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Liam Young, 14 07 14


As part of the Digital Revolutions exhibition currently showing at the Barbican in London, Liam Young has collaborated with musician John Cale and digital artists FIELD to create an interactive digital environment called City of Drones. Charting the story of a lost drone drifting through an abstract cityscape, online players are invited to pilot a virtual craft and remotely explore this imaginary world. Samples from Cale’s original soundscape compositions echo across the landscape as we see the city through the eyes of the drone, buzzing between the buildings, drifting endlessly, in an ambient audio visual choreography. The work is on show until September 13th 2014.

The city of Drones digital environment accompanies Loop, 60hz: Transmissions from the Drone Orchestra, an immersive live music and drone performance. John Cale, known for experimenting with different industrial sounds in his practice, once tuned his instruments to the hum of refrigerator motors. Cale in collaboration with Liam Young now explore the soundscape of a new generation, the distant rumble of drone propellers, to be set against the visual spectacle of Young’s choreographed flying machines. Typically associated with militarised applications, each drone is repurposed here as both disembodied instrument and dynamic audio infrastructure.

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Liam Young, 11 04 14


In April Liam Young will be travelling through Australia to perform a new story in Melbourne and Brisbane. On April 15th he will be at the State Library in Brisbane and on April 16th he will be at Melbourne University. This will be the first time Liam has returned to his country of birth to present his work. Both events are free and open to the public. Follow the links for details.

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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.

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Liam Young, 26 01 14


Tomorrow’s Thoughts Today’s Liam Young will be doing a live storytelling performance of ‘Brave New Now’ for Central Saint Martins Spatial Practices Public Lectures series on January 30th 2014 at 6pm room E003. He will present a storytelling walking tour through the Brave New Now, an imaginary city, extrapolated from the wonders and possibilities of emerging biological and technological research. A place found somewhere between the real and the imagined, both achingly familiar and exceedingly strange, stitched together from fragments of distant landscapes and speculative designed fictions. the event is free and open to the public.

 

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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]

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Liam Young, 20 11 13


On Thursday Nov 21st Liam young will join the Adaptation Lab, Adapting digital technologies to the city panel at the Architecture Foundation in London. The panel, coordinated an chaired by Jeffrey Inaba, Founder of INABA and Director of C-Lab (Columbia Laboratory for Architectural Broadcasting) will discuss the future of technology in our cities. Spreaking will be Simon Allford, Architect and Co-Director at AHMM, Liam Young, Founder of Tomorrow’s Thoughts Today and Lean Doody, ARUP Smart Cities Lead

If you are not in London you can watch Adaptation Lab events live through their online streaming channel

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Liam Young, 16 11 13



Tomorrow’s Thoughts Today’s Liam Young will be doing the Great Indoors Lecture in Maastricht, Netherlands on Saturday 16th November. Liam will be doing a performance of Brave New Now, a storytelling walking tour through an imaginary city, extrapolated from the wonders and possibilities of emerging biological and technological research. A place found somewhere between the real and the imagined, both achingly familiar and exceedingly strange, stitched together from fragments of distant landscapes, interior worlds and speculative designed fictions.

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Darryl Chen, 11 06 13


Darryl Chen will be joining the final Failed Architecture event of the season. Also on the panel will be Ole Bouman, Matthias Bottger, Arjen Oosterman and Mark Studholme moving beyond ruin porn and blind futurism to discuss the benefits of failure.

Date: Thursday, June 13, 2013
Time: 20:00 – 23:00 (19:00 doors open)
Location: TrouwAmsterdam
Address: Wibautstraat 127, Amsterdam (more…)

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Darryl Chen, 03 03 13


Darryl Chen of Tomorrow’s Thoughts Today will be chairing a live thinktank as part of the Venice Takeaway: Ideas to Change British Architecture. The event draws together experts from the fields of urbanism, planning, branding and development economics to explore the making of a radical entrepreneurial village on the outskirts of London. The event takes as its provocation the New [Socialist] Village project featured at the British Pavilion for the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale, and currently being exhibited at RIBA London.

