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.


Liam Young, 03 03 14

For one year the Berlin Academy of the Arts is Devoting Itself to the topic Vertigo of reality. There is hardly a single issue in the arts that has been addressed as systematically as the construction and deconstruction of reality.  New media and the interactive possibilities of the digital world have fundamentally altered the arts and their Own reflective understanding. The project began in November 2013, with a series of events and debates every Wednesday at 5:00 pm as the “preparatory office”, leading up to a major exhibition and metabolic office for the repair of reality – a laboratory for all art genres in the autumn of 2014. Tomorrows Thoughts Today’s Liam Young will be presenting his Brave New Now research performance this Wednesday 5th March 17:00 at the Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg 10, 10557 Berlin. Admission is free.


Darryl Chen, 01 09 10

This thursday is the opening of the Imaginarium: A Theatre For Constructed Ecologies in Berlin. Co-curated by Tomorrow’s Thoughts Today and Studio Lukas Feireiss with Luis Berrios-Negron, this special exhibit is devoted to the prescient subject of ecological change and adaptations caused by artificial interventions into existing ecosystems. The Imaginarium forms part of the exhibition Examples to Follow: Expeditions in Aesthetics and Sustainability curated by Adrienne Gohler.



Darryl Chen, 21 07 08

One might think it impoverished at first glance, though scratching and enquiring deeper, we find not so much an economic fringe, but a slowly evolving urban model. Born in the glow of a new era which suddenly died out, it finds itself detached from its divorced parents, caught in the throes of puberty setting on quickly with all its attendant growing pains – a crisis of identity, new foreign growth where before there was innocently nothing, and the desire of becoming an adult being held in check by an energy to live for the moment. we traverse highways through the neighbourhoods at great speed. here, a windmill, an abandoned factory – evidence of a productive countryside, perhaps still active? but the dominant typology – a super-typology – the bare housing block sometimes 400 metres long, maybe 800…. Unlike in China where rigid planning laws align all developments east west to face the sun (for one side, at least), here in Mahzahl, communes take on a variety of different patterns. They are distributed in this vast open plain their configurations knowable like crop circles only to those who see them from above. The scale of this landscape makes ideal viewing from a fast moving car. It is a seductive cinematic experience.