9012 Tromsø, Noorwegen
A graduate in industrial design, Lawrence Malstaf started his career in theatre. He designed the
settings for choreographers and directors such as Benoît Lachambre, Meg Stuart and Kirsten Delholm. Almost immediately he also started to create his own installations and performances, situated on the border between visual arts and theatre. In his work Malstaf displays a strong interest in the phenomena of movement, coincidence, order and chaos. His projects often involve the use of advanced technologies. Amongst these are a series of sensorial rooms for individual visitors (Nemo Observatorium, Mirror, Pericope/Horizon Machine) and larger mobile environments playing with space and orientation and using the visitor as a co-actor (Orbit, Nevel, Compass, Boreas, Transporter). These installations are highly immersive, provoking a strong physical effect on its visitors.
The work of Lawrence Malstaf has been exhibited internationally. In 2008 he won the Witteveen + Bos - prize for Art + Technology (NL). In 2009 he received the Golden Nica at Prix Ars Electronica (A) and in 2010 the Excellence Prize at The 13th Japan Media Arts Festival in Tokyo (JP).