Analogue/Digital conference line-up

Published:  May 3, 2011
Analogue/Digital conference line-up

For those of you in regional Australia, here is a design conference for you.

Analogue/Digital, proudly supported by desktop, will take place on the Sunshine Coast on 13 May, with a stellar speaker line-up planned. The event is described as “a regional creative conference which delivers high profile creative leaders to the intimate backdrop of your local nook/cranny.”


Get ready for six exceptional speakers:

Claudio Kirac
Billabong art director, fashion photographer and founder of AW
Claudio Kirac is a ‘modern day renaissance man’ of sorts. Based on the Gold Coast, his career spans more than 15 years as a professional artist, photographer, designer and consultant, working primarily in the fashion and music industries. With his head in the clouds and two feet planted firmly on the ground, Claudio is constantly investigating the crossover between art and popular culture whilst questioning the norm within the commercial field.

Claudio Kirac (image from his site

Matthew O’Brien
Photographer, cinematographer
Matthew O’Brien has been raised to view the world with open eyes. From shooting various people and places around the world, Matt has gained invaluable experience, enabling him to create his own unique style in capturing more then just action, his photographs have a propensity in capturing the atmosphere of a location. Through persistent work ethic and an individual perspective, he has made a name for himself as one of today’s, top young Australian surf photographers.

Matthew 'O Brien (image taken from his site

Simon Degroot
Fine artist
Using mostly painting Simon Degroot is interested in themes surrounding late consumerism and commodity fetishism with a focus on ideas about art as an object for sale. Degroot is also interested in the idea of the uncanny, a Freudian concept of uncomfortable feelings for something familiar. Through his work Degroot explores this paradigm by juxtaposing elements of outsider art and childlike drawing alongside images of urban culture and graffiti, explored in previous exhibitions including Superbouquet, Shadow Boxing, A Screaming Comfort and The Happy Mad.

Simon Degroot. Abundance (taken from

Jeremy Wortsman
Director – The Jacky Winter Group
Born in New York, Jeremy Wortsman began his career in editorial design – as the guy who did the assigning of illustration. After a short stint in Sydney living in a very bizarre share house, he relocated to Melbourne in 2001. While working a series of odd jobs, such as retouching photos of dog food and dishwashing (he lasted six hours), Jeremy co-founded and designed Is Not Magazine. Together with Is Not collaborator and friend Stuart Geddes, he started the design practice Chase&Galley, before moving on to establish The Jacky Winter Group.

Jeremy Wortsman. 'Staff Portrait' by Diego Patiño

Vaughan Blakey
Editor – Surfing World magazine, Contributor – Monster Children, Frontman – Goons of Doom
Vaughans career kicked of at quite an early age. At 14 he had a poem published in tracks, although resulting in a beating, it was a life experience none the less. Four years later Vaughan found himself doing work experience with tracks. At 19 he was editing waves, one of the biggest surf magazines in the country. Today Vaughan is head honcho editor at Surfing World, Australia’s oldest board riding publication. On the side he’ s a skilled surfer and plays in garage punk band ‘goons of doom’ – along with professional surfer Ozzie Wright, Bang Bang, Cut Throat and Killer.

Vaughan Blakey. Frontman of Goons of Doom.

World class grafitti artist
Hailing from Brisbane, Sofles jokes that his tag sounds like a box of tissues or something from a hallmark card. He began painting graffiti in 2000 after a few artists in his class invited him on a mission. A few pieces later Sofles wanted to get better as fast as he could. He began experimenting with 3Ds however a more traditional style was developed and then improved upon. He quickly became known around the globe as an artist putting in both quantity and quality. As he mastered his craft Sofles gained the reputation of “Special Effects Wizard” a reference to his uncanny ability to take a standard painting and take it to the next level. Today Sofles continues to produce great work with his amazing graffiti talent and is definitely one to keep an eye on.

Sofles at work.

Speaker bio’s taken from the Analogue/Digital website – head there for further information about the conference and to buy tickets.

All images copyright by the respective artists.

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