A one-day creative symposium of inspirational talks, experiments and live elements.
Curated by It’s Nice That.
Here brings together a vast array of the best practitioners and creative talent from the UK and abroad for a one-day, fast-paced festival of creativity. The speakers will be sharing their practice, process, ideas, and expertise with an emphasis on inspiration.
Registration starts at 8.30am. Speaker run from 9.40am to 6.15pm.
The French director, performer and experience designer is known for working with leading scientists and engineers to devise subversive events and performances. Once referred to as the “Willy Wonka of design and science” she’s on a mission to bring chaos, subversion and disorder to the scientific and design world. Nelly is the director of the International Space Orchestra in NASA Ames, visiting professor at the Architectural Association School of Architecture and lectures at Central Saint Martins and the Royal College of Art. She will talk about how she made the Space Orchestra project come to life, sharing the doubts and difficulties she faced as well as the optimism and excitement. She’ll also explore the element of performance within her practice and the value of “extreme field work.”
Comedic polymath Adam Buxton is a much-celebrated British writer, actor and director. Co-creator of the highly acclaimed The Adam & Joe Show, his creative partnership with Joe Cornish, spanning over a decade, has been showcased on Channel 4, Xfm, BBC 6 Music and E4. Adam presents a popular bi-monthly programme of innovative music videos, guests and internet commentary called BUG, which has also developed a cult following. Adam’s talk-cum-creative experiment will provide a lively overview of his musical and comedic talents, set to entertain and inspire the audience at Here. He’ll also be creating a brand new song live on stage, providing insight into his process.
The Spanish collective was founded in 2008 by directors Luis Cerveró, Nicolás Méndez and Lope Serrano in order to produce their own work under the umbrella label CANADA. The three directors work closely alongside producers Oscar Romagosa and Alba Barneda to produce commercials for international clients including Adidas and Sony. They also have an array of superb music videos under their belt for the likes of Justice, Battles and The Vaccines. Luis and Oscar will explain how they strive to achieve the perfect work-play balance, and reveal who and what they look to for inspiration. They’ll also talk about their constant quest for untapped treasure to help fuel new projects.
The multi-award-winning work of international stage and costumer designer Es Devlin spans a number of genres; from film and TV, to music, theatre and dance. Her expansive portfolio includes design for the major opera houses around the world, the MTV Europe Music Awards, a one-hour feature film collaboration with Nitin Sawhney and stage design for artists like Kanye West, Lady Gaga, Muse and Jay-Z. She also had the honour of designing the set for London’s Olympic Closing Ceremony in 2012. Es will be talking about the importance of imagination within her work, her reference material and how it informs the work she makes.
Influential British designer Wayne Hemingway boasts an illustrious career spanning over 30 years. Having set up Red or Dead with his wife and business partner Gerardine in the early 1980s, the couple went on to found HemingwayDesign, a multi-disciplinary design agency working across the arts. Their work includes a major award-winning housing project in Tyneside, curation of the official Queen’s Diamond Jubilee party in June 2012, their on-going Vintage festival, and the design for a new amusement park in Margate. Wayne will join us for a sprint through his 32 years in the industry, explaining how he forged his career, swapping formal design training for discos, gigs and jumble sales.
Award-winning 3D illustrator Sarah Illenberger defies convention with her genre-spanning work. Born in Munich, she studied at Central Saint Martins before establishing her studio in Berlin in 2007. Her playful work, which often uses everyday materials reapropriated into new forms, has an unmistakable handmade quality. Developing concepts for editorial as well as commercial clients, her work has graced the pages of Vogue and Creative Review, gaining her a far-reaching fan base. Sarah’s talk will explore her creative process and the development of ideas from everyday observations to fully-fledged design realisations. She’ll also touch on the mistakes that have formed successful self-initiated projects and how intuition and courage have helped carve out her career.
Erik Kessels is creative director of renowned communications agency KesselsKramer based in Amsterdam. Since 1996 Erik has been building an accomplished body of work for national and international clients, as well as pursuing personal projects. As an artist and photography enthusiast, Erik has published several books of his ‘collected’ images. He has also given lectures around the world and continues to write regular editorials for numerous international magazines. At Here Erik will share his inspirations, working methods and tips for letting your hobbies and passions influence your work. He’ll also talk about the importance of ideas, how it can be good to make mistakes and the beauty of storytelling.
