05.09.2019 - 10.11.2019
Admission: 9 / 6 CHF (red.)
With Farsight Freeport, HeK (House of Electronic Arts Basel) presents the first big solo exhibition in Switzerland of the British-Chinese artist Lawrence Lek. With his immersive, virtual worlds and electronic soundtracks, the London-based artist has developed an independent and unique visual language. Lek has created a very special scenario for the exhibition at HeK. Visitors are invited to enter a Gesamtkunstwerk that leads into the year 2065. It is a time in which artificial intelligence (AI) dominates and controls all areas of social, industrial and economic life.
The real architectural environment is imitated in the virtual worlds created by the artist. In this utopian scenario, in which HeK has been converted into a bonded warehouse, we encounter the artist's works again and immerse ourselves in his video installations, computer games and VR installations. Lek is deeply concerned with the interplay of politics, technology, and cultural production; his narratives reflect profoundly on the future of our society, for example on the automation of work through AI and its universal use in all sectors of our society.
Lawrence Lek (b. 1982, Frankfurt, Germany) is a London-based artist, filmmaker and musician. His recent projects include: AIDOL Sadie Coles HQ, London (2019); Unlimited, Art Basel, Basel (2019), Switzerland; 2065, K11 Art Space, Hong Kong (2018); Nøtel, Stroom Den Haag, The Hague, Netherlands (2018); Play Station, Art Night and the Whitechapel Gallery, London (2017); Hyperpavilion, Arsenale Nord, Venice (2017); The New Normal, UCCA, Beijing (2017); Glasgow International, Tramway, Glasgow (2016); SeMA Biennale Mediacity Seoul, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul (2016); Sinofuturism (1839-2046 AD), Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge (2016); Missed Connections, Julia Stoschek Collection, Dusseldorf (2016); Secret Surface, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2016). He studied at Trinity College, University of Cambridge, the Architectural Association, London, and the Cooper Union, New York. Lek received the 2017 Jerwood/FVU Award and the 2015 Dazed Emerging Artist Award, and is represented by the gallery Sadie Coles HQ, London.
Curators: Sabine Himmelsbach and Boris Magrini
Artist talk: Wednesday, 04.09.2019, 6pm, opening: from 7pm