Liam Young

Australia

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Described by the BBC as “the man designing our futures,” LA-based filmmaker and architect Liam Young creates surreal, speculative worlds based on unsettling truths about modern life. Operating in the space between reality and fiction, his works largely explore the global implications of new technologies and act as an urgent examination of the environmental crises threatening the planet. In 2020, Liam was commissioned by the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne to develop a piece for the NGV Triennial on the theme of climate change. We were utterly blown away by the result—a beautiful film titled “Planet City” illustrating the extreme measures humankind may have to take to combat rampant urbanization—and spoke to Liam about his exhaustive creative process. Liam is a BAFTA-nominated producer and has premiered work with platforms like Apple TV, Channel 4, SXSW, and The Royal Academy. On top of that, his work has been collected internationally by museums including MOMA, the Met, and the Victoria and Albert Museum. He’s also held guest professorships at Princeton University, MIT, and Cambridge and now runs the groundbreaking Masters in Fiction and Entertainment at SCI Arc in Los Angeles.

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Fictions are vessels for important ideas.