A&D Alumni Hosts Future States at Semi Permanent 2017
Daily at 11am
- When 25 May - 27 May 2017
245 Wilson St, Eveleigh NSW 2015
Celebrating 15 years of inspiration the 2017 edition of creative enterprise talkfest Semi Permanent – Design for Change opens this month with a bang.
Critically acclaimed activist director Oliver Stone will speak at this three-day festival along with Elizabeth Ann McGregor (Director, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia), Meirion Pritchard (Design Director of Nike), Katherine Keating (Publisher of VICE Impact), Jacqueline Bourke (Creative Insights Manager at Getty Images), Paul Stafford (Co-founder and CEO of London’s Design Studio), as well as creative directors from Google, Netflix, Pixar, and Amazon.
As part of this extraordinary line up of creative talent discussing and debating the challenges of contemporary life will be UNSW Art & Design graduate Gemma O’Brien. O’Brien has made an international name for herself working as an artist and illustrator for The New York Times, Smirnoff, Fuel VFX, Toby & Pete, and Animal Logic.
O’Brien’s presence forms part of Semi Permanent’s Future State panel series, where speakers and audiences consider three major contemporary issues: the functionality and design of world cities; the impact of immersive storytelling for film and television; and the future impact of artificial intelligence.
As chair for each of these discussions, O’Brien will navigate the subjects with recognised industry leaders including; Aidan Sarsfield from Animal Logic, Leo Faber from Badfaith, and Tarik Abdel-Gawad from Google.
According to Murray Bell, the Director of Semi Permanent, Future State explores “pivotal themes” occupying the minds of creative professionals globally. As a participant, he says, “you will learn how to create with global empathy for different cultures in an ever-changing marketplace, how to rebrand travel, sports media and e-commerce, how to build confidence in presenting your ideas, and so much more… It’s all about inspiring and enabling.”