Lawrence Lek

Worldbuilding for 2065

Series: Artists' Talks with Parveen Adams
Date: Friday 11 October 2019
Time: 18:30
Venue: AA Lecture Hall
Running time: 82 mins

Interlaced with conspiracy theories and speculative fiction, Lawrence Lek’s CGI films and virtual worlds explore the geopolitical impact of automation and simulation. His universe is populated with dreamers - intelligent satellites, freedom fighters, fading superstars - all searching for autonomy in a future dominated by data. 

For this lecture about the interconnections between his works, Lek will perform a live mix of recent films and video games including Geomancer, 2065, FTSE (Farsight Stock Exchange), and AIDOL. These projects revolve around the ideas theorised in Sinofuturism (1839-2046 AD), his video essay about the parallels between Chinese industrialisation and portrayals of AI.

Lawrence Lek is an artist, filmmaker and musician based in London. Recent projects include: AIDOL , Sadie Coles HQ, London (2019); Unlimited, Art Basel, Switzerland (2019); 2065, K11 Art Space, Hong Kong (2018). He studied at the University of Cambridge, the Architectural Association, and Cooper Union. Lek received the 2015 Dazed Emerging Artist Award and the 2017 Jerwood/FVU Award.

Please note: Prior to the lecture, a screening of Lawrence Lek's film Geomancer will take place from 5.15pm onwards. 

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