View Finder: Speculative Simulation Film Program
AIDOL (2019) by Lawrence Lek

Gray Area presents View Finder: Speculative Simulation Film Program, a special, short-run salon exhibition of films by Alice Bucknell and Lawrence Lek. From January 11–13 and 19–21, join us during open hours in the Grand Theater to experience large-scale projections of CGI-based contemporary artworks.

Both Bucknell and Lek use high fidelity computer-rendered environments to create rich, speculative fiction film works that explore rapidly evolving technologies and their impacts on society. Presented on Gray Area’s 40-foot screen, this rapid-response program seeks to create an interface between audiences and time-based media artworks, with the aim of sparking conversation around pressing contemporary issues. The films on view ask important questions about the role of technologies like artificial intelligence and advanced terrascaping, and use storytelling to forecast possible pathways into uncharted technoscapes.

On Friday January 19, join us for Gray Area Happy Hour from 6 – 8PM!

Enjoy AIDOL over drinks and meet the Gray Area community!


Lawrence Lek- AIDOL (2019)
January 19 – 21, 2024

Runtime: 1 hour and 23 minutes.
Screened continuously over a 4-hour window each day. Come and go as you please and enjoy the film at your own pace.

FRIDAY | 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
SATURDAY & SUNDAY | 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Sliding Scale Admission: $5 - $25

Free for Gray Area Members

All ages

Seated Program

View our FAQ page for more info, or contact us at [email protected] with any accommodation requests.

Learn more about the Alice Bucknell - The Alluvials screening from January 11 – 13, 2024 here.

Lawrence Lek’s first feature-length film, AIDOL 爱道 is a CGI fantasy that forms the sequel to his acclaimed film Geomancer (2017). Deploying 3D rendering and video gaming software, AIDOL tells the story of Diva – a fading superstar preparing for a comeback performance at the 2065 'eSports Olympics' – and Geo, an AI with artistic yearnings.

Set in a smoke-and-mirrors realm of fantastical architecture, sentient drones and snow-deluged jungles, AIDOL revolves around the long and complex struggle between humanity and Artificial Intelligence. Fame – in all its allure and emptiness – is set against the bigger contradictions of a post-AI world, a world where originality is sometimes no more than an algorithmic trick and where machines have the capacity for love and suffering. Contemporary anxieties and fixations – the rise of AI, the formulaic dictates of celebrity, the hegemony of technological giants – are refracted through a quixotic prism. AIDOL is accompanied by a score composed and orchestrated by the artist.

Here's the approximate schedule for viewing AIDOL:

Friday (4:00 PM – 8:00 PM): 04:00 PM, 05:23 PM, 06:46 PM
Saturday & Sunday (2:00 PM – 6:00 PM): 02:00 PM, 03:23 PM, 04:46 PM

About the Artist

Lawrence Lek

Lawrence Lek 陆明龙 is a London-based artist, filmmaker, and musician who unifies diverse practices—CGI, audio-visual performance, gaming, and fiction—into a continuously expanding cinematic universe. His works include the CGI film ‘AIDOL’ (2019), the open-world video game ‘2065’ (2018), the AI-coming-of-age story ‘Geomancer’ (2017), the video essay ‘Sinofuturism (1839-2046 AD)’ (2016), and ‘Nøtel’, a simulation of a fully-automated luxury hotel in collaboration with Kode9 (2015). Lek composes soundtracks and conducts live audio-visual mixes of his works, often incorporating playthroughs of his virtual worlds. His most recent release is Temple OST, the soundtrack to a site-specific installation at 180 The Strand, London (The Vinyl Factory 2020). Recent exhibitions include a major survey exhibition of the artist’s work titled NOX at LAS Foundation, Berlin (2023), Farsight Freeport at HeK, House of Electronic Arts Basel, AIDOL, Sadie Coles HQ, London (2019); 2065, K11 Art Space, Hong Kong (2018); Play Station, Art Night and the Whitechapel Gallery, London (2017).

Also part of View Finder: Speculative Simulation Film Program

Alice Bucknell - The Alluvials (2023)
January 11–13, 2024

In addition to the AIDOL screening, don't miss The Alluvials screening, a week before! The CGI film by Alice Bucknell explores the politics of drought and water scarcity in a near-future version of Los Angeles.

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