08 March 2017
The Arthur Ross Architecture Gallery at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (Columbia GSAPP) presents Liam Young: New Romance, the first U.S. solo exhibition of speculative architect, artist, and filmmaker Liam Young. Presenting three new short fiction films—In the Robot Skies (2016), Where the City Can’t See (2016), and the debut of Renderlands (2017)—the exhibition charts Young’s recent explorations of cinematic narrative as a form of architectural representation and design. Liam Young: New Romance is on view at the Ross Gallery in Buell Hall, Columbia University, from March 30 through June 9, 2017.
Thursday, March 30
6:30pm, Wood Auditorum, Avery Hall
Panel Discussion with Liam Young, Cristina Goberna (Fake Industries, Columbia GSAPP Adjunct Professor), Julia Kaganskiy (NEW INC), Tim Maughan (author and journalist), and Irene Sunwoo (Columbia GSAPP Director of Exhibitions).
7:30pm, Ross Gallery, Buell Hall
Friday, March 31
7:00pm, e-flux, 311 E. Broadway, NYC
I Spy with my Machine Eye, audio-visual performance by Liam Young
The three films are screened on a loop in a purpose-built cinema inside the gallery. The installation also includes specialized props developed by Young, as well as materials and research that helped shape the fictional worlds encompassed in each film.
Liam Young has emerged as one of the most distinctive and adventurous voices in contemporary architecture. At the core of his multidisciplinary practice is a continuous interrogation of the present realities of cities. Through research expeditions, documentary film and photography, storytelling, and performance he extrapolates and exaggerates existing networks, systems, and technologies to imagine possible future urbanisms. The exhibition reveals Young’s emerging engagement with narrative film—and in particular world building, the design of a cinematic universe in which a narrative evolves—as an architectural medium. The exhibited films also demonstrate his ground-breaking experimentation with new technologies. Young deploys autonomous drones (In the Robot Skies), manipulates laser scanning and data (Where the City Can’t See), and mines the digital detritus of the global industry of outsourced renderings (Renderlands) to create new worlds where speculative scenarios unfold. Harnessing fiction and visualization technologies to craft urban imaginaries, the trio of films expand our understanding of how architectural design can uncover potential urban futures.