Lawrence Lek
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  • Biography
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  • Lawrence Lek
  • Birthdate: 1982
    Birthplace: Germany | Frankfurt
    Gender: Male
    Lives and Works in: United Kingdom | England
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    About:
    Lawrence Lek creates speculative worlds and site-specific simulations using gaming software, video, installation and performance. Often based on real places, his digital environments reflect the impact of the virtual on our perception of reality. Contrasts between utopia and ruins, desire and loss, and fantasy and history appear throughout his work to symbolize this exchange. 

    Lek is a graduate of the Cooper Union, the Architectural Association, and Trinity College, Cambridge. His work has been featured in recent exhibitions at Tramway, as part of Glasgow International 2016; Seoul Museum of Art, as part of Seoul Media City Biennial 2016; KW Institute, Berlin, Germany; Cubitt Gallery, London; Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge and the Delfina Foundation, London.  He is recipient of the Jerwood/FVU Awards 2016, the Tenderflix/Tenderpixel Artist Video Award and the 2015 Dazed Emerging Artist Award.
    Education:
    2008 -2012    The Cooper Union, New York
    2004 -2008    Architectural Association, London
    2001 -2004    Trinity College, Cambridge
  • Biography
  • EDUCATION

    2012 | The Cooper Union, New York

    2008 | Architectural Association, London

    2004 | Trinity College, University of Cambridge

     

    AWARDS / GRANTS / RESIDENCIES

    2017 | Jerwood / Film & Video Umbrella Award, UK

    2016 | Vordemburge-Gildewart Foundation Award, Annely Juda Fine Art, UK / Switzerland

    2016 | Artist-in-Residence, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge, UK

    2015 | Dazed Emerging Artist Award, Royal Academy of Arts, London

    2015 | Tenderflix Artist Video Award, Tenderpixel / ICA, London

    2015 | Performance as Process, Residency, Delfina Foundation, London

    2012 | Designer-in-Residence, Design Museum, London EXHIBITIONS

    2017 | HyperPavilion, Arsenale Nord, Venice. Curated by Philippe Riss-Schmidt

    2017 | Neither One Thing Or Another, Jerwood/FVU Award, Jerwood Space, London

    2017 | The New Normal, Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China

    2017 | Offshore: Artists explore the sea, Hull Maritime Museum, Hull, UK

    2017 | All Channels Open, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge. Curated by John Bloomfield

    2017 | Hua Wei, Ø , Corsica Studios, London. With Kode9 / Hyperdub

    2016 | Glasgow International, Director's Programme, Tramway, Glasgow. Curated by Sarah McCrory

    2016 | SeMA Mediacity Seoul Biennial, Seoul Museum of Art, South Korea. Curated by Beck Jee-sook

    2016 | Missed Connections, Julia Stoschek Collection, Dusseldorf, Germany. Curated by Jennifer Chan

    2016 | Vordemburge-Gildewart Award, Annely Juda Gallery, London. Curated by Richard Grayson

    2016 | Maybe your Lens is Scratched?, Slate Projects, London. Curated by Alex Meurice & Bianca Baroni

    2016 | Europa, Mon Amour, Open Source Festival, London, UK

    2016 | This is Public Space, UP Projects, UK. Curated by Helen Nisbet

    2016 | New Realities, Espacio Fundación Telefónica, Lima, Peru. Curated by Alphaville

    2016 | Game Video / Art, Triennale di Milano, XXI Century. IULM, Milan, Italy. Curated by Matteo Bittanti

    2016 | Secret Surface, KW Institut, Berlin, Germany. Curated by Ellen Blumenstein & Catherine Wood

    2015 | Software, Hard Problem, Cubitt Gallery, London. Curated by Morgan Quaintance

    2015 | The Uncanny Valley, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge, UK. Curated by Donna Lynas

    2015 | The Labour of Sound in a World of Debt, Vierte Welt, Berlin, Germany

    2015 | Faith Dollars, Taxfree Imagination & Uptown Bliss, Assembly Point, London

    2015 | Equalizer.Space, The Wrong, Biennial for Online Art (with Channel Normal)

    2015 | Dalston, Mon Amour, Open Source Festival, London, UK

    2015 | H0ST, Monitor Galleri, Göthenburg, Sweden.

