Lawrence & Vincent Malstaf, 2015
30. JANUARY 2015
Dust particles are suspended in a light beam which is slowly scanning a dark room. Visitors can enter wearing a protective gas mask and witness the silent complexity of matter with millions of fragments forming a temporary micro universe. Remote sounds of human masses and activity fill the otherwise empty room.
The work of Lawrence Malstaf (°1972, Bruges, Belgium) 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 advanced technology as a point of departure or inspiration and as a means for activating installations.
Lawrence Malstaf has received several international awards in the field of art and new technology. He is also well known as an innovative scenographer in the dance and theater world.
He currently lives and works in Tromsø (Norway) and exhibits internationally.
Vincent Malstaf was born in Bruges in 1968. After studying industrial engineering, electronics, philosophy and theatre science Vincent has worked as technical coordinator at Stuc/Klapstuk in Leuven (B). Hereafter he started composing music and worked as a sound engineer for several dance pieces. He created installations and performances (with his brother Lawrence Malstaf and others) such as KNOT (2008) and ‘Tipping Point” (2013). Malstaf participated in several improvisation projects. In 1997 he co-founded Bains::Connective, an artistic laboratory based in Brussels. Vincent Malstaf worked together with choreographers Meg Stuart, Benoît Lachambre and Christine De Smedt among others. He first worked together with Stuart in 1995 on No One is Watching, Insert Skin, XXX for Arlene and Colleagues, Maybe Forever (2007), The Fault Lines (2010), and most recently Hunter (2014).
Furthermore, Malstaf promotes open source software and hardware.