Lawrence Lek creates existential science fiction where pop stars plagiarise themselves, adolescent AIs search for freedom, and humanity fears its own obsolescence. A simulation artist with a background in architecture and electronic music, Lek’s work considers technology’s impact on society. Interested in the way in which computer-generated images affect our experience of physical space, he creates site-specific virtual worlds using 3D rendering and gaming software. The ‘hybrid post-colonial Europe/Asia’ that Lek often invokes reflects his international background: he is Malaysian-Chinese, raised in South-East Asia, educated in the UK and USA, and lives in London. An ongoing series of feature-length films take place in Lek’s ‘Sinofuturist’ cinematic universe.
Lawrence Lek (born 1982, Frankfurt, Germany) lives and works in London. Lek studied at University of Cambridge; the Architectural Association School of Architecture, London and The Cooper Union, New York, USA.
Virtual reality allows you to explore the intersection between real and imagined worlds, which is what you see in my installations, films, music and video games. The soundtrack is also an essential part of this hybrid landscape. The sonic world expands the imagination beyond what the eyes can see.
– Lawrence Lek