Lawrence Malstaf
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Lawrence Malstaf

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. 

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 theatre world. 

He currently lives and works in Tromsø (Norway) & Oudenaarde (Belgium) and exhibits internationally.

Curriculum Vitae
Lawrence Malstaf at Perspektivet Museum, Tromsø (NO)

Curriculum Vitae

02013 Hedda prize for best scenography Norway. Blikktrommen, production Hålogaland Teater (NO)
02010 Excellence Prize, Japan Media Arts Festival, National Art Center, Tokyo (JP)
02009 Golden Nica for Interactive Art, Ars Electronica, Linz (AT)
02008 Art & Technology Award Witteveen + Bos (NL)

02020 Metabolic spaces, Tetris, Le Havre, (F)
02019 Extra, IOMA, Beijing (ROC)
02017 Poetics of Immersion, FILE SOLO 02017, CCBB, São Paulo (BR)
02010 STRP Festival, Eindhoven (NL)
02009 La Ferme du Buisson, Paris (F)
02008 The Long Now, Espace Bargemon, Festival de Marseille (F)
02004  Being in the Middle, solo-exhibition, De Brakke Grond, Amsterdam (NL)
02003 Galerie Fortlaan 17, Gent (B)
02002 Observatorium, Provinciaal Centrum voor Beeldende Kunsten / Z33, Hasselt (B)

02020 Tromsø Waterfront Laboratory, STATEX Collective (NO) - Cora Sandel, Perspektivet Museum (NO) 
02019 Dette Barnet, Det norske Teater, director Jon Tombre (NO)
02018 D.I.Y. manual for a potential future, STATEX Collective, Hålogaland Teater (NO)
02016 Melting,  BIT teatergarasjen, dir Amund Sjølie Sveen (NO) - Exhale / Pust, Haugen produksjoner, Dansens Hus (NO) - 02017 Nachtelijk Symposium, KVS Brussels, director Mesut Arslan (B)
02015 Betrayal, Platform 0090, director Mesut Arslan (B) - East, ACC Gwangju, choreographer Arco Renz (ROK) - The Wizard of Oz, Hålogaland Teater, director Jon Tombre (NO)
02014 Visning, Nationalteater Oslo, director Jon Tombre (NO) - Homo Religiosus, Perspektivet Museum (NO) - Søstre, Dansens Hus, choreography Liv Hanne and Anne Katrine Haugen (NO)
02013 Blikktrommen, Hålogaland Teater, director Jon Tombre (NO) - Solid States, STUK Leuven, Choreographer Arco Renz (B)
02010 Mad, Carte Blanche, choreographer Arco Renz (NO)

01995 Graduated as Master in Industrial Design, Henry van de Velde Instituut, Antwerp (B)

FILE Festival - São Paulo (BR)


Merzbau 02020 at Tromsø Sjøfront Laboratorium, Tromsø (NO)

Exhibitions, performances and scenographies

02024 Shrink, Sismógraf Festival, Olot, (CAT) - Seagull Fountain, NaturArchy - IMAL, Brussels (B) - Exhale, Saint-Ex Reims (FR) - Shrink, Baltoscandal, Rakvere (EST) - Shrink, NOVUM 2024, New Castle (UK) - Exhale / Pust, Shanghai Internationaldance Centre (ROC) - Nemo Observatorium, Criatech, Teatro Vaveirense, Aveiro (PT) - Shrink, Frankfurter Kunstverein (D)

02023 Shrink, Trondheim Kunstmuseum (NO) - FLOOD, Chroniques Biennale, La Friche Belle de Mai, Marseille (FR) - Overview, Shenzhen Museum of Contemporary Art (ROC) - Shrink, Nuit Blanche, Paris (F) - Shrink, L.E.V. Festival, Madrid (ES) - Nemo Observatorium, Le Pavillon & KIKK Festiavl, Namur (B) - Pust / Exhale, Trondheim, Dans i Trøndelag (NO) - Shrink, Post-Umano L’ulteriorità, Torino Art Week, Torino (IT) - Nevel / New Religion, Dansefestival Barents, Hammerfest (NO)

02022  Boreas, SLOW Festival, Concertgebouw, Brugge (B) - SULT & Nevel x 4, Hamsunsenteret, Hamarøy (NO) - Shrink, Trondheim Kunstmuseum (NO) - FLOOD, Chroniques Biennale, La Friche Belle de Mai, Marseille (FR)