Comprising the thinktank is: Wouter Vanstiphout (Crimson); Beatrice Galilee (Lisbon Triennale/Domus/BBC), Finn Williams (Croydon Council/Commonoffice); Adam Scott (FreeState); Dr Paul Evans (UK Regeneration); and Levent Kerimol (GLA/DesignForLondon).

Thursday 14 March 6pm / Architectural Association

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Darryl Chen, 05 02 13


Offering architectural prozac for what could be a depressing month of february, Darryl Chen presents his picks this month as guest editor of the London Architecture Diary. Events swing from the bipolar extremes of global and local; natural and artificial; past and future; tasteful and well, less tasteful….

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Darryl Chen, 28 10 12


Darryl Chen will be speaking at the Stylus Trend Day on Thursday 8 November 2012. The event is a cross-disciplinary open discussion mining selected brains and charting future trends.

Stylus provides inspirational and informative research and relates it to prevailing consumer trends, acting as a catalyst to push the design industries to new levels. How companies apply this to their brands and product categories will change the game forever.

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Liam Young, 17 10 12


Liam Young of Tomorrows Thoughts Today will be speaking at Design Debates: How Much Design can we Digest for Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven, NL on Thursday 25th October. Also speaking will be Tracy Metz, William Myers of MOMA, and David Heltz of Connecting the Dots magazine.

Sustainability, an emerging energy crisis or a better-distributed economy: wicked problems, which do not have a one-answer solution. How can designers contribute? During the Dutch Design Week designers not only present aesthetically appealing, functional or innovative products, but also products for the mind, systems for social innovations and cross disciplinary projects that involve biology or physics. This explorative approach isn’t always easy to digest.

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Liam Young, 17 10 12


Liam Young of Tomorrows Thoughts Today will be speaking at SUPERSTADT! (supercity) UTOPIA! UTOPIA! A symposium on the Future City in Linz, Austria on Thursday October 18th. You can watch the event live at Dorf TV. Also speaking will be Chicks on Speed, Red Park,  AMID CERO9 and many more. Curated by Sabine Pollak. 

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Darryl Chen, 26 08 12


Darryl Chen, of Tomorrow’s Thoughts Today, in association with Hawkins\Brown, will unveil the New [Socialist] Village project to the public when the Venice Architecture Biennale opens its doors to the public on wednesday 29 September. Darryl was selected with 9 others to present ‘new ideas to change British Architecture’ for the British Pavilion, curated by Vicky Richardson and Vanessa Norwood.

Here’s a sneak peek of the two pieces to be exhibited: a 5-metre long scroll, taking inspiration from a renowned Song Dynasty masterpiece; and a mass-produced propaganda book. If you’re going to be in Venice, come down to the pavilion to collect your copy!

Darryl’s Venice tweet feed @darrylchen.

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Liam Young, 25 06 12


Join Tomorrows Thoughts Today’s Liam Young and Liquid Factory’s Kate Davies and their nomadic design group Unknown Fields Division as they take up temporary residence at Headlands Centre for the Arts, an ex military base just across the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Employing contemporary surveillance technology to map the post-militarized Marin Headlands, the group will hack the landscape to imagine extraordinary futures.

Collaborators assembled from the worlds of art, architecture, and technology will guide sorties across diverse local terrains. Laser-scan forests using hi-res, long range optics; deploy infrared night vision cameras to peer through the mist; and build a fleet of drones to map from above. In these shifting fields of nature and artifice, participants will re-examine preservationist attitudes toward the natural world, the ecologically fragile, and the technologically obsolete.

Joining us will be collaborators including ScanLab, Geoff Manuagh, Nicola Twilley and many more. The program runs from September 7-September 12, 2012. The deadline for applications is July 17th. See the website for more details.

