Uncanny Valley are an Australian ‘music-tech collective’ made up of composers, data scientists and technologists who recently took out the first ever Eurovision AI song contest with their hit ‘Beautiful The World’. The song was inspired by nature's recovery from the bushfires that devastated Australia across the summer of 2019-20.The group challenge a tech-phobic approach to music production, which takes the notion of creativity out of the art and instead describe the process as being about putting a "musical lens on technology”. They posit that the use of nascent technology such as AI software requires active oversight and intense creativity from composers and can lead to different ways of creating that build upon old systems of collaboration and production.
Little Green is the alter ego of Sydney-based singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer, Amy Nelson. Growing up in the Blue Mountains, Amy developed a childlike sense of storytelling and serene musicality inspired by the nature around her. Self-taught on flute, sax, guitar, piano and vocals, she has used her skillset to create a compelling live show, start a popular mini beat series online, and collaborate with some of Sydney's best up and coming electronic producers; her recent releases with Boulevarde and Lamalo being supported by KIIS1065 and Triple J Unearthed. An emerging female producer in her own right, Little Green's 'DIY Supergroup' track received stellar reviews on Unearthed, her ‘lofty vocals and delicate flutes’ sending her to the top of the charts and earning her a spin on Triple J.
Kaitlyn Hova is a violinist, software engineer, co-founder of Hova Labs, and neuroscientist. She is also a synesthete–someone with the ability to see sounds, due to a neurological phenomenon in which the stimulation of one sense triggers an instantaneous, involuntary experience in another. Professionally, Kaitlyn has played violin for performances with Michael Bublé, Trans Siberian Orchestra, Mannheim Steamroller, Mary J. Blige, Josh Groban, Rod Stewart and more. “The Hovas" are also the creators of the Hovalin, an open source, 3D printable acoustic violin that helps STEM programs print their school’s music program.
Phillip Murray, aka ‘Philly’, was born in the golden era of hip-hop in 1991. By the age of four his older brothers had a huge collection and all he ever listened to was hip-hop. He began writing rhymes, dubbing beats & rapping in public and soon became a hip-hop sensation with a big following of kids in his hometown Mildura. He won triple j’s Unearthed NIMA Competition in 2014 earning him a performance slot alongside Briggs & The Last Kinection. The following week his debut single We On shot to No.5 on iTunes Hip Hop charts. He was the winner of the National Indigenous Music Awards ‘New Talent of the Year’ category the following year. Now, Philly is working with Briggs’ all Indigenous label – Bad Apples Music and is determined to continue to use his voice to make change and inspire young people.
Lisa is an ABC broadcaster, media commentator, keynote speaker, CEO and business consultant. After leaving her job as a corporate technology lawyer in a prestigious law firm, she became a radio DJ for the ABC and now continues to work as a radio host for ABC Radio National, and hosts the podcast ‘This Working Life’. Her “superpowers” are curiosity, creativity and delivering key messages by way of song.
In 2017 she graced our TEDxMelbourne stage with her talk “Can robots make us more human?”. Her infectious personality and energy brought our online open-mic event ‘Plugged In’ to life earlier this year, and we’re ecstatic to welcome her back to MC this special music event.
I'm a Melbourne based brand photographer creating compelling content and striking visuals for commercial and personal brands. My primary focus is personal branding photography, capturing the essence of my subjects and helping them to feel empowered through imagery that they're proud to showcase online. With the rise in digital and social media, I'm really passionate about helping people feel confident in showing their face online and humanising their brand.
My name is Henry. I live in Sydney and write and play music, mostly on the guitar, piano and banjo. I use these instruments to accompany little stories about stuff that has happened to me and different things I've felt.
Bernadette is an English Illustrator, Part-time Philosopher and Pianist who moved to Melbourne in 2013. She grew up in a biracial family and was really lucky as a kid to travel and live in Asia and the Middle East for 10 years with her parents and little sister. After successfully managing to avoid learning how to draw digitally for 10 years, 2020 had other ideas and forced Bernadette to sit down and finally pick up her Wacom pen. @Panda_Philosophy are her training wheels. Watch her wobble and then glide.
I'm a Graphic Designer and Freelance Illustrator / Part time maker of zines and comics. I like to explore the power of storytelling through my creative work, and combine elements of design and hand drawn, personal illustrations that capture moments in the world around me.
I’m an Illustrator and Photographer, amongst other things. My illustration style is a unique hand-drawn ‘Dotsploration’ style, which is characterised by fine carefully placed dots to represent shadow, outlines or light areas of tone. I also have a passion for hand-drawn lettering and illustrative typography.
Photography is my newest creative venture. From around the age of eight, I’ve always had a camera close at hand, obsessed with capturing the moment. My photography style is focused on telling a story through the natural moments I see and capture.
I'm a visual artist. I have worked with printmaking, photography and video installation, but I primarily focus on drawing. During the lockdown, my exhibitions were sadly cancelled and I wasn't able to go to my studio, so I ended up making video works from home. I also received funding to create a series of video works! It was fun, and I think it proves that you can create work out of anything.
I'm a visual artist best known for brightly coloured collaged installations of super glossy vinyl, slicked with abstract gestures, which spread across walls and floor. I also make smaller versions as shaped panel paintings.
I’m a designer living in Melbourne who likes to tinker with visual experiences and installations. The type of art I’m interested in playing with revolves around ideas of perception, modes of information access, and embodied interactions with digital interfaces. I explore these themes through the mediums of interactive media, animations, and graphic design.
Hi, my name is Max. I'm a creative night owl with passion for adventures, digital design, technology and creative photography. While working as a product manager during the day, I become a photographer at night.