02021 New Religion / Nevel,  Festspillene i Nord Norge (NO) - Faith, Hope and Thermodynamics / Merzbau, Festspillene i Nord Norge (NO) - Shrink, City of Sciences, Kulturprojekte Berlin (D) - Conversations, YI / A Chair, ZHI Art Museum, Chengdu (ROC) -Sarah og Friheten, Perspektivet Museum, Tromsø (NO)

02020 Shrink, Festival Out of the Box, Whitebox, Munich (D) - Faith, Hope & Thermodynamics, replaced by Corona Diaries with STATEX collective, Varscenefest, Tromsø (NO) - Metabolic Spaces, solo exhibition, Territorium, Spheres, Nevel, Nemo Observatorium & Shrink, Le Tetris, Le Havre (F) - Shrink (video), A New World, Stroom Den Haag (NL) - Merzbau & Shrink, Tromsø Sjøfront Laboratorium(NO) - Shrink, BOZAR, Brussels (B) - Sarah og Friheten, Perspektivet Museum Tromsø, (NO)

02019 D.I.Y., Nemo Observatorium & Shrink, Trajectoires festival, Stereolux, Nantes (F) - Double Compass 2.0, solo exhibition, TETEM, Enschede (NL) - Utopia  & Spheres, Bal du Sarongue, Rio de Janeiro (BR) - Dette Barnet’, Det Norske Teatret, Oslo (NO) - Archeologies, Nemo Observatorium and Shrink x 5, IMOA Beijing (ROC) - Polygon, SPRING Festival Utrecht (NL) - Pavilion, Scopitone Festival, Stereolux, Nantes (F) 

SHRINK 01995 at NU Performance Festival 2018, Talinn (EE) © Wim Decorte

02018 Shrink, FILE Festival - Disruptiva, Belo Horizonte (BR) - Shrink & Nemo Observatorium, FILE Festival - Disruptiva, Rio de Janeiro (BR) - EXHALE, I love Science, BOZAR Brussels (B) - Compass, ZHI Art Museum, Chengdu, China - D.I.Y - Manual for a potential future, FINN Harstad (NO) - Scenography for ‘Digging’, performance by Haugen Produksjoner - POLYGON, Festival Maintenant, Rennes (F) - Nemo Observatorium & Transporter, Les Halles, Brussels (B) - D.Y.I - Manual for a potential future, KHIO, Oslo (NO) - 5 x Shrink, NU Performance Festival, Talinn (EE) - 3x Shrink, Chroniques 2018, Aix-en Provence (F) 

Overview 02016 at FILE Festival 2017, São Paulo (BR)

02017 Overview, scenography for Melting, Grand Theatre Groningen (NL) - Compass, Nuit Numérique & Exposition Collective, Saint-Ex, Reims (F) - Scenography for Sisters, Dansehallerne Copenhagen (DK) - Tollen, scenography for Nachtelijk Symposium, KVS, Brussels (B), Vooruit Gent (B), Toneelhuis, Antwerpen (B) and more - Conversations & Sandbible, L’Ososphère, Strasbourg (F) - EXHALE, Riga, (LV) - Folding installation, Où sont les sons? Where Are Sounds? Centrale for Contemporary Art, Brussels (B) - Stat & Ekstase performance, Peripheral Centre, Tromsø (NO) - Overview, FILE Festival, Bubbling Universes, São Paulo (BR) - FILE SOLO 2017, The Poetics of Immersion, São Paulo (BR) - Shrink, FILE Festival, Disruptiva, Brasilia (BR) - Polygon, RakettNatt, Tromsø (NO) - EXHALE, Dansens Hus, Oslo (NO) - Nemo Observatorium, Nuit Blanche, Brussels (B) - EXHALE, Insomnia Festival, Tromsø (NO) - Scenography for ‘Søstre’, performance by Haugen Produksjoner, Talinn (EE) - 6 x Shrink & Event Horizon, KIKK Festival, Namur (B) - Overview, scenography for Melting, Black Box Theatre, Oslo (NO) - Conversations, Les Faits du Hasard, Némo Biennale, Le 104, Paris (F) - Homo Religiosus, Perspektivet Museum, Tromsø (NO) 