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Liam Young, 11 06 12


MU, Eindhoven.
Saturday June 16 start at 8 pm
Sunday June 17 start at 11 am
Free entrance or watch the live stream here

UNDER TOMORROWS SKY is a project by Liam Young of Tomorrows Thoughts Today opening in August at MU art space, Eindhoven. Liam has assembled a think tank of mad scientists, literary astronauts, digital poets, speculative gamers, mavericks, visionaries and luminaries to collectively author a proposal for a future city- an imaginary urbanism, the landscapes that surround it and the stories it contains. On Saturday June 16 and Sunday June 17 the think tank will be coming together in physical space at MU but also in virtual space for a weekend of public presentations, discussions and workshops. Come behind the scenes as we open up the design process of the speculative city and expose the deliberations of the Under Tomorrows Sky think tank. See the work in progress and join us to debate the social, cultural, ethical and environmental consequences of emerging technologies.

At 8 pm on Saturday June 16th the members of the think tank will introduce themselves and present a series of wondrous visions of the future based on their own research or projects. On the following Sunday June 17 from 11am the group will get together for an open day of discussions, design workshops and live sketching as they begin to give shape to their city Under Tomorrows Sky. Eavesdrop on the conversations, take part in the debates on what the future city may be and contribute to the discussions on why such speculations on tomorrow may be of critical importance for today.

Joining Liam Young live at MU will be science fiction author and futurist Bruce Sterling, comic author, novelist and screenwriter Warren Ellis, synthetic biologist Rachel Armstrong, journalist, author and editor of Arc, New Scientist’s science fiction quarterly, Simon Ings, live sketching from Paul Duffield and many more.

The exhibition Under Tomorrow’s Sky will open on August 10 at MU. See www.undertomorrowssky.com and www.mu.nl for further updates.

[Image credit Paul Duffield ]

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Liam Young, 26 04 12


Singing Sentinels, a new exhibition from Liam Young of  Tomorrows Thoughts Today will be opening at Mediamatic Gallery in Amsterdam from 26th April.

Coal miners once hammered rock with twittering canaries living beside them, their changing song a warning alarm for a dangerous gas leak. These living sensors watched over us and kept us safe. For the fifth New Order show, London-based architect Liam Young explores a future scenario where bio-engineered birds once again monitor the air for us. 80 live birds will be introduced into the gallery as an ecological warning system, living in the space and providing audible feedback on the state of the atmosphere. Across the course of the exhibition pollution DJs will alter the air of the gallery in line with the predicted atmospheric composition of the post-carbon world. You will experience an accelerated atmospheric change and listen to the canary song subtly shift, as they sing an elegy for a changing planet. You can watch a film of one of the performances here.

Come and wander the augmented aviary of new order. With binoculars and your Birdwatchers Guidebook to Toxicity Sentinels you will be able to spot these specimens of unnatural history. Spy, high up on the rafters the green throated coal gull, bioengineered to be sensitive to increased levels of CO2. Track the infrared canaries of the Amsterdam Archaeology Institute as they scan the ground for the echoes of lost cities, see the luminescent plumage of the Roseshift Canaries as they fan their tails and sing sharply in the presence of dangerous Nitrous Oxide. Sit in the engineered ecology, watch the birds fly past and listen to their live song, a requiem for the new world order.

As a spinoff from the exhibition a new book “The Field Guide to the Singing Sentinels: A Birdwatcher’s Companion” is now availible. Co written by Liam Young, Geoff Manuagh and Tim Maly and with illustrations by comic artist Paul Duffield the field guide is a catalogue of these specimens of unnatural history including descriptions, behaviours and helpful tips for future sightings. You can see an excerpt and purchase your copy of the limited edition book online here.

