Auckland 2019 – August 15-17

Auckland 2019

Aotea Centre

August 15-17

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Semi Permanent Auckland, August 15-17 2019 
Semi Permanent, New Zealand’s most prestigious, popular and influential creative festival, is
back in Auckland in 2019 to once again pull community together, shape ideas and celebrate
the power of good design to change and influence the world around us.  
For 16 years Semi Permanent has brought the best global design talent to local shores to
share thought-provoking, inspirational and often very personal insights about what it means
to practice design at the highest levels. This year’s festival sees an exciting line-up of
accomplished speakers hand-picked to inspire and motivate with their knowledge and
experiences from all areas of design, from art, graphic design and film to music and
photography, and from advertising and illustration to new wave publishing, poetry, product
design and architecture. 
Semi Permanent speakers are design leaders, philosophers and change makers. They are
technological wunderkind and life-long innovators with stellar careers and incredible stories
to tell. If they have anything in common, it is that they have never stopped learning, never
stopped dreaming, and never stopped making.  
This year, Semi Permanent Auckland will again be held in tandem with the Future of the
Future –  and event specifically tailored to meet the needs and interests of New Zealand
businesses negotiating the fast-paced and fast-changing world of technology and innovation.
Future of the Future is a definitive, highly informed business briefing led by influential
decision makers at the world’s game-changing companies, such as Google, instagram,
Microsoft, Kickstarter, and Airbnb. 
Semi Permanent and Future of the Future run from 15-17 August at Auckland’s Aotea
Centre. News of more speakers will be announced over the coming weeks. Join Semi
Permanent’s mailing list or follow us on social media for the latest news.




Homogenous teams produce homogenous outcomes. Diverse teams, built on different perspectives and experiences, get to more original, more innovative ideas – faster. So, by that logic, you’re only as innovative as you are inclusive. In this 90 minute program hosted by Rare, you’ll discover the power of difference, and learn how to work more inclusively – for the good of your work.
For all ticket-holders

Future of the Future

A high-speed, high-impact business briefing. Gain insights from the leaders of world-changing companies.
Join the Future of the Future and give your team a head-start that will move them forward with confidence into this rapidly changing world.

The Sausage Project: exclusive lunch at Clooney with Caroline Niebling

Take five innovative Kiwi chefs, add a Dutch future-food expert, throw in a leading Auckland restaurant, and what do you have?
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Art of the title sequence with elastic

Elastic is a collection of visual storytellers who use a complete range of techniques, from design to animation, live-action to VFX, live events to immersive media to bring new.
Available to all three-day ticket

Book Launch - Ficciones Typografika: 1642 

Formist is proud to present Ficciones Typografika: 1642, an engrossing and tactile account of an expressive movement in graphic design.
For all ticket holders

Oro Atua - Puoro Maori sound healing Journey

An Indigenous Maori sound healing experience Taonga Puoro - Traditional Maori musical instruments reflect the sound of our natural environment from the mountains, rivers, land to the sea.
Friday 16 August 3:30 pm

The Water Beneath Us

The next generation of AUT designers invites you to participate in a ritual of exchange involving water served in handcrafted limited edition ceramic vessels.
For all ticket holders

Ficciones Workshop with Erik Brandt

Guests are invited to a guided workshop on Erik’s Ficciones Typografika project. 
For all ticket holders
More to be announced

Speakers and Artists

Ralf Groene Corporate Vice President, Devices Design – Microsoft Washington, United States
Aiyemobisi Williams Chief Insights Officer, Massive Change Network (MCN) Chicago, United States
Ana Arriola General Manager & Partner, AI + Research & Search Seattle, United States
Brad Smeele Professional wakeboarder Auckland, New Zealand
Bruce Mau Chief Design Officer of Freeman, the Co-Founder & CEO - MCN Chicago, United States
Carla Cammilla Hjort Founder - Space10 Copenhagen, Denmark
Carolien Niebling Designer - Researcher Zurich, Switzerland
Charles Adler Founder – Lost Arts & Co-Founder Kickstarter Chicago, United States
Erik Brandt Chair of the Design Department & Professor of Graphic Design – MCAD Minneapolis, United States
Hannah Bay Lead Partner – Spark Auckland, New Zealand
Hazel Baird
Hazel Baird Design Director – Elastic Los Angeles, United States
Heidi Berg
Heidi Berg Creative Director & Motion Designer Los Angeles, United States
Helena Brooks Writer / Director Sydney, Australia
Iain Nealie Creative Director – Google APAC Sydney, Australia
Ivy Ross Vice President, Design for Hardware Products – Google San Francisco, United States
Jerome Kavanagh Aotearoa New Zealand Mãori Taonga Puoro Artist and Practitioner Auckland, New Zealand
Jesper Kouthoofd Head of design, founder & CEO – Teenage Engineering Stockholm, Sweden
Kyle McDonald Artist / Coder New York, United States
Lernert & Sander Artists / Filmmakers Amsterdam, Netherlands
Levi Slavin Chief Creative Officer, Colenso BBDO Auckland, New Zealand
Matthew Clark Founding Partner & Creative Director – UVA London, United Kingdom
Matthew Jones Partner | Creative Director — Accept & Proceed London, United Kingdom
Mehta Nileshkumar Creative Director – Media Monks Singapore, Singapore
Mike Davison Creative Director – ColensoBBDO Auckland, New Zealand
Refik Anadol Director / Media Artist – Refik Anadol Studio Los Angeles, United States
Sarka Pancochova Snowboarder Moravia, Czech Republic
Shantell Martin Artist New York, United States
Stefanie DiGianvincenzo auckland semipermanent
Stefanie DiGianvincenzo Strategic Director and Co-Founder – Rare Melbourne, Australia
Takunda Muzondiwa Head girl at Mount Albert Grammar Auckland, New Zealand
Tania Ka‘ai Professor and Director of Te Ipukarea Language Institute and Te Whare o Rongomaurikura Auckland, New Zealand
Tara Mckenty
Tara Mckenty Creative Director – Google APAC Sydney, Australia
Tereza Ruller Co-Founder, Communication Designer and Performative Design Researcher – Studio The Rodina, Amsterdam, Netherlands
More to be announced


Between the lines: a conversation with Shantell Martin

Some artists prefer anonymity; letting their work, and only their work, do the talking. Shantell Martin is not that kind of artist. 

Seeing the invisible: a conversation with Refik Anadol

We’ve had a timing mix-up (iCal time-zone fails). While nominally I’m a day ahead, when Anadol starts describing his work I begin to think I’m living in the past; or, more likely, that he’s occupying a point in future. Maybe he’s been sent back in time to save the planet from machine overlords (that old trope)? No, he seems too nice. Anyone who signs off from an interview by saying, “I hope I haven’t been too dreamy”, has not come back in time to prevent humankind’s destruction. 

Speaking of fictions – a conversation with Erik Brandt

Erik Brandt is the proprietor of a small Minneapolis graphic design studio called Typografika – Visual Communication und Konditorei (more on that later).

Hazel Baird and Heidi Berg

Heidi Berg and Hazel Baird share something more than initials, and that’s a love for crafting evocative and meaningful title sequences for documentaries, films and television.

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