Event Horizon 02015

02016 Nevel, stage version, in Betrayal by Mesut Arslan, Kaaitheater, Brussels (B) & Minard Theater, Gent (B) - Event Horizon, Artefact, STUK Leuven (B) - Tipping Point, Burning Ice, Kaaitheater, Brussel (B) - Nevel, installation, VIA Festival, Maubeuge (F) & EXIT festival Créteil (F) - EAST, scenography for a dance solo by Arco Renz, Les Brigittines, Brussels + Vooruit Gent (B) & Brakke Grond, Amsterdam (NL) - Folding, Hybrid Matters, Kunsthall Grenland, Porsgrunn (NO) & Nikolai Kirke, Copenhagen (DK) - Melting (premiere), scenography for a performance by Amund Sjølie Sveen, BIT, Bergen (NO) & Teaterfestival i Fjaler (NO) - Mirror & Shrink, SPOR festival Århus (DK) - Event Horizon, Mapping Festival, Genève (CH) - Homo Relgiosus, Perspektivet Museum, Tromsø (NO) - Exhale, Dansefestival Barents, Hammerfest (NO) - Event Horizon, Daejeon Museum of Art (ROK)

Conversations 02012 at Museum Beelden aan Zee, Scheveningen (NL)

02015 Event Horizon, Small Projects, Tromsø (NO) - Scenography for The Wizard of OZ, director Jon Tombre, Hålogaland Teater, Tromsø (NO) - Conversations & Shrink, Vormidable, museum Beelden aan Zee, Den Haag (NL) - Transporter, St Baafsabdij, Gent (B) - Tipping Point, MandelArt (B) -  Event Horizon, BOZAR, Brussel (B),  Sandbible, Le Triangle Bleu, Stavelot (B) - Spheres, scenography for East by Arco Renz, ACC Gwangju (ROK) & Creative Media Centre Hong Kong (HK) - Solid State, stage version performance by Arco Renz, Dance house, Melbourne (AU) 

Compass 02005

02014 Visning, scenography for Jon Tombre, National Theater, Oslo, scenography - Shrink, Le Lieu Unique, Rennes - Tipping Point, Art Rotterdam (NL) & Galerie Fortlaan17, Gent (B) - Shrink, Cité de la Mode, Paris - Solid State & Compass, NAMOC Beijing - Pavilion, BOZAR, Brussels (B) - Nevel, Toneelhuis Antwerp, Istanbul, STUK Leuven and CC Mechelen (B) - Nemo Observatorium, MiraMiro, Gent (B) - Emotion of Matter, Søstre 11 år etter, Dansens Hus, Oslo, Umeå, Tromsø (NO) - Homo Religiosus, Perspektivet Museum, Tromsø (NO

02013 Blikktrommen, scenography for Jon Tombre, Hålogaland Teater Tromsø (NO) - Tipping Point 1,  Polaria Tromsø - Territorium, VoltaNY, New York (USA) - Conversations, Eyebeam, New York (USA) • Transporter, National Museum, Beijing (ROC) - Sand Bible, Galerie Fortlaan 17, Gent (B) - Solid State, SPRING Festival Utrecht (NL) - Winner of Hedda prize for best scenography (NO) - Solid State (scenography for Arco Renz), Jakartha (ID) & Brussels (B) - Conversations, The Naughton Gallery, Belfast (UK) 

Knot 02008

02012 Pavilion, Super Bodies Triënnale, Hasselt (B) - Compass, FACT, Liverpool (UK) - Alexander, Hålogaland Teater Tromsø (NO) - Transporter, Kunstenfestival Watou (B) - Nemo Observatorium, Nuit Blanche, Metz (F) - Territorium & Conversation, Galerie Fortlaan 17, Gent (B) -  Shrink, Nuit Blanche 2, Metz (F) - Transporter, Pavilion & Solid State, Vooruit, Gent (B) - Solid State, STUK, Leuven (B) - Solid State, Kunstikit, Rådstua Tromsø (NO) - Shrink, Z33, Hasselt (B) - Pavilion, ICC, Gent (B)

02011 Transporter & Nemo Observatorium, Le Centquatre, Paris (F) - Territorium / Mad, tour in Norway - Shrink & 'Compass, Reims (F) -  Shrink, Théatre Garonne, Toulouse (F) - Knot, Galerie Fortlaan 17, Gent (B) - Pavilion, Festival a/d Werf, Utrecht (NL) - Orbit / Jesus, Finn festival Harstad (NO) -  Shrink & Nemo Observatorium, FILE Festival, São Paulo (BR) - Nemo Observatorium, National Museum of China, Beijing (ROC) - Shrink,  Paradiso, Amsterdam (NL) -  Shrink, Eyebeam, New York (USA) - Mirror & Shrink, Woodstreet Galleries, Pittsburgh (USA) - Shaft & Mirror, Le Centquatre, Paris (F) -  Pavilion / Dust, Stadsschouwburg, Leuven (B)

