HAPPENINGText: Heng WhooKiat

IdN My Favourite Conference and Exhibition 2004 was held in Singapore, from May 13th to 15th. Dedicated to the ideal of melting of different design aspects to give rise to unique insights into creativity, the organisers invited the top professionals from the creative field to share what it is they love about what they do and what inspires them to carry on doing it.

Arriving at the conference, what first caught my eye was a conveyor belt in the exhibition hall. This was the 20/20 exhibition presented by DesignSingapore and curated by Jackson Tan of Brazen Design. Jackson is also a partner of Phunkstudio that has been churning out some interesting work in the design scene.

On the conveyor belt were boxes measuring 20 by 20 cm. On these boxes were images of work from 20 professionals in the Singapore creative scene, those featured include Theseus Chan from WORK advertising, photographer Leslie Keeand Patrick Chia of Squeeze design. Hearing the announcement by the emcee, I moved on to the conference hall.

With such a wonderful gathering of speakers, it is no wonder that the conference received more than 2000 participants, many of whom travelled all the way to Singapore from as far as Australia, Japan and USA to hear them speak.

Despite the varying fields of the speakers, one common trait seems to lie across their expertise, that is, they are “image-makers”. Image here refers not to mere visual representation but to the personal facade that one presents to the world. Some affect the image of brands, others affect individual image.

Speakers at the event were Abake, Alan Chan, Bless, Brothersfree, Fabrica, I.L.M., James Jarvis, Leslie Kee, Mother, The Studio, Weta Digital, Work in Progress. The conference had performances from Delaware, Devil Robots and Resfest as well.

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