2514 HA Den Haag
Stroom The Hague proudly presents Nøtel (The Hague), the first solo show in the Netherlands by Lawrence Lek. It is an immersive multimedia installation in which the exhibition space is transformed into a marketing suite for the Nøtel corporation; a fictious hotel chain which promotes a fully automated luxury lifestyle. Designed by world-famous architects, Nøtel offers a safe haven for future elites who no longer require permanent housing but would rather stay in a range of temporary housing where safety and privacy are key. Lek invites us through this science-fiction scenario to speculate on the nature of work, technology, and government-citizen relations.
In Nøtel, the hotel as an ur-type of modern life is taken to its natural conclusion. Lek imagines that temporary accommodation form the future of architectural developments, such as the ones presented by platforms like Uber and Airbnb. Nøtel is an exhibition about the future of living, artificial intelligence, the city, and the sense of belonging.
Image © Nøtel Corporation, Lawrence Lek & Kode9