January 2017 (Originally scheduled for October 2016 but rescheduled due to Hurricane Matthew)
Mark Amerika is an artist, theorist, novelist, and Professor of Art and Art History at the University of Colorado. He holds a Masters in Fine Art (MFA) in Creative Writing from Brown University (1997). Amerika has exhibited his art in many international venues, including: the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, USA), the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, USA), the Denver Art Museum (Denver, USA), the Institute of Contemporary Arts (London, England), ZKM (Karlsruhe, Germany), La Biennale de Montreal (Montreal, Canada), and the Museum of the Moving Image (New York, USA).
Michael Holman is a filmmaker, artist, writer, and musician, based in New York City. A pioneer in the Downtown New York Art Scene and Uptown Hip Hop Scene, Holman founded the band Gray – an industrial atmospheric, noise group – with painter Jean-Michel Basquiat, as well as created and produced the first Hop Hop television show, Graffiti Rock in 1984.
Julien de Casabianca
Julien de Casabianca is a visual artist and movie maker. His work is always related to the street. His first feature-length film, titled “Passing By,” was shot during three years in the streets of 44 cities in 22 countries. It included only anonymous passers by. After his first movie, Julien de Casabianca was chosen by Costa-Gavras and Jean-Jacques Beineix to become a member of ARP, the legendary French guild of 150 authors, directors, and producers.
Christo, with his late wife, Jeanne-Claude, have created monumental works enveloping rural and urban structures for more than half a century, including “Surrounded Islands” in Miami, the “Wrapped Reichstag” in Brewlin, and “The Gates” in New York City’s Central Park. Their works, although temporary in nature, are some of the most recoganizable in the world due to their large scale, impact on the viewer, and the artists’ commitment to preservation through film and photography.
Vito di Bari
Vito Di Bari maintains a global reputation of excellence as the world’s premier futurist, innovation strategist, and most amazingly charming and entertaining keynote speaker. Vito is the only keynote speaker who has been invited to present for TEDx conferences on all five of the world continents. Vito is an esteemed former professor of Project Design and Management of Innovation at the Polytechnic University and Bocconi University of Milan. He has also served as the Executive Director for the MI Institute of UNESCO. Vito is the acclaimed author of over ten bestsellers and his many achievements have been features by more than 100 media outlets including the Harvard Business Review, Wired and Architectural Digest. The Financial Times has deemed Vito Di Bari “The New European Guru of Innovation.”