05 November 2020
TONIGHT: Live Stream. Lawrence Lek Lecture 5.30pm (EST)
Princeton University Art Museum
Join us for a conversation with Lawrence Lek, Malaysian–Chinese multimedia artist, filmmaker, and musician who is the 2020 Sarah Lee Elson, Class of 1984, International Artist-in-Residence, and Mitra Abbaspour, Haskell Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. Lek uses gaming software, 3D animation, installation, performance, and technologies such as VR to create site-specific virtual worlds through which he examines the impact of digital realities on the politics of creativity and perceptions of reality.
From October 22 – November 8, 2020, Lek’s experimental video essay Sinofuturism (1839-2046) will be available to screen for all program registrants. In this work, Lek melds genres of science fiction, documentary melodrama, social realism and Chinese cosmologies to view the future through the lens of China’s technological development. Technological systems and humans vie to determine reality and Sinofuturism deconstructs the role of Asiatic stereotypes in navigating those relationships in realms extending from computing, to addiction to gaming and gambling.