We are really excited to reveal that the second addition of speakers for the CARBON line-up have been released, officially welcoming Richard Kern (Photographer/Videographer), PrettyPuke (Photographer), Hardy Blechman (maharishi clothing, DPM: Disruptive Pattern Material) and Levi Ramsey (Ironlak) to the event. They join a stable of international cultural influencers that includes Patrick Martinez, Stephen Malbon, Mark McNairy, Brent Rollins, Paul Devro, and Mike O’Meally for the festival’s forums held at RMIT’s Storey Hall.
After 2013’s sellout event, CARBON continues to engage the creative community in recognising achievements of outstanding change-makers and invite them to share their experiences. From March 29 – 30, CARBON will host forums and panel discussions from a host of trailblazers in style, design, music and more.
ACCLAIM are proud to present CARBON alongside Bulleit Bourbon, New Era Cap and adidas Originals, venue partner RMIT and hotel partner The Cullen.
Earlybird ticket sales for the festival have been extended, available until February 20th at a discounted rate.
CARBON festival 2014
Saturday March 29 – Sunday March 30
RMIT Storey Hall Auditorium, Melbourne CBD
Early bird tickets
2 Day – $150 (inc GST)
1 Day – $83 (inc GST)
Standard price tickets
2 Day – $150 (inc GST)
1 Day – $83 (inc GST)
A purchase of any CARBON festival ticket includes priority access to all CARBON side events including the official launch party.
About the new speakers
Richard Kern initially made a name for himself during the cultural explosion that defined New York’s arts scene in the 1980s, releasing a number of ‘zines that documented the East Village lifestyle as well as contributing central works to the Cinema of Transgression movement. He’s most widely regarded for his photography though, with his critically acclaimed candid portraits that underline the unspoken sides of human nature through their depiction of vice and illicit desire. With a career that spans 30 years, he has 11 books to his name as well as countless videography and photography credits. Kern continues to travel around the world to film and photograph, regularly contributing to Vice and hosting
the VBS series Shot By Kern.
Photographer PrettyPuke’s works are flesh caught in flashlight, strange bodily contortions and lewd acts frozen in the shocking brightness emitted with each shutter release – it’s LA at its seediest. When the city’s youth take to the streets, their vices are exposed by PrettyPuke’s camera. Miller Rodriguez, AKA PrettyPuke, is in his own words a “late-night creeper and photographer extraordinaire.” He has enjoyed a meteoric rise to the success in the past few years as his images of debauchery have collided with the digital realm, and have been fast absorbed into internet culture. PrettyPuke has gained the attention of hundreds of thousands of online users, engrossed in what they see on the glow
of their screens.
Hardy Blechman’s obsession with military clothing and camouflage patterns are reflected in the styles and designs released through his maharishi clothing label. Founded by Blechman in 1994, maharishi carries a strong ethos of respect for nature while utilising the latest in military technology. The brand’s authentic utilitarian aesthetic propelled Hardy Blechman into the international design stage, and in 2004 his book, DPM: Disruptive Pattern Material, cemented him as the definitive reference for camouflage patterns. As military themes became a central motif in streetwear and haute couture, Hardy’s timeless designs continue to resonate because of their unique blend of fashion and function.
Levi Ramsey has been the mastermind and driving force behind Australia’s Ironlak aerosol paints since its founding in 2002. His desire to develop a high quality and economical paint stemmed from his own background in graffiti writing and he soon entered the Australian market, launching what is now one of the most recognisable paint brands in the world. Continuing his strong link with the graffiti community to this day, Ironlak now boasts an international team of writers, and Levi ensures that he maintains a hands-on approach with the research and development of the brand’s products. With an pptimistic outlook on the future of graffiti, Levi is dedicated to the positive promotion of graffiti culture and innovation in aerosol paints.