With Unreal Estate (the Royal Academy is yours), Lawrence Lek combines institutional critique with Game Art. In his dystopian-and-yet-utterly-realistic machinima, the London Royal Academy of Arts has become a privately owned luxury estate. Art world types - an oligarch, a business tycoon, a collector - make an appearance amidst Anish Kapoor's giant scultpure. Created for an exhibition at the RA, the site-specific installation is accompanied by a soundtrack by virtuoso cellist Oliver Coates and a voiceover of a found text from Russian Tatler magazine, translated into Mandarin by Joni Zhu. Lek's work has been shown in several countries including Australia, Hungary and China. His artworks have been hosted by the V&A, SPACE, Barbican, Art Licks, the Delfina Foundation. Born in Frankfurt in 1982, Lek is currently doing a residency at The White Building in Hackney Wick, England. Unreal Estate is part of Bonus Levels, an ongoing series of "fictions (that) draw from the language of architecture and cinema to explore altered states of presence and memory that exist in digital space." The full series is available online.
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