Somerset House Studios resident

Lawrence Lek

Lawrence Lek is a simulation artist who brings together diverse practices — architecture, gaming, CGI, music and fiction — into a continuously expanding cinematic universe.

Somerset House Studios
New Wing

Often based on real places, his digital environments and video game essays reflect the impact of technology on our memories of the future. His recent works include the video essay 'Sinofuturism (1839-2046 AD)' (2016), the AI-coming-of-age story 'Geomancer' (2017), the open-world game '2065' (2018), and 'Nøtel', an audio-visual collaboration with electronic musician Kode9 (2016-). His debut feature film 'AIDOL' (2019) was presented at International Film Festival Rotterdam and transmediale Berlin. Lek composes soundtracks and conducts live audio-visual performances, often incorporating playthroughs of his virtual worlds. Recent soundtrack releases include ‘Temple OST’ (The Vinyl Factory) and ‘AIDOL OST’ (Hyperdub) and he has previously received the Jerwood / Film & Video Umbrella Award and Dazed Emerging Artist Award.'

AIDOL (2019) - 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.

Frieze Magazine