CreateWorld Conference 2014

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On Thursday 12th February I had the privilege of keynoting at the CreateWorld conference at Griffith University in Brisbane.


CreateWorld is a … 2 day performance, presentation, and professional development event, specifically for academic and technical staff who work in the digital arts disciplines.

It was a great experience meeting and working with a wide range of digital arts experts, many of whom use a range of Adobe tools in their work, play, productions and research.



The day 1 keynote, Dr Jon McCormack from Monash University in Melbourne, gave an insightful presentation titled Creative Ecosystems for the 21st Century. Jon has a strong background in art, mathematics and computer science. He is currently an ARC ARF/QEII fellow in the Faculty of Information Technology at Monash University in Melbourne, a researcher in computing and an internationally acclaimed electronic media artist.

IMG_6228Jon has a background in art, mathematics and computer science and his research seeks to discover new kinds of creativity using digital technology for visualisation and virtual environments, evolutionary systems, machine intelligence, human-computer interaction, music composition and sound arts. He is the recipient of more than 15 international awards for both art and computing research, most recently the 2012 Eureka Prize for Innovation in Computer Science.

Key quote from Jon’s presentation – “Real creativity makes you think more”


The delegates came from universities and Tafe colleges from all over Australia and New Zealand and represented a large cross section of digital arts experiences. Many of them were active users of Adobe tools in their compositions and their research and it was a pleasure to be able to share with them some of the research Adobe has been doing on the importance of creativity in education and to get Richard Turner-Jones (Adobe’s QLD Solutions Consultant) to wow them with some of the new features of the Adobe Creative Cloud.

I’d like to congratulate Professor Andrew Brown from Griffith University for organising and hosting this event and I look forward to hopefully being involved again in the future.

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