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.


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