Bigfish founder Sheldon and illustrator/animator Sem are also Monkey Monkey Shake Shake. After finishing an animated kids DVD ‘Little Frog’, they decided to get out from the safety of their computers and start performing live. The first new song was about a grizzly bear. Sem designed a costume and they started dancing in the streets of Byron, Brisbane, Tokyo & Seoul. They filmed each performance, posted on FB and it spread. More songs and more costumes followed. They played for kids but the kids freaked out. The parents liked it more. 

Somehow through successes and many failures, they ended opening the world’s largest design conference, having shows at galleries in Brisbane, Byron and Seoul, playing Falls Festival, and are about to play at Splendour in the Grass for the third year running. Sheldon, Sem and Myo (who oversees the craft and workshops) will take you through their ups, downs and extreme randomness with a few songs thrown in for free.

This month we were lucky enough to be a part of The Design Conference Brisbane — a world class design, art, and business event featuring a curated selection of talks, breakouts, exhibitions and epic parties disguised at networking events. Our speaker Vanessa Varghese of Groove Therapy spoke to our audience on the theme of Commitment, and how her lack of commitment to the legal industry lead her back to her first true love — Dance!Photos by Neill Kumar & Savannah van der Niet. #cmbne #cmcommitment

The Design Conference is a world class design, art and business event featuring a curated selection of talks, breakouts, exhibitions and epic parties disguised at networking events. We’re lucky enough to be hosting our May event at The Design Conference in 2018, for a third year in a row at The Brisbane Powerhouse.

We’re welcoming Vanessa Varghese to The Design Conference stage.

Training across New York, Paris, Berlin, London, Tokyo, Brazil and regional Australia, Vanessa is particularly fascinated with street dance and the way it is born outside of the dance studio context, often by an oppressed people in reaction to political and socio-economic turmoil. in 2016 Vanessa founded Groove Therapy, aimed at making dance accessible to all walks of life. The program has brought dance to at-risk youth, Indigenous communities, dementia sufferers, refugee girls and the every-day person, using the political and healing foundations that these street dance styles are built upon and mindfully appropriating it in new communities to help spark global conversation and cultural understanding.

Upon founding Groove Therapy, Vanessa has been named an ambassador for the Human Rights Arts and Film Festival, been nominated for the NSW Young Achiever of the Year, been named a Young Social Pioneer 2017 by the Foundation for Young Australians, has been named one of Westpac’s ‘Unstoppable Millennials’ and was one of the six 2016/17 artists to be placed in the City of Sydney Creative Live/Work Space residencies.

Since launching in 2016, Groove Therapy has gone on to feature in documentaries, facilitate workshops, choreograph for and sign exclusively to the likes of Adidas, TedX Sydney, MTV, Vice, Frankie Magazine, Oyster Magazine and commercials for Samsung, ASOS and Mercedes Benz Fashion week.

Groove Therapy is a dance class series and events/talent agency that makes street dance accessible to all walks of life, championing diversity and correct representations of street dance in a pop-culture driven society where hip hop is all too often misrepresented. The Groove Therapy dance classes walk away from the typical dance studio domain to rebuild the street dance context, with classes held in warehouse and community spaces with no mirrors and dim lights to push the ‘safe-space, no-judgement’ vibe. With classes selling out across Melbourne and Sydney, the crew have now launched the across Brisbane and Byron Bay. Groove Therapy also holds community projects to bring street dance to marginalised communities with programs launched for dementia patients, at-risk youth and new-migrants struggling to transition into Australia.

MAY THEME ANNOUNCEMENT

A commitment is a promise to show up whether you’re having a good or bad day. It’s a behavior and mindset that signifies the posture of a professional. It’s about saying yes with your whole heart. A creative life is built on the commitments you make to projects and people. It can feel like a leap of faith. But is that not the very essence of leading a creative life?

This month’s global exploration of Commitment was chosen by our Vienna chapter and illustrated by Florine Glück. #cmbne#cmcommitment

It’s 3 days until our two birthday events on Friday! We’ve opened up 20 more spots to both events so jump on ‘em quick. If you want to attend CreativeMornings - head to our website. If you’re hoping to party at CreativeEvenings - visit Eventbrite: https://bit.ly/2HG54Yo

Registering for our evening event, Birthday Beer Pong with Scott Triana? Don’t be a Will! Carlton’s got it going on. Did you hear that our April PM event - Birthday Beer Pong with Scott Triana of @beercreative has a dress code? Whether you’re playing, spectating or just coming for the talk, the rules are simple; sporting whites. There are still 10 tickets left for our evening event.  #cmgame

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/creativeevenings-birthday-beer-pong-with-scott-triana-tickets-45416914213

Throughout human history, games were about winning or losing.

Author James P. Carse extends this concept beautifully in Finite and Infinite Games: “A finite game is played for the purpose of winning, an infinite game for the purpose of continuing the play.”

Which game are you playing with your art?

It’s a question worth asking everyday. Is this decision, this attitude, sending you down a short game or long game? The same energy that we spend chasing rewards and likes can be refocused to loving our craft and shipping our best work.

Keep your eyes on the journey, not the prize.

This month’s global exploration of Game was chosen by our Liège chapterand illustrated by Jeffrey Phillips. This month is presented by our global partner MailChimp.

Photos from our Courage event with Cristian Staal will be appearing shortly. There’s some stellar shots of our good looking morning people. #cmbne #cmcourage

Yes you is! Our live graphic recorder @jimmydrawsstuff will be at our event again this month live illustrating the talk of Cristian Staal. Before the talk however, he will be illustrating our attendees along with their icebreaker answers to the question: “What’s the most courageous thing you’ve done in 2018?” We’ll be airdropping then straight to your phone at the event for you to share and there’ll be a prize for one lucky morning person who shares the drawing and tags Jimmy Patch! #cmbne #cmcourage

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