Linz was a surprising amount of fun. Not that I thought it would not be fun, but I just didn’t have any impression of the city before arriving, and it treated me very well. Was there to give a talk and field a robust Q&A session for the THE PUBLIC SPACE AND THE CITY public talks series hosted by DIE FABRIKANTEN. Yeah, the photo above is a bit cringe-worthy, but I dug the video monitors behind me when I gave my talk. My own little Bono moment. If it’s a slow news day where you are, you can learn more about the talk series here, and there’s even a link at the bottom of the page where you can download a PDF of my talk.
Delivering a keynote for the Transforma Think Tank in Torres Vedras, Portugal. As the Think Tank’s blog puts it more succinctly than I could, it intends to explore the role of creative production within the development of the competitive edge of any given city, region or country and the potential importance of leadership, and commerciality within the cultural sector. A hugely rewarding experience, with an amazing cast at its core (pictured above). That’s me in black in the centre with head cocked oddly to the side. To my right is Dingeman Kuilman from the Premsela in Amsterdam, and Michael DaCosta from Architects of Communication to my left. For more info on the session, go here. (It’s mostly in Portuguese, but switches to English about half way down the page.)