    2015 | Dazed Emerging Artist Award, Royal Academy of Arts, London

    2015 | Black Box Formula, Royal College of Art, London

    2014 | Sky Line, Digital Commission, Art Licks Weekend

    2014. Supported by Outset England 2014 | Tomb, Shrine, Survey-Maker, Spare Part..., Enclave, London

    2014 | Tabularium, Slopes, Melbourne, Australia 2014 | BitRates, Shiraz Artist House, Iran

    2014 | Re:presence, STO Werkstatt, London

    2014 | SEIZE International, KEK, Budapest, Hungary 2014 | Raytracer, The White Building, London

    2014 | Delirious New Wick, Victoria & Albert Museum, London

    2014 | Snow Falling in a Temple, Twice, POST2, La Scatola Online Residency

    2014 | Continental Drift OST, Channel Normal Online Residency

    2014 | Prosthetic Aesthetics, Werkraum Bregenzerwald, Switzerland

    2013 | Penthouse 4C, Hack the Barbican, Barbican Centre, London

    2013 | Night Loops, Legion TV, London 2013 | Bonus Levels, Art Licks Weekend, London

    2013 | The Wrong, Biennial for Online Art, Sao Paolo, Brazil

    2013 | Error 415: ArtSlant, San Francisco, USA

    2013 | Pyramid Schemes, The White Building, London

    2013 | Glass Idols, Victoria & Albert Museum, London

    2013 | Bring Your Own Beamer, SPACE, London

    2012 | Exophonic 1, Watermans Arts Centre, London

    2012 | Wood Loop, GewerbeMuseum, Winterthur, Switzerland

    2012 | Designers in Residence 2012, Design Museum, London

    2012 | The Expanded Field, Cooper Union, New York City

    2012 | Art and Social Activism, Chashama Foundation, New York City

    2012 | Assembly, Triangle Space, Chelsea College of Art, London

    2012 | Illuminations, Coldharbour Gallery, London

     

    SCREENINGS

    2017 | Postcapitalist Desire, Programmed by roaming projects, Platform Southwark, London

    2017 | Dark Water, Programmed by Tai Shani & A – Z, CGP Dilston Grove, London

    2017 | GEGENkino Film Festival, Leipzig, Germany 2017 | Noctural City, Somerset House, London. Programmed by Estela Oliva

    2016 | Projections, New York Film Festival 2016, New York, USA

    2016 | Kasseler Dokumentarfilm und Videofest, Kassel, Germany

    2016 | Internationale Kurzfilmtage, Winterthur, Switzerland

    2016 | Long Progress Bar, Lighthouse, Brighton, UK

    2016 | ICA Artist Film Biennial, ICA, London; Phoenix Cinema, Leicester; Spike Island, Bristol.

    2016 | Tableaux, Assembly Point, London.

    2016 | Speeding & Braking: Navigating Acceleration, Goldsmiths College, London

    2016 | Heterotopia of Rules, LEAP Magazine, West Bund Art Fair, Shanghai, China

    2015 | Tenderflix Artist Video Award, ICA, London

     

    PERFORMANCES

    2017 | Wetware Festival (with Kode9), Beijing, China

    2017 | Heliotones (with Oliver Coates), Borealis Festival, Bergen, Norway

    2016 | Nøtel (with Kode9), ICA, London; Sonar, Barcelona; Moogfest, Durham, USA; Unsound, Australia

    2015 | Unreal Estate (with Oliver Coates), 3hd Festival, HAU2, Berlin, Germany; Cafe Oto, London, UK

    2015 | Uncanny Valley, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge

    2015 | Performance as Process, Chelsea College of Art, London

    2014 | Syndrome, Foundation for Art & Creative Technology, Liverpool

    2014 | Bodyscape, Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art, London

    2013 | Surround Sound, Barbican, London

    2010 | Everything, ICA, London

    2010 | Born in London, Rich Mix Cinema, London

    2010 | Turning Point, The Roundhouse, London

     

    TALKS

    2017 | In conversation with Jacob Dreyer, UCCA, Beijing

    2017 | Geomancer (in conversation with Steve Goodman for Jerwood/FVU Awards), RCA, London

    2017 | Resonate Festival, Belgrade, Serbia

    2016 | In conversation with Stephanie Bailey & Sophia Al-Maria, Frieze Art Fair, London

    2016 | Sinofuturism (1839 – 2046 AD), Resonance FM / Wysing Arts Centre

    2016 | Digital Narratives (with Karen Di Franco & Morgan Quaintance), Whitechapel Gallery, London

    2015 | Studio Visit (with Morgan Quaintance & Cecile B. Evans), Resonance FM, UK

    2015 | Bonus Levels, RCA Fine Art Lecture Series, Royal College of Art, London

    2014 | Speculative Sculpture, Artist Talk, Trinity College, Cambridge

     

