1ST CONFERENCE DAY

The Museum of Contemporary art in Belgrade was a fantastic space for presenting 40 plus global stars from a variety of creative industries – branding, design, architecture, publishing, advertising, fashion, new media, film, business and culture. It was also the ideal place for discussing and explaining how to create NEW VALUES in a fast changing world driven by innovation. BDW’s business, educational and creative conference took place from June 6th until June 8th under this year’s umbrella topic “innOVaTiOn2”.

On June 6th 2013., Karl – Heinz schmitz, Attaché at the Political and Cultural Department of the German Embassy in Serbia, opened the first conference day in front of the crowded hall of the museum. douwe Buzeman, Head of the Media and Culture Department of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, announced the lecture of Daan Roosegaarde. Jovan Jelovac, founder and curator od Belgrade Design Week, presented the speakers and continued the discussion after each lecture, asking them all about their opinion on innovation in the world today, particularly in their own professional experience.

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Running in the morning through the city (down what the germans call a fussgangerzone) and being amazed by all the grand empty old buildings that reminded me of my Berlin beginnings. Grafitti on buildings. Lovely broken walls with acne'd facades from decades of reverse engineering. Discovering that all the ships on the river were party boats and open till the morning. Sweating so much in one of the clubs, my phone got messed up. Losing phone in said club. Visiting belgrade police station to report a then stolen phone to a twenty-something cop with a doctor's lab coat, listening to Rammstein (loudly) while hacking out my report on a pre-electric typewriter that looked (and sounded) as if it was from some era before typewriters were invented.   Thinking of Naked Lunch. Thinking of Die-Hard. Listening to architects talk about porous facades. Thinking of old smart bombs. Imagining the flash and crunch of several floors of reinforced concrete collapsing in on themselves. Wondering why I'm the only interactive guy here. Why are there so many beautiful women in Belgrade? Why are there so many beautiful women in Belgrade?!

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