Opening 30 March 2017, 6.30pm
Arthur Ross Architecture Gallery
Columbia University, US
Where the City Can’t See (2016), a film by artist Liam Young commissioned by AND, will be showing as part of New Romance, Young’s first ever US solo exhibition at The Arthur Ross Architecture Gallery, Columbia University.
Where the City Can’t See premiered in November 2016 at the AND event The Invisible City in St.Helens (UK), and will now tour screening and exhibition events around the world. The New Romance exhibition also features two other recently completed film projects – In the Robot Skies (2016) and the debut of Renderlands (2017) – as well as a selection of props, materials and research that helped shape the fictional worlds encompassed in each film.
From New Romance Press Release:
“While storytelling, documentary film and multimedia performance have been central to Young’s practice, the exhibition reveals his emerging engagement with narrative film as an architectural medium and his ground-breaking experimentation with new technologies as cinematic tools. 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 fictions unfold. Harnessing technologies of visualization and narrative to craft urban imaginaries, the trio of films expand our understanding of how architectural design can uncover possible futures.”
Directed by speculative architect Liam Young and written by fiction author Tim Maughan and designed ‘Where the City Can’t See’ is the world’s first narrative fiction film shot entirely with laser scanners. The computer vision systems of driverless cars goggle maps, urban management systems and CCTV surveillance are now fundamentally reshaping urban experience and the cultures of our city.
Where the City Can’t See is commissioned by Abandon Normal Devices, St Helens Heart of Glass and University of Salford Art Collection.
Produced by Liam Young and Abandon Normal Devices, with support from Forestry Commission England’s Forest Art Works and supported using public funding by Arts Council England.