June – August, 2023
Lawrence Lek is a London-based artist, filmmaker, and musician working with video game engines, simulation, and architecture. He explores worldbuilding—the crafting of holistic fictional worlds—as a form of collage, incorporating elements from both material and virtual sources to develop narratives of alternate histories and possible futures.
For his residency at 18th Street Art Center, Lek will continue to develop a new series of work exploring the relationship of AI and culture. In his ongoing cinematic universe, begun in 2016 with his seminal video essay Sinofuturism (1839–2046 AD), Lek explores how the complex interplay between geopolitics and technology shapes a vision of the coming world that conflates China and its diaspora with artificial intelligence.
Lek composes soundtracks and conducts live audio-visual mixes of his films, often incorporating his open-world games. Soundtrack releases include Temple OST (The Vinyl Factory, 2020) and AIDOL OST (Hyperdub, 2020). Solo exhibitions include Post-Sinofuturism, Ziwu the Bund, Shanghai (2022); Ghostwriter, CCA Prague (2019); Farsight Freeport, HeK, Basel (2019); Nøtel, UKR, Essen (2019); AIDOL, Sadie Coles HQ, London (2019); and 2065, K11, Hong Kong (2018).
He studied at the University of Cambridge, the Architectural Association, London, and The Cooper Union, New York, and holds a PhD from the Royal College of Art. In 2021, he received the LACMA Art + Technology Lab Grant and the 4th VH Award Grand Prix for new media artists. Lek is represented by Sadie Coles HQ, London.
Lawrence Lek’’s residency is supported by LACMA’s Art + Technology Lab program.
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