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Outset x Dorotheum Commission 2017: Lawrence Lek

Outset Contemporary Art Fund has launched a partnership with Dorotheum London to support the production of public art projects curated by British museums. The annual Outset x Dorotheum Commission is subsequently gifted to a to a public institution in Britain, with a view to enhance the placement of emerging artists or to develop smaller institutions. Alongside the supported projects, Outset and Dorotheum stage a series of talks inviting audiences to gain deeper insights into artistic and curatorial thinking connected with the development of the project.

Outset and Dorotheum London are proud to support digital art installation ‘Play Station’ by Lawrence Lek  at The White Chapel Building, London as part of Art Night – Fusion of Horizons. Art Night is a contemporary art festival transforming East London for one magical night on 1st July 2017 curated by Fatos Üstek in collaboration with Whitechapel Gallery. Lek invites audiences to explore the contradictions of a future post-work society with a new virtual reality video game. Set in 2037, ‘Play Station’ takes place in a science fiction version of the White Chapel Building, transformed into the London headquarters of a mysterious technology start-up known as Farsight. Access to this virtual world is through an installation of VR headseats, video training guides, and voiceover tutorials, allowing the audience to participate as players or observers. Housed in the cavernous actrium of the recently re-invented White Chapel Building, ‘Play Station’ reflects on the continuously changing boundaries between workspace and playground.

‘Play Station’, 2017 by Lawrence Lek has been gifted to The Arts Council England Collection, touring sites throughout 2018.

Celebrating 400 years since its foundation in Vienna by Emperor Joseph I in 1707, Dorotheum is today the largest auction house in German-speaking Europe as well as a leader in central Europe and one of the oldest and largest auction houses in the world.