Organised by Liam Young and Geoff Manaugh
Thrilling Wonder Stories 2: Stranger than Truth 1 of 5
Date: Friday 26 November 2010
Venue: Lecture Hall
We have always regaled ourselves with speculative stories of a day yet to come. In these polemic visions we furnish the fictional spaces of tomorrow 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.
Thrilling Wonder Stories gathers an ensemble of mad scientists, literary astronauts, digital poets, speculative gamers, mavericks, visionaries and luminaries to spin stories of wondrous possibilities or dark cautionary tales.
With introductions by Liam Young and Geoff Manaugh
Dunne and Raby [Design Provocateurs]; Gavin Rothery [Concept artist for the film Moon and Rockstar Game’s Grand Theft Auto]; Paul Duffield [Artist and Author of Freakangels and Signal comics]
Antony Johnston [Author of the post-apocalyptic graphic novel series Wasteland and Daredevil comics] [Designers of the Ark, the war stricken floating refugee city from the game Brink]; Splash Damage; Johnny Hardstaff [Filmmaker and designer for Ridley Scott Associates]
Will Self [Author of The Book of Dave, Psychogeography and Walking Through Hollywood]; Geoff Manaugh + Nicola Twilley [Founders of BLDGBLOG, Edible Geography and Future Plural]; Joep Van Lieshout [Founder of Atelier Van Lieshout and the speculative free state of AVL Ville]
BERG London [Technologists, Futurists and RFID magicians]; Rachel Armstrong [Biotechnology and Sci Fi Squishiness]; The Why Factory [Urban futures think tank]
Ant Farm [Architectural super group and counter-culture heroes]; Cedric Delsaux [Photographer of the Dark Lens series]; Jeff VanderMeer [Author of the fantasy novels City of Saints and Madmen and Finch]; SPOV [Motion graphics artists for Discovery channel’s Future Weapons and Project Earth]
Also Featuring …
+ Xbox Kinect full body gaming with pre release demonstration of Ubisoft’s groundbreaking Children of Eden and discussion with Julian Gerighty and Jorg Tittel
+ live musical accompaniment from the melodramatic folk ensemble ‘Plaster of Paris’
+ and lounge around in the pop-up AA Bookshop stocking titles from the fantastic future
And coming in 2011 THRILLING WONDER STORIES 3 tbc with Darren Aronofsky [director of Pi and Requiem for a Dream], Joseph Kosinski [director of Tron Legacy], Bruce Sterling [author/futurist], China Mieville [Science Fiction author], Daniel Dociu [games concept artist], Greg Lynn [architect Greg Lynn FORM], Ben Templesmith [ illustrator], Kevin Warwicker [cyborg], The Bristol Robotics Lab [robotic engineers] and many more
All lectures are open to members of the public, staff and students unless otherwise stated.