Jan Wilker is the co-founder of karlssonwilker inc., the internationally
renowned New York design agency. Recently Wilker and co-founder Karlsson
published a book about their studio, TELLMEWHY - the
first 24 months of a New York design company which
offers an alarmingly honest portrayal of setting up a design studio as well
as raising a smile.
Jan Wilker will be bringing his story of life as a graphic designer
to New Zealand, working with big names like MTV, Puma, Warner Bros., the
New York Times Magazine, the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim Museum
Biographies Beck Cole writes
and directs for film and television. She
has worked extensively on CAAMA productions and is an AFTRS gradate. Her
documentaries include: The Lore of Love, Wirriya – Small
Boy which won Best Film at the 2004 Women on Women Film Festival
in Sydney. Her short drama Flat was shown at the
Sundance and Edinburgh Film Festivals in 2004.
Warwick Thornton is
a writer and director who commenced his career as a cameraman for CAAMA
in 1990. He graduated in cinematography
from AFTRS in 1997. Later that year he shot his first feature film, Radiance. In
1998 he was cinematographer on the award-winning short dramas My
bed Your Bed and Promise. Green
Bush won Best Short Film in the Panorama Section of the 2005 Berlin
International Film Festival and two Dendy Awards at the Sydney Film Festival.
Warwick Thornton (DP) and Director, Beck Cole discuss the art of collaboration,
and the ways in which key creatives can work together to establish a common
stylistic film-making approach.
Biography TV ONE News veteran Peter Williams brings the news to Breakfast
viewers each morning. Well known for his sports coverage, he also
has a wealth of experience across ONE News. He brings to Spark a
glimpse of life behind the scenes in television.
Biography Nova Paul is a filmmaker and senior lecturer at Auckland University
of Technology. Her films and video installations deal with the production
of space and its representation on the screen. Her recent film Pink
and White Terraces, a 16mm film that uses
the early cinematic technique of three colour separation (technicolour)
to explore spaces of reflection in her local cityscape, has been exhibited
in Telecom 2006 New Zealand International Film Festival, Telecom Prospect
2007: New Art New Zealand, City Gallery Wellington and screened at The
Physics Room, Christchurch.
Presentation Nova Paul will present her most recent films and talk about her
Biography Anna Miles established Anna Miles Gallery in Auckland in
2003. She has taught at Elam School of Fine Arts and Unitec School of
Design. She is now Senior Lecturer in the School of Art and Design
at Auckland University of Technology where she has responsibility for
the theoretical component of the final year of the Bachelor of Visual
Arts degree. In
2006 she curated the exhibition, Bespoke: The Pervasiveness of the Handmade
for Objectspace, Auckland.
Allan McDonald and Darren Glass are three artists working predominantly
in photography who Anna Miles represent and their work will be the subject
of Anna’s presentation.
Elisabeth Smolarz is an artist who explores her
environment using photography and video, focusing on digital manipulation
to examine the borderline between reality and imagination. Growing
up in Eastern Bloc Europe and moving to West Germany after the falling
of the Iron Curtain in ’89 has informed the focus of her work:
how the environment impacts on the individual. Now living in NYC she
explores the experience of her cultural background against a new backdrop.
Presentation Elisabeth Smolarz will talk about her life and work as an
artist from Poland living in New York.
Lucia Koch’s works take architectural space as their starting
point, both in their form and function, where she works with the experience
of space. Through various interventions and additions, she lays the
ground for a reflection about the framework that the architecture itself
Lucia Koch lives and works in Sao Paolo Brazil.
Presentation Lucia Koch will present a set
of projects and works that deal with temporary alterations in architecture,
activating light and air circulation using semi-transparent surfaces
that operate as filters. Though some works have been done in domestic
spaces, recent projects are related to the nature of exhibition spaces,
always adapted to display a concept of some author (architect, curator,
etc.) that mediate the art pieces to be exhibited. The works are the
Joe Lambert LA Digital Storytelling Activist | www.storycenter.org
Biography Joe Lambert is the founder
and director of the Center for Digital Storytelling. This California-based
centre evolved a method of participatory media practice that has spread
around the globe as a new communicative genre. Lambert and colleagues have
worked on innumerable projects involving educators, social services, broadcast
organizations, activists, artists, and large and small organizations. His
latest effort, storymapping.org integrates their traditional practice with
efforts in locative media.
