Key Presenters include:

Predock and Frane Architects


John Frane & Hadrian Predock established a collaborative research and development architecture studio in Santa Monica, California in 2000. For the last five years, the firm has attempted to weave together a series of explorations that deal with oppositions, analogues/site specificity, the erosion of traditional disciplinary boundaries and enviornmental intelligence. They feel that these area are present in the current world landscape, ripe with potential, yet under-explored in the built world. In 2002, Architectural Record named them one of ten emerging international architects. They were chosen as one of six architects to represent the U.S. Pavillion at the 2004 Biennale in Venice, Italy and were short listed as a finalist for the Denver Meuseum of Contemporary Art. This year, they were selected as one of eight architects by the Architectural League of NY for the emerging voices lecture series. They recently won a series of awards for The Center of Gravity Foundation Hall - a Zen Buddhist Monastery in Northern New Mexico, and for the new Family Room at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. Hadrian Predock and John Frane will open the presentation sessions on Friday morning and contribute to two panel discussions; "Designing Spaces for Ideation" and "Cross Disciplinary Practice".

Graffiti Research Lab


Evan Roth & James Powderly are an art group dedicated to outfitting graffiti writers, artists, and protesters with open source technologies for urban communication. The goal of GRL is to technologically empower individuals to creatively alter and reclaim their surroundings from corporate visual culture in a time of aggressive, paramilitary policing tactics. G.R.L. agents are currently working in the lab and in the field to develop and test a range of experimental technologies for the state-of-the-art graffiti writer. They document these efforts with video documentation and DIY instructions for each project and make it available for everybody. Their inventions include LED Throwies, L.A.S.E.R. Tag (a computer vision system paired with a projector that enables one to write on walls using a high-powere laser pointer), Electrograf (a technique for building circuits on any surface using electrically conductive paint and/or tape), High Writer (for tagging hard-to-reach locations), Night Writer (for putting LED throwies in hard-to-reach locations), Graffiti POV CAM, and Homeland Security Advisory System (installed at 11 Spring Street in Soho, NYC). These projects have been featured in print publications like the Village Voice, and on websites like Make Blog, BoingBoing, Wired News, MSNBC, and the Wooster Collective. GRL will contribute to a panel discussion entitled "Words in Freedom; Interactive Text" and present their Laser Tag project on Thursday and Friday evenings on the campus of UNCG and downtown Greensboro.

MK12; Ben Radatz


Based in Kansas CIty, Missouri, MK12 is a design and filmmaking collective with acclaim in both commercial and artistic arenas. Founded in 2000 by art school refugees Jed Carter, Tim Fisher, Matt Fraction and Ben Radatz and later joined by designer / composer Shaun Hamontree, MK12's work constantly challenges the boundaries between narrative structure and experimental storytelling via juxtapositions of live action, graphic design, nostalgic influence and new technologies. MK12 has been sought after to direct numerous commercial & network-based projects and has also provided graphic design & animation for feature films such as Stranger than Fiction, The Kite Runner, and HolyWars. MK12's experimental & short film catalogue has been featured in many international film festivals and has been published in design and trade journals worldwide. Most recently, their short film "Overload" -- a collaboration with NY-based painter Brian Alfred -- was inducted into the Guggenheim's permanent collection. MK12 continues to produce original content for television and cinema, and it's most recent film, "MK12's History of America", proves to be their most ambitious work to date, merging experimental design and traditional storytelling to dramatic effect. More information about this and other projects can be found at MK12 will open the symposium on Thursday evening with a special screening of their new film, The History of America, at the Weatherspoon Art Museum Sympoisum opening reception for particpants, sponsors, and specail guests. Ben Radatz and MK12 will particpate on the panels, "Cross Disciplinary Practice." MK12 will close the symposium key presentations on Friday evening with a presentation on their work with Mick Ebeling and a public film screening of The History of America.

The Ebeling Group


Mick Ebeling is founder and Executive Producer of TEG, a production company representing world-leading design collectives Lobo, mk12, Nakd, Vector Zero, XYZ, Convert, Bitstate, Tennant and live-action director Caskey. Prior to opening TEG, Mick served as CEO and executive Producer with boutique ad agency They, Inc. with clients including NASA, Excite, and the City of Los Angeles. He is a noted expert in the field of design and has both moderated and spoken on panels at design conferences in the U.S., Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Singapore. Mick has a career track record of identifying and nurturing innovators in production and design and continues to cultivate talent from around the globe under the TEG banner. These design entities have completed an eye-popping array of design-driven shorts, commercials and music videos for clients including Diesel, Turner, Coca Cola, Nike, Adidas, Viacom, HP, Disney and others. The Ebeling Group has offices in California, NYC, and London. The panel "Marketing - Innovation" will feature Mick along with Maggie Orth.

VF Corporation


Mackey J. McDonald is the Chairman of VF Corporation, a position he has held since 1998. He also held the title of CEO from 1996 to 2007, and the title of President from 1993 to 2006. Under his leadership, VF Corporation has expanded its operations worldwide, building a portfolio of growing lifestyle brands sold in the U.S., Europe, South America and Asia. McDonald currently serves on the Board of Wachovia Corporation and the Board of Trustees of Davidson College. Headquartered in Greensboro, N.C., VF is a global leader in lifestyle apparel with a diverse portfolio of jeanswear, outdoor, imagewear, sportswear and contemporary apparel brands. VF's principal brands include Wrangler, Lee, The North Face, Vans, Reef, Eagle Creek, Eastpak, JanSport, Nautica, Kipling, John Varvatos, 7 For All Mankind, lucy, Majestic and Red Kap. Chairman Mackey McDonald's presentation will be expanded upon in the afternoon panel on "Building a Brand" with Kevin Spencer, Sr. Marketing and Communications Manager of VFcorp, and designer David Gibbs of The Design Group.