Artwork of the Week: Compass – Lawrence Malstaf

Situated somewhere between art and theatre, the ‘living’ installations of Belgian visual artist require visitors to bring them to life. Like Shrink, the artwork shown at Abandon Normal Devices festival in Manchester 2010, Compass is an individual performance experience. Wearing a machine around the waist, the visitor can either resist the forces it exerts, or allow themselves to be taken on a tangible but immaterial journey across an invisible map. Spatial concepts are brought into question and we have to re-learn to navigate and orientate our bodies whilst this wearing this computer – do we surrender to or resist the robot?

We also liked the fact it reminded us of the Wrong Trousers

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