Liam Young, 14 07 14

Loop, 60hz: Transmissions from the Drone Orchestra is an immersive live music and drone performance developed through a new collaboration between Tomorrows Thoughts Today’s Liam Young and musician John Cale, formerly of the Velvet Underground. 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. The performance will be stage across two nights in the Barbican Theatre in London. Tickets are selling out fast. You can purchase tickets here.

[Image credits: top- Piper Ferguson. Bottom- Jonathan Gales]




Liam Young, 10 02 14

At EYEO’s 2013 festival in Minneapolis Liam Young gave one of the closing kenote lectures. In a multimedia performance he takes the audience on 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.


Liam Young, 25 11 11

Tomorrow’s Thoughts Today’s Liam Young has been announced as the first recipient of San Francisco’s Headlands Art Centres ‘ new Architecture/Environment Artist in Residence award, supported in part by Seed Fund. Set in a refurbished Military base the residency focuses around ideas of the larger environment, sustainability, urban planning, architecture, land use and public space.

Liam’s residency will begin with a series of sorties through the surrounding landscape to survey the ecology and obsolete military technologies of the Marin Headlands. Large scale maps and drawings will form the basis for a series of small robotic installations and architectural prosthetics which will be installed on site as a new species of dynamic inhabitants, responding to the fluctuations and deviations of the surrounding landscape. Existing somewhere between biology and technology these delicate devices will imagine alternate strategies for intervening within natural systems. The residency will conclude with a series choreographed aerial robotic drone performances titled ‘Birds of Prey’ launched from the abandoned Nike missile silo sites. The residency will conclude in June with an intensive interdisciplinary design workshop and curated storytelling event in the surrounding woods.

Photography by Claus Langer