OBSERVER TEDx MARCH 10
I really enjoyed sitting down being entertained for a day. The element of surprise, the emotional impact and mix of different contents are intoxicating in a way that most design events are not. Here the sheer variation was heart-warming. Alvaro Restrepo, his childhood re-enacted as a silent dance, produced his band of Colombian street kids out of the dark. These highly-skilled dancers gave me the first buzz of the day with a series of evocative scenes. Accompanied by Buskaid Soweto’s string ensemble, this magical collaboration made me feel the world coming together from different corners, bringing welcome escapism. Then, dancing psychologist Peter Lovatt transferred feeling to our bodies getting us to dance in our seats. [make link better] If that is possible imagine what you can do in a kitchen?
Miguel Torres, Spanish MD of the eponymous company, told us how his wine company was going to make wine an eco-drink. I can go on drinking the stuff and feel good about it! Next on the agenda was optimism, with Tali Sharot explaining how we have loads of this for our families but not for the state, an explanation for the way pessimism enters public life so easily.
Dance and music made the harrowing but brilliant speaker of the day, Giles Durley and his mutilated body, bearable. Plan B, the white rapper was blunt as well as formidable in his analysis of disaffected youth. Was he there for his music or his message?
Local TEDx are less corporate than their bigger brothers, and at £65 instead of $5000 per head, more democratic too. If T stands for technology, E entertainment and D Design then E dominated through music and dance. John Mullholland, the Observer editor, was truly superb as the announcer and comic interlude. Thank you to every speaker for a really well-designed day.
For live video footage: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL880EAF3F736F99AC