Our 6th annual Practivism event will explore the opportunities that lay in front of each of us within the vast amount of data we pass by on a daily basis. The BC Chapter, Society of Graphic Designers Canada, has invited Jer Thorp to share his explorations and perspectives on data, and the inherent opportunities. A panel discussion will further explore the possibilities, challenge individuals to take action, and respond to questions from the audience.
Jer Thorp is an artist and educator from Vancouver, Canada, currently living in New York. Coming from a background in genetics, his digital art practice explores the many-folded boundaries between science, data, art, and culture. Recently, his work has been featured by The Guardian, Scientific American, The New Yorker, and Popular Science. Thorp's award-winning software-based work has been exhibited in Europe, Asia, North America, South America, including in the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan. Jer is an adjunct Professor in New York University's ITP program, and a member of theWorld Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Design Innovation. He is a co-founder of The Office For Creative Research, a multi-disciplinary research group exploring new modes of engagement with data. From 2010 – 2012, Jer was the Data Artist in Residence at the New York Times.
Alex Beim (Tangible Interaction/Tangible Intervention) produces sensory installations where people participation is key. Backed by a collective of programmers, industrial designers and electronic engineers, the Strathcona based interactive artist focuses on creating inspiring interactive environments for both the public and commercial sectors. Every Tangible artwork aims at reawakening people's sense of wonder. Alex works internationally and has completed several high-profile projects in 2010/11 including multiple installations for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games, an installation for the Chanel store reopening in SoHo New York, interactive Zygote Balls for the Blue Man Group and recently has collaborated with Chris Milk on a project for Arcade Fire at Coachella.
Casey Hrynkow is a founding Partner of Herrainco Brand Strategy + Design, an award-winning brand strategy consultancy in Richmond, BC. She is a senior leader in Communication Design and Brand Innovation, helping clients unpack complex branding and communications challenges, rebuilding from the ground up. She specializes in the fuzzy front end of problems — asking both the hard and the "stupid" questions, defining and clarifying goals and helping clients to articulate their most competitive attributes.
She believes that the Design Mind can create the innovations necessary for our planet's future, and is strongly interested in not-for-profit projects that contribute to healthy resiliency in our food systems and greater livability in our communities.
She recently completed the Leading by Design Fellows Program, earning her certificate in Innovation Leadership from California College of the Arts. She also has a bachelor of Design in Communication Design from Emily Carr University.
Eric Karjaluoto is creative director and a founding partner of the creative agency smashLAB. Since 2000, he has helped a broad range of clients including The Vancouver Aquarium, the University of Minnesota, and The Nature Conservancy with their strategic, communication, and design challenges. Eric is author of the books Speak Human and The Design Method; he writes regularly about design at erickarjaluoto.com.
Amanda Gibbs is a writer, communications strategist and facilitator who has assisted dozens of social profit and knowledge-driven organizations map and create brands, enact organizational and policy change and craft winning campaigns. Her work via social innovation platform, Public Assembly, focuses on creative and productive public engagement, and in particular, finding ways to marshal leading edge tools from social marketing, deliberative democracy, the arts and design to address the pressing issues facing cities. She is a mother of two, lives and works in Vancouver and is an active volunteer in her neighbourhood of Strathcona.