Empty Rider

2024, single-channel video, sound, 16m

Commissioned for the Biennale de l'Image en Mouvement (BIM'24) at the Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève

Curated by Nora N. Khan and Andrea Bellini 

“But how can we be certain about an AI's period of infancy?"

Empty Rider


Empty Rider is the latest episode of Lek’s series of CGI noir set in SimBeijing smart city, where a self-driving car stands trial after the failed kidnapping of their parent company’s CEO.

Within a televised courtroom, the AI judge Omega questions the parties involved, including tech conglomerate Farsight – who pin the blame on their own self-driving car, claiming they acted autonomously and with malicious intent.

Rendered from the perspective of a surveillance drone, capturing the scene for a remote audience, the project explores the legal fiction of electronic personhood, and how intergenerational trauma could emerge in an age of machine learning.



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A coproduction of the Fonds cantonal d'art contemporain de Genève (FCAC) and of the Centre d'art contemporain Genève for the Mire program and BIM’24, supported by
Fonds d'art contemporain de la Villede Genève (FMAC) and Outset Contemporary Art Fund, in partnership with Scott Collins and in association with MDAC Productions. 

Installation Photo: Photos by Mathilda Olmi