Schwindel der Wirklichkeit
BRAVE NEW NOW
A storytelling tour to places 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, is an independent urbanist, futurist, designer, critic, curator and founder of the think-tank Tomorrow’s Thoughts Today. He is based in London, when not on expeditions from the Ecuadoran Amazon and the Galapagos Islands to far north Alaska, the mining landscapes of the Australia Outback, the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone and Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan exploring unreal and forgotten landscapes, alien terrains, and obsolete ecologies. He fights against the torrent of professional conservatism in the urban and regeneration industries and seeks to revive dormant ideas as new sources of inspiration from para-disciplinary fields. These pursuits often lead to reappraisals of dysfunctional systems, engaging aspects of pop, pulp and the vulgar.
Liam Young (* 1979) is an architect who operates in the spaces between design, fiction and futures. With TTT he has consulted and conducted workshops on speculation, emerging technologies and future forecasting for firms including Arup- Drivers for Change, Phillips Technologies, BBC, the film industry and various arts and science organisations. His projects include ‘Under Tomorrows Sky’ a science fiction movie set for a fictional future city developed through collaborations with scientists and technologists and ‘Electronic Countermeasures’, a swarm of quadcopter drones that drift through the city broadcasting a pirate internet and file sharing hub.
He has also co founded the ‘Unknown Fields Division’, an award winning nomadic workshop that travels on annual expeditions to the ends of the earth to investigate unreal and forgotten landscapes, alien terrains and industrial ecologies. Unknown Fields have developed projects through expeditions from the Ecuadoran Amazon and the Galapagos Islands to far north Alaska, the mining landscapes of the Australia Outback, the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone and Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. He currently teaches at the Architectural Association in London and is visiting professor at Princeton University.
Liam also coordinates events and exhibitions including the multimedia series ‘Thrilling Wonder Stories: Speculative Futures for an Alternate Present’, was a curator of the 2013 Lisbon Architecture Triennale and is a contributing editor for ICON magazine. Liam’s projects develop fictional speculations as critical instruments to survey the consequences of emerging environmental and technological futures. His inherently collaborative design approach means his work is diverse in its scale and nature. He has been acclaimed in both mainstream and architectural media, including the BBC, NBC, Wired, Time, and Dazed and Confused.
Liam was named by Blueprint magazine as one of 25 people who will change architecture and design.
The adventure will be held in English.