You’d think that sitting in a room surrounded by 2000 other creatives, (well 1999 plus me) would be daunting. Thousands of creatives ﬂooding the market with ideas to change the world just like you and I. Throw in 15 proven, successful well-known figures, photographers, artists, production companies, advertisers, designers and illustrators talking about their work and the industry over two days with the odd coﬀee break and there you have it, Semi-Permanent Conference Sydney, held at Sydney Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour.
My own personal favourite was actually the speaker least related to what I do, but most related to my interest in ﬁlm. Roman Coppola, Music & Film director featured in a live webcast, part of Google Hangout Sessions, along with a few of his friends, his mum, cousin and a real leopard!
Showcasing videos and letting us in on some tips, tricks and real life snippets. This is the guy responsible for Daft Punk, Fat Boy Slim & Mansun music videos. His sister Sophia Coppola is the director of Lost In Translation, one of my ultimate top 5 ﬁlms. His Dad is only Francis Ford Coppola, so it doesn’t get cooler than this! See for yourself with the highlights right here.
Follow that with paper engineer Benja Harney, designer Vince Frost, typographer Luca Ionescu, and photographer Derek Henderson to name just a few and you’re bombarded with inspiration, drive and ambition.
What I really learnt aside from work practices, new ways of thinking, and how to fold a paper aeroplane with extreme precision is that as creatives, we need each other. We’re a team, we thrive on being around great ideas, sharing stories, experiences and inﬂuences.
Its not daunting at all, its actually really exciting and totally inspiring. Roll on Semi-Permanent 2013!
Above images by Frost Design, (top row), paper engineer Benja Harney, (second row), and Luca Ionescu, (below).
Lisa Hastings, Australian office