Black Cloud

Lawrence Lek (UK)

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Lek’s 4th VH AWARD Grand-Prix-winning work Black Cloud (2021), is the culmination of the London-based artist’s ongoing body of virtual-reality productions. Working with video game software and CGI animation, Lek merges real places with virtual worlds to look at how humans interact with AI and how digital images alter our experiences in the real world. Through his exploration of world-building and in developing narratives of alternate histories and possible futures, Lek, who is of Malaysian-Chinese descent, opens up inquiries into the “geopolitical” implications of AI, illuminating the various links between AI and art. In particular, Lek focuses on the ways in which different societal attitudes toward AI control people’s values, lifestyles and modes of operation around the world.


Lawrence Lek is a London-based multimedia artist who unifies diverse practices into a continuously expanding cinematic universe. His works include Sinofuturism (1839-2046 AD) (2016), Geomancer (2017), 2065 (2018) and Nøtel, in collaboration with electronic musician Kode9 (2019).


Lawrence Lek, Black Cloud, single channel video, 10’50”, 2021. Commissioned by VH AWARD of Hyundai Motor Group

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