Lawrence Lek, born 1982 in Frankfurt am Main, lives and works in London. Lek uses architectural visualisation and video game software to create uncanny virtual worlds, video performances and immersive installations, often based on real places. His practice deals with the psychological effects of virtual realms; and how themes of desire, memory, comedy, and tragedy drive our encounters within digital architecture. Lek's ongoing project Bonus Levels is a virtual art world that creates speculative scenarios for cultural institutions. These site-specific simulations include: architectural monuments, historic archives, civic infrastructure, and forgotten monuments. By replicating and reconfiguring actual physical structures, each chapter subverts the symbolic significance of the spaces to reveal their underlying utopian or dystopian reality.

Lek is a graduate of the Cooper Union, New York, the Architectural Association, London and Trinity College, Cambridge. His recent exhibitions and projects include: Software, Hard Problem, Cubitt Gallery, London, 2015; The Uncanny Valley, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge, 2015; Unreal Estate, the Royal Academy, London, 2015; Performance as Process, Delfina Foundation, 2015; Sky Line, Art Licks Weekend, Digital Commission, London, 2014; Continental Drift, Channel Normal, online, 2014; Bodyscape, Parasol Unit, London, 2014. Lek is a resident artist at The White Building and winner of the 2015 Dazed Emerging Artist Award and ICA/Tenderflix Artist Video Award, 2015.

www.lawrencelek.com

Exhibitions

2015
Software, Hard Problem
Cubitt Gallery, London, UK
2015
The Uncanny Valley
Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge, UK
2015
Faith Dollars, Taxfree Imagination & Uptown Bliss
Assembly Point, London, UK
2015
H0ST
Monitor Galleri, Göthenburg, SE
2015
Dazed Emerging Artist Award
Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK
2015
Black Box Formula
Royal College of Art, London, UK
2014
Sky Line
Digital Commission, Art Licks Weekend 2014, London, UK
2014
Tomb, Shrine, Survey-Maker, Spare Part...
Enclave, London, UK
2014
Tabularium
Slopes, Melbourne, AU
2014
BitRates
Shiraz Artist House, IR
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