conference


Liam Young, 22 05 17


On Wednesday 24th May Liam Young will be speaking at the Innovation Congress for the Barcelona Building Construmat. Curated by Andres Jaque its a great lineup of speakers.  You can see the talks schedule here.

conference


Liam Young, 03 08 16


On August 5th in Tokyo Liam Young will be speaking as part of Sci Arc’s Kindling Symposium. At a time when moral pragmatism, atmospheric minimalism, and veiled virtuosity have come to dominate conversations on contemporary architecture on the Pacific Rim, KINDLING counters with a vision of the future characterized by unstable fictions, elaborate expression, and roaring multiplicities. Made up of small but easily combustible material ideal for starting a fire, Kindling is also a neurological process by which a seizure or other brain event is both initiated and its recurrence made more likely. Speakers include, SCI-Arc Director Hernan Diaz Alonso, Makoto Watanabe, Jun Sato, Souhei Imamura, Keisuke Toyoda, Hitoshi Abe, Steven Ma, Joe Day, Todd Gannon and John N Bohn. The event is free and open to the public and will be held at the National Art Center, Roppongi Tokyo, August 05, 2016 at 2:30pm – 7:30pm.

conference


Liam Young, 03 08 16


Liam Young will be giving the opening keynote for the Festival of Ideas at the Perth State Library on July 30th. The event is free to the public and will also be live streamed for those not in Australia.

 

conference


Liam Young, 01 06 15


Liam Young, of Tomorrows Thoughts Today, will be performing at two events in Japan this week. He will be performing ‘City Everywhere’ at The University of Tokyo on Saturday June 6th 12:30-14:00 (at UTokyo, Engineer bldg.1 415 ADS Room) and on June 7th he will be speaking on the Post Human City at ‘The Saga of Continuous Architecture’, a symposium at the Yokahama Port Terminal. The event also features Kengo Kuma, Kazuyo Sejima, Arata Isozaki, Jesse Reiser and Hernan Diaz Alonso.

conference


Liam Young, 22 02 15


On February 26th – March 1st Liam Young will be speaking and running a masterclass at the Sonic Acts 2015 festival: The Geologic Imagination.Inspired by geosciences, the 2015 Sonic Acts Festival zooms in on planet Earth. Fundamental to The Geologic Imagination is the thesis that we live in a new geological epoch, the Anthropocene. Human activity has irreversibly changed the composition of the atmosphere, the oceans, and even the Earth’s crust. Humanity has become a geological force. Other speakers include Timothy Morton, Graham Harman, Alan Weisman, Jeff Vandermeer, Ben Bratton and many more.

Liam will also be running a masterclass titled Reimagining the Present, Scenes from a film that doesn’t exist that will explore traditional special effects tropes from science fiction and introduce the use of entry-level CGI, special effects, post-production film and animation techniques.

conference


Liam Young, 30 11 14


On December 1st Liam Young will be presenting one of the keynote presentations at the On Architecture: Facing the Future conference in Belgrade Serbia. The Conference will explore and discuss the complexity and various meanings of Architecture. Interdisciplinary approach is a milestone in defining thematic blocks: Utopia and Architecture, Challenges in Architecture, Shape in Architecture, Between Utopia and Reality. These themes will consider substance of architecture through all its dimensions always thinking of it as art and philosophical reflection on architecture. The substance will be discussed through various points, processes and trends that contribute to new aesthetics and functionalism: globalization, new approaches to design, innovative technologies, projects, and materials.

conference


Liam Young, 05 03 14


The FutureEverything festival is an essential meeting ground of a global community shaping emerging debates around the technology, culture and governance of tomorrow. In the neo-gothic splendour of Manchester Town Hall on 31 Mar and 1 Apr, the two-day FutureEverything Conference will feature inspirational keynotes, participatory workshops and intimate talks from world leading practitioners and thinkers from design, art, urbanism, business, academia and more. Liam Young will première a new storytelling performance investigating the global scale implications of emerging technologies. Other speakers include Anthony Dunne, Golan Levin, James Bridle, Adam Greenfield, Koert Van Mensvoort et al.