[Illustration of the Red Radar by Paul Duffield]

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Liam Young, 14 11 11


Tomorrows Thoughts Today’s Liam Young will be speaking in San Francisco at the California College for the Arts, Nov 14th 7:00pm. Liam will be taking the audience on a walk through the near future wilderness with his storytelling performance titled ‘A Field Guide to the Landscapes of Technology’. The event is in association with the Headlands Centre for the Arts where Liam is the inagural artist in residence for the Architecture and Environments programme.

 

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Liam Young, 21 09 11


Liam YOung will be presenting on September 21st as part of Young London: The Best Design of 2011 at the Gopher Hole in London.

“The Gopher Hole and Anna Bates have selected the best projects of the year by some of the most talented young designers in London. Each studio will have 10 minutes to present their work and discuss their ideas. Speakers include architects, graphic designers, product designers and many people who work across disciplines from all over the city.”

Reserve your free seats: rsvp@holygopher.com

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Liam Young, 19 09 11


On the 20th September Liam Young will be presenting as part of the Velux London Design Festival Debate curated around the question “Is planning essential in delivering the green agenda?”

“When architects so often claim to be interested in environmental issues and sustainability, why do buildings consume so much energy? Is architecture not sufficiently skilled to deliver the green design, or is the whole planning process detrimental to the cause? The government has now drafted a National Planning Policy Framework to make the planning system less complex and more accessible, and to promote sustainable growth. With this document in consultation, it is time to question athe role of planning in promoting green issues.”

Liam will be discussing the archaeology of ecotopias and ideal communities to explore how we have arrived at our contemporary positions on sustainability.

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Liam Young, 13 09 11


Liam Young, of Tomorrows Thoughts Today, will be giving a lecture at the MU gallery in Eindhoven to accompany our Circus Babylon exhibition curated by Lukas Feireiss. Entrance is free and the event will kick off at 8:00pm 15th September in the gallery space. Details are here. Liam will also be on hand earlier in the afternoon to talk through the Landscapes of Unnatural History installation (see fast thoughts). The event will be titled ‘A field Guide to the Landscapes of technology’ and will be a virtual walking tour through a stranger than truth history of Nature, touring roman mythology, medieval bestiaries, zoological hoaxes, travelling menageries, imaginary plants, Galapagonian invasive species, Australian supermines, japanese anime and fictional biotechnological mutants.

image credit- Nausicaa dir. Hayao Miyazaki

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Liam Young, 29 08 11


Liam Young will be speaking in New York on Sept 1st for Studio-X’s Landscape Futures Night School. Geoff Manaugh and Nicola Twilley have taken over as co-coordinators of the Studio and have just announced the first few events of what is sure to be an expansive new program. First up on the 1st Sept at 12.30pm will be a live public interview with Deborah Estrin, director of the Center for Embedded Network Sensing at UCLA and to follow will be the first of their Night School formats begining at 6pm. As Geoff outlines “Following Liam’s presentation of his work, I’ll be engaging with him in a public conversation, whiteboard brainstorm, and armchair journey around the world, exploring fieldwork as a form of research, the role of the sketchbook, the importance of narrative in architectural design, and the architect as investigative traveler. Expect to hear about everything from Australian kangaroo culls and the control of invasive species to conflict metals, the open-pit gold mine as designed landscapes, and the difficulties of piloting a boat up the Congo.” You must RSVP if you would like to attend: studioxnyc AT gmail DOT com.

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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

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UNKNOWN FIELDS INTRO By LIAM YOUNG and KATE DAVIES

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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.

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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]

 

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Liam Young, 09 04 11


This weekend the music and arts festival DAZED LIVE run by DAZED and CONFUSED magazine will  be hosting an exhibition titled ‘A Celebration of the City through Self-Publishing’. The show includes a history of self-publishing from the 60s underground magazine OZ and the punk fanzines of the 1970s, to the London and New York mail art dialogue from VILE magazine and Ray Johnson, and zines that have evolved into publications such as ‘Sup and Art Rocker. Included in the exhibition is the latest series of Tomorrows Thoughts Today’s self published Projects including “Where the Grass is Greener- Postcards from a Sustainable Future”, Specimens of Unnatural History: ANear Future Bestiary vol.1″ and the “Imaginarium- A catalogue of Speculative Specimens”.  TTT also contributed to a radio show discussing the future of self publishing in the age of transmedia. You can listen to it on dazed lize’s mixcloud channel here.

