Shrink \ Lawrence Malstaf (2009)
Lawrence Malstaf’s work is an intriguing contradiction between science and technology often creating sensory experiences that bypass intellectual analysis. This award winning performance of Shrink invited audiences to contemplate and analyse the human form as volunteers were shrink wrapped in a PVC cocoon, a symbol of both humanities need for protection and its threat for survival. This was a once in a lifetime opportunity for members of the public to be vertically suspended and vacuum packed! Working with a group of local participants and figures from the leading field of sport and dance, these twenty minute performances were not to be missed.
“I was shrinkwrapped for art” Chris Michael’s feature in The Guardian about Shrink
In his artist talk, Lawrence Malstaf spoke about the conception of Shrink, letting audiences gain valuable insight into the experiences of the participants who will have undergone a one day workshop leading up to the performance. Participants learnt how to breathe, move, pose, wriggle and navigate their bodies.