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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, 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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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, 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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Darryl Chen, 10 05 09


In an unprecedented win for libertarians, urbanists and civic-minded people everywhere, CCTV was successfully banned from a major public space on London’s Southbank.  The area around London Eye and County Hall is one of the capital’s major tourist attractions and a potential target of terrorist attacks and minor public nuisance. However in what will be seen as a bold move that is inconsistent with policing strategies in other major public spaces, a CCTV camera last weekend was asked to dismount its surveillance equipment and to proceed quietly onto another destination. Security officials were unavailable for comment.

In the interests of public safety, TTT was able to secretly film the CCTV camera without its consent and monitor its subsequent actions to verify that security officials’ instructions had been followed.

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Darryl Chen, 18 04 09


One week in London witnessed three amazing urban spectacles – a feast for urban geeks that was not lost on us at TTT.

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