An ageing robot is trapped in a room filled with reindeer hair. The machine struggles to raise itself, loses balance and collapses violently. Millions of hairs fly up and temporarily fill the air. They descend quietly and the machine starts another attempt in a long Sisyphean cycle. Is it a state of conflict or an attempt for symbiosis in the eternal drama of order and chaos?  

Lawrence Malstaf - FLOOD

Lawrence Malstaf has developed various projects exploring the clash and symbiosis of technology and nature. In the dark cage of Flood the wild animal is replaced by a trapped robot. Clouds of pure delicate reindeer hair effortlessly escape the machine. 

Its purpose or problem is unclear. Does it need help with its renegade neural network? Some say AI technology will soon be a much bigger challenge than the current environmental crisis. Yet techno-enthusiasts argue it’s precisely AI that can solve… everything. 

Lawrence Malstaf - FLOOD
Lawrence Malstaf - FLOOD ©Grégoire Édouard

Assitant: Mihaly Stefanovicz, Leonor Plantenga

New installation in coproduction with CHRONIQUES CREATIONS, supported by la DRAC Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, la Région Sud Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, la Ville de Marseille et l’Institut français à Paris. 
In coproduction with iMAL.
With the support of Flanders State of the Art.