conference


Liam Young, 23 01 14


On the 23rd of january, enroute back from asia after the latest Unknown Fields expedition Liam Young will be stopping of in Rotterdam to present at How Do You Do Biodesign. Het Nieuwe Instituut and the Willem de Kooning Academy invite you to attend How Do You Do Biodesign, an evening for architects, urban designers, product designers, biologists, fashion designers, artists and digital makers and others who are curious what exactly biodesign can mean for the field of work and research. Have you ever wondered what biodesign could mean for your immediate surroundings? Are you curious to find out what biohacking is? Or do you want to learn how to design with living material? In short, do you want to know how to put biodesign into practice? How Do You Do is a format for exchanging and sharing ideas, expertise and experience. Don’t expect any fancy PowerPoint presentations. Instead, you’ll hear honest stories about the making of, with lots of information about what works and what doesn’t.
[image credit- Half life lamp by Joris Laarman]

Keep reading for the full list of speakers  (more…)

conference


Liam Young, 04 10 11


TTT’s Liam Young will be speaking at the 2011 Art and Environments Conference at the Nevada Museum of Art. He will be a part of the panel ‘Designing Architecture for environmental change’ with Geoff Manaugh (BLDGBLOG), David Benjamin (The Living), Mark Smout (SmoutAllen) and moderated by Bruce Sterling. The panel brings together contributors from the acompanying exhibition curated by Geoff manaugh titled ‘Landscape Futures: Instruments, Devices and Architectural Inventions.’ Other speakers at the conference include Edward Burtynsky, DJ Spooky, Leo Villareal and Fritz Haeg. (more…)

conference


Liam Young, 07 07 11


UNKNOWN FIELDS: FROM THE ATOMIC TO THE COSMIC
SUMMER 2011 TRAJECTORY PUBLIC FORUM
CHERNOBYL EXCULSION ZONE to BAIKONUR COSMODROME

ARCHITECTURAL ASSOCIATION GALLERY, JULY 11th 11AM – 4PM
36 Bedford Square, London. Free for all. Download programme pdf here.

This year, on the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s first manned space flight and the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, we will pack our Geiger counters and space Suits and chart a course from the atomic to the cosmic to investigate the strange natures that stretch from the exclusion zone of the Chernobyl Nuclear Reactor in the Ukraine and Gagarin’s launchpad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Before we leave on our research trip we will be joined in London by an ensemble of artists, authors, scientists and designers to present a series of projects and thoughts motivated by the sites we will be visiting. Through the lens of these 2 events we will re-examine our contemporary attitudes toward the natural world and discuss our cross section through the haunting landscapes of the ecologically fragile and the technologically obsolete.  We will explore the ‘Unknown Fields’ between cultivation and nature, between utopian projections and dystopian ruins as we spin cautionary tales of a new kind of wilderness.

“To be the first to enter the cosmos, to engage, single-handed, in an unprecedented duel with nature-could one dream of anything more!”
Yuri Gagarin

1100

UNKNOWN FIELDS INTRO By LIAM YOUNG and KATE DAVIES

1120

T    H   E    A  T    O   M   I    C

MICHAEL MADSEN [FILM MAKER]

Film maker Michael Madsen will be traveling with the Unknown Fields Division on our Chenobyl to Baikonur project. Michael is the Director of the recent documentary Into Eternity. The film tells the story of the Onkolo Nuclear Waste Repository in Finland, a facility that must remain intact for 100,000 years even though no structure in human history has even stood for such a long period of time. The film addresses an audience in the remote future and questions Onkolo’s eternal existence and its legacy as a reminder of this toxic energy source.

MARIO PETRUCCI [POET]

Originally a Natural Sciences graduate with a PhD in optoelectronics, Mario Petrucci works as a freelance creative writing tutor, broadcaster and educator. Mario has publishes a book length poem on the Chernobyl didaster titled Heavy Water. Petrucci takes up the challenge confronting society in every age: to attempt the difficult task of exploring its most terrible events. His poem unites the concerns of artist, humanitarian and historian at a common source: the desire not to forget. Heavy Water stands to remind us that those who have been exposed to the invisible should never become so.

CORNELIA HESSE HONEGGER [SCIENTIFIC ILLUSTRATOR]

Cornelia Hesse Honegger is a scientific illustrator and science artist. For 25 years she worked as a scientific illustrator for the scientific department of the Natural History Museum at the University of Zurich. Her watercolors are exhibited internationally at museums and galleries. Her work is an interface between art and science; it plays witness to a beautiful but endangered nature. Since the catastrophe of Chernobyl in 1986, she has collected, studied and painted morphologically disturbed insects, which she finds in the fallout areas of Chernobyl as well as near nuclear installations.

PETER WYNN KIRBY [ENVIRONMENTAL ANTHROPOLOGIST]

Peter Wynn Kirby is an ‘environmental anthropologist’ and researcher with the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology at Oxford. His latest book is “Troubled Natures: Waste, Environment, Japan.“ In it he considers experiences of nuclear risk and national/cultural constructions of energy, power, pollution, and waste in Japan and in France – the two major nations that depend most on nuclear power, yet where the risks and benefits of nuclear power play out over vastly different sociocultural topographies.

WILL WILES [AUTHOR/JOURNALIST]

Will WIles is deputy editor of the architecture and design journal Icon and has recently completed his debut novel ‘Care of Wooden Floors’ a black comedy about a man being driven insane by minimalist interior decoration. Through the Unknown Fields project Will’s is developing a new book titled ‘Toxic Tourism’ which be published by Haperpress in mid 2012

OLIVIER GOODHALL [Designer]

Oliver’s background, interests and practice is in architecture. He holds a Masters Degree from the Royal College of Art in Design Interactions, having previously graduated from the Bartlett School of Architecture in 2005, and co-founded the architecture practice We Made That. He is interested in developing projects that expand engagement between strategic thinking and creative practice in the public realm. His express intent is to be logically utopian and playfully analytical; project outcomes may be informative, revealing, outlandish – or hopefully all of these. Recent projects include the provocative ‘Nuclear is Good. What will it take to convince you?’, a series of speculative urban newspapers commissioned by the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, a collaboration with UCL Urban Laboratory’s Creative City Limits programme, and an upcoming project on synthetic gemology due to be published this autumn.

PHILIPS DESIGN PROBES [TECHNOLOGY DESIGNERS]

Philips Design Probes is a dedicated ‘far-future’ research initiative to track trends and developments across the realms of politics, economics, culture, environments and technology.With the aim of understanding ‘lifestyle’ post 2020, the program aims to identify probable systemic shifts and challenges conventional ways of thinking about technology to come up with concepts, products and narratives to stimulate debate. Phillips is a primary project sponsor and has provided a number of scholarships for emerging artists to join the Unknown Fields Chernobyl to Baikonur Cosmodrome studio.

1400

T    H   E    C  O    S   M   I    C

ALICIA FRAMIS [ARTIST]

Director of Moon Life Foundation, Alicia Framis speculates on the possibility that humans will live in space in the future. The project acts as a stimulus for artists, designers, architects to create futuristic radical political but humane concepts for an extreme lunar environment. Alicia Framis is also exploring the potentialities of living on the moon through the ironical activities and fictional character of a woman astronaut. Left on earth like all women who were never part of the moon race, she settles in to BaseCamp, in which she lived for the two weeks in a customized astronaut suit, among drawings and prototypes that aim to both parody and demand women’s presence on the moon.

