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Date & Time

Thursday, October 24, 2019
7:00 PM

Location

Logan Center, Screening Room 201

Admission

Free, but space is limited.

Contact

Arts and Science Intiative

jmlemon@uchicago.edu

Description

Liam Young—Speculative Architect
The Arts, Science + Culture Initiative, Film Studies Center, and the Department of Cinema and Media Studies are pleased to present a public screening and performance lecture by speculative architect Liam Young. In this talk and film screening, Young presents works that move among the realms of architecture, film, and fiction. By merging documentary footage taken on expeditions around the world with fragments of speculative narratives, Young produces a vision of what he describes as an "exaggerated present." In this visually provocative and powerful medium and using the fluency of language that comes from storytelling, Young explores the complexity of cities and the influence of new technologies and networks on space, culture, and community.
 
Young is an Australian-born architect. He is founder of the think tank Tomorrow’s Thoughts Today, a group whose work explores the possibilities of fantastic, speculative and imaginary urbanisms. Building his design fictions from the realities of present, Young also co-runs the Unknown Fields Division, a nomadic research studio that travels on location shoots and expeditions to the ends of the earth to document emerging trends and uncover the weak signals of possible futures. He has been acclaimed in both mainstream and architectural media, including the BBC, Wired, Guardian, and Dazed and Confused and his work has been collected by institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum.