Sydney Creativity and Design Festival 2018
24 — 31 May 2018
A creativity and design festival of talks, exhibitions, installations, innovation labs, workshops and parties using creative tension as inspiration.
At the 2018 Semi Permanent Creativity and Design Festival, we explored 'creative tension as inspiration' - those moments of positive and negative friction that come before a breakthrough. That time when we as creative thinkers and doers stand on the precipice of change until we learn the things we need to learn, to step forward into the future and design that experience, solve that brief, arrive at that perfect layout or make that life-changing decision. It’s hard to appreciate those last few steps whilst you’re in them, but as soon as they pass it’s an exciting ride and we sometimes wish we could have appreciated those prior moments a little more - because from continued success we don't learn anything, but from challenge we discover who we really are and where we might want to evolve to.
Speakers & Artists
Schedule (Local Times)
How to redesign National Geographic
With Patrick Godfrey and Scott Dadich of Godfrey Dadich and Emmet Smith, Creative Director of National Geographic
Panel ∙ 10 hours
Sport, Music and Food - Designing for high-performance athletes and the modern-day fan, creating and producing music in the 21st Century & crafting new experiences with food.
No Sleep Till Sydney - A round-the-clock collaboration
Go behind the scenes to see the process of creating the Semi Permanent opening titles with NYC-based, Hong Kong-born, Australian motion designer Joyce N Ho and her cast of collaborators.
Building a studio from the ground up; culture, creativity, chaos
Motherbird leaves no stone unturned as the team engages in a robust reflection on what it means to run a studio, how they've struggled, how they've excelled and why they will continue to learn and make mistakes.
Creating the Netflix series, Abstract with Tinker Hatfield
Patrick Godfrey & Scott Dadich invite legendary NIKE Air Jordan designer, Tinker Hatfield (via live stream) to talk about creating the Netflix series Abstract, The Art of Design.
Designing the Future of Work
We believe, we all have the ability to shape what work will look like in the future and at Semi Permanent 2018 we’re going to explore how. Presented by Western Sydney University.
Launch Pad Exhibition
Western Sydney University’s Startup Incubator ‘Launch Pad’ will be showcasing cutting-edge technology developed by their resident Startup companies, including the latest in 3D printing technology and AI-powered robots.
A space built by creatives, for creatives. In collaboration with Dropbox.
Paula Scher: How I Really Do Things
Pentagram principal Paula Scher will give a masterclass on the ins and outs of the design industry.
Bravery is Stupidity
With Susan Hoffman - Co-Chief Creative Officer, Wieden+Kennedy
The first series of somesthetic transfers that use machine learning to take both the style and texture of an artwork and apply it to another image to be printed in 3D. AKQA in partnership wit Google.
VerbSyndicate and Ironlak are teaming up to bring some of Australia's foremost street artists to Semi Permanent. Presented in collaboration with VerSyndicate and Ironlak.
The MindGamers Experience
In a world-first, the Semi Permanent audience will be able to experience the musical supergroup Mind Gamers (Sebastian Tellier, Daniel Stricker, John Kirby) new song Come To America. Presented in collaboration with Oculus Go by Facebook.
Enjoy some drinks and good tunes with a line-up of DJs curated by Semi Permanent - bring your friends.
Creating AKQA with Founder and CEO Ajaz Ahmed
A few lessons and stories from running the creative innovation agency AKQA with 2,100 people across 23 studios in 15 countries
World-leading design and VFX pioneers
For over 20 years The Mill has been producing iconic work across Film, VFX, Gaming and more. In 2018 we welcome The Mill's Elizabeth Newman and Lisha Tan to the SP Stage to hear about the duo's learnings, triumphs and regrets.
Personal Presence with NIDA
Tap into your personal presence; get back in touch with the basics of communication exploring practical tools and techniques.
Google's Empathy Lab
Hear from Danielle Krettek, the founder and creator of Google's Empathy Lab, and how she is designing more emotionally-attuned and human-kind experiences.
- We commission Australian and International artists to make monumental new work that intersects with contemporary ideas. Reflecting the diverse communities of urban Sydney, our artist-led program is ambitious, radical and always inclusive.Carriageworks was built between 1880 and 1889 as part of the Eveleigh Railway Workshops. By the 1900s several thousand people worked here, building and maintaining locomotive engines and carriages for the expanding rail network. Those workers shaped the development of our city for over 100 years.The Carriageworks site was one of the first places to employ Aboriginal people on an equal basis. It is also the place where generations of new migrants were first employed. In 1917, it was within these walls that the Great Strike started, which saw thousands of workers march on NSW Parliament and, through sheer power in numbers, shut it down.In 2007, the site was redeveloped as a cultural precinct. Today, Carriageworks is the most significant multi-arts centre in Australia.