x = independently organized TED event
los angeles, United States
June 4th, 2010
About this event
CREATIVITY IN THE NEW WORLD - Social Media
Curt Smith is a Los Angeles-based musician, singer and songwriter. Perhaps best known for co-founding the seminal Brit-pop group Tears For Fears, with which he continues to tour worldwide, he's also released several solo albums. His most recent single, "All Is Love," features avant-garde cellist Zoe Keating, whom Smith met via Twiter. "All Is Love" is the first song of an album-length project on which Smith plans to collaborate with artists he meets or discovers via social media. Smith is a self-confessed technology geek and early social media adopter. He's been a speaker/panelist at events including 140TC and the L.A. Creative Commons salon, and has guest-blogged for the Huffington Post.
Short bio of this Rob Schwartz is the Chief Creative Officer of the Los Angeles office of TBWA\CHIAT\DAY. During his tenure, the office has experienced unprecedented growth to both its creative reputation and bottom line. In fact, the LA office was recently named Adweek's Agency of The Year. And the work of out of the LA office contributed to helping TBWA\CHIAT\DAY earn "Most Awarded Advertising Agency in the World" according to the Gunn Report. A writer by trade, Rob's work has earned nearly every major advertising award as well as Adweek's "Best of the Decade." Rob was recently named "Leader of The Year" by the Los Angeles Advertising Agencies Association (now known as ThinkLA) and he is a proud member of the Los Angeles advertising community. Rob has been the key creative leader on the Visa "go" campaign; Visa's first-ever global advertising effort. He has also lead new creative efforts on Pepsi's most recent Pepsi Refresh Project initiative, Nissan's global, long-running SHIFT_ campaign, and pretty much everything else that comes out of the LA office. Rob has been leading the charge to merge traditional and digital creative at the Los Angeles office. And was recently a judge at the prestigious One Show Interactive and ANDY Awards.
Jay Mark Last Johnson
Within his most recent projects begun in 2005, artist Jay Mark Johnson produces photographic images that challenge the norms of perception. Throughout his career, in work spanning the disciplines of drawing and painting, printmaking, filmmaking, performance, architecture, and photography, he has made visible the intersection of human nature and society. Johnson holds a Master of Architecture degree from Tulane University in New Orleans. He studied and worked at the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies in New York City. During the late 1970s and the early 1980s, his associations with architects Peter Eisenman, Rem Koolhaas, Aldo Rossi, Kenneth Frampton, Buckminster Fuller and Lebbeus Woods enabled him to explore questions of representation and time in both built and conceptual architecture. In the late 1990s, the artist returned to graduate studies in Linguistic and Biological Anthropology at UCLA. Works of his are in the permanent collections of the MOMA in New York, the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., the Art Institute of Chicago, as well as the Collection Frederick R. Weisman, Los Angeles, California, the Langen Foundation, Hombroich, Germany and the Alison and Peter W. Klein Museum Kunstwerk Collection, Eberdingen, Germany.