Lawrence Lek is a London-based artist and filmmaker who unites virtual architecture, video game design, and electronic music into a continuously expanding cinematic universe. He is best known for his immersive installations and films that explore spiritual and existential themes through the lens of science fiction. Often rendered from the point of view of nonhuman characters, his works are noted for their dreamlike narratives and long takes, evocative visual imagery, and preoccupation with technology and memory.

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“Sinofuturism is an invisible movement, a spectre already embedded into a trillion industrial products, a billion individuals, and a million veiled narratives.  It is a movement, not based on individuals, but on multiple overlapping flows — flows of populations, of products, and of processes.  Because Sinofuturism has arisen without conscious intention or authorship, it is often mistaken for contemporary China.  But it is not.  It is a science fiction that already exists.”

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"In his ongoing fictional universe, begun in 2016 with his seminal video essay Sinofuturism (1839–2046 AD), Lek explores how the complex interplay between geopolitics and technology shapes a vision of the coming world that conflates China and its diaspora with artificial intelligence. In this and other works, the artist imagines how agency may be restored to the Other: a satellite in Geomancer (2017) wishes to become an artist, while AIDOL (2019) centers on the relationship between a fading pop star and an aspiring AI songwriter. Blurring geographical borders and the delineation between natural and artificial beings, Lek leads viewers to confront contradictions that humanity might face in the near future."