Art Stage Singapore 2017 - Southeast Asia Forum: Disruption by Design – Cha...
Art Stage Singapore 2017
Southeast Asia Forum
Disruption by Design –
Challenging the Commercial Capture of Creativity
With Vikram Channa, Don McIntyre and Joel Yarbrough
Moderated by Henry Middleton
Date: Saturday, 14 January 2017
Time: 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Venue: Marina Bay Sands, Sands Expo & Convention Centre
Level 3, Angsana Room (3E and 3F), 10 Bayfront Avenue
That there seems to be less artistic innovation of consequence today, is among other factors, due to a contradictory perception regarding art’s relationship to commerce. Where many artists have trouble seeing themselves as entrepreneurs, the applied arts are trained to be attuned to the changing realities of the commercial world. Design in particular has been steadily making more cultural impact on society. However, it too cannot avoid the commercialisation of creativity.
Rapidly developing digital technologies are being harnessed by some businesses to break out of this cast of commercialisation, which typically inundates markets with trendier iterations of the same tried-and-tested idea. By using such technologies to converse directly with their consumers to find out what they really want, outcomes made possible include: swift introduction to market, failure that is not fatal, and perhaps most significantly, social benefits become just as important business objectives as commercial profit.
In this session, three design and business innovators discuss how creative capacities can be strategically capitalised to engineer such “preferred futures”. As disruptions become a normal state of affairs in our increasingly complex world, is it possible for socially beneficial disruptions to stay true to their course? Or will they eventually become part of the establishment? What would this mean for existing market, education and learning systems? Are there lessons for art here?
Vice President, Production and Development / Commercial Partnerships, Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific
Design Director, Institute of Design Innovation,
Glasgow School of Art
Head of Payments and Commerce Partnerships, Grab
About the Speakers
Vikram Channa is Vice President of Production and Development/Commercial Partnerships, Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific (DNAP). Responsible for the production of all original Discovery content out of Asia-Pacific, he works closely with DNAP’s senior management and country heads to provide editorial direction. He first joined Discovery in 1995. He has taken on various roles within the company from on-air promotions to programming and production. More recently he has been additionally tasked to create content driven commercial partnerships with government and corporate organisations. Together with his team, he executive produced over 1,200 documentaries, several of which garnered accolades at events such as the Asia Television Awards, New York Festival, Omni Intermedia, and the Academy Awards. He began his working career in India as an independent producer of short films. Vikram has a Masters in both History and Film and Television Production from New Delhi, India, and also holds an MBA from the Booth School of Business, University of Chicago, USA.
Don McIntyre is Design Director of the Institute of Design Innovation at The Glasgow School of Art (GSA). Having graduated from GSA with a degree in Product Design, he went on to complete an MSc in Computer Science from Strathclyde University, building a then-unfashionable expertise in the combination of creative and technical disciplines. His first role as 3D designer with virtual reality pioneers Virtuality, Leicester, utilised this blended skill set and he was part of the Tokyo-based team that ported Pac Man from 2D to an immersive 3D environment. In mid 90s he moved to London, working as a Designer and later Digital Project Manager with web development and communications agencies. On returning to Scotland, Don became Operations Manager with DA Group, Glasgow, known for creating Ananova, the first ‘digital newscaster’. Don retains his passion for design and technology, and has spoken on the emergence of Design Innovation as an integrative discipline at forums including Cambridge University, MIT and Harvard University. He splits his time between GSA and Chess Digital, where he is Creative Lead.
Joel Yarbrough is Head, Payment and Commerce Partnerships for Grab. In this role, he drives payments strategy and opportunities for Grab and its partners and oversees the end-to-end experience as users pay for and through Grab across the Southeast Asian region. He has over 20 years of solution, product management, and partnership experience, having served in senior management roles in leading internet, finance, and management consulting firms. Throughout his career, he has been passionate about connecting the dots to make product vision a reality. He relishes the challenge of taking apart complex technology systems and rebuilding them to address real problems. Prior to joining Grab, Joel spent over six years at PayPal overseeing product strategy, product delivery in APAC, and delivery of solutions for large online and omni-channel partners. He was also a founding board member of PayPal’s non-profit and charitable giving fund. Joel holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and currently lives in Singapore.
Henry Middleton’s eclectic career is made up of three broad areas — British Army officer, corporate executive, and entrepreneur — the common strands of which are his experience in solving or improving situations without restraints, imposed, assumed or limited by what has gone before, and in designing their delivery through effective integration of people, process and purpose. These have resulted in creating new business and corporate start-ups, developing and delivering business and organisational change relating to expansion and merger and acquisition, and diagnosing and leading crisis recovery. Transiting numerous sectors, his predominant sector is Television & Media with roles in MTV, BBC, Discovery, MediaCorp and CASBAA, among others. He is based in Singapore and London.
Date and Time
Marina Bay Sands, Sands Expo & Convention Centre
Level 3, Angsana Room (3E and 3F)
10 Bayfront Avenue