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Screening: Neither One Thing or Another

Thursday 08 June 2017, 18:30 to 20:30

A one-off screening of two new commissions by the Jerwood/FVU Awards 2017 winners, Patrick Hough and Lawrence Lek, including a Q&A with artist Lawrence Lek.

The Jerwood/FVU Awards is a major annual prize recognising exceptional moving-image artists in their first five years of practice. Hough and Lek were chosen for their responses to the curatorial theme ‘Neither One Thing Or Another’, employing innovative technologies to consider the increasingly non-distinct line between the real and the artificial.

Geomancer is a CGI film by Lawrence Lek about the creative awakening of artificial intelligence. On the eve of Singapore's 2065 Centennial, an adolescent satellite AI escapes its imminent demise by coming down to Earth, hoping to fulfill its dream of becoming the first AI artist.


Lawrence Lek, Geomancer, 2017 – HD Video (trailer)

Featuring HD video game graphics, a neural network-generated dream sequence, and a synthesised vocal soundtrack, Geomancer explores the implications of post-human consciousness. His work speculates that new forms of AI – creations that are already outperforming humans in automation and aggregation – will one day challenge us artistically.

By contrast, Patrick Hough’s video And If In A Thousand Years draws inspiration from the past. His film transports us to the Californian desert, to the location of the film-set of Cecil B DeMille’s The Ten Commandments which was deliberately buried post-production in an act of money saving expediency.

Over the years the shifting sands of dunes have gradually exposed this piece of epic landfill, bringing souvenir hunters to gather where archaeologists (or Egyptologists) used to tread. Hovering over the place is a spirit of uncertainty; questioning bedrock values of ‘originality’ and ‘authenticity’ and dusting them with other layers of meaning.


Patrick Hough, And If In A Thousand Years, 2017 – HD Video (trailer)


Both films delve between definitions of consciousness, and in the process invite us to look again at what we think we know and see.


The Jerwood/FVU Awards are a collaboration between the Jerwood Charitable Foundation and Film and Video Umbrella. FVU is supported by Arts Council England.

Lawrence Lek lives in London and has previously exhibited at the Delfina Foundation (London), Wysing Arts Centre (Cambridge), Cubitt Gallery (London), Tramway (Glasgow) and HyperPavilion at 2017 Venice Biennale. 

Patrick Hough lives in London and has previously exhibited at Dagestan Museum of Fine Arts (Russia), MOT International (London), South Kiosk (London), ArtPort Gallery (Tel Aviv) and Michael Hoppen Gallery (London).

Most recently both artists premiered Geomancer and And If In A Thousand Years at the Jerwood Space (London).

Listen back to the introduction remarks, post film discussion and final Q&A from this event:

More on the Jerwood/FVU Awards

Read more about Lawrence Lek, Geomancer

Read more about Patrick Hough, And If In A Thousand Years

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