Geomancer, 2017, video
48 minutes, 15 seconds
Films of Lawrence Lek are characterized by an advanced use of gaming software and 3D animation whereby he makes use of images of existing and fictitious places. Geomancer takes place in an imaginary future scenario in which the world is flooded with algorithms. The humans who are still alive seek their refuge in virtual reality – ‘Utopia VR is big business’. The self-learning ability of artificial intelligence (AI) has become so great that it exceeds the human brain in every field. The last grail of human intellect – the world of art and culture – has also been conquered. Filled with cultural-historical references, Geomancer is a playful reflection on the foundations of consciousness, creativity, genius and the question of what constitutes a substantial or veritable life.