Compass (BE/NO)



Aluminium structure, electronics, DC motor, and compressor

Lawrence Malstaf (BE/NO)


Compass is a kind of orientation machine to wear around your waist that gives you directions while you are walking through virtual corridors and rooms. These have been programmed to fit the physical exhibition. The machine creates a feeling of attraction or repulsion that can be compared to being 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 the machine or giving in and letting yourself be guided.

Photos by Dirk Pauwels


Artist Bio:

The work of Lawrence Malstaf (b. 1972, Belgium) can be situated on the borderline between the visual and the theatrical. He develops installation and performance art with a focus on motion, coincidence, order, and chaos. He often creates sensorial rooms for individual visitors but also large mobile environments dealing with space and orientation, often using the visitor as a co-actor. He has won several international awards in the field of art and new technology and is also known in the dance and theater world as an innovative scenographer. In 2008 he was awarded the Witteveen + Bos prize for Art + Technology (NL), in 2009 the Golden Nica at Ars Electronica (A), in 2010 the Excellence Prize at The 13th Japan Media Arts Festival in Tokyo (JP), and in 2013 the Norwegian Hedda Prize for best scenography.

He lives and works in Norway, exhibits internationally and works closely together with Galerie Fortlaan.