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Five talks to catch at Offset 2014

What’s on the cards at this weekend’s festival for creatives in Dublin

Wed, Mar 19, 2014, 09:17


This weekend, the Offset festival returns to Dublin for three days of talks, discussions, chinwags and panels on all things creative. There are dozens of sessions happening over three stages from Friday to Sunday and here are five which catch the eye.

Richard Mosse (Cyan Stage, Saturday, 1pm)

From The Enclave by Richard Mosse

The Enclave, the latest work from the Kilkenny-born photographer and artist which recently was on show at Dublin’s RHA, was one of the most evocative and stunning exhibitions I’ve seen in ages. A mesmerising blur of psychedelic colours, intimate videos and powerful story-telling, The Enclave took Mosse and his team (including musician Ben Frost, who contributes the found sounds for the soundtrack, and cinematographer Trevor Tweeten) to war-ravaged eastern Congo to show us what lies beneath the surface.

Using an extinct type of infra-red film once employed by the military to identify camouflaged installations from the air, Mosse creates an unsettling, unusual world. We may associate such bright technicolour with giddy and glee, but he uses it to highlight a world where 5.4 milliom people have died of war-related causes since 1998. Expect to hear Mosse riff on using artistic and creative content as documentary and other matters.

Sarah Illenberger (Cyan Stage, Saturday, 11am)

& Other Stores by Sarah Illenberger

The Berlin-based artist is best known for creating vivid, striking images which transform seemingly familiar items into somethinge else entirely. Her work has appeared in such publications as The Observer, Stern, Time, New York Times Magazine, Wallpaper and many more, while her commercial clients include Nike,
Hermès, COS, & Other Stories, Monoprix, Helvetas, Kipling and many others.

Media Now (Magenta Stage, Saturday, 3pm)

A high-level pow-wow about the current stage of the business featuring Jeff Greenspan (formerly Buzzfeed Chief Creative Officer and now creative consultant), Richard Turley (Bloomberg Businessweek creative director), Hugh Linehan (The Irish Times digital development editor) and Ciaran Walsh (Le Cool Dublin managing editor), all moderated and kept in order by Brian Herron (Iq Content lead content strategist)

Neville Brody (Main Stage, Saturday, 3pm)

A Neville Brody double page spread for The Face

One of the most hugely influential British designers of all time, Brody’s seminal work as art director for The Face and Arena magazines inspired and influenced hundreds to put their own designs in paper. He’s also the co-founder of the visionary FontShop, the first ever reseller of digital fonts, and the owner of Research Studios, an international graphic design studio that works on projects such as typography for The Times and on screen design for the Mission Impossible movies.

Build a food brand (Yellow Stage, Friday, 3pm)

New-school food barons Mr & Mrs Stevens (A Killer Sandwich), John Farrell (Super Miss Sue, 777, Dillinger’s etc) and Colin Harmon (3FE) talk about what it takes to get a buzz going about a new food brand in the capital – and how to keep that buzz going until cash and profits come flowing in.

Offset takes place at the Bord Gáis Grand Canal Theatre, Dublin from Friday to Sunday and tickets are available here.