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APPEARANCE: London, 29 May 2009

Am speaking at the Architectural Association on May 29, as part of the Thrilling Wonder Stories: Speculative Futures For An Alternate Present symposium. (Here’s an alternative link if that one dies, thanks to Matt Jones.)

A symposium co-ordinated by Liam Young (AA INTER 7 / Tomorrow’s Thoughts Today) and Geoff Manaugh (BLDGBLOG)

’Everything is becoming science fiction. From the margins of an almost invisible literature has sprung the intact reality of the 20th century.’ J G Ballard

We have always regaled ourselves with speculative tales of a day yet to come. In these polemic visions we furnish the fictional spaces of the near future with objects and ideas that at the same time chronicle the contradictions, inconsistencies, flaws and frailties of the everyday. Slipping suggestively between the real and the imagined they offer a distanced view from which to survey the consequences of various social, environmental and technological scenarios.

In this symposium we will hear stories from such foreign fields as gaming, film, comics, animation, literature and art. These speculative practitioners present alternative models as test sites for the deployment of the wondrous possibilities or dark cautionary tales of our own architectural imaginings. And so we wander off the map to embark on a future safari into the brave new worlds that may evolve from our own. The symposium will be a collection of presentations, interviews and group discussions. The event will also be streamed live online.

Geoff Manaugh, (founder), journalist, commentator, author
Vicktor Antonov,
Art Director for game ‘Half Life 2’ and Production Designer for film ‘Rennaissance’.
Francois Roche and Stephanie Lavaux,
R&Sie architects Paris.
Warren Ellis,
comic author, creator of ‘Transmetropolitan’ and ‘Fell’, writer for Marvel and DC comics
Ian Macleod,
science fiction novelist, winner of 2009 Arthur C. Clarke Award for Science Fiction
Seminal visionary architecture group
Squint Opera,
Film and media production studio
Jim Rossignol,
Gaming author and journalist
Nic Clear, TBC-editor of ‘Architectures of the Near Future: Architectural Design’
Mark Tildsley, TBC-production designer for films ‘28days later’ and ‘Code 46’

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  1. Smiled when read the bit that says “The event will also be streamed live online.” Although, it’d be way better if attended. It’s a shame to be stuck in this hellhole called country, somewhere in South America.

  2. It’s possible to attend if you are not studying there? I cant find any admission form…

  3. Stephen G Stephen G

    So, uh, can us plebians go along to this, or d’you have to be a Fellow of the Architectural Association, or whatever?

  4. RMC RMC

    This sounds awesome. If I can make it to Londo by the end of next week, I’ll come along.

  5. To all those above. It’s free, open to the public and non-ticketed. Just show up. I intend to be early because I can’t think why it won’t be rammed to the gunwales.

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