Geomancer - Commissioned for the 2017 Jerwood / FVU Awards
Somerset House Studios resident

Lawrence Lek

Simulation artist creating site-specific virtual worlds, video game essays, and speculative films. Often rendering real places within fictional scenarios, his environments reflect the impact of the virtual on our perception of reality.

Somerset House Studios
New Wing

Often rendering real places within fictional scenarios, his environments reflect the impact of the virtual on our perception of reality. With a background in architectural design and electronic music, Lawrence’s work combines critical research into the evolution of technology with narrative approaches derived from filmmaking and literature. He has previously received the Jerwood / Film & Video Umbrella Award and Dazed Emerging Artist Award, and his work has been shown at Art Night, HyperPavilion, Arsenale Nord, Venice Biennale, Open Source and Glasgow International.
 

Geomancer (2017) - Trailer

Lawrence will use the residency at Somerset House Studios to continue to develop VR and virtual worlds and CGI filmmaking which bring together all aspects of production: 3D development, programming, and sound design.

Lawrence Lek, Geomancer 01.Credit Jerwood FVU Awards 2017
Lawrence Lek, Geomancer 01. Credit Jerwood FVU Awards 2017

Lek’s unidealized world is utopian in the original meaning of the word – ou-topos: no-place – an abstract, weightless land where the established is dethroned, the permanent trivialized and the status quo held up to an unconventional, digital interrogation.

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