24.10 kell 17:00 19:00 20:00
Two large, transparent plastic sheets and a device that gradually sucks the air out from between ...
24.10 kell 17:00 19:00 20:00
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 (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 physics and technology as a point of departure or inspiration and as a means for activating installations.
METABOLIC SPACES - Living objects, kinetic architecture and physical interaction are characteristic for 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.
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.
In 2008 he receives 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' is selected for iMinds Art&D call (B). In 2013 he wins the Norwegian Hedda Prize for best scenography with his design for The Tin Drum by Gunter Grass and made the scenography for the award winning show 'Visning' by Jon Tombre and Cecile Løveid in 2014. He currently lives and works in Tromsø (Norway) and exhibits internationally. www.lawrencemalstaf.com
Photo: Lawrence Malstaf, Shrink 01995 / Tallieu Art Office
Special thanks: Mustpeade maja, Tallinn Cultural Office
Duration: +/- 20’
The performance is part of the program of the performing arts biennial NU Performance Festival 2018.
NU Performance Festival 2018: Object with Audience
Curators: Henri Hütt, Mihkel Ilus
Producer: Uue Performantsi Selts
Co-producer: Kanuti Gildi SAAL
Visual identity: Henri Hütt, Jaan Evart, Mihkel Ilus
Festival initiators: Anders Härm, Priit Raud
Short animation: Taavi “Miisu” Varm (Varm Studio)
Graphic design: Jaan Evart
Translations: Kaisa Kaer
Technical director: Revo Koplus
Supporters and partners of the festival:
Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Gambling Tax Council, Tallinn Culture Department, Embassy of Sweden in Estonia, Nordic Culture Point, Valmiermuiža, Estonian Academy of Arts, Sveta Baar, Mustpeade Maja, ERR Raadioteater, Kultuurikatel, ARS Art Factory, Tallinn Art Hall, The Estonian Artists' Association, JCDecaux, festival Üle Heli jt.
More info: www.saal.ee