Exploring Artists' Intellectual Property In The Online Space with a
panel of experts including Simon Birch, Raffi Kamalian, Danielle
Huthart, Laurent Guterrez and Tommy Li with SCAD moderator Tom Gattis.
SCAD Hong Kong, 292 Tai Po Road, Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong.
SCAD Hong Kong, official education partner of Social Media Week, is
pleased to present a panel discussion of "Exploring Artists'
Intellectual Property in the Online Space". Moderated by designer
and SCAD Hong Kong associate vice president Tom Gattis, the panel will
include renowned contemporary artist Simon Birch;
designer and founder of creative direction and branding firm
Whitespace, Danielle Huthart; Chief Operating Officer
of online artists community alivenotdead.com, Raffi
Kamalian; artist, architect and founding partner of
multidisciplinary art and architecture platform MAP Office,
Laurent Gutierrez; and acclaimed graphic designer,
branding consultant and founder of namesake Tommy Li
Design Workshop, engaging in an exploration of artists and their work
in relation to intellectual property and the Internet.
Simon Birch is a U.K.-born artist, of Armenian descent, who is
currently a permanent resident of Hong Kong, China.
Birch is interested in universal ideas of transition, the ambiguous
moment between an initiation and a conclusion, the unobtainable now
and the future, inevitably crashing towards us. For Birch these ideas
translate easily from oil paint, to film, to installations, which
engage with myth, history, circus and science fiction, connection and
disconnect. He chooses to explore these themes in an enveloping
environment of theater and spectacle, where the process of viewing
becomes experiential: overwhelming and complex, yet as spectacle and
adventure, also approachable.
Birch’s most recent exhibitions include installation work at
group shows ‘Daydreaming with…’ (Haunch of
Venison, London, 2010), Transformation’ (Tokyo Museum of
Contemporary Art, 2010) and the upcoming large-scale solo installation
project ‘Laughing with a Mouth Full of Blood’ (Hong Kong 2011).
Birch’s work has been featured and reviewed in many
international publications, including Artforum, The Guardian, The
International Herald Tribune, Time Out and the New York Times.
Raffi Kamalian is the COO of alivenotdead.com, an online
community for artists and their fans based in Hong Kong. Since
launching in 2007, alivenotdead.comhas grown to over
1700 artists and 500,000 users from around the world. alivenotdead.comhas worked on
social media-based marketing campaigns with many brands including
adidas, Coca-Cola, Nokia, Esprit and Diesel Jeans. Prior to
joining alivenotdead.com, Raffi was an
assistant Professor in CUHK’s Faculty of Engineering.
Born in Hong Kong to English-Chinese parents, Danielle Huthart has
pursued art and design all her life. After a decade in New York,
she returned to Hong Kong and founded Whitespace in 2005, a
design-lead studio that provides creative direction, branding and
Known as a technique that describes free space between elements, ‘white
space’symbolically represents an area that is visually
striking without unnecessary complexity. This principle is a constant
in Whitespace’s practice, and translates into work that is both
rigorous in approach and resonant in meaning. By pairing creative
solutions with technical dexterity, Whitespace curates cultures
through using the language of design in contemporary &
constructive ways. Recognized for a modern sensibility combined with
strong ideas, the award-winning studio has worked with Wheelock
Properties, Nike, Hong Kong Jockey Club, Joyce, Starwood Hotels
Being called ‘a pioneer of creativity in Hong Kong’ by
Lane Crawford, Danielle has curated a number of exhibitions and
installations, often collaborating with other artists and creatives
both locally and internationally. Exhibitions have included
‘Consequences’ at The Fringe Gallery, ‘You Are
Here’ at Detour 2009, ‘Creative Cityx Show Us Your
Type’ at SCAD Hong Kong, ‘Let’s Get Lost’ with
photographer Dan Pak, and ‘Pop-up Monopoly!’ 2010 holiday
store window display at Lane Crawford Pacific Place.
Bio coming soon.
Tommy Li is the branding designer/consultant for the generation
renowned for his “Black Humor” and “Audacious
Visual” designs. Spanning Hong Kong, China,Japan and
Italy, he is one ofthefew designers to have penetrated the
international market. Tommy Li Design Workshop was also selected
by “Chinabico.com” to be one of the best Top 10 Branding
Company in Chinafrom 2009 to 2010.
Graduated from the School of Design at the Hong Kong Polytechnic
University, Tommy has received more than 550 awards over the years. He
was selected as a respectable individual in “Artist of the Year
Awards 1997”; while ten years after, he was honored by Hong Kong
Polytechnic University as the “Outstanding PolyU Alumni”.
His works werealso awarded “Distinguished Design from
China (Honeymoon Dessert)”, “DFA Best Design from Greater
China (bla bla bra)” and “DFA Award (Shanghai
Watch)” from Hong Kong Design Centre in 2005, 2007 and 2010 respectively.
His distinct achievement to obtain“Gold Pencil” from
“The One Show” in New York in 2007 and was nominated for
the “World Outstanding Chinese Award” from World Chinese
Association the next year. In the same year, he co-founded the
first creative online web radio platform —
“Radiodada”. Tommy is one of the few designers who can
carve out a quadro career in various regions and has become a member
of AGI (Alliance Graphique Internationale — a globally renowned
alliance of graphic artist and designers) since 2005.
He also started his business in Japan as early as 1993 and
collaborated with Ading Co. Limited in 1997. Two years later, he
founded and published VQ (Vision Quest) Magazine, a bilingual visual
art bookazine in Asia. In the same year, theJapanese design magazine
“Agosto” has cited Tommy as the most influential graphic
designer in Hong Kong in the next decade.
This year, Tommy was invited by Swire Properties to have his 20
years exhibition -【VISUAL DIALOGUE‧Tommy Li and Works 20 Years
Exhibition】in ArtisTree, Island East. This is the first and
biggest exhibition combining branding and design in the local industry
presenting Hong Kong designer at ArtisTree.
Tom Gattis is the associate vice president for SCAD Hong Kong,
where he leads academics for the new SCAD location. Gattis spent seven
years as a professor of industrial design and four years as the chair
of the industrial design department at SCAD. Under his leadership, the
department grew to include degree programs in industrial design,
design management, service design and design for sustainability, and
was recognized by BusinessWeek as one of the largest and most
prestigious design programs in the world. Gattis holds a Master of
Science degree in education from Bemidji State University and a
Bachelor of Industrial Design degree from Auburn University. His
previous experience includes starting the industrial design program at
Finlandia University and working as a designer and project manager in
the nuclear industry, as an account executive in the trade show and
exhibition field, and as a professional model-maker.