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Design ∨ Simulation: Joel McKim (Birkbeck) and Lawrence Lek

13 February 2019 | 6pm

Kensington, Lecture Theatre 1


Design ∨ Simulation is the second in the 2019 Design Products lecture series (Design + ¬ 4 ⇒ & ∨ w/ ) and brings together critical theorist Joel McKim (Birkbeck, Vasari Research Centre for Art and Technology), and artist Lawrence Lek, to discuss the design and politics of the digital image, simulation and virtual reality.

Joel McKim's work explores the impact of digital technologies on architecture, art and design – his current projects include Architecture, Media and Memory, (Bloomsbury, 2018) which considers the reconstruction of New York post-9/11 in relation to the larger issues of urban development, ongoing global conflicts, the rise of digital media, and the culture, philosophy and aesthetics of memory; and the project Life Remade: the Politics of Animation, an ongoing investigation of the rapidly expanding field of digital animation. 

Lawrence Lek is an artist and filmmaker working in the fields of virtual reality and simulation. With a background in Architecture, studying at Cambridge University and then the Architectural Association in London, Lek creates site-specific virtual worlds and speculative films using gaming software, 3D animation, installation and performance. By rendering real places within fictional scenarios, his digital environments reflect the impact of the virtual world on our perception of reality. He will be exhibiting at the Barbican's AI: More Than Human exhibition in May 2019.

The Design + ¬ 4 ⇒ & ∨ w/ series highlights design as a practice in constant negotiation with disciplinary boundaries and real-world conditions engaging urgent issues of law, toxicity, dreams, art, ethics, beings, data, time.

Plus, not, for, then, and, or, with – is a series of negotiated positions amongst designers, critical theorists, artists, lawyers, and technologists.

This event has been organised by the Design Products Programme in the School of Design. Please contact Claudia Dutson for more information.