Tapping into creativity

Tapping into creativity

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Designers from around the world, including Danny Yount (centre), exchange views and ideas at the annual conference.
Designers from around the world, including Danny Yount (centre), exchange views and ideas at the annual conference.
Photo: Sinclair Communications
Semi-Permanent is an annual creative conference that has been going for nine years around the world but has only just come to Hong Kong. Still, it was worth waiting for.

Professionals from all fields of design, from graffiti to architecture, and illustration and animation, came to the city to give insights into their work last week.

US graphics guru Danny Yount explained some of the creative and technical processes behind the breathtaking hi-tech action sequences in movies such as Iron Man and Tron: Legacy.

London-based artist Conny Freyer of Troika Design Group said it was important to push technological frontiers by working with experts in other areas such as engineers and biologists.

One great example of this, she said, was the Seed Cathedral, the British pavilion at the Shanghai Expo.

The highlight of the day was the screening of the award-winning documentary, Bouncing Cats, from photographer and director Nabil Elderkin.

The film shows one man's dream to create a better life for the children of Uganda through free workshops based on B-boy culture.

The film crew risked their lives by going into rural parts of the country where different groups were fighting. You can visit them and support their cause on www.bouncingcats.com.

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