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Tuesday, 19 July 2016

New Location: Noosa, Australia

In keeping with my plan for a productive year of traveling and working, I've moved to a new base location for the next few months - and I'm so happy here!

Noosa is a small town on the East Coast of Australia, about two hours North of Brisbane in Queensland. I'm here on a working holiday visa and continuing my freelance writing and production work from this stunning coastal town.

I'm currently working on projects in Singapore and London - so please do get in touch if you think I can help with any upcoming ideas.


Friday, 27 May 2016

Decoded Fashion London Summit 2016

I’m back in the UK, and am delighted to have supported an event that I’ve been following since its creation in 2012: Decoded Fashion.


On my first summer in London directly after graduation, I discovered a fantastic side to the city that doubtlessly fuelled my career along with the passion I have for it. First Thursdays: or as I saw it back then, an opportunity to drink free wine in nice locations whilst practicing my mingling skills. Needless to say, the events themselves – often informal, tech-city style MeetUps – taught me a great deal about what I was actually interested in, along with what makes a good event.

One particularly fantastic MeetUp I attended that summer (2013) was one run by Decoded Fashion. The brand, previously run by the kick-ass Liz Bacelar and now owned and directed by Stylus, produce major international Fashion Technology conferences, but a few years ago were much more low-key. We met in a venue on brick lane and talked about the technology that was changing the London fashion scene at the time (I distinctly remember a presentation from Chirp.io), and I thought it was the coolest group of female bosses ever in one room.

Last week however, I was delighted to support pre-event and on-site at Decoded Fashion London Summit 2016, held at the familiar location of Kings Place, Kings Cross. Over two days (May 16 – 17), the 400-delegate strong conference provided and developed a fascinating conversation between start-ups, major fashion brands and technologists, through a shared discourse of the future of fashion through technology.

A particular highlight for me was the Mentorship Hub space (which I was managing on-site), within which delegates could schedule meetings with high-profile tech execs from a variety of successful brands. The generosity of knowledge along with the guidance shared was very inspiring, and this paired with the (insanely good) content on the main stage was an incredible combo.

I was also very pleased (!) to be invited to the Decoded Fashion Awards evening at LSO St Luke’s, which followed the event. It was a stunning evening with a three-course dinner along with some fantastic socialising. Follow the link below for information on all the categories and winners: http://blog.decodedfashion.com/stories/the-fashion-futures-award-winners-2016-0

Working with the Decoded team was an amazing experience. The girls are fantastic, and the content delivery and relevance of their work has absolutely blown me away. Many thanks to all involved, and I hope to work with you again very soon!

Highlights form Decoded London Summit 2016: https://www.flickr.com/photos/decodedfashion/sets/72157668445244731

I'm currently taking commissions as a Freelance Producer for any kind of international conference event. Please do let me know if you think I could help pre-show or on-site at your event: faith.robinson@hotmail.co.uk

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Virtual Reality: engaging with a new medium

Regardless of how different the processes involved are, the impact that all kinds of emerging technologies are having on a number of sectors create similar kinds of disruption. 

I've recently been commissioned to carry out some extensive content research looking into the world of Virtual Reality - and have been fascinated by the parallels I've found between this industry and that of 3D printing. The supposed incoming revolution that Virtual Reality (VR) poses to an international array of individuals, companies and industries alike looks set to change the way the that people interact with one another - in what could be a very essential way. The immersive experience of being instantly taken to a virtual environment bridges geographical gaps the world over. For example - rather than traveling to another country for a meeting, conference or event, the introduction of VR allows users to very realistically 'feel' that experience - potentially from their own living room sofa or office desk.

http://www.wired.com/2015/04/virtual-reality-journalism-nyt-mag/


The implications of this major shift in inter-human relations could be huge, and I'm excited to follow the development of this Digital Humanities issue. Like with all emerging tech, VR needs to become both relevant and affordable to a very large group of people before it becomes 'mainstream' - however, one crucial aspect of the tech is that the gaming industry stands as a perfect access point to it. Personal VR devices are already becoming popular for dedicated gaming enthusiasts, and as the price of the hardware drops over the coming months and years, who knows what applications Virtual Reality could introduce.