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Darryl Chen, 23 03 11


Darryl Chen and Liam Young have been invited to a panel of emerging practices to discuss how ‘the emerging generation is changing the practice of architecture”. The event at the Gopher Hole this thursday 24 March is organised by RIBA’s Building Futures thinktank who have recently published a document about the future of the profession. Joining TTT on the evening will be Aberrant Architecture, Feilden Fowles, Ple architecture, Feix&Merlin, The Assembly and Greyworld.

TTT’s model of a thinktank as a legitimate model of design practice short-circuits the traditional client-architect relationship in order to be free to explore the consequences of fantastic, perverse and underrated urbanisms. We reject the notion of the competition as an effective means of producing and disseminating work, instead self-initiating projects that explore social and technological phenomena with all the critical tools of design. We exist as a nexus among a cloud of specialists whom we work with on demand. These specialists include interaction designers, technologists, programmers, animators, fiction authors, scientists, policy writers, business consultants, and you!

Gopher Hole, 350-354 Old Street EC1V 9NQ
Thursday 24 March 2011 7.00pm

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Liam Young, 01 03 11


At 6.45pm Thursday 3rd March Liam Young will be speaking as part of the London Southbank’s OS3 talk series titled ‘Maverick Practices’. 

The third OS lecture series seeks to bring together a diversity of individuals, discourses and practices that explore the limits and boundaries of both their practice and their practices as a designer whilst proposing new paradigms for the future. The individuals contributing to the series have all contributed to expand and stretch traditional definitions of their subject. The term ‘Maverick’ is not understood to be merely as an individual who does not conform but as a powerful agent for change and transformation. Past presenters include AMID* Cero9, Didier Faustino, Dunne and Raby, Peter Cook etc…

Liam will be expanding on his 2010 Venice Biennale presentation ‘Robot Monsters!’. The event is held in the Event Theatre, The keyworth Centre London Soutbank University.

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Liam Young, 14 02 11


Last month Tomorrows Thoughts Today’s Liam Young was invited to be a part of BLDGBLOG’s Landscape Futures Super Workshop in LA. Foreshadowing further collaborations the event brought together the protagonists in Geoff Manuagh’s upcoming exhibition at the Nevada Museum of Art titled Landscape Futures: Instruments, Devices, and Architectural Inventions. Through the Super Workshop the typically insulated curatorial process has been exploded into an organised series of landscape reconnaissance expeditions, recorded conversations, lectures and student presentations. The workshop and its themes have been explored in two interesting articles here in Domus and Wired magazine and feature illustrations by Liam Young and Tomorrows Thoughts Today.

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Liam Young, 21 11 10


On November 26th Tomorrows Thoughts Today’s Liam Young and BLDGBLOG’s Geoff Manaugh will be coordinating the next installment of their Thrilling Wonder Stories series at the Architectural Association in London. The event will also be streamed live online here from 1pm – 8pm GMT.

We have always regaled ourselves with speculative stories of a day yet to come. In the polemic visions of Thrilling Wonder Stories we furnish the fictional spaces of tomorrow with objects and ideas that at the same time chronicle the contradictions, inconsistencies, flaws and frailties of the everyday. Slipping suggestively between the real and the imagined they offer a distanced view from which to survey the consequences of various social, environmental and technological scenarios. Thrilling Wonder Stories 2 gathers an ensemble of mad scientists, literary astronauts, digital poets, speculative gamers, mavericks, visionaries and luminaries to spin stories of wondrous possibilities or dark cautionary tales.

