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Lawrence Lek: Play Station at Whitechapel Gallery

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Time 19:00
Date 06/07/17
Price £9.5
  • Produced by Whitechapel Gallery
  • Price £9.50, £7.50 concessions
  • Get ready for a video game where all labour is disguised as leisure
  • Bring along interests in future facing conversation
  • See you at Whitechapel Gallery

What is the future of employment in an increasingly automated society?

Artist Lawrence Lek is joined by curator Fatoş Üstek to discuss his commission for Art Night 2017, a video game where all labour is disguised as leisure. Fuelled by young tech companies and overseas investment into the UK’s creative economy, it predicts a time where playing video games has become a new form of work.

A site-specific installation for the recently redeveloped White Chapel Building – previously owned by the Royal Bank of Scotland – Lek’s new work reflects on the relationship between labour and play.

A co-commission by Art Night and Outset Young Patrons Circle. Supported by Derwent London, which have developed the White Chapel Building.

Lawrence Lek lives and works in London. His work includes gaming software, video, installation and performance. Recent group exhibitions include: All Channels Open, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge, UK (2017); Glasgow International, Director’s Programme, Tramway, Glasgow International (2016); SeMA Mediacity Seoul Biennial, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul (2016); Secret Surface, KW Institut, Berlin (2016); and Software, Hard Problem, Cubitt Gallery, London (2015). He is recipient of the Jerwood/FVU Award 2017, the Tenderflix/Tenderpixel Artist Video Award 2015 and the Dazed Emerging Artist Award 2015.