Europa, Mon Amour (2016 Brexit Edition)

Site-specific simulation, video, 2016

With the UK cast out of the EU, Dalston has degenerated into post-apocalyptic delirium. This is a drowned world of the near future, filled with the ruins of metropolitan life: forgotten nightclubs, DIY art installations, neon-lit music venues, Election booths, Turkish snooker clubs and luxury penthouses.

Building upon Lek's original project for Open Source 2015, this site-specific simulation brings together multiple histories of the area into a single zone. As the player roams around, fragments of European voices appear: samples from Alain Resnais’ Hiroshima, Mon Amour and Lars Von Trier's Europa speak to them about the nature of dislocation. It is a gradual, but relentless, meeting of past, present, and future that comes with any form of geopolitical transformation.

Originally commissioned for Open Source Festival, May 28-29 2016, Gillett Square, Dalston, London


Exhibition at Open Source Festival


Written and programmed
by Lawrence Lek

by Joni Zhu

Thanks to Marie D’Elbee and Helen Nisbet

Related Works

Europa, Mon Amour is part of Bonus Levels, a series of site-specific virtual worlds.
︎︎︎ Read the essay about the project.

Other chapters available to watch here:
︎︎︎ Sky Line (2014)
︎︎︎ Unreal Estate (The Royal Academy is Yours) (2015).

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