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Jan 13 / isaac

blinkBL_Nk # 10

It’s 2011 and we’re back in action! For our January edition, we’ll be returning to the cozy confines of Blu Jazz for another great night of speakers, music, and good old fashioned socializing. It’s a classic blinkBL-NK grab bag this month, so please come down and enjoy the variety. And remember, do come early so you have time to grab  a good seat and nosh on some tasty Blu Jazz eats before the fun begins.

Also, please note that starting with this event, we will be asking attendees for a donation of $5 to support our New Years resolutions of bringing better photography, video, and web design to blinkBL_NK. The fee will not be compulsory, but for those who can afford it, we very much appreciate your support.

EVENT DETAILS

Date: Wednesday, January 19
Time: Doors at 7:00 PM, first speaker at 7:30 PM
Place: Blu Jazz, 11 Bali Lane (Entrance on Ophir Road)
Cost: Free to enter, $5 suggested donation

TALK SUMMARIES

Talk 1: Street Photography: The Invisible Photographers
Description:  Street photography is a genre within documentary photography that attempts to capture life and the human condition in a manner that is unaltered in any way by the presence of the photographer. Street photographers try to document life as is, and if they’re lucky enough, the quirks that come with it. Amongst street photographers, the purists follow a set of rigorous rules, such as: only black and white pictures, no flash, no setup, and click only on rangefinders. In this talk, Navjot Pawera will introduce the genre of street photography and share some of his pictures and experiences in his quest to capture the essence of the street.

Bio: Nav has been experimenting with photography for almost a decade. Somewhere along the way, his lust for travelling, love for walking around in big cities and intrigue for the quirks of daily life led him to develop a love for street photography. Nav’s new year’s resolution this year is the same as last year (which was the same as the one year before) – “I shall get a smaller camera and click more”. For more pics fro Nav, see: www.flickr.com/djnavv.

Talk 2: Spirituality in the Arts

Description:  One day Kandinsky saw one of his paintings hanging upside down and he was surprised to find out that it still was pleasant to look at. Art history tells us that this hwas the day when he invented abstract art. In front of abstract art, the eye is not busy deciphering a representation of reality. And still, shapes on a painting can trigger emotions. Kandinsky made attempts at rationalizing the power of shapes and colors. He researched correspondances with music scales.  Ultimately he was trying to define a syntax to better represent spirituality. In this talk, Thibaut Camdessus will look at some masterpieces of 20th century abstract art in an attempt to show how they can be a powerfull conduit to meditation.

Speaker Bio: Thibaut is the founder and managing director of UrbanMedia Studio, a boutique digital agency based in Singapore. Prior to setting up UrbanMedia, Thibaut held key positions in publishing companies where he envisioned award-winning and successful new products and online strategies with a focus on consumer technology. Thibaut graduated in Film and Television production from ESRA (Paris) and was awarded the prestigious Citere Grant from the French Government to conduct post-graduate research in international study of new media technologies.

Talk 3 – Tales from the Near Future – Stories from the Frontline of Social Innovation

Description:  In this talk, Stuart Smith, CEO of Innovation Co Wood Holmes (UK and PtE) and JFDI startup mentor, will be sharing experiences of his work in social innovation and in particular his use of ethnographic techniques on social and technological innovation projects. Stuart will be telling stories but will not be using strobe light effects!

Speaker Bio:  Stuart Smith is an expert in Smart Cities, Social Media and Innovation. His experience, spanning consultancy with major private and public-sector clients, allows him to identify opportunities for SMEs to collaborate and innovate new IDM products and services. As CEO of Wood Holmes, Stuart and his team work internationally with large corporate brands and governments in areas of strategy, digital innovation and sustainability consulting. Some clients include ACAS, O2, Bouygues, Deloittes, HSBC, SABIC, BT, Manchester Enterprise BERR and Design Council.
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