DeSForM down under

The coolest little capital is playing host to the seventh annual Design Semantics Form and Movement (DeSForM) conference this month, the first time the event has been held in the southern hemisphere.

It's on at Victoria University's School of Design from April 18-20, celebrating our emerging digital creative sector with a series of academic presentations, keynote speeches, and a one-day professional programme of presentations and demonstrations from digital innovators such as Weta Digital and Ponoko.

DeSForM 2012: Meaning Matter Making begins at the City Gallery, with a keynote speech and premiere of an installation by internationally renowned artist and architect Philip Beesley.

The other keynote speaker is Neil Leach, who recently won a NASA grant to explore the potential use of robotic fabrication technology  for building structures on the moon.

To close the professional programme, the topics of ‘blurring the physical and digital’ and ‘designing true interactions’ will be explored in two panel discussions with digital industry leaders, chaired by Steven Kyffin, Dean of the School of Design at Northumbria University, and Helen Baxter of Mohawk Media, accompanied by live demonstrations of technologies such as 3D printing, marker-less motion capture and augmented reality.

A free three-week exhibition at the School of Design will follow that is open to members of the public.

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