Kate Moross has garnered widespread attention as a graphic artist and art director, and rightly so. Founder of Studio Moross, the 26-year-old London-based creative has a fascination for three-sided shapes, illegible typography, and freeform lettering. With an impressive array of clients including Nike, The Guardian and Nokia, her portfolio also boasts art direction and music videos for the likes of Jessie Ware and Simian Mobile Disco. Kate’s talk will focus on self-limitations and how they can often be the biggest inhibitors to a successful project or even a whole design career. She’ll look at ways of breaking down the illusion of creative and professional fear, and teach us how to improvise around it.
Mark Porter is a world-renowned editorial designer and former creative director of The Guardian, where he was responsible for the redesign of the newspaper and its award-winning website and mobile apps. In 2010 he set up Mark Porter Associates, a design agency working across print, web design and digital media for a high-profile list of international clients. At Here Mark will talk about his unorthodox route into the design world (he studied modern languages at Oxford) and the lessons he’s learnt along the way. He’ll give us a sneak peek into his working methods, how they’ve developed over the course of his career and look at what it means to be an editorial designer in 2013.
Joining us on behalf of our event partner is Laurie Pressman, vice-president of the Pantone Color Institute, the colour intelligence arm of Pantone devoted to colour research, consumer analysis, trend forecasting and colour education. Laurie also sits on the board at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology, the Fashion Advisory Board at Savannah College of Art and Design and acts as Vice-Chairman of the Standards Committee for the Color Marketing Group. Laurie’s talk will delve into the impact of colour within design, charting historic trends, providing insight into our emotional response to colour, and highlighting key influences affecting colour in tomorrow’s world.
Hailing from the USA, Andy Rementer has attracted attention on both sides of the Atlantic for his characteristically colourful and whimsical drawings, cartoons and animations. Having graduated in 2004 from The University of the Arts in Philadephia, his work’s gone on to be featured in The New York Times, The New Yorker and by MTV and Urban Outfitters among others. Not only has he exhibited his art in solo and group shows throughout Europe, America and Australia, he was recently made a Young Gun by the Art Directors Club. Andy will explore how critical thinking and observation shapes the work he makes showing examples from his portfolio and sharing stories from his career to date.
Rafaël Rozendaal is a Dutch-Brazilian visual artist based in New York who has long embraced the internet as his canvas. Rafaël’s work explores the screen as a pictorial space, reverse engineering reality somewhere in between animated cartoons and paintings. He also founded BYOB (Bring Your Own Beamer), an open-source DIY curatorial format that is spreading across the world. His work has been exhibited in Tokyo, New York and the Venice Biennale among others. Rafaël’s fast-paced talk will explore the internet’s ability to empower artists and the possibilities and challenges specific to this medium, as well as demonstrating how you can use an “internet attitude” to make things in the real world.
Founded in 2005 by Stuart Wood, Florian Ortkrass and Hannes Koch, rAndom International create artworks and installations using artificial intelligence to encourage relationships between the converging worlds of the animate and inanimate. They received international recognition for the Rain Room, with visitors queuing for up to eight hours in the Barbican Centre to see the striking installation. Nominated for this year’s Designs of the Year award, the mind-bending experience of walking into a rainstorm and staying dry has recently opened in New York to wow a whole new set of visitors. With a background in electronics, software and engineering Stuart Wood directs the studio’s creative path and artistic implementation of technology exploring behaviour as a core concept of rAndom International’s practice.
There are only a limited number of tickets still available for Here 2013. All tickets include lunch and refreshments. Prices include VAT.
Student tickets are available for people currently studying and 2012 graduates. For student discounts (£60 full day passes) please email firstname.lastname@example.org for the discount code. Either email from your student account or alternatively email proof that you are a eligible (ie scan of your id, letter from your university).
The audience at Here reflects the diversity of the programme, comprising attendees from across the creative sector. We were thrilled to have a broad cross-section of culturally-minded folk at last year's event; attendees included an exciting mix of key influencers, designers, high-profile brands, media, creative directors, students, policy makers and senior executives across fashion, advertising, education and digital.
Here is taking place at London’s beautiful Royal Geographical Society. The entrance to the Royal Geographical Society is located on Exhibition Road by the junction to Kensington Gore. There is access to the venue via both tube and bus services.
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