Program 2014




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, fashion and world news. She gives lectures and presentations around the world and is an advisor for multinational companies and organisations.

Christine Boland is an in-demand speaker worldwide. Known for getting her listeners thinking thanks to her surprising perspectives. Curiosity and identifying and indicating connections are the personal triggers for her trend/fashion analysis. Christine uses clear, inspiring and very concrete examples to filter the world news and relate it to everyday matters. In doing so, she creates a bridge between the present and the future.

Christine Bolands talk “Trend Beacons – Navigating the new consumer needs in the contextual age”. November 4 at 9.30am at Bio Paradis




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.

A former bookseller, advertising copywriter and foreign correspondent, Ed has covered the book business since 2000, first as an editor for Publishers Weekly and then as a columnist for Bloomberg News. He continues to contribute regularly on arts and culture issues to a wide variety of trade and consumer publications, from the The New York Times to Texas Monthly. He serves on the International Advisory Board of the Frankfurt Book Fair and the Advisory Council of the University of Texas Libraries, where he was instrumental in establishing the University of Texas Human Rights Documentation Initiative. As a guest lecturer, he has delivered talks and seminars on publishing in more than two dozen countries, from Brazil to the Ukraine, and currently serves on the faculty of the Yale University Publishing Course. He lives in Houston.

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.

He will also host a workshop at the Iceland Literature Center titled “Moving from “Good Enough” to “Great”: The Basics of Great Storytelling”.

Edward’s talk “Promiscuous Creators and Cultural Darwinism” is November 4, 10.45am at Bio Paradis

His workshop “Moving from “Good Enough” to “Great”: The Basics of Great Storytelling” is hosted by Miðstöð íslenskra bókmennta / Icelandic Literature Center @ Hverfisgata 54 on November 4th, 2014 @ 16:30  Click here for MAP


We are extremely happy and proud to announce the final speaker for YAIC 2014!!!

Ragnar 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. Pretending and staging become key tools in the artist’s attempt to convey sincere emotion and offer a genuine experience to the audience.

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’.

Current exhibitions on show by Ragnar Kjartansson include: “Bjarni Bömmer hlustar á Take it Easy með Eagles” at Skúrinn, Reykjavík (performance November 1-2), “A Lot of Sorrow” at Luhring Augustine, New York, “The Visitors” at Artes Mundi, Cardiff and “S.S. Hangover” at Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.

At YAIC Ragnar will talk about synergy, collaborations and the artistic process behind the making of a work of art. The title of his talk is “Love, respect and collaboration”.

Ragnar Kjartansson presents “Love , respect and collaboration” at Bio Paradis at 11.25am Nov. 4

Zebra Katz

We are overjoyed that the wunderkind of synergy, Zebra Katz, will be speaking at YAIC 2014!!!

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He 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.





Vala 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.

Vala will present “How we made the Fastest Growing Iphone Game in the World”

November 4, 13.30, Bio Paradis

Nelly Ben Hayoun

We are thrilled to announce Nelly Ben Hayoun, the “Willy Wonka of design and science”. She creates 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 Ben Hayoun _Photo by Nick Ballon


An award-winning director and Designer of Experiences Nelly works with leading scientists and engineers, to devise subversive events and experiences. Recent collaborations include Beck, Bobby Womack, Damon Albarn. Nelly is the Director of the International Space Orchestra in NASA Ames Research Center, Designer of Experiences at the SETI Institute and Head of Experiences at WeTransfer.


In 2013, Icon Magazine nominated Nelly as one of the 50 international designers “shaping the future”. She was awarded one of the UK largest artistic award, The Arts Council England Exceptional Award for her new project Disaster Playground. In 2014, Wired magazine awarded Nelly with one of 12 WIRED Innovation fellowship, selected by Wired editorial team for their ‘significant impact on the world’.  She’s an academic at world leading institutions including the Architectural Association School of Architecture where she is a Visiting Professor, Central Saint Martins and the Royal College of Art where she is a lecturer. In her spare time, she is training to be an astronaut.

For YAIC Nelly’s talk is titled “Designing the Impossible!”.

Nov 4th, Bio Paradis, 14.15