The Fringe: Live on the Edge
This is where you have no limits. This is the part of TGP 2016 where you can truly be what you want to be and express yourself about anything. This is where the rebels and nonconformists gather and talk about anything and everything.
Fringe/Geekery is the track which hosts the content that doesn’t fit anywhere else. If your talk is the square peg and the other tracks are round, come to Fringe and find your place - we’ll talk about anything that you’re passionate about and want to tell us about. The zanier and more offbeat the better - we don’t have guidelines for Fringe, because there aren’t any - there is no content limitation and no restriction - come and tell us about your passion (except for the overall restrictions placed on politics and religion).
In particular, the geekery aspect of this track is unique: While modern civilisation may exist purely due to technology and the inventions of the gifted geeks among us, there are few platforms where geeks get to communicate and discuss their vision of what can be, and what must be.
This year, we hope to touch upon forward-looking sessions, participate in sessions that bridge the gap between where we are today and the fantastic future that geekdom is envisioning and creating: Renewable energy and the end of the oil economy, Elon Musk, Artificial Intelligence and interplanetary diaspora, and perhaps the end of electronic privacy as a concept.
Proposals with a flavor of futurism, rather than a rehashing of the present, are especially welcome for this track. Promote geekdom, adopt a babygeek today!
The Art of Remix. Breathing new life into old ideas.
“Good artists copy, great artists steal.” - Pablo Picasso
This talk will attempt to discover the role of a remix, a rehash, a retelling, in the context of today’s music, comics, and movies. We’ll analyse the history of Santa Claus, listen to 80s pop and research dinosaurs, to see how different sides of a stale subject can yield fresh results, including examples from my own comic series Bonabyl. By it’s conclusion, you’d hopefully have an expanded sense of what originality means, and make more informed, relatable, and creative decisions in your own work.
1. Why remix? A discussion on whether true originality exists at all, and the benefits of reinterpreting old ideas in order to build new ones. A process we’ll call ‘creative evolution’. We’ll examine the different ways people have done it, with great success, and examine one of the most evident areas creative evolution takes place: the music industry.
2. A brief history of Santa Claus. Taking this example we’re all familiar with, we break down the range of interpretations his character has seen over the centuries, and understand how we’ve reached our modern-day interpretation of this jolly old elf; further exploring his iconic use in comics and films, and possible future.
3. Introduction to Bonabyl. A new adventure comic series made in India, and available to read online. I wish to share some of the creative revelations I’ve had over the past few years developing this story, and how existing stories and ancient beliefs were a major source of inspiration.
4. The ethics of using existing ideas. The internet-enabled boom of fan art and cover music, understanding licensing and public-domain material. Introduction to Pickle Jar.
5. Investigating the percentage of original scripts in Hollywood. Does it seem like every movie you watch is a sequel, reboot, or adaptation of an existing works? That’s because it is. We’ll look at the data, and see what it tells us about creative evolution.
6. How public-domain material can be used. And how dinosaur research and the Bible, helped me build the characters and world of my comic Bonabyl.
7. What’s the future of creativity in a world where everything has ‘already been done’?
Manek D’Silva writes and illustrates the adventure comic series Bonabyl. He’s been a freelance illustrator for 6 years, and loves technology, television, Prog-Rock, and all things geeky.