The TWS2 lineup includes…

COUNTERFEIT ARCHAEOLOGIES
Dunne and Raby [Design Provocateurs]
Gavin Rothery [Concept artist for the film Moon]
Paul Duffield [Artist and Author of Freakangels and Signal comics]

APOCALYPTIC VISIONS
Antony Johnston [Author of the post-apocalyptic graphic novel series Wasteland and Daredevil comics]
Splash Damage [Designers of the Ark, the war stricken floating refugee city from the game Brink]
Johnny Hardstaff [Filmmaker and designer for Ridley Scott Associates]

CAUTIONARY TALES
Will Self [Author of The Book of Dave, Psychogeography and Walking Through Hollywood]
Geoff Manaugh + Nicola Twilley [Founders of BLDGBLOG, Edible Geography and Future Plural]
Joep Van Lieshout [Founder of Atelier Van Lieshout and the speculative free state of AVL Ville]

NEAR FUTURES
BERG London [Technologists, Futurists and RFID magicians]
Rachel Armstrong [Biotechnology and Sci Fi Squishiness]
The Why Factory [Urban futures think tank]

ALTERNATIVE PRESENTS
Ant Farm [Architectural super group and counter culture heroes]
Jeff VanderMeer [Author of the fantasy novels City of Saints and Madmen and Finch]
Alex Rutterford [Motion graphics filmmaker, designer and director for Warp records and RSA films]

Also Featuring…
+ Xbox Kinect full body gaming with pre release demonstration of Ubisoft’s groundbreaking Children of Eden and discussion with Julian Gerighty and Jorg Tittel
+ live musical accompaniment from the melodramatic folk ensemble  ‘Plaster of Paris’  

Thrilling Wonder Stories 2 follows last years event that featured Francois Roche, Peter Cook, Viktor Antonov, Warren ellis, Squint Opera, Ian Macleod and Jim Roosignol. You can watch the event in the online archive here.

Both events will be novelised as a collection of illustrated future fictions to be launched with Thrilling Wonder Stories 3 in November 2011.

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Liam Young, 24 08 10


Liam Young from Tomorrows Thoughts Today will be at the Venice Biennale this week presenting at a series of events as part of Beyond Entropy: When Energy Becomes Form. He will be giving a lecture titled ROBOT MONSTERS at 6.00pm 26th august and participating in the symposium from 11am-11pm on 27th August. Other speakers include Ricardo de Ostos, Tobias Klien on the 26th and Stefano Boeri, Charles Jencks, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Ricky Burdett and many more for the symposium. The event is held in the Fondazione Giorgio Cini located on the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore, across the Canal from St. Mark’s square. Then from 3.00pm on the 28th Liam will be giving a tour of the Australian and British pavilions at the biennale.

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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.

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Darryl Chen, 17 05 10


Here are some pictures of the MBL.MTN from the recent Cities Methodologies exhibition run by Urban Laboratory.

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Darryl Chen, 29 04 10


Darryl Chen will be exhibiting the MBL.MTN project at the Cities Methodologies exhibition. Organized by the Urban Lab, the interdisciplinary endeavour draws together urban research from across UCL’s faculties including the Bartlett and the Slade School of Fine Art. A series of talks and workshops will accompany the exhibition. Full programme can be found here. Stop in and say hi!

Launch party 18.30 Wednesday 5 May 2010

Exhibition open until 7 May 2010

Slade Research Centre, UCL, Woburn Square, London WC1H 0AB

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Darryl Chen, 24 04 10


TTT’s “Where The Grass is Greener” project  – singled out for its “erotic spatial possibilities of the accumulation of trash” – features in Cristina Goberna Pesudo‘s article on LA Superfront’s Unplanned exhibition. The article “The Architectural Agonism of the Unplanned, a Play in Ten Acts” can be found on Domus Web here.

