Lawrence Lek, ‘2065’

Kellenberger–White were commissioned by Lawrence Lek and Sadie Coles HQ gallery to produce a book for the launch of the ‘AI: More than Human’ arts festival at London’s Barbican Centre. It would translate Lek’s film and installation into printed form. The contents of the book are structured in two parts: first, there is a subtitled walk-through of Lek’s futureworld computer game ‘2065’; then the game is revisited in the form of its installation, originally hosted at the K11 Chi Art Space in Hong Kong in spring 2018.

The page size is proportioned to the digital screen ratio used by Lek – we chose to use two spine folds to create one large zig-zag section. While the materiality of the book recalls music packaging and corporate brochures, its informality encourages readers to turn the pages. The book opens up into a full-bleed narrative of 18 large format renders, and unfolds into a smaller photography catalogue of the installation, a format that is both structured and chaotic.

The book thus raises questions about how to read a book: fold it, unfold it, read it backwards and forwards through real places and fictional scenarios across a dual-language format (English and Chinese). Like Lek’s work, the book is never-ending, and feeding into itself like a snake eating its tail.

  • Year: 2019
  • Client: Sadie Coles HQ
  • Location: London
  • Category: Publication

Photography: Thomas Adank