Artist Talk | Lawrence Lek


Artist Talk | Lawrence Lek

Thursday, November 5, 2020 @ 5:30 pm

Join us for a conversation with Lawrence Lek, Malaysian–Chinese multimedia artist, filmmaker, and musician who is the 2020 Sarah Lee Elson, Class of 1984, International Artist-in-Residence, and Mitra Abbaspour, Haskell Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. Lek uses gaming software, 3D animation, installation, performance, and technologies such as VR to create site-specific virtual worlds through which he examines the impact of digital realities on the politics of creativity and perceptions of reality.

From October 22 – November 8, 2020, Lek’s experimental video essay Sinofuturism (1839-2046) will be available to screen for all program registrants. In this work, Lek melds genres of science fiction, documentary melodrama, social realism and Chinese cosmologies to view the future through the lens of China’s technological development. Technological systems and humans vie to determine reality and Sinofuturism deconstructs the role of Asiatic stereotypes in navigating those relationships in realms extending from computing, to addiction to gaming and gambling. 

Free registration for the lecture via Zoom here.  (when prompted, click to sign in as “attendee”)

Click here to view Sinofuturism. The password to view the video will be emailed to you in your confirmation email after registering for the program. Access will be available from October 22 at 12 a.m. (EDT) through November 8 at 11:59 p.m. (EST).

This event will include live closed captions in both English and Spanish. English captions are available directly in the Zoom toolbar by clicking the "CC" icon. To access Spanish-language captioning, open Streamtext, where you can select “Spanish” to see the live captioning.

Para acceder a los subtítulos en varios idiomas, ingrese al seminario web de Zoom durante un evento en vivo, luego abra un navegador web separado para visitar esta página donde puede seleccionar "español" o el idioma de su elección.

LATE THURSDAYS! This event is part of the Museum’s Late Thursdays programming, made possible in part by Heather and Paul G. Haaga Jr., Class of 1970.

Spanish-language live closed-captioning for this program is made possible by the Rapid Response Magic Project of the Princeton University Humanities Council.

Lawrence Lek. Photo: Ilyes Griyeb, Courtesy Art Basel