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In Other Worlds. Day 2

Join concept designer for "Blade Runner 2049" and "Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare" Mike Hill, and concept designer for “Ghost in the Shell” and “Captain Marvel” Ash Thorp and film director and architect Liam Young for a series of talks about designing the worlds, vehicles and props of science fiction

This evening is part of The New Normal series of events at Strelka.

Our perception of the world is largely shaped through the mediums of fiction. In film, games and television we have always imagined alternative worlds as a way of understanding our own world in new ways. Across two evenings, “In Other Worlds” brings together an ensemble of directors, concept artists, animators and storytellers for an expedition through an atlas of imaginary worlds, fictional cities and speculative geographies.

On day 02 of “In Other Worlds” we take a ride into the future as we explore the tortured technologies and neon streets of "Ghost in the Shell" and "Blade Runner 2049". Speakers will discuss how they imagine tomorrows technologies and create the artefacts and atmospheres or our urban tomorrows.

  • 7pm–7:15pm — Intro by Liam Young
  • 7:15pm–7:45pm — Lecture by Mike Hill
  • 7:45pm–8:15pm — Lecture by Ash Thorp
  • 8:15pm–9:00pm — Discussion with speakers by Liam Young + Q&A
  • Break — change of set-up for screening
  • 9:30pm–10:15pm — Ash Thorp's short films


Mike Hill — concept designer, creative director. Mike Hill has developed his own speculative design company Mike Hill Design to develop props, vehicles and environments for films such as "Blade Runner 2049", the upcoming “Dune” and “Terminator New Dawn”, and the blockbuster video game “Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare”. Most recently Mike has developed the branding identity and environments for Netflix’s adult animation series “Love, Death and Robots”.

Ash Thorpconcept designer for film and game, illustrator, art-director, founder of ALT Creative, Inc. Ash Thorp has developed art direction for films such as “Ghost in the Shell”, “Captain Marvel” and created UI graphics and design content for “Alien: Prometheus”, “X-Men: First Class”, “Total Recall” and “Ender's Game”. Ash also pioneers new visual languages in his own animated short films.

Liam Young — film director, speculative architect, founder of the Urban Futures think tank Tomorrows Thoughts Today and the nomadic research studio Unknown Fields. Young is a director of Fiction and Entertainment masters program at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (Sci_Arc) in Los Angeles and a core visiting faculty at Strelka. Young builds worlds for film and television to explore and protype the future of the city. His projects explore the increasingly blurred boundaries between fiction, documentary and design.

This evening will introduce a series of The New Normal public events at Strelka marking the end of the three-year research program and think-tank. Curated by faculty, this series will investigate some of the core themes of the program, defining the new contemporary condition we call “the new normal”.

The lectures will be held in English, with simultaneous translation into Russian.

The New Normal event series is supported by Digital October.

For accreditation — pr@strelka.com.

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