Wurli are a Soul-pop trio heralding from Melbourne's inner-north. Known for our low-key vibes, loveable stage banter, three-part harmonies and enthusiastic whistle solos. We released our first single 'Rectify' in late 2019 and are currently working on our next single for 2021.
Hi! My name is Emily Jing Sum Chan & I am a designer from Hong Kong and Indonesia. I am currently pursuing my dream in New York City, trying to change the world with Design, Typography, Editorial Design, Brand Identity & Social Initiatives. I am also a Senior, earning my Bachelor's degree in Communication Design at Parsons School of Design; while maintaining my standing on the Dean's list as well as a 3.95 GPA. On the other hand, I am also working at &Walsh. Please don't be afraid to contact me via Instagram or by Email if you'd like to receive my resume & cover letter! I am ready to give every project my all.
Im a Melbourne-based artist, currently studying digital media with a shared passion for music creation & beatmaking. I pride myself on being a student of life and thoroughly enjoy learning new skills to improve my art and myself.
I'm Prudence, a Singer-Songwriter and Producer of alt-pop ballads based in Melbourne. I've been writing music since I was 8 years old. I got inspired after watching the movie 'Walk the Line' about the life of Johnny Cash. Currently, I am gearing up to release my debut single in early 2021. I am also the front-woman of Melbourne band, Wurli.
I am a creative soul with a deep connection to the ocean and a passion for creating a healthier more connected planet.
Mermaid Inks was founded as a way for me to share my work with others. It is my way to bring more color, vibrancy and joy into the world and I hope to inspire others to explore and create. The inks are a deep meditation for me. When I paint, I lose myself in the flow, intuitively guiding the colors as they move and transform, blend and bloom. Each work is different with its own story to tell. I am just there to bring it to life.
Amel was born in Indonesia. She moved to Australia in the 90s and has been living on and off between two countries ever since. Amel designs for a living, and makes artwork to fulfil her passion. She considers herself as a third culture kid and her work is influenced by (in no particular order) nature, culture, the lives of people she meets, and the social issues impacting the world around her. She’s found purpose in creating art, sharing it with others, and she hopes to make a positive contribution, no matter how small. She believes that art speaks what words can't and by just being alive she has so much to share. She is constantly amazed with the world around her and those who live in it. Her chosen medium is digital art, though she also enjoys creating pen and ink illustrations. When she's not busy making art, she finds delight in music, cooking, video games and the wonderful company of cats.
A fresh talent from Newcastle, Georgie Winchester has already developed her own acoustic folk sound. Drawing from luminaries like Stella Donnelley and Missy Higgins, Georgie has an extensive repertoire of original songs and well-tailored covers. Whether she’s strumming her grandfather’s acoustic guitar or slamming on a keyboard she’s been playing since she was six, you’re sure to hear more than a relatable tune from Georgie.
I am a multi-disciplinary creative — a Creative Director by day and an artist all other times. I specialise in consumer brand experience design. My first love was art. Only in recent years, after I gave birth to my second child, I have been able to spend more time pursuing this more liberal façade of my creative spirit. I am also trying to finish an online HarvardX course in Japanese Books: Manuscript to Print. Last module to go!
I'm a Melbourne based DJ who has been part of a music collective called The Operatives for the better part of 13 years. Having grown up listening to music from a very young age, it was a natural progression for me to become a DJ. As a kid, I recorded my own mixtapes on cassettes and recorded music video clips on VHS so I could listen to my favourite songs and learn all the dance moves. As part of The Operatives, I have been given the opportunity to perform at all the major festivals over the last decade in Melbourne, from Rainbow Serpent and Summadayze to Let Them Eat Cake and multiple Melbourne Music Week events over the years. I like creating positive vibes when I DJ. Nothing make me happier than seeing smiles on faces in the crowd, dancing their hearts out. Music has afforded me so many opportunities that I am grateful for.
I deliver creative and pragmatic solutions to explore human potential and expression in extreme environments. My expertise lies in sea and space. I apply the science of extreme performance, tapping ancient knowledge and cultural systems within dynamic ecologies, and breaking convention through experimental interaction design, novel expeditionary architectures and immersive visualisation.
I've always been drawing since I was young, painting and drawing with my grandmother, who was an exceptionally talented artist. Since moving to Melbourne from coastal country Victoria, I have worked throughout the print industry, completing an apprenticeship in Print Finishing and Bindery, and since completed a Bachelor of Education Secondary / Bachelor of Arts. I like to draw/sketch as much as I can, often relishing the cathartic moments, especially this year to escape the noise of 2020.
I'm a graphic designer and art director with close to 20 years of experience. I've immersed myself in some of the things at the core of Melbourne's identity. As a designer at the AFL, I helped shape the look of Melbourne's famous sport. As the creative director at Bicycle Network, I worked on Melbourne's iconic cycling events. Now, as a Freelancer, I work from the creative hub of Fitzroy.
I'm a photographer based in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne. Since first picking up a camera, I've used my photography to view and explore the world with a new perspective. I have met and worked with many amazing people along the way. I hope to continue this passion of mine and provide inspiration and value to people through visual storytelling.
I'm a Sydney based designer, constantly curious and exploring new ways of being creative. Coming from an architectural background, I've always had an awareness of space and framing, photography has since become a forever secondary aspect to my practice as a creative. Now days it's becoming more prominent as I am constantly experiencing opportunities to capture experiences visually.
I am a visual artist from Hong Kong, based in Melbourne, and I specialise in realistic oil and acrylic paintings. Portraitures have always been one of my favourite subjects to paint as I love exploring the different visual details and features that each person has, and replicating that in a painting to convey personality and emotion. In the recent year or so, I've also enjoyed venturing into painting seascapes as I love to explore the visual complexities of it. My inspiration comes from both the environment around me, as well as how I make sense of my thoughts, feelings, and emotions.