    BIBLIOGRAPHY

    2017 | Frieze Magazine, Articles by Ellen Mara de Wachter & Gary Zhexi Zhang, May 2017

    2016 | Mousse Magazine, no. 55, In conversation with Cécile B. Evans

    2016 | Apogee Journal, Issue 7, Edited by Legacy Russell

    2016 | Mousse Magazine no. 54, Prosthetics by Lisa Le Feuvre

    2016 | Artforum, Sept 2016, Vol 55 No 1, Glasgow International Review by Jacob Proctor

    2016 | LEAP Magazine, ed. Stephanie Bailey, in conversation with Larissa Sansour

    2015 | Frieze Magazine, In Focus by Harry Thorne, November/December 2015

    2015 | Art World China (Yi Shu Shi Jie), Prosthetic Aesthetics

    2015 | TANK Magazine, In conversation with Oliver Coates, October 2015.

    2015 | The Wire Magazine, Artist Profile by Emily Bick, December 2015

    2015 | LEAP Magazine, Profile by Hanlu Zhang, August 2015

    2015 | Emerging Artists Award, Dazed & Confused, July 2015

    2013 | Art Licks Issue 13, October 2013

    2013 | Pyramid Schemes, The White Review, Issue 7

    2012 | The New Aesthetic, Dazed & Confused, November 2012

    2010 | Five Installations, The White Review, Issue 1

  • Exhibitions
    • FREE PANORAMA | 2019 Shenzhen New Media Art Festival
      Apr 20, 2019 - Jun 16, 2019
      Opening: Apr 20, 2019 15:00 Saturday
      Curator: SenSend
      Artists: Aojie Lin, boredomresearch, Bruce Bo Ding, Chen Feng, Cheng Guo, David OReilly, Esther Hunziker, Film London Artists' Moving Image Network, Hsiangfu Chen, Jess Johnson, Jin Lee, Karen Kramer, Lawrence Lek, Liaoyuan Zhang, Lichi Hsiao, Lucy Raven, Piet Schmidt, Raven Kwok, Ruben Remco van de Ven, Sabrina Ratté, Semiconductor , videoclub, Yao Liu, Yaqin Si, Yiyun Chen, Yuejun Deng, Yuzhen Tang, Zhang Peili
      • Group Exhibitions
    • PARKing::Nature as Data. Chapter 2
      Nov 10, 2018 - Dec 20, 2018
      Opening: Nov 10, 2018 17:00 Saturday
      Curators: Jamie Wyld, SenSend
      Artists: Anne  Haaning , boredomresearch, Lawrence Lek, Patrick Hough, Semiconductor , Suki Chan, Ursula Mayer
      • Group Exhibitions
    • PARKing::Nature as Data Chapter 1
      Sep 22, 2018 - Nov 10, 2018
      Opening: Sep 22, 2018 17:00 Saturday
      Curators: Jamie Wyld, SenSend
      Artists: Anne  Haaning , David Blandy, Ewa Justka, Larry Achiampong, Lawrence Lek, Patrick Hough, Sebastian Buerkner, Semiconductor , Suki Chan, Ursula Mayer
      • Group Exhibitions
    • Posthuman Worlds
      Nov 18, 2017 - Nov 18, 2017
      Opening: Nov 18, 2017 15:00 Saturday
      Curator: SenSend
      Artist: Lawrence Lek
      • Lectures
    • ON AIR/West Bund Art & Design
      Nov 12, 2017 - Nov 12, 2017
      Opening: Nov 12, 2017 15:00 Sunday
      Artists: Anne  Haaning , Joey Holder, Karen Kramer, Lawrence Lek, Patrick Hough, Shona Illingworth, Torsten Lauschmann
      • Events
  • Artworks
    • Play Station | Lawrence Lek

      Video | 00:07:50 | 2017

    • Geomancer | Lawrence Lek

      Video | http://shenzhenmaf.cn/adminweb/en-US/Artwork/Edit?type=edit&id=68cc60fa-a77c-481d-b500-968c5b7edf10&nc=85825.20712422606#collapseThree | 2017

    • Shiva’s Dreaming: Crystal Palace | Lawrence Lek

      Video

    • Sinofuturism (1839 - 2046 AD) | Lawrence Lek

      Video | 01:00:00

    • Unreal Estate (the Royal Academy is yours) | Lawrence Lek