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Darryl Chen, 05 04 10


Tomorrow’sThoughtsToday’s Darryl Chen will be speaking at the Belfast Exposed Gallery as part of their  Exchange Mechanism programme. Raimi Gbadamosi is curating the progressive gallery’s latest “installation” effectively transforming the gallery space into “free public space in which the only currency is knowledge, imagination and the exchange of ideas”. Darryl will be speaking at “The Spaces In Between: resolving conflict through urban design” addressing the issues of risk, liberty and control in relation to our public space and life. The entire programme of events can be downloaded here. (more…)

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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?”

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Darryl Chen, 27 01 10


TTT will be exhibiting at LA’s Superfront Gallery 25 March through to 2 July in a new exhibition entitled Unplanned: Research and Experiments at the Urban Scale. Among other globally sourced artist/architect/think tanks exhibiting projects are Inaba and Salottobuono.

A group exhibit with more than twenty participants, “Unplanned” spans architecture, urban design, industrial design, conceptual art, and cartography to present an array of experimental work at the urban scale. Multi-disciplinary practitioners address emergent urbanism, “wild building”, and other alternatives to conventional urban planning.

Opening Reception Thursday March 25, 2010 5PM – 8PM
Pacific Design Center (PDC) Suite B208 | West Hollywood, CA | 90069

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Darryl Chen, 27 11 09


TTT has been selected as an Associated Partner for the upcoming Europe-wide Art Festival Exchange Radical Moments! Organized by Austrian kollectiv, Die Fabrikanten, the format will encourage interdisciplinary projects that explore the nature of contemporary Europe and will culminate on 11.11.2011 as a moment of simultaneous fruition. Featured participants include Gabriela Gerber and Lukas Bardill; Scott Bunham; Owen Mundy and Juliane Stiegele. Download the promotional magazine here. (more…)

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Liam Young, 22 11 09


On Wednesday 25th November Liam Young from Tomorrow’s Thoughts Today will be hosting the UK launch of BIG’s archicomic ‘Yes Is More’ at the Architectural Association. The book is an architecture monograph rendered as a cartoon strip with director Bjarke Ingels cast as comic superhero as he bounds through the bash, zap, pow bubbles of BIG’s kinky constructions. Duelling with the ‘Arch’ villains of planning regulators, developers and the gloom of global recession the spirited Bjarke always seems to win the day,  squeezing humour from bureaucracy and spinning tall tales of wide eyed optimism and poptastic manifestos of yes yes yes.   The event kicks off at 7pm with a lecture from Bjarke Ingels followed by discussion and a FREE bar. The book will be on sale for a special launch price and the whole gig is open to the public. A video of the event will be archived online here later in the week.

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Liam Young, 05 11 09


Liam Young from Tomorrows Thoughts Today is curating an exhibition and lecture on the work by the maverick ‘architect’ Mas Yendo.

Salvaged from the wreckage, Mas’ artifacts are evidence of a near future where labyrinthine, steel filaments mesh together like roots of an overgrown tree, mechanical elements bulge from decrepit structures, naked pipes wrap around each other in bondage. Loose wires, rusted steel panels, chipped paint, layered walls and the assimilation of organic entity and machine capture the essence of this city. Born in 1957 in Tokyo, Japan, his experimental works have been compiled in his monograph Ironic Diversions, published by Springer/Wien through Lebbeus Woods’  Research Institute of Experimental Architecture. He currently lives and works in New York City.

The exhibition titled E-X PROSTHESIS will be a collection of his extraordinary objects made from hacked military model kits and accompanying graphite drawings. Mas will give a lecture at 6.30 in the UCL Darwin lecture theater before opening the exhibition in the Bartlett School of Architecture Lobby Gallery.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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Liam Young, 22 09 09


If you’re in London this Wednesday 23rd September Liam Young will be speaking at the Launch for the first issue of the Bookazine Beyond: Short Stories on the Post Contemporary. The first volume is themed Scenarios and Speculations and includes contributions from Bruce Sterling, SuperStudio, Wes Jones, Aaron Betsky, Sam Jacob, Shumon Basar and many more. The event will begin with a presentation on Urban Fictions by Colin Fournier followed by a roundtable discussion with Liam Young, Sam Jacob and book editor Pedro Gadanho. (more…)

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Darryl Chen, 13 09 09


The Power of 8 project will be a featured partner of this year’s London Design Festival. London’s premier platform for showcasing design talent, the festival will run between 19 – 27 September in venues across the city, including the 22 Sep Power of 8 private view.

