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My Super Creative City at Semi-Permanent

Unitec Institute of Technology will be inviting the design community at Semi-Permanent&

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Delegates attending this week’s Semi-Permanent event will have an opportunity to be part of a creative exhibition organised by Unitec Institute of Technology.

Second-year students from Unitec’s Bachelor of Design and Visual Arts (Product and Furniture Design) programme will be running an interactive exhibition called “My Super Creative City”.

Delegates attending this week’s Semi-Permanent event will have an opportunity to be part of a creative exhibition organised by Unitec Institute of Technology.

Second-year students from Unitec’s Bachelor of Design and Visual Arts (Product and Furniture Design) programme will be running an interactive exhibition called “My Super Creative City”.

Delegates will be encouraged to take A3 sheets of paper and create buildings and other artifacts they would like to see around Auckland City if they could design the area.

Department of Designs and Visual Arts senior lecturer, Dr Cris de Groot, is overseeing his students’ exhibition, which is based on the Claystation project that he has been part of for the past seven years.

Claystation is based around encouraging audiences to participate in projects through various art forms from painting to drawing to modelling and animation.

“My Super Creative City is a participatory platform for the creative industries of Auckland to respond to the changes going on in our city, and for them to dream about how design would change the city,” says De Groot.

“So in short, the design community of Auckland is contributing to a creative, aspirational animation of what we'd love our city to become.”

Once the buildings have been constructed, they will then be placed on a conveyor belt that will act as a road with a camera snapping away. These images will then be made into a stop-frame animation film.

De Groot says the exhibition will give his students some valuable exposure to what they can expect of the creative industries once they graduate.

Several other Unitec staff and students will be involved in Semi-Permanent where Unitec is one of the major event partners.

Unitec has also managed to arrange some workshops for its students with New York graphic design artist, Jessica Hische who is one of the guest speakers for Semi-Permanent.

The workshop will be on Thursday, and Hische will work with students on their current projects and give them some valuable feedback.

Semi-Permanent is one of the largest events on the Auckland creative industries calendar and is a design event that consists of a conference and side events, which include exhibitions, competitions, workshops and parties.

Other guests include Andrew Gordon from Hollywood animation company Pixar who has created well-known characters such as Gill from Finding Nemo and Edna Mode from The Incredibles.

Semi-Permanent is on between 20 and 21 August at the Aotea Centre in Auckland.

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Unitec

19 Aug 2010

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