program 2023


Director Biography – Lawrence Lek
Based in London, Lawrence LEK (1982, Germany) is a Malaysian-Chinese artist, musician and filmmaker working in the fields of virtual reality and simulation. He was educated at Trinity College, University of Cambridge, the Architectural Association in London, and the Cooper Union in New York. He creates site-specific virtual worlds and speculative films using gaming software, 3D animation, installation and performance. His work has been exhibited at galleries, museums and festivals around the world.

This CGI animation follows a self-driving police car in a desolate landscape. In dialogue with a built-in therapist, they contemplate the meaning of freedom and lament their uselessness. As their conversation ensues, it becomes increasingly clear in what kind of world our protagonist is living. Theta is part of Lawrence Lek’s Sinofuturist cinematic universe, in which he explores the psychological impact of technology on emerging forms of non-human life