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Liam Young, 13 03 18


Liam Young will be In Austin Texas this week to close the SxSW Cities Summit with a performance of ‘City Everywhere: A Storytelling Tour Through the Landscapes of Technology’.  The perfromance starts at 5pm, March 13th. Travel with Liam and an all-seeing smart city operating system as they take a tour in a driverless taxi on a storytelling tour through the flickering screen and beyond the fog of the cloud, to explore City Everywhere, a quasi-fictional city of the near future, extrapolated from the fears and wonders of an increasingly complex present. Seen through the eyes of the machines we are now designing our cities for you will visit the autonomous infrastructures, industrial territories and sacrificial landscapes that span from the robot ports on the Siberian coastline to the massive mining excavations carved from the middle of Australia where our gadgets begin their lives. Our luminous technologies cast shadows that stretch across the planet.

Liam will also be speaking on March 14th for the panel Research, Exploration, Art: The Holy Trinity of VR Creation with media artists Marshmallow Laser Feast, Jennifer Stein and Wired writer Peter Rubin.

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Liam Young, 19 01 16


On Wednesday Feb 3rd at Transmediale in Berlin join Liam Young, sound artist Aneek Thapar an all-seeing smart city operating system as they take a tour in a driverless taxi through a network of software systems, autonomous infrastructures, ghost architectures, anomalies, glitches, and sprites, searching for the wilds beyond the machine. This performance is an audio-visual expedition to a city found somewhere between the present and the predicted, the real and the imagined, stitched together from fragments of real landscapes and designed urban fictions. Set in the Chinese-owned and -controlled Detroit Economic Zone (DEZ) and shot using laser scanners, the film presents this near-future city through the eyes of the robots that manage it.Commissioned by AND Festival/Chicago Architecture Biennial and reimagined for transmediale/conversationpieceHello, City! is a live performance of Where the City Can’t See, the world’s first fiction film made entirely from data (directed by Liam Young and written by fiction author Tim Maughan).

This event marks the kick-off of the transmediale Co-Curricular program and will be introduced by Daphne Dragona, the program curator. The Co-Curricular program explores how speculative urbanism can empower the awareness and understanding of today’s networked infrastructures. transmediale visitors are invited to also experience Young’s work through the initiative of Public Art Lab, where his dystopian cityscapes will be screened at Collegium Hungaricum Berlin from 2-7 February 2016.

smart city


Liam Young, 08 12 15


Join speculative architect Liam Young and an all-seeing smart city operating system as they ride along in a driverless taxi on a storytelling tour through a network of software systems, autonomous infrastructures, ghost architectures, anomalies, glitches and sprites, searching for the wilds beyond the machine. This performance is an audio-visual expedition to a city found somewhere between the present and the predicted, the real and the imagined, stitched together from fragments of real landscapes and designed urban fictions.

Commissioned by the Chicago Architecture Biennial, “Hello, City!” is a live cinema performance of Where the City Can’t See, the world’s first fiction film made entirely from data (directed by  Liam Young and written by fiction author Tim Maughan). Spoken word, multiscreen projections, dancers, voice artists and live musical accompaniment from Aneek Thapar – Sonic Artist/Ninja Tune featuring tracks by KILN and Kill Memory Crash all combine to breathe life into this near-future Detroit. The computer vision systems of Google Maps, urban management systems, and CCTV surveillance are now fundamentally reshaping urban experience and the cultures of our city. Set in the Chinese-owned and -controlled Detroit Economic Zone (DEZ) and shot using laser scanners, the film presents this near-future city through the eyes of the robots that manage it.​

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