REGINA PLEDSZUS [SPACE HUMAN FACTORS DESIGNER]

Regina’s research investigates the emotional and environmental implications of manned spaceflight and particularly the psychological challenges of isolation and monotony for crew during extended exploration missions to Mars or Near Earth Asteroids. Her research has developed into conceptual and applied input into the habitability design aspects of ground-based mission simulations like the Mars 500 experiment and the generation of mission ideas with the European Space Agency’s Advanced Concepts Team. Recently Regina has recently been based in the Stanley Kubrick archive exploring speculative design in science fiction and the real-world applicability of sci-fi film sets as scenarios for psychological habitability.

PAUL DUFFIELD [COMIC CREATOR/ILLUSTRATOR]

Paul Duffield is a comic book creator, animator and illustrator. He collaborates wit hauthor Warren Ellis on the webcomic Freakangels and the visual poem ‘Signal’. Signal is an experiment in visual storytelling that attempts to use comicbook visual language to explore the the theme of the human search for knowledge and other life, inspired by SETI, and Carl Sagan’s series Cosmos. After countless decades  scanning the skies, listening to the beep beep beep from alien worlds there is just one man left in the SETI institute, still waiting…

LOUISE K WILSON [SOUND ARTIST] 

Louise K Wilson is a visual artist who makes installations, live works, sound works and single channel videos. Her current research uses the medium of sound to ask philosophical and material questions about the spatio-temporal physicality of certain sites and our perceptions of them. She has travelled to numerous military and scientific sites including the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training facility, nuclear submarines, US listening stations, university halls, rocket launch sites and disused RAF bases in pursuit of the acoustics of resonant spaces. She has explored the ways in which technologies of the audible create new ways of engaging with the lost traces of institutional places.

NELLY BEN HAYOUN [EXPERIENCE DESIGNER]

Nelly Ben Hayoun has designed experiences for you to become an astronaut in the living room, generating dark energy from pigeons’ eggs in the kitchen and colliding atoms in the bathroom. She is interested in how we can use design and science in our everyday lives to make them more thrilling, creative and passionate.. Often science seems to be reserved for scientists – expert practitioners who alone have the privilege of experiencing the fringes of human knowledge and the extremes of nature. Her work aims to combat this aspect of science, by enlisting willing scientists in experiences that mix the creativity with technology, science with fiction, factual with artistic and amateur with expert.

MARK PILKINGTON [UFO FOLKLORIST]

Mark Pilkington is a writer, publisher, curator and musician with particular interest in the fringes of knowledge, culture and belief. On a journey through the badlands and backwaters of America, Mark Pilkington uncovered a 60 year-old story stranger than any conspiracy thriller. Through the fascinating account of his travels Pilkington reveals the long history of UFOria and its origins in the murky worlds of espionage, psychological warfare and UFO hunters, Pilkington soon discovers that the truth about flying saucers is stranger and more complex than either the ufologists or debunkers would have us believe: instead of covering-up stories of crashed spacecraft, alien contacts and secret underground bases, the US intelligence agencies

THE UNKNOWN FIELDS DIVISION IS SUPPORTED BY

ARCHITECTURAL ASSOCIATION [VISITING SCHOOL PROGRAMME]

PHILIPS DESIGN PROBES [TECHNOLOGY DESIGNERS]

KUMUKA WORLDWIDE [ADVENTURE TRAVEL CONSULTANTS]

UKRAINE INTERNATIONAL AIRLINES [PROJECT CARRIER]

VOLUME [RESEARCH LAB]

NEASDEN CONTROL CENTRE [GRAPHIC ARTIST]

 

conference


Liam Young, 28 06 10


At 2pm 29th June Liam Young will be speaking at the Futurising event in London. Chaired by Blueprint Magazine the event will be a gloves off showdown between online and print media in a battle for self publishing supremacy. Other panelists are Adrian Shaughnessy author of How To Be a Graphic Designer Without Losing Your Soul and Colin Davies, former editor of the Architects Journal. We will typically be ambiguosly falling between camps extolling the virtues of physical blogs.

