Sunday: 13:00 and 16:30h
Tickets can be picked up at Cineteca’s box office on the same day, from one hour before the session starts (Two tickets maximum per person. Limited capacity).
The event of Diva’s comeback is an international tournament sponsored by Farsight – the eSports Olympics – staged in an airborne stadium whose shape mimics the company logo, and in which ‘Bios’ are pitted against ‘Synths’. This contest belies a more profound existential conflict between humanity and machines, a conflict which finds transient resolution in the meeting between Diva and the AI artist Geomancer.
As in previous works by Lek, the focus of AIDOL is both forwards and inwards – glancing dually at the future and the present. Contemporary anxieties and fixations – the rise of AI, the formulaic dictates of celebrity, the hegemony of global brands and technological giants – are refracted through a quixotic prism. Lek’s imaginary sphere may be read both as a shimmering utopia and as an automated, profit-driven and algorithm-propelled dystopia. Throughout, the dichotomy of ‘human’ and ‘AI’ is tested and dismantled. Far from simply reprising the narrative of humanity imperilled by machines, the story points to the rote and unthinking infatuations of human minds, and equally to the ability of conscious machines to aspire to beauty and knowledge.
Lawrence Lek uses advancing technologies, such as computer-generated imagery, virtual reality, 3D animation and gaming software as well as installation and performance to simulate and develop digital environments described by the artist as ‘three-dimensional collages of found objects and situations.’ By rendering real places within fictional scenarios, his digital worlds reflect the impact of the virtual on our perception of reality.
Lawrence Lek (b. 1982, b. Frankfurt am Main) is an artist based in London, working in fields of virtual reality and simulation. He studied at Trinity College, University of Cambridge, the Architectural Association, London, and The Cooper Union, New York. He is currently presenting a major solo exhibition, Lawrence Lek: Farsight Freeport, at Haus der elektronischen Künste Basel, on view until November 2019.