his project 'Pavilion' was selected for iMinds Art&D call (B). In 2013, he won the Norwegian Hedda Prize for best scenography and made the scenography for the award winning show “Visning” by Jon Tombre and Cecile Løveid in 2014.