Berkeley Center for New Media presents:
ATC Lecture — Lawrence Lek, "The Sinofuturist Trilogy: Sinofuturism (1839-2046 AD), Geomancer, and AIDOL"
Monday, October 26 | 6:30-8:00PM | Online
Register for Zoom link here
Or stream via YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8hq6oU__viC_fDu2lhOe7w
Interlaced with conspiracy theories and speculative fiction, Lawrence Lek’s CGI films, installations, and open-world games explore the geopolitical impact of automation and simulation. His cinematic universe is populated with dreamers—intelligent satellites, freedom fighters, fading superstars—all searching for autonomy in a future dominated by data. For this discussion about his work, Lek will integrate a live mix of excerpts from his recent films and video games, focusing on Geomancer (2017), and AIDOL (2019), his first feature-length film. These projects revolve around the ideas theorized in Sinofuturism (1839-2046 AD), Lek’s 2016 video essay about the parallels between Chinese industrialization and portrayals of AI.
A still from Geomancer, 2017 by Lawrence Lek
Screening links to Sinofuturism (1839-2046 AD), Geomancer, and AIDOL are live from today, 19th October 2020 through 26th October 2020. They are available to registered guests here.
Lawrence Lek is a London-based artist, filmmaker, and musician working in the fields of virtual reality and simulation. Drawing from a background in architecture and electronic music, he creates fictional versions of real places that speculate on alternate geopolitical movements and future technological conflicts. This cinematic universe features characters caught between human and machine worlds: digital nomads, AI satellites, and online superstars, all searching for autonomy under alien conditions of existence.
LINK: Lawrence Lek