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Profiles

LAWRENCE LEK

Architect of Virtuality

BY YSABELLE CHEUNG

Portrait of Lawrence Lek. Photo by Ysabelle Cheung for ArtAsiaPacific.

The corridor is rich in symbolism. In art and literature, it often appears as a shadowed area in which the uncanny—doppelgängers, phantoms, ghostly doubles—disturbs a sense of security. In video-game designs, architectural spaces like corridors create a tightly controlled sense of exploration—they are also, in the context of mapping real-world situations onto digital interfaces, the most realistic metaphor for life: interstitial, full of mysteries and closed doors.

In Lawrence Lek’s video-game works, he bases his…

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