Whirlpool 01999

02010  Nemo Observatorium, Excellence Prize – The 13th Japan Media Arts Festival, National Art Center, Tokyo (JP) - Shrink + Nemo Observatorium, Mois Multi, Quebec (CA) - Nemo Observatorium, VIA, Maubeuge (F) - Nemo Observatorium, EXIT, Créteil (F) -  Shrink, EXIT, Créteil (F) - Nevel, Z33, Hasselt (B) - Nemo Observatorium, Woodstreet Galleries, Pittsburgh (USA) - Transporter, Galerie Fortlaan 17, Gent (B) - Shrink, Lexus Hybrid Art, Moscow (RU) - Territorium / MAD, Carte Blanche, Bergen (NO) - Shrink, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg (D) - Nemo Observatorium, Ars Electronica, Berlin (D) - Nemo Observatorium, 2010 Quanta Performance & Art Festival, Taipei (TW) -  Nemo Observatorium, Dancing Machine, Gare St-Sauveur, Lille (F) - Whirlpool, Capturing Metamorphosis, Allard Pierson Museum, Amsterdam (NL) - Orbit, Jesus Said - performances, Oslo (NO) - Shrink, CC Westrand, Dilbeek (B) - Transporter,  Sensorama, CC Westrand, Dilbeek (B) - Shrink, AND Festival, Manchester (UK) - Solo exhibition, STRP Festival, Eindhoven (NL) 

Nevel 02003

02009 Prik, various locations in Belgium - Solo exhibition ART & TECHNOLOGY AWARD 2008, Witteveen + Bos, Bergkerk, Deventer (NL) - Compass, curated by Domenico Quaranta, Expanded Box, ARCO, Madrid (ES) - Compass, Kaaitheater, Brussel (B) - Transporter, Sensorama, Warande, Turnhout (NL) - Knot, Zennestraat 17, Brussels (B) • Transporter, Sensorama, Monty, Antwerp (B) - Shrink, Centraal Museum, Utrecht (NL) - Lawrence Malstaf, Solo exhibition, La Ferme-du-Buisson, Paris (F) - Nemo Observatorium (Golden Nica Award) and Shrink,  Prix Ars Electronica, Linz (AT) - Whirlpool, Past Present Future, Galerie Fortlaan 17, Gent (B) • Boreas, Zennestraat 17, Brussels (B) • Scenography for ‘Frame for Nostalgia’ by Liv Hanne Haugen, Tromsø (NO)

Boreas 02007

02008 Prik, various locations, Belgium - The Long Now, lecture, Design Academy, Eindhoven (B) - Mirror, Everybody Nobody, Galerie Fortlaan 17, Gent (B) - The Long Now, Solo exhibition, Festival de Marseille - Madonna, Markiezin zkt kunst, Kasteel van Gaasbeek, Brussels (B) - Mirror, Past Present Future, Galerie Fortlaan 17, Gent (B) - Orbit, Dansens Hus, Oslo (NO) - Whirlpool & Sand bible, Verbeke Foundation, Kemzeke (B) • ART & TECHNOLOGY AWARD 2008, Witteveen + Bos (NL) - The Long Now & Shrink, Lebuinuskerk, Deventer (NL) - The Long Now, i fabriek, Maastricht (NL) - Knot in Trouble, Intimate Strangers, Damaged Goods, Kaaitheater, Brussels (B) - Nemo Observatorium, Medialab, Enschede (NL)

02007 Tollen, performance, Artefact, STUK, Leuven (B) - Boreas, Galerie Fortlaan 17, Gent (B) - Space in motion, lecture, ZKM, Karlsruhe (D) - Boreas, performance in collaboration with Dominique Pauwels and Karine Ponties, Production LOD (various theaters in Belgium, Holland & France) - Bubble, installation for Reisa/Matki at Riddu riddu festival, Mandalen (NO) - Boreas Archeologies, Land, Sea and in the Air,  Galerie Fortlaan 17, Gent (B) - Nemo Observatorium, 25 years Vooruit, Gent (B) - Whirlpool, De Nieuwe Collectie, Provinciaal Museum, Lier (B)

Nemo Observatorium 02002 at Festival de Marseille 02008 (F)

