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Robots, comics and one helluva slide night

In architecture, festival, graphic design, illustration, industrial design, technology on 29 July 2009 at 4:35 am

The Sydney Design 09 festival starts this Saturday, 1 August. Kollektor has already given you a heads-up about five great ticketed events, the talk on the Bruno Benini archive and the tour of treasures from the Caroline Simpson Library.

Here are three more events to consider: a collection of cool talks.

Pecha Kucha

Pecha Kucha

Pecha Kucha – the Japanese term for the sound of conversation – is an event which gives anyone with something creative to share a forum. Presenters are allowed 20 slides shown for 20 seconds each, and there are 20 presentations in a single night. Snappy!

Devised by Tokyo-based Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham of Klein Dytham architecture in 2003, the idea of Pecha Kucha nights spread virally and are now held regularly in more than 100 cities around the world.

This will be the 12th Pecha Kucha night in Sydney. Confirmed presenters include Lacoste + Stevenson architect David Stevenson, artist George Khut and Triple J programmer and presenter Craig Schuftan. More will be announced here as they are confirmed.

Thursday 6 August, 6.30–9.30pm | Carriageworks, 245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh | $10


9 out of 10 robots will kill you

Who could resist the combination of robots and movies? Only something with milky android circulatory fluid flowing through its veins.

Tom Barker will be looking at the future of robots and humanoid design for the 21st century through the medium of movies featuring robots, sentient computers and androids. Selections include Metropolis (1927), Modern Times (1936), Forbidden Planet (1956), 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Westworld (1973), Dark Star (1974), The Stepford Wives (1975), the Star Wars franchise (1977–2005), Blade Runner (1982), The Terminator (1984), RoboCop (1987) and I, Robot (2004).

Tom Barker is Professor of Architecture Design and Innovation in the UTS Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building. His research in advanced architecture and technologies has contributed to the Millennium Dome Mind Zone with Zaha Hadid, the London Eye, the Tokyo Guggenheim Design, the Digital Sphere for the Norwegian Education Department and the London Olympics 2012.

Monday 10 August, 6.30pm | Level 4 courtyard, Peter Johnson Building, DAB Building 6, UTS, 702–730 Harris St, Ultimo | free

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Working with comic book heroes

Sydney-based comic creator and illustrator Matt Huyhn received the 2008 Design NSW Travelling Scholarhip and used it to take an intensive creative retreat in Britain and in New York. He was an intern under illustrator Jillian Tamaki, teachers Jessica Abel and Matt Madden and publishers RAW Books, where he attended studio visits by some of contemporary comics best innovators.

He’ll be talking about some of the lessons learned and how this experience is shaping his future aspirations for a local comics identity, readership and authorship.

You can see more of Matt’s work at his site, here.

Wednesday 12 August, 12.30–1.15pm | Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris St, Ultimo | free with museum admission

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