There's just one month to go till Semi-Permanent 2012 is upon us – and organisers have just confirmed the final speaker, New York-based artist and self-proclaimed tinkerer, Kelli Anderson.
Perhaps best known for creating a perfectly counterfeited New York Times in 2008, which caught bleary-eyed commuters off guard with stories from a progressive utopian future, Anderson will be speaking from her vast design experience that covers drawing, photography, cutting, and printing. Amongst many projects, she recently created a paper record player that garnered major media attention around the world, and also spoke at TedX in 2011.
From wedding invitations to utopian newspapers, she redesigns commonplace objects to go beyond their ordinary functions and create extraordinary experiences. Her goal is to surprise her audience through the unexpected or absurd – so audiences will be kept guessing at this year’s Semi-Permanent event.
Day one kicks off at 10:30am with indie agency Special Group expounding on their creative inspiration. They are followed by a whirlwind of creative knowledge from industry heavyweights G. Munk, Swifty, Moffit.Moffit, Benja Harney, Southsouthwest, Alex Trochut and Wallpaper’s Meirion Pritchard.
Day two sees Stolen Girlfriends Club kicking off proceedings. The fashion duo will be followed by some of the biggest names in the creative world including newly announced speaker Anderson, The Monkeys, Hi-ReS!, Stefano De Luigi, Tomas Libertiny, ILM and much-anticipated pop culture guru, Ron English (see our Q&A with him here).
And there'll be no shortage of side events and exhibitions. New Zealanders can get an insight in the world of POPaganda at the highly anticipated Ron English exhibition at Webb’s from May 10 20. Paper engineer Benja Harney will be creating a paper MINI Cooper at the Mini Garage in Ponsonby from May 14, and UK street culture heavyweight, Swifty, will be hosting a three-day workshop from May 15-17. Semi-Permanent fans are also invited to head along to an exclusive presentation from Wallpaper’s Meirion Pritchard, hosted by ACP MEDIA at the Auckland Museum Auditorium on May 17; and German design duo Hi-ReS! will also host a workshop at Media Design School on the same day.
Semi-Permanent is now in its eighth year in New Zealand, and 10th globally.