Europa, Mon Amour (2016 Brexit Edition)
Real-time simulation & HD video loop.
With the UK cast out of the EU, Dalston has degenerated into a post-apocalyptic utopia. Come and explore this drowned world of the near future: filled with forgotten nightclubs, neon-lit music venues, Election booths, Turkish snooker clubs and luxury penthouses. Building upon Lek's original commission for Open Source 2015, this site-specific simulation brings together multiple histories of the area into a single zone. As players roam around, a voiceover extracted from Alain Resnais’ Hiroshima, Mon Amour speaks to them about the nature of memory. It is a gradual, but relentless, sense of forgetting that comes with any form of urban transformation.
Lawrence Lek creates speculative worlds and site-specific simulations using gaming software, video, installation and performance. Often based on real places, his uncanny digital environments reflect the impact of the virtual on our perception of reality. Contrasts between utopia and ruins, desire and loss, and fantasy and history appear throughout his work to symbolise this exchange. Lek is a graduate of the Cooper Union, the Architectural Association, and Trinity College, Cambridge. Currently based at the White Building in London, his work has been featured in recent exhibitions at Tramway, as part of Glasgow International 2016; KW Institut, Berlin; Cubitt Gallery, London; Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge and the Delfina Foundation, London. He is receipient of the 2016 Jerwood/FVU Award, the 2015 Tenderflix/Tenderpixel Artist Video Award and the 2015 Dazed Emerging Artist Award.
Artist invited by Marie d’Elbee