Speakers 2014

                                                                               

Christine Boland

CHRISTINE BOLAND

is one of the worlds leading trend forecaster/analyst. Renowned for her international trend predictions on design, fashion, and consumerism. Boland is an “alchemist” who distils the essence from ideas and thoughts. Considered by many to be an inspiring speaker or, more appropriately an inspirator, basing her trend analyses from mass psychology and world news. She gives lectures and presentations around the world and is an advisor for multinational companies and organizations.

 

 

Edward Nawotka

EDWARD NAWOTKA

is the founder and editor-in-chief of Publishing Perspectives, the leading magazine for the international publishing industry that has been hailed as “the BBC of the book world,” and offers daily news and opinion from the global media business, covering start-ups to self-publishing, in locations ranging from Afghanistan to Argentina, New York to New Delhi.

For YAIC 2014 Edward will talk about “Promiscuous Creators and Cultural Darwinism”. This talk will look at the idea of in an era of profligate storytelling and promiscuous creation, whether good culture pushes out bad or whether it’s the contrary — Cultural Darwinism, if you will — and how creative synergies between different practices and platforms can be help culture evolve in unexpected and exciting ways.

 

 

Ragnar kjartanssonRAGNAR KJARTANSSON

The undisputed master of artistic synergy, artist Ragnar Kjartansson. In his performative practice he draws on the entire arc of art. The history of film, music, theatre, visual culture and literature find their way into his video installations, durational performances, drawing and painting.

Ragnar Kjartansson’s work has been exhibited widely. Recent solo exhibitions and performances have been held at the New Museum, ICA Boston, Museo Guggenheim Bilbao, Carnegie Museum of Art and MoMA PS1. In 2009, Kjartansson represented Iceland at the Venice Biennale and in 2013 his work was featured at the Biennale’s main exhibition. In 2011, he was the recipient of Performa’s 2011 Malcolm McLaren Award for his performance ‘Bliss’.

 

 

ZKZEBRA KATZ
has been on the scene for a minute and has already been provoking reactions from music critics, rap fans and fashionistas left, right and centre. Originally emerging from a multimedia and performance art background, Zebra Katz mixes together music, fashion, and visual imagery in a unique and energetic way. Producing his own music, numerous music videos and collaborating with countless acclaimed musicians and artists, Zebra Katz captures the zeitgeist and isn’t about to let it slip through his fingers anytime soon.

 

 

IMG_5992VALA HALLDÓRSDÓTTIR

is the Head of Content at Plain Vanilla, an entrepreneur and filmmaker. Plain Vanilla is an Icelandic Game Studio based in Reykjavik Iceland and in San Francisco started in 2010.

Plain Vanilla is mostly known for developing the international hit app QuizUp, the world’s first Real-Time Social Trivia Platform for mobile devices. With well over 400 topics and more than 1.5 million users, QuizUp’s success can be largely accredited to it’s synergy of brilliant content management and innovative programming.

 

Nelly Ben Hayoun _Photo by Nick Ballon

NELLY BEN HAYOUN

has been called the “Willy Wonka of design and science” and she is on a mission to bring chaos, subversion and disorder into the design and the scientific world. Nelly designs extreme experiences that enables you to become an astronaut in a living room, while a volcano is erupting on the couch and dark energy is being produced in the sink. Nelly is the Director of the International Space Orchestra in NASA Ames Research Center, Designer of Experiences at the SETI Institute, Head of Experiences at We Transfer and Director at Nelly Ben Hayoun Studio.