conference


Liam Young, 13 03 10


On 16th March 9.30am Tomorrows Thoughts Today’s Liam Young will be speaking on Dystopias, ideal communities gone wrong and the end of the world at the SxSW ‘Design for the Dark Side’ panel. Other panelists are Jason Nunes screenwriter, author, interaction designer and a guy partly responsible for some of the best straight to video horror films to come out of the 1990s and Rachel Abrams- designer of technologically mediated experiences, writer, academic. The gig will be chaired by IDEO’s Ben Fullerton.

And so the blurb…

“Design usually focuses on making the world around us better – optimism often rules the roost in our industry. But what might happen if we forced ourselves to design for a catastrophic or dystopian future? Can we learn something by designing for a darker side of human experience?”

conference


Darryl Chen, 26 10 09


TTT is proud to be representing the cause of “Maximum Urbanism” at an upcoming conference in Cambridge University. Minimum… or Maximum Cities? will be exploring the past, present and future of urbanism and invoke the questions: Does the ‘minimum’ city provide a means to retrench, rethink and rebuild? Or is a ‘maximum’ urbanism the answer, based on expansive cities for a dynamic and globalised planet? Our session discussing the Future City (surprise surprise) will end the day and be chaired by Blueprint Editor Vicky Richardson. The conference is being run in conjunction with the Royal Academy’s Paper Cities exhibition and there will be a Paper Cities roadshow in Cambridge specially for the event.

The conference is being chaired by Alastair Donald, author of The Future of Community: Reports of a Death Greatly Exaggerated.

Thursday 26th November, Departmnet of Architecture, Cambridge University.

conference


Darryl Chen, 08 10 09


Darryl Chen and Liam Young will be moderating a panel session at this year’s upcoming Festival of Urbanism, organized by the crew at This Is Not A Gateway. TTT will be joined by a cast of emerging and seasoned urbanists to discuss Productive Dystopia, or An Architecture of Unintended Consequences. Also on the panel will be Austin Williams (Future Cities Project); Karl Sharro (ManTowNHuman); Tomas Klassnik (Klassnik Corporation); Elena Pascolo and Alex Warnock-Smith (Urban Projects Bureau, Architectural Association); Finn Williams (Common Office); and Amin Taha (Amin Taha Architects). The night promises to be a lively one as we consider alternate ways of conceiving of the urban project beyond the blindly optimistic and optimistically futile. Spaces are free but with limited places on the night. 19.30 Friday Oct 23 Hanbury Hall, Spitalfields E1 6QR.

TINAG creates platforms for emerging academics, activists, human rights canvassers, artists, youth workers, filmmakers, architects, students and more, whose point of departure is the city.

conference


Darryl Chen, 23 09 09


Darryl Chen will be speaking at the Barbican next wednesday as part of a design workshop series with Studio AV. The workshops are embedded within the Futurological Congress – a three-day conference and exhibition of contemporary Polish architecture. Daniel Libeskind and Joseph Rykwert will give keynote talks (after TTT warms up the crowd).

conference


Liam Young, 02 11 08


We have been invited to exhibit The Specimens of Un Natural Histories project at the upcoming DesignCinema Exhibition in Istanbul. The exhibition and accompanying conference will run from the mid till the end of November. On display will be drawings and photographs of a range of specimens. If you cant make it to istanbul then cast your eyes across to the slow thoughts column where you can see the project immortalised in blog form.

conference


Liam Young, 11 09 08


 Tomorrows Thoughts Today just presented a paper at the Royal Geographical Society’s Annual Conference. The paper was titled Retrofitting Suburbia: Navigating from the Generic to the Specific and is part of a larger provocative exploration into the consequences of the sustainable suburb model. With thanks to Richard Gatti who kindly read the paper while TTT was stretched across Asia on other projects. The conference programme can be found here.