Daniel Eatock & Kelli Anderson & Dominic Wilcox

A one day event from Curated by

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Wednesday 19th November

Pennine Lecture Theatre, City Campus, Sheffield Hallam University
10.30 registration
11.00 – 17.00 Conference

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Today subversion might be the only way to create innovations that result in sustainable competitive advantage


Borka, 2007

‘Creative disruption’ and ‘disruptive innovation’ are terms that are increasingly referenced in art and design discourse. Often, but not always, aligned to emerging technologies and ‘cultural hacking’, practitioners working in this context challenge existing models and systems and propose playful and surprising alternatives.


This one day event on the theme of ‘Disruption’ is part of the ongoing Curated by... series of lectures and events hosted by Graphic Design at Sheffield Hallam, building on previous events, Narratives (2012) and Makers (2013), gathering key speakers who disrupt. A day to inspire and ask questions.

Daniel Eatock

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1975. D.E is born in Bolton, England.

Whilst on holiday with secondary school friend Daniel Foster D.E draws ‘sky, sea, sand’ and realizes that ideas could be more powerful than aesthetics.

1993. Reads Lippard’s ‘Six Years: The Dematerialization of the Art Object’. The book has a profound impact on D.E.

1993-1996. Studies communication design at Ravensbourne under Rupert Basset, Collin Maughan and Geoff White, a fully committed student, D.E arrives early for lectures and sits at the front in opposition to the cliché of the slacker student.

1998. Shortly before graduating from the Royal College of Art, D.E follows the advice of one of his tutors, Rick Poynor, and travels to Minneapolis, Minnesota to complete an internship at the Walker Art Center.

1998. At the Walker Art Center D.E works alongside design director Andrew Blauvelt and Sam Solhaug. D.E and Solhaug conceive the ’10.2 Multi Ply Coffee Table’ and establish the collaborative initiative ‘Foundation 33’.

1998. Returning to the UK D.E teaches graphic design at Brighton University and sets up a studio space in Bethnal Green, London.

2000. ‘Foundation 33’ build the ’10.2 Multi Ply Coffee Table’ in Pentagram London’s carpentry workshop for the Milan Furniture Fair. Lyn Winter offers to promote the table and also introduces D.E to friend Katie Hayes. Hayes works for Channel 4 in the UK and invites D.E to pitch for the design of a new series in production; Big Brother. D.E wins the pitch. Daniel Forster and Tim Evans join Foundation 33, now transformed from collaborative project to fully functioning business.

2004. Foundation 33 merges with creative agency Boymeetsgirl but twelve months later the venture folds and D.E becomes independent again.

2006. Co-founds www.indexhibit.org with Jeffry Vaska, a standards based, archetypal web application.

2008. D.E organizes and makes his monograph ‘Imprint’ (published by Princeton Architectural Press, see bio above). The A4 book is an archive of themes and motives through D.E’s work to date. On the spine is D.E’s thumbprint. Bound between pages 208 and 209 is a hand-drawn circle.

2008. D.E works as occasional Art Director at Fearlessly Frank, a business consultancy working to deliver strategic, operational and functional change.

2014. Eatock Ltd continues to imagine, conceive, create, participate, make and disrupt.

Kelli Anderson

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Kelli Anderson on TED

Hi. I'm an artist/designer and tinkerer who is always experimenting with new means of making images and experiences.

I draw, photograph, cut, print, code, and create a variety of designed things for myself and others. From interactive paper to layered, experimental websites, everything begins and ends here in my studio which houses a 1919 letterpress and an assortment of other benevolent contraptions. I also teach art history at Pratt every summer.

Kelli Anderson is an artist, designer, and tinkerer who pushes the limits of ordinary materials and formats by seeking out hidden possibility in the physical and digital world. In 2008, she worked as part of a large team, including the Yes Men, to distribute a meticulously recreated copy of the New York Times -- filled only with articles from a Utopian future. As a group, they won the Ars Electronica Prix Award of Distinction in 2009. In 2011, she created a paper record player that garnered major attention from numerous media outlets including Mashable, Kottke, Slashdot, Make, PCWorld, Swiss Miss, Wired, the Toronto Star, and NPR. Her work has been published byWired UK, Gestalten, Rockport Publishing, iDN, How Design Magazine, andHemispheres Magazine. In 2011, she left her position as a digital collections photographer at the American Museum of Natural History to focus on independent work. Her live/work space houses a 1919 letterpress and “an assortment of other benevolent contraptions.” She teaches art history as part of Pratt’s PreCollege program every summer.

Dominic Wilcox

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Born. Sunderland, UK

Education. Royal College of Art, Design Products (MA), Edinburgh College of Art, Visual Communication (BA)

Based. London, UK

Dominic Wilcox works between the worlds of art, design, craft and technology to create innovative and thought provoking objects.

Recent projects include the design of a pair of shoes with inbuilt GPS to guide the wearer home, a Binaudios device to listen to the sounds of a city, a race against a 3D Printer at the Vamp;A and a stained glass driverless car of the future.

Designer Thomas Heatherwick had this to say on Wilcox’s invention drawings, “Dominic Wilcox’s drawings aren’t just witty and beautifully drawn, they are serious challenges to the real world to keep looking at itself with innocent eyes, wondering what else is possible.”

In 2009 he started a Webby award nominated blog called Variations on Normal where he shows his sketchbook inventions and observations. He has received commissions from a diverse range of organisations such as Paul Smith, Selfridges, The V&A museum, BMW Mini and Jaffa Cakes.

“I’ve convinced myself that within everything that surrounds us, there are hundreds of ideas and connections waiting to be found. We just need to look hard enough. Some of my ideas develop from observations on human behaviour and I express them through the objects I create. I also experiment with materials to try to find surprises that can’t be found simply by thinking with a pen or a computer.” Dominic Wilcox

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