Australia’s design community will come together in Melbourne to celebrate all things aesthetic. Semi-Permanent goes above and beyond, bringing together the design community across a number of conferences, workshops, exhibitions and after parties.
Semi-Permanent have secured a raft of talented speakers spanning the Art, Film, Illustration, Photography, Visual Effects and Motion Graphics worlds with everything from Sesame Street to Gucci and Victoria’s Secret. Set to inspire and educate, world renowned artists and specialists in their field will come together to share their knowledge, excitement and passion for their work and impart wisdom and insight on Melbourne’s creative population.
Sept 18 & 19, 2010
@ Melbourne Entertainment & Convention Centre
Speakers presenting at Melbourne Semi-Permanent 2010
You are probably thinking one of two things right now. Either “Who or what exactly is Semi-Permanent?” or “Oh, it’s those Semi-Permanent guys, I’ve heard of them.” For the sake of this About section we are going to assume you’re part of the former, mainly to cover our arse and to make sure you get a good understanding of what the event is, even if you have already heard of us.
So, what is Semi-Permanent? To put it simply Semi-Permanent is a design event. It consists of a conference and side events which include exhibitions, competitions, workshops and parties. It’s a week long celebration of all things design. Graphic Design, Film, Art, Illustration, Web Design, Photography, Visual Effects, Animation, Graffiti, Motion Graphics, Stop Motion; all these things and more. Semi-Permanent explores the diverse and exciting design world bringing together exceptionally talented artists and designers to speak at the event.
We’ve had some great speakers over the years; Christian Allzman, senior Art Director at George Lucas’s world renowned visual effects agency, Industrial Light & Magic, spoke of the work he had completed on big budget movies such as Star Wars and Pirates of the Caribbean; Pro-skater, photographer and artist Ed Templeton enthralled the crowd with his unique take on the art world and then skated off stage, rail sliding down the side stage walkway; Photographer Charlie White freaked the crowd out not only with his bizarre photos but also with the intensity and passion he conveyed during his presentation; Weta Digitals Christian Rivers spoke of his role, and gave some insider gossip, on the Academy Award winning Lord Of The Rings trilogy. The list goes on and on and on.
However, it’s not only our speakers that make the event special. It’s the atmosphere and spirit that the audience itself brings with them. Throughout the two days of the event (One day in Perth) there is an amazing feeling of inspiration and energy. A sense of shared views and ideals. Of like-minded people who have much to learn and also knowledge to impart. It’s a casual atmosphere where new friends are made and new colleagues discovered. It’s this that sets Semi-Permanent apart from other more corporate conferences, a shared feeling that you belong to a community. That you’re a creative individual, not just a commodity.