Nathan Su is a speculative designer who works between media and architecture. He is co-founder of Inferstudio – an interdisciplinary world building practice. Inferstudio works through film, image and writing to critically imagine and investigate risks and opportunities on our shared technological, cultural and environmental horizons. In recent years, Nathan has worked as a project coordinator for Forensic Architecture in London, UK, where his research focused on developing new tools and workflows for dynamic image and video analysis.
In 2017, Nathan’s short film ‘The Atlas of False Desires’ won ‘Best Short Film’ at the Sci-Fi London Film Festival. His short film and graduate thesis project ‘Through Leviathan’s Eyes’ (co-written with Bethany Edgoose) has been exhibited in Europe and the US and was a finalist for the ‘Rookies Film of the Year (VFX)’ awards and the CGArchitect (Student Film) awards.
In 2018 -19, he taught design unit Intermediate 3 at the Architectural Association (AA) in London with Nannette Jackowski and Ricardo deOstos. He also ran a media studies course in compositing and animation at the AA and has run workshops in media for the Bartlett, UCL (London), and Strelka’s New Normal Programme (Moscow).
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|AA Diploma (Hons), The Architectural Association School of Architecture (UK)|
|RIBA Part II, UK|
|RIBA Part I, UK|
|Bachelor of Environments (Dean’s Medal), University of Melbourne (Australia)|
|2019||Official Selection, Lift-Off Genre Labs - ‘Through Leviathan’s Eyes’|
|2019||Official Selection, Crystal Palace Film Festival - ‘Through Leviathan’s Eyes’|
|2018||Honourable Mention, LA Underground Film Forum - ‘Through Leviathan’s Eyes’|
|2018||Nominee, CGArchitect Awards (Student Film) - ‘Through Leviathan’s Eyes|
|2018||Finalist, Rookies Film of the Year (Visual Effects) - ‘Through Leviathan’s Eyes’|
|2017||Exhibitor, Storey - RIBA Late Series - ‘Through Leviathan’s Eyes’|
|2017||Exhibitor, Piran Days of Architecture Exhibition - ‘Through Leviathan’s Eyes’|
|2017||Silver Medal Nomination, RIBA President’s Medal - ‘Through Leviathan’s Eyes’|
|2017||Official Selection, Earls Court Film Festival - ‘The Atlas of False Desires’|
|2017||Best Short Film, Sci-Fi London - ‘The Atlas of False Desires’|
|2017||Honourable Mention, Fairytales, Blank Space - ‘Aisha’s Asylum’|
|2016||RIBA Wren Insurance Association Scholarship|
|2015||Grand Prize, Unbuilt Visions, D3 - ‘The Augurs of Slave Island’|
- Concept art for ‘Through Leviathan’s Eyes’ a speculative short film that is an optimistic glimpse into a world where reality is constructed collaboratively.
- Still from 'Through Leviathan's Eyes,' a non-narrative tour through a near-future condition of ‘cityness’ imagining a rewriting of technological priorities; turning the blinding drive for personalised reality into a truly mixed reality.
- Still from 'Through Leviathan's Eyes,' a film that examines the relationship between the physical city and it’s digital overlays; the city without its augmented reality layer is a codified scaffold, legible only to machines.
- Still from 'The Atlas of False Desires,' a film that tells the story of Desire Atlas - a ‘click-farm’ in India, who in 2020 are running a devious operation to manufacture trends through the strategic placement of fake content and viral followings in social media.
- Conceived as a ‘resilience training simulation’, this short animation was designed in collaboration with the Future Laboratory to accompany their annual Trend Briefing report.
- Considered across three scales, from person, to city, to nation, this animated essay examines ‘skin’ as media - Latin for ‘middle layer’ – and how in the media of today the layers and folds of what might be thought of as ‘one’ overlaps, pluralises, and merges.