Sunday 28 May 2017 - 19:00
Moscow, KARO Oktyabr cinema hall

Premiere of Liam Young's audio-visual show about the history and future of drones  

From 25 May to 4 June the 8th International Festival on documentaries about the new culture Beat Film Festival will take place in Moscow. One of its the biggest events will be a futuristic, audio-visual show by a British director and controversial architect Liam Young In The Robot Skies, created in collaboration with a British musician and producer Forest Swords. The show was first presented at the London Film Festival.

The performance itself is a tale of the history of drone technology and ways of its democratisation. The basis of this unusual project is Young`s fantastic short film In The Robot Skies. It is the first movie ever to have been shot completely with pre-programmed drones. It is a love story set in a troubled area of London. According to Liam Young, he created a special algorithm, which allowed to program drones to behave in a cinematographic way, similar to the movements of a camera: panoramic shooting, zooming, general frames and close-ups.

The live show in Moscow is supported by the British Council within the framework of the UK-Russia Year of Science 2017.

The Show will be in English with Russian subtitles. Length – 1 hour.


Liam Young currently lives and works in London as an independent urbanist, designer and futurist. Liam was named by Blueprint magazine as one of 25 people who will change architecture and design in 2010. He is founder of the futures think tank Tomorrows Thoughts Today, a group whose projects explores the consequences of fantastic, perverse and speculative architectures and urbanisms. His projects develop fictional near-future scenarios as critical instruments to instigate debate about the social, architectural and political consequences of emerging biological and technological futures. Liam also curates events and exhibitions including the annual Thrilling Wonder Stories series and co produces the nomadic teaching studio the ‘Unknown Fields Division’ at the Architectural Association in London. Each year the division travels to extreme landscapes to explore the Unknown Fields between cultivation and nature and spin cautionary tales of a new kind of wilderness.

Forest Swords — a stage name of a British musical producer, composer and graphic designer Matthew Barnes, famous for his experiments in such musical genres as dub, hip-hop and trip-hop. His records were repeatedly included in the lists of the best music albums in The Guardian, Pitchfork, NME, Wire. Barnes cooperates and performs with such musicians as Lee "Scratch" Perry, Massive Attack, Young Fathers, How To Dress Well, Wild Beasts.     

Beat Film Festival

Beat Film Festival — an international festival of new documentaries about music and contemporary culture. Founded in 2010 as an independent cultural initiative, it grew into one of the biggest screenings of documentaries in Russia in eight years. The programme includes Russian premieres of the most notable films-participants of major international film festivals, parties and special events with directors, musicians and other representatives of modern culture.