Bringing the creative community together to share inspiration
PanicRoom is a bi-annual inspiration evening curated and hosted by PostPanic. What started in 2009 as an intimate gathering of like-minded souls sharing what makes them tick, has grown to one of the most sought-after invitations on the Amsterdam creative calendar attracting a much respected and eclectic line-up of speakers. PanicRoom has also started touring at festivals worldwide.
Gavin Watson was born in London in 1965 and grew up on a council estate in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. He bought a Hanimex camera from Woolworths in his early teens and began to take photographs. Upon leaving school at the age of sixteen, Watson moved back to London and became a darkroom assistant at Camera Press. He continued to photograph his younger brother Neville and their group of skinhead friends in High Wycombe. The ‘Wycombe Skins’ were part of the working-class skinhead subculture brought together by a love of ska music and fashion. Although skinhead style had become associated with the right-wing extremism of political groups like the National Front in the 1970s, Watson’s photographs document a time and place where the subculture was racially mixed and inclusive. His photographs were published in the books Skins (1994) and Skins and Punks (2008), and the director Shane Meadows cited them as an inspiration for his film This is England (2006). In 2011 and 2012 Watson photographed campaigns for Dr Martens and began a project with the singer Plan B.
Marshmallow Laser Feast is an experiential art collective working in the liminal space between art, technology and the natural world. The collective creates specific visual languages that expand perception and inform our lived experiences. Their expertise has earned them a reputation for creating the seemingly impossible—for producing experiences that push boundaries, redefine expectations and excite audiences worldwide.
Max Helmut is a warrior-artist, futurist, polymath, transmedia + street artist, DJ, disruptor, digital prophet, inventor, hacker, motivational speaker, entrepreneur, rebel scholar, philosopher, tech evangelist, chief creative officer, storyteller and content creator ready to rock your world! Born from Berlin, Max is now a digital-nomad, traveling around the world sharing his wisdom of digital creativity and life. Max is a pioneer in VR, AR, AI, AL, ML and coined the term NR [New Reality] in his philosophy of the modern world, which is starting to gaining popularity in San Francisco and other places. Fluent in over 10,000 softwares, he is a member of MENSA since he was 13 years old.
TALK TITLE: Unlocking the SECRETS of your Creative Mind
In the world today, the individual is in digital relationships with many people, because of the internet and technology devices. We share ideas and society is always advancing, but are people happy? Can business and the future evolve together? Max Helmut is here to share his ideas and wisdom about the future of navigating the techno-scape, and offer his unique vision of creativity. Max will inspire and amaze with his personal history, and advice for creators trying to make it in todays competitive glocal economy. Full of tips and life hacks to maximize your creativity, but get ready for a challenge, Max is not afraid to tell you the truth!
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The PanicRoom is a bi-annual inspiration night created, curated and hosted by PostPanic. First launched back in 2009, The PanicRoom is our way of bringing together like-minded souls to find out what makes extraordinary creatives tick. The PanicRoom’s home is with PostPanic in Amsterdam but it’s also exported around the world, having started with ‘The PanicRoom: Mexico Edition’ in 2012.
Fuelled by our drink sponsors and good food, a PanicRoom night is most definitely not a portfolio night. Each event features 3 specially invited speakers, chosen by PostPanic because of their inspirational work, regardless of whether they are actual business competitors of PostPanic’s or not. This is because the aim of the PanicRoom is to share the subjects and people PostPanic find fascinating - it’s not a showcase and it’s not about wheeling and dealing.
Speakers to date have included:
Shynola (UK) • Pleix (FR) • United Visual Artists (UK) • Johnny Hardstaff (UK) • Kristoffer Borgli (Norway) • Terence Neale (SA) • Dougal Wilson (UK) • Dvein (SP) Vincent Fournier (FR) • Gmunk (US) • Aaron Duffy (US) • Si Scott (UK) • Jamie-James Medina (US/UK) • Niels Shoe Meulman (NL) • Sougwen Chung (US) • Andrew T Huang (US) • Man vs Machine (UK) • Polynoid (Ger) • Alex Turvey (UK) • Radical Friend (US) • Lucy McRae (AUS/ NL) • Fons Schiedon (NL) • Johan Rijpman (NL) • Sehsucht (DE) • HeyHeyHey (NL) • Hecq (DE) • The Stone Twins (IR) • DJ Kypski (NL) • Matt Blease (UK) • Matt Lambert (DE) • Jon Burgerman (US) • Lernert & Sander (NL)
All instructed to inspire and surprise an invite-only 120-strong audience consisting of Amsterdam’s key members from the advertising and creative communities. They each have 30 minutes to share all the things going round in their head - this could be bad album covers, youtube dance clips, snippets of history or just random images.