Liam Young flying an X Drones on the runway at Spaceport America, Jornada del Muerto, New Mexico. USA. August 2012. Photo by Pete Woodhead
Liam Young flying an X Drones on the runway at Spaceport America, Jornada del Muerto, New Mexico. USA. August 2012. Photo by Pete Woodhead

MONTHLY TALK - LIAM YOUNG


THURSDAY 04 APRIL 2013
BRIGHTON


TALKS ON DIGITAL ART, CULTURE AND FILM ON THE FIRST THURSDAY OF THE MONTH


Step behind the scenes and get a glimpse of the thinking motivating the digital world's greatest artists, thinkers and doers. Speculative architect and futures provocateur, Liam Young was our April Monthly talk speaker.

Liam Young, pictured at Chernobyl, during Unknown Fields Division expedition. Photo by Jonathan Gales.
Liam Young, pictured at Chernobyl, during Unknown Fields Division expedition. Photo by Jonathan Gales.

Liam Young is an independent futurist, critic, architect, designer and curator from London. His projects deploy fictional near-future scenarios as critical instruments for instigating debate about the social, architectural and political consequences of emerging biological and technological futures. Blueprint magazine have named him as one of 25 people who will change architecture and design, and his work has been featured on the BBC, CNBC, Wired, ICON and Dazed and Confused.

Liam is founder of the think tank, Tomorrows Thoughts Today, a group whose work explores the consequences of fantastic, perverse and underrated urbanisms. They have conducted workshops on speculation, emerging technologies and future forecasting for various art, film and science organisations, as well as firms such as Arup- Drivers for Change, Phillips Technologies, and the BBC.

He also runs the Unknown Fields Division, an award winning nomadic workshop that travels on annual expeditions to the ends of the earth to investigate unreal and forgotten landscapes, alien terrains and industrial ecologies. Beginning in 2008 with an expedition to the Ecuadorian Amazon and the Galapagos Islands, their voyages have taken in the Australian Outback, the Arctic Circle and the Baikonur Cosmodrome. In Winter 2012, ahead of the end of the Mayan calendar, they ventured to Central America to ponder the rise and fall of cities, civilizations, and empires. The studio is based at the Architectural Association and Princeton University.

Liam curates international events and exhibitions, including the conference series, Thrilling Wonder Stories: Speculative Futures for an Alternate Present; Under Tomorrows Sky, a science fiction movie set for a fictional future city developed through collaborations with scientists and technologists, which was exhibited in the Netherlands; and Specimens of Unnatural History: A Near Future Bestiary. He is one of the curators of the 2013 Lisbon Architecture Triennale.

Liam’s Monthly Talk acted as both the final event in Lighthouse 2012-13 Uncharted Territories programme, and the first event in our new 2013-14 programme cycle. He gave a performative lecture which drew together Unknown Fields Division’s searches for ‘weak signals’ of the future playing out in the present tense, and Tomorrows Thoughts Today’s speculative design work which shapes those conditions into plausible scenarios.

Here is a film of his talk here at Lighthouse:

Presented by Lighthouse with support from Arts Council England and Esmee Fairbairn Foundation

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