Check out 2017's inaugural London edition of The Virtual Reality Show: an event which I've been working on for the last few months in terms of content production, trend research and conference agenda curation.
http://www.virtualrealityshow.co.uk/ 


Sunday, 7 February 2016

3D Printing: The Future is Now for FACT

FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) is the UK's leading media arts centre, based in Liverpool - and is an institution that I've long been interested in. Despite having never visited, I was happy to be invited to write a guest blog post about 3D printing in sync with their most recent exhibition: 'Build Your Own: Tools for Sharing', as part of DoESLiverpool's DesktopProsthetics project.



In this short thought-piece, I embark upon the challenge of briefly explaining what 3D printing technology actually is / does, along with a short investigation into how it is meaningfully being used in the Arts. Technology has almost always played a part in contemporary sculpture, and I attempt to extend that tradition by introducing 3D printing as (simply) a new medium with which artists are exploring their practice, in addition to standing as a tool for desktop makers:


http://www.fact.co.uk/news-articles/2015/11/3d-printing-the-future-is-now.aspx


All3DP: Company Profiling

Despite having worked in the 3D printing industry for a number of years, my latest commission challenged me in a rather unfamiliar way. My work has always focused on the curatorial, creative and investigative side of how additive manufacture is being used - but lately, I've been focusing on the industry itself, and which companies around the world are shaping it.

After jumping into the (slightly daunting) world of freelance, I was delighted to be approached by All3DP to create some really important content for the site. Based in Germany, the industry blog investigates the technology as well as the latest news and updates from the world of 3D printing - and over the last few weeks, I've been profiling the most relevant companies that are helping shape this space.

With facts as well as explanations of what each company delivers and specializes in, feel free to jump on board at All3DP to learn more about which companies you need to know about in order to navigate this exciting industry.

https://all3dp.com/


Sunday, 29 November 2015

New Location: Japan

After spending the past few years working on a series of international events from my base just outside London, I'm delighted to be setting up a new, nomadic life for myself over on the other side of the world for a few months: Japan.


The experience of working temporarily within a number of different countries (UK, USA, France, Germany, Spain, UAE) over the last few months has hugely shaped both my interests and my perspective - along with my desire to experience a more varied range of cultural understanding. Knowledge sharing is a beautiful way to transcend barriers between people, and from the (translated) conferences, exhibitions and events I've produced so far in my career, what I've come to love more and more is witnessing connections being made between individuals, industries and cultures.
 
Moving to Japan has not been a difficult decision for me. I have been desperate to experience life and work beyond my own culture for a while now: America and Europe offer a stunning variation of ideas and approaches to art and technology, but it was the mild culture-shock of working in the UAE last month that helped me confirm my decision to cut ties with the UK for a while and leave in search of (my understanding of) stranger places.

I'll be spending the first few months of my Japanese adventure based on the Northern island of Hokkaido - where I will be indulging in one of my real, physical passions in life: powder skiing. From here, I'll be writing freelance while I continue my research into some of Japan's most interesting art/tech institutes - whether that be innovative companies in Tokyo, or arts museums / galleries / bodies elsewhere. I hope to find out more about Japan's arts and academic communities (especially in terms of Digital Humanities), in addition to grappling with the language as much as I can.

All ideas are welcome at this point, so if there's any way I could help with your project, then please do not hesitate to let me know. Please feel free to check up on my personal blog for more posts relating to my travels - and the interesting art, tech and design that I find along the way.

Monday, 23 November 2015

Ze illest Skejdaz

I've moved to Japan!

I'm having a bit of a break from the 9 - 5 to indulge in another of my passions in life: skiing!
Keep up with my other world on my other blog: http://zeillestskejdaz.tumblr.com/ - it's going to be beautiful!

In the meantime, I'm still working on a freelance basis with editorial work specific to the 3D printing industry. If there's any way I can support your business, then please do get in touch with me via email as I'm always interested in collaborations.