02006 Nevel & Fans, Artefact, STUK, Leuven (B) & TESLA, Podewil, Berlin (D) - Compass, Victorian Circus, De Brakke Grond, Amsterdam (NL) - Shrink, Schauspielhaus Zürich (CH) & Schauspielhaus Frankfurt (D) - Shaft, Stedelijk Museum ’s-Hertogenbosch (NL) - Compass, Melkweg, Amsterdam (NL) - Sand bible, Whirlpool & The Long Now, Free State’ Ostend (B) - Compass, Homo Futuris, Vooruit, Gent (B) - Tollen, Galerie Fortlaan 17, Gent (B)

02005 Nemo Observatorium, ARCO 2005, Madrid (ES) - Nevel, Galerie Fortlaan 17, Gent (B) - Shaft & Nemo Observatorium, TIME Festival Gent (B) - Compass, Corpus Bruges & 4x4,  Les Bains::Connective, Brussels (B) - Periscope, Passages, Leeuwarden  (NL) - Shrink, Museum Kunst Palast, Düsseldorf & Schauspielhaus Hamburg (D) - Mirror, Fundament Foundation, Tilburg (NL) - Compass & Shrink, Galerie Fortlaan 17, Gent (B) 

02004 Being in the Middle, solo-exhibition, De Brakke Grond, Amsterdam (NL) - Sauna in Exile, Norlysfestival, Tromsø in co-production with Halogaland Teater (NO) - Shaft, Feel, Z33 Hasselt (B) -Chairs, performance for ‘4x4’, Les Bains::Connective, Brussels (B) - Jaga Experience, scenography for a private event (B)

Spinning Tree 01997

02003 Solo-exhibition, Galerie Fortlaan 17, Gent (B) - Nevel, Tromsø (NO), Brussels (B), Amsterdam (NL) 

02002 Nemo Observatorium at Galerie Fortlaan 17, Gent (B) - Jesus_c._odd_size in collaboration with Hotel Pro Forma, Nikolaj Kirke, Copenhagen (DK) -  Observatorium, solo-exhibition, Provinciaal Centrum voor Beeldende Kunsten / Z33, Hasselt (B) -  Shrink, Inn Motion Festival, Barcelona (ES)  - Shrink’ & ‘Mirror, Buda-Eyeland, Anno’02, Kortrijk (B) - Sauna in Exile, Nordic Scene Festival, Les Bains::Connective in co-production with Kaaitheater, Brussels (B)

02001 Periscope and Horizon machine, installations for Too much is not Enough, Brussels & Vooruit, Gent (B) - Shrink performance installation, De Brakke Grond, Amsterdam (NL) & de Beweeging, Antwerp (B)

02000 Various installations for Jesus_c._odd_size, a performance by Kirsten Delholm, Copenhagen (DK), Malmö (SE) -  C-1’ laboratory for dance improvisation, music and visual arts with a.o. Andrew Harwood in Les Bains::Connective, Brussels (B) - Nemo Observatorium, Brussels (B), Leuven (B), Blois (F)

01999 Installation for Daily Secrets Choreography by Daniel Aschwanden, Vienna (AT) - Workshops for dance improvisation with objects, Vienna (AT), Brussels (B), Tromsø (NO

SHRINK 01995 © Kassim Ahmed

01998 Installations and performance for Crash_Landing, improvisation project by Meg Stuart, combining performance, music & visual arts in Leuven (B), Vienna (AT), Paris (F), Lisbon (PT)

01997 Liquid Quantum Garden, Spinning Tree, performance and installation with Liv Hanne Haugen and Vincent Malstaf (NO & B) - Foundation of Bains::Connective, Brussels, interdisciplinary workspace in former swimming pool (B)

01996 Installation for Insert Skin, Choreography by Meg Stuart, Copenhagen (DK), Brussels (B), Leuven (B), Oslo (NO), Dijon (F), Lisbon (PT) - Shrink, performance-installation, Brussels (B), Vienna (AT), Copenhagen (DK), Kortrijk (B), Genk (B), Paris (F)

01995 Set design for The Water fait Mal, Choreography by Benoît Lachambre, Amsterdam (NL), Berlin (D), Leuven (B), São Paulo (BR), New York (USA), Montreal (CA)

01994 Gubalin, performance installation with Vincent Malstaf, Antwerp, Leuven (B) - Set design for Combinaison, Choreography by Bert Van Gorp, Leuven, Gent, Antwerp (B) • October, November, December, 3 installations for CC De Kern, Antwerp (B)

01993 Foundation Krul vzw Antwerp, Brussels, presenting work in progress of several art forms