Tony Hawk & Mr Brainwash head up Semi-Permanent Sydney

Published:  January 31, 2014

The Semi-Permanent season is beginning for 2014 and the conference has just released the first of its Sydney speakers. Featuring a heavy representation from New York and LA, Twitter has been chirping with excitement over the announcement of two speakers in particular — skateboarder and entrepreneur Tony Hawk and the LA-based artist, Mr Brainwash.

Exposed to a worldwide audience through Banksy’s film, Exit Through The Giftshop, Mr Brainwash is the moniker of Thierry Guetta, a filmmaker who followed street artists, including Banksy, for years before trying the artform himself. As shown in Exit…, Guetta was encouraged by Banksy to experiment with art, culminating in a star-studded exhibition opening that was originally scheduled to run for only two weeks, yet was extended for three months, attracting more than 50,000 visitors. Since then his position in the LA art scene has been secured, working with the likes of Madonna, Dolce & Gabanna and Red Hot Chilli Peppers. His involvement in the film, where Banksy later regrets encouraging Mr Brainwash’s artful attempts and is quoted “I used to encourage everyone I knew to make art; I don’t do that so much anymore…” threw the spectacular rise of Mr Brainwash into question — was it all just a Banksy joke? Nevertheless, his career and reputation continues to win fans.

The eternally charming Peter-Pan character of Tony Hawk will be joined on stage by fellow skateboarder Corbin Harris to have a discussion about creating a personal brand and being an integral part of the entire history of skateboarding. Hawk’s incredible expanse of a career has lead him into many ventures, including his popular video game, and has proven that careful decision-making in the growth of your own brand can yield long-term rewards.

Together, these two speakers should lend a unexpected chemistry to the usual design/illustration representation of creative conferences. Other speakers include Tara McPherson (US), Carl Addy (UK), Cheryl Dunn (US), Ben Lowry (US), Maud (AU), Henry Wilson (AU) and Colin Renshaw (AU).

Cheryl Dunn, photographer

Carl Addy of Mill+, design and animation

Henry Wilson, object and industrial design

Ben Lowy, photographer

One Response

  1. Sam Cross

    No semi permanent in Perth this year?

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