Presentation Joe Lambert will present a history and overview of his digital
Daphne Carr NYC Music Journalist | www.ethnocenter.org/carr Biography Daphne Carr is a music journalist,
critic, and ethnomusicologist living in New York City. She is the Series
Editor of Best Music Writing (Da Capo 2007, 2008), author of Nine Inch
Nails Pretty Hate Machine (Continuum 2007), contributor to the books Marooned:
The Next Generation of Desert Island Discs (Da Capo 2007) and Listen Again
(Duke University Press 2007). She is a staff writer for Club Systems International,
columnist for Paper Thin Walls and a frequent contributor to the Associated
Press. She is currently pursuing a PhD in ethnomusicology at Columbia University
and runs a listserv for women music writers, Girl Group.
Attention music trogs, snobs, plebes, elites: Bad may be better when
writing about popular music. Those with "bad" taste make
a more compelling subjects than those with "good." In this
talk I will look at my roles as a writing curator, scholar/researcher,
commercial press author and critic/journalist to discuss the role taste
plays in choosing creative projects, methods to approaching taste in
an objective way, examples of how "bad" taste can be the
inspiration for great art, and the role taste will play in the 21st
century mediascape. Are you ready to get good at bad?
Malcolm Rands is the founder and CEO of Ecostore Company Ltd. | www.ecostore.co.nz Biography Since 1994, Ecostore has researched
and bought to market NZ’s leading
range of eco friendlier household cleaners, body care, pet care and organic
gardening products. These are now available in most supermarkets and health
stores throughout NZ. They are also available in over 400 stores in Australia,
plus outlets in Korea, Singapore Hong Kong and the UK. Malcolm has been awarded
the Green Ribbon Award from the Ministry of the Environment plus two environmental
awards from the ARC. For two years he appeared weekly as “ecoman’ on
TV1’s Good Morning Show
offering advice on how to ‘green up’ your life.
Malcolm has been active in the sustainable scene for over 25 years. He
co-founded NZ’s first permaculture eco-village in 1986 and was a
foundation member of the sustainable business network. Malcolm is the chair
of the Fairground Foundation, trustee of the Te Wairoa Trust and on the
voting assembly for GreenPeace. He is also a director of Carpool.co.nz
Malcolm is still a keen organic gardener.
Presentation Malcolm Rands will be talking about his work with Ecostore and what’s
involved in working towards 'restoring the health and wellbeing
of the planet by making it easier for people to be green.' He
will be inviting the audience to participate in a discussion at the
end of his talk.
Douglas Lloyd Jenkins
NZ Design Writer | www.writersfestival.co.nz/authors/douglaslloydjenkins.asp
Douglas Lloyd Jenkins is a creative force in NZ design. Described
by Wallpaper magazine as one of the most influential design writers
in the Southern Hemisphere, he is one of New Zealand’s best-known
and most highly respected design writers. He has specialised throughout
his career in restoring to prominence, overlooked practitioners of
the arts architecture and design who contributed enormously to the
creation of contemporary New Zealand culture.
Presentation Douglas Lloyd Jenkins will
base his presentation on his views on
interior and architectural design.
After completing high school, Luke took himself to Hamilton on a Rockquest
scholarship where he studied music and song-writing at the Waikato
Institute of Technology, graduating in 2004 with a Bachelor of Media
Luke's debut single Morning Light was released to radio and music
television late 2005, enjoying 11 sunny weeks in the NZ Radio
Top 40 chart. The Morning Light music video placed in the Juice TV
Top 30 chart for 6 weeks and received several Top 5 ratings
on C4's Select. The clip was also finalist for Best Solo Artist at
the 2006 Juice TV Awards, having been directed by the award-winning
Adam Jones (Elemeno P, Steriogram, Pluto) of Zoomslide. Luke's follow-up
single Perfect Drive, which is in the top 40, suggests recent
influences like Dashboard Confessional and Bernard Fanning. But as you
escape into the song, you begin to appreciate Luke's own developing style,
which is grounded in the masters: Don McLean, James Taylor and Johnny
Cash—all of whom have inspired Luke.
Luke Thompson will be talking about his life and work in the music industry
in a question and answer session after playing solo at the Spark Finale.