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the future of Creativity, Arts & Consciousness

Thursday, March 27, 2014
Registration: 18:30-19:00, Conference: 19:00-21:15

Location in Amsterdam:
Mediamatic, Van Gendthallen (next to Roest), VOC-kade 10, Amsterdam
Tickets: Euro 30, Euro 20 (Members etc.) or Euro 10 (Students) - not including a 1-day member card for Mediamatic for Euro 3 (payable at the entry)

The conference language is English.

A collaboration between c3: Center for Conscious Creativity and Vortex Immersion Media in Los Angeles and the Club of Amsterdam.

Special exhibition in Amsterdam!

For information about the event in Los Angeles, contact Kate at



Felix B Bopp, Chairman, Club of Amsterdam
Travelling in Space and Time - a personal journey

Jack Gallagher
, Artistic Director, Bodies Anonymous
Vigorous Risk


Photos by Geraldine Pieterse

Photos by
Kate McCallum


Humanity has been creating culture and telling stories since the days of early humans when man applied pigments to the walls of caves and told stories around the campfire. Stories are the river that runs through time and the tools and technologies that we design become the rivulets, streams and whirlpools that give us new ways to express our experiences. The human genius has created such fantastic ways to express and share creativity -- from music, dance, poetry, visual art and architecture to the book to the theater, from radio to cinema, television, and now the worldwide web and beyond...we now have the tools and the ability to express our stories and culture on a global level. At the same time we are learning more about the nature of the brain and human consciousness. We are unlocking the mysteries of spiritual traditions and discovering the power of meditation to activate greater awareness and health. We are learning how the arts and media effect us and how we can effect others with our art and stories. Where are we headed? Let's explore possibilities....

Kate McCallum, Founder, c3: Center for Conscious Creativity, Vice President, Vortex Immersion Media, Inc
Transmedia, Transformation and the Future of Content

Stories have the power to transform us. They can enlighten our spirit, deepen our minds, open our hearts and motivate us to action. With the advent of new media platforms, content creators and artists are discovering innovative new ways to share their stories and ideas. Emerging new narratives are excelerating -- transmedia storytelling, immersive experiences, cross platform distribution and more... How can the way we tell our stories and the visuals we share through our media and art inspire the evolution of consciousness and help to create a better future for the individual, society and the global audience at large.

Felix B Bopp, Chairman, Club of Amsterdam
Travelling in Space and Time - a personal journey

Felix takes you on a journey from his “music” times to the present including his activities with the Club of Amsterdam.
As