ALL presents a night of events related around Lawrence Lek's Geomancer, coinciding with the physical release of the film's soundtrack on the Eternal Dragonz label. A screening is followed by a discussion about the wider context of the work with Steve Goodman (Kode9/Hyperdub) and Anna Greenspan (NYU Shanghai). A live performance with special guests closes off the night.
Geomancer is a CGI film by Lawrence Lek about the creative awakening of artificial intelligence. On the eve of Singapore's 2065 Centennial, an adolescent satellite AI, named Geomancer, escapes its imminent demise by coming down to Earth, hoping to fulfil its dream of becoming the first AI artist. Faced with a world that limits its freedom, Geomancer must come to terms with its militarised origins, a search that begins with a mysterious AI syndicate known as the Sinofuturists...
Geomancer was commissioned for the Jerwood/FVU Awards 2017.
Lawrence Lek is an artist based in London. He creates speculative worlds and site-specific simulations using gaming software, video, installation and performance. Often based on real places and fictional scenarios, his digital environments reflect the impact of the virtual on our perception of reality. Recent exhibitions include: Play Station, Art Night, London (2017); HyperPavilion, Venice Biennial 2017; Glasgow International, Tramway, Glasgow (2016); SeMA Biennale Mediacity Seoul 2016, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul (2016); Missed Connections, Julia Stoschek Collection, Düsseldorf (2016); Secret Surface, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2016); and The Uncanny Valley, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge (2015). Lek received the Jerwood / Film & Video Umbrella Award in 2017, and the Dazed Emerging Artist Award in 2015.
Steve Goodman produces electronic music under the name Kode9, runs the record label Hyperdub and published the book Sonic Warfare on MIT Press in 2009.
Anna Greenspan is Assistant Professor of Global Media at NYU Shanghai.
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