The Asian Civilisations Museum becomes the location for a para-fiction modelled by Lawrence Lek: set in the year 2065, the Farsight Corporation presents its latest video game. In a space dense with layers of history and artefacts, Lek blurs the distinction between physical architecture and the virtual space. In 2065 (Singapore Centennial Edition), the artist creates a game-space where visitors enter a not-so-distant future of Singapore and Southeast Asia. Blurring the boundaries of art and entertainment, the game brings together the structure of a historical museum, the elements of a place many call home, with the unknowns of an imagined future, in order to de-situate and re-position the visitors/players within their own parallel worlds.
Lawrence Lek (b. 1982, Frankfurt, Germany) is an artist, filmmaker and musician working in the fields of virtual reality and simulation. Lek creates site-specific virtual worlds and speculative films using game software, 3D animation, installations and performance. He uses computer-generated imagery and interactive software to develop digital environments he describes as “three-dimensional collages of found objects and situations.” Recent projects include ‘AIDOL’ at Sadie Coles HQ (London, 2019), ‘AI: More than Human’ at the Barbican (London, 2019) and ‘Nøtel’ at Stroom Den Haag (The Hague, 2018). Lek received the 2017 Jerwood/FVU Award. He lives and works in London, UK.