Solid State (BE/NO)
Steel, wood, and vibration mechanism
Lawrence Malstaf (BE/NO)
A meeting table is set up in a dim space. People can sit down and feel how the table starts vibrating. As the frequencies of two motors go in and out of sync a series of complex rhythms emerges and resonates in the table, the floor and the bodies of the visitors. The volume varies from very quiet to very intense.
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.