Meanwhile, the Power of 8 exhibition is gathering momentum. Long round table discussions, pinboard workshops and public events have given way to recircuiting, hacking, rendering and prototyping. The latest description of the emerging work is “a proposal for an alternate, augmented ecosystem”. Yeah, we can dig that.

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Liam Young, 16 07 09


The work from the students of Liam Young (Tomorrows Thoughts Today) and Kate Davies’ (liquidfactory) design unit 7 ‘Necessary Monsters’ is being exhibited at the Architectural Associations projects review , 36 Bedford Sq London until July 25th.  (We are the glowing room just beyond the terrace) Those of you not in London can see the work by following the links to intermediate 7 in the online exhibition.  Read on for a full studio and project description.

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Liam Young, 05 07 09


I have helped to organise Geoff Manaugh’s BLDGBLOG book launch which will be held at the Architectural Association on Tuesday 7th July 6-8pm. The event is free and open to the public.  Come along a bit earlier as the AA Projects Review exhibition is also running at the same time. The whole building is filled with all manner of architectural wonders. I run Intermediate Unit 7 here so pop in and check out the work.

Top photo by Valerie Bennett.

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Liam Young, 28 06 09


The work from Unit 6, Liam Young and Paolo Zaide’s design studio at the Bartlett, will be on show from from the 27th June to the 4th July at the Bartlett Summer Show. The exhibition is the annual celebration of work at the Bartlett School of Architecture. Over 450 students show drawings, models, devices, texts, animations and installations. The show is in the Slade Gallery on Gower St, London WC1.

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Liam Young, 19 05 09


Tomorrows Thoughts Todays Liam Young and Geoff Manaugh from BLDGBLOG are curating a symposium on Science Fiction and Architecture on May 29th 11am – 6pm. at the Architectural Association in London.

The event is free so come one come all. If you are outside of London the event will be streamed live online on the AA website.

Speakers include

Geoff Manaugh (Chair)
Journalist, Commentator, Author. Founder of blog BLDGBLOG
Vicktor Antonov
Art Director for game ‘Half Life 2’ and Production Designer for film ‘Rennaissance’.
Francois Roche and Stephanie Lavaux
R&Sie architects Paris.
Warren Ellis
Comic author. Creator of ‘Transmetropolitan’ and ‘Fell’, writer for Marvel and DC comics.
Ian Macleod
Science Fiction Novelist. Winner of 2009 Arthur C. Clarke Award for Science Fiction
Archigram- Peter Cook/Dennis Crompton
Seminal visionary architecture group
Squint Opera
Film and media production studio.
Jim Rossignol
Gaming author and journalist.
Nic Clear
Editor of ‘Architectures of the Near Future: Architectural Design’ and Bartlett U15 tutor

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Liam Young, 01 04 09


Liam Young and Tomorrows Thoughts Today will be showing a selection of project prints at the FUTURE.city.past.FORWARD exhibition in the d3 gallery in Brooklyn New York from April 11 – May 3, 2009. The exhibition features work in art, architecture, interior design, industrial design, and graphics that expresses futurism at various scales and from emerging perspectives.

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Liam Young, 04 03 09


An Exhibition of the work of Intermediate Studio 7 run by Tomorrows Thoughts Today’s Liam Young and Kate Davies from Liquid Factory will be opening Friday 26th February in the Architectural Association’s Back members room. The exhibition titled ‘Where the Wild Things Are…’ will run until the 27th March. Update: Exhibition photos have been added below. (more…)