Lawrence Lek

27 October 2023 — 14 January 2024

Kranzler Eck, Berlin

Lawrence Lek’s largest exhibition to date invites audiences to explore near-future scenarios shaped by the integration of artificial intelligence in urban life

NOX is a work of speculative fiction set in a smart city on the brink of conscious awakening. It takes the form of a game which merges a physical multi-floor installation with a virtual world and locative sound experience.

The project forms part of the artist’s ongoing series of games and films that explore the problems and promises of AI. Set during the aftermath of a roadside crash, it focuses on sentient self-driving cars that question their role in the wider networks of sensing and control. Human and non-human perspectives encountered throughout the exhibition prompt audiences to consider the reasons and implications of the cars’ decisions. Grounded in the history of conversations around AI psychology – from the Turing Test to chatbotsNOX shapes nuanced debates around agency, ethics, surveillance and empathy between human and non-human entities.

NOX expands Lek’s Sinofuturist cinematic universe, which includes the trilogy Sinofuturism (1839–2046 AD), Geomancer and AIDOL; his more recent SimBeijing series; and the open-world games 2065 and Nøtel (a collaboration with sound producer Kode9).


Lawrence Lek

Lawrence Lek is an artist, filmmaker and musician working in the fields of virtual reality and simulation. He explores worldbuilding as a form of multidimensional collage that can incorporate elements from both material and virtual worlds. His work develops narratives that reflect on alternate histories and possible futures. Previous chapters of his Sinofuturist cinematic universe include the CGI feature film AIDOL (2019), the open-world game series 2065 (2018-ongoing), the AI-coming-of-age story Geomancer (2017) and the video essay Sinofuturism (1839-2046 AD) (2016). Recent solo exhibitions include QUAD, Derby (2022–3); ZiWU The Bund, Shanghai (2022); HEK House of Electronic Arts, Basel (2019); arebyte, London (2018); and K11 art space, Hong Kong (2018). Lek lives and works in London.

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