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2017 CMG® EUROPEAN CONFERENCE

Rozbeh Asmani – Colourmarks

Rozbeh Asmani – Colourmarks

In his series "Colourmarks“ Rozbeh Asmani deals with the aesthetics of capitalism. Therefore, he researched all registered colour trade marks in Germany and made abstract colour plates from these. While at first sight these works unfold their aesthetic power within the exhibition space, their actual function is revealed to the beholder only at a second glance: All colour hues used in this series represent colours that have been licensed by large corporations in order to set themselves apart from competing products and services. They are thus an expression of the competitive struggle within a capitalist system based on steady growth. Hence, Asmani addresses the occupation of collective memory by trademarks via the use of colour and reveals the complex link between colour, power and identity.

2016, Köln Foto: David Ertl

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VINCENT GREGOIRE

VINCENT GREGOIRE

While studying both interior and industrial design at the Ecole Camondo in Paris, Vincent Grégoire also found the time to work on a number of scenographic creations, accessories for fashion designers and advertising visuals.

Artistic director and designer of exclusive products for decorator Agnès Comar, he joined the NellyRodi Agency in 1991, where he became the driving force behind the early and rapid development of the NellyRodi Lifestyle Department.

Extremely committed to his clients, he travels the world in search of the latest trends, markets and consumers aspirations.

Animated by the desire to share his discoveries and analyses, he sees his “work” as a driving belt between marketing, creation and communication.

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Annie Atkins

Annie Atkins

Telegrams, love letters, and prison escape maps! 

You cannot miss hearing Annie Atkins to learn why it is not just the movie poster a graphic designer makes, but also any paper props that the actors work with on set. So how are graphics created that express a director's story, as well as contributing to the genre, period, and visual aesthetic of a film? Annie, will share the tricks of the trade with you at this inspiring presentation. 

Annie Atkins specializes in graphic design for filmmaking, having designed graphic props and set-pieces for all kinds of period features including three Oscar-nominated films: the animation The Boxtrolls, Spielberg's Bridge of Spies, and Wes Anderson's Grand Budapest Hotel - the latter of which went on to win the Academy Award for Best Production Design. Originally from Snowdonia in Wales she now lives in Dublin where she works from her own studio. 

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Tom Fecht

Tom Fecht

Tom Fecht launched his artistic career in 1992 at Jan Hoet’s Documenta IX. In the late 1990s, he embraced photography as his preferred medium and since then has produced an extensive body of landscape and portrait work. In recent years he became known for seascapes and night photography focusing on phenomena invisible to the naked eye. His large scale minimalist works cross the line between the physical world and the invisible, magic part of our universe, pushing photography to the edge of quantum physics.

As of 2012 his photographic works are limited to one unique vintage print. His work is regularly presented at TEFAF Maastricht and has featured in numerous museum exhibitions and collections, including the New National Galerie and Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin; Hamburger Kunsthalle, Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany, Bonn; Royal College of Art, London; Helmhaus Zurich; MuCEM Marseille and Musée des Beaux-Arts LAAC, Dunkerque and numerous private collections.

Fecht studied cybernetics, engineering, and art history at Columbia University New York and Technische Universität Berlin. As a young engineer, Fecht was involved in developing fax machines and computer-based imaging at IBM. In the 1970s, Fecht founded the gallery and publishing company Elefanten Press in Berlin. During the next two decades, Fecht worked as a gallerist, publisher, and editor focused on documentary and artistic photography. Fecht enjoys exploring photography as a tool in art, architecture and design; he also teaches at the Royal College of Art and Imperial College in London currently conducting scientific research on a new generation of scientific lenses and silver gelatins.

Tom Fecht