Worldbuilding for 2065

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Worldbuilding for 2065

The Courtauld Institute of Art, Vernon Square, Penton Rise, King’s Cross, London

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Artwork of a satellite by artist Lawrence Lek
Artwork of a satellite by artist Lawrence Lek
Artwork of a satellite by artist Lawrence Lek
Artwork of a satellite by artist Lawrence Lek


  • Lawrence Lek - artist, filmmaker and musician

Organised by

  • Dr Wenny Teo - The Courtauld Institute of Art
Open to all, free admission

Advance booking required

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 爱道, Sadie Coles HQ, London (2019); Unlimited, Art Basel, Switzerland (2019); 2065, K11 Art Space, Hong Kong (2018); Nøtel, Stroom den Haag, Netherlands (2018); Play Station, Art Night, London (2017); The New Normal, UCCA, Beijing (2017); Glasgow International, Tramway, Glasgow (2016); SeMA Biennale Mediacity Seoul, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul (2016); Secret Surface, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2016). He studied at the University of Cambridge, the Architectural Association, and the Cooper Union. Lek received the 2017 Jerwood/FVU Award and the 2015 Dazed Emerging Artist Award.


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