Lawrence Lek is a London based sculptor, artist, and musician who explores effects of simulated presence in diverse media. He combines software, hardware, installation, and performance aspects in pieces that address ambiguous aspects of technology. His work asks how themes of drift, chance, mimicry, vertigo, and dystopia influence the quest for freedom and agency that we live out in virtual realms. Lawrence uses simulation when creating collages and alternate versions of real places. He places the viewer in the role of a wandering observer, who encounters landscapes from the first-person perspective of the ‘flaneur.’ Virtual worlds are presented in immersive environments that combine audio, video, and sculpture. In his current project ‘Bonus Levels,’ a utopian world unfolds. While each chapter questions the territorial boundaries and symbolism of cultural institutions, each level is presented as a video, a performance, or a gaming environment that links the viewer to multiple realities.
As of December 2015