drone, Lian Young, In the robot skies
Saturday 27 May 2017 - 19:00
Strelka Institute, 14 Bersenevskaya embankment, bldg.5a, Moscow

On 27 May 2017, Moscow's Strelka Institute will host a seminar called "Unexpected perspective: How to replace an operator with drone" with British film director and speculative architect Liam Young. The conductor will talk about how the artist's tools turn into objects of culture.

Speculative architect and founder of think tank Tomorrow Thought Today Liam Young comes to Moscow at the Beat Film Festival with a unique audio-visual performance In the Robot Skies – the world’s first narrative shot entirely through autonomous drones. The author explores the drone as a cultural object, not just as a new instrument of visual story telling but also as the catalyst for a new collection of urban sub cultures.

At the seminar Liam will hold an intimate talk and Q&A session to share his experience of combining various art forms and working in the spaces between design, fiction and futures. He will introduce the session with a discussion of a number of his recent projects.

The seminar will be conducted in English, no translation will be provided. Participation is free, but registration is required.

This event is organised with the support of the British Council in the framework of the UK-Russia Year of Science and Education 2017. 

Liam Young's audio-visual show In The Robos Skies will take place on 28 May 2017 at the Beat Film Festival.

Liam Young

Liam Young is speculative architect and founder of think tank Tomorrow Thought Today. His work explores the possibilities of fantastic, perverse and imaginary urbanism. He has consulted and conducted workshops on speculation, emerging technologies and future forecasting for firms including Phillips Technologies, BBC, the film industry and various arts and science organizations.

Liam Young is a tutor of the educational program ‘The New Normal’ at Strelka Institute. 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.

His projects include ‘Under Tomorrows Sky’ a science fiction movie set for a fictional future city: a swarm of quadcopter drones that drift through the city broadcasting a pirate internet and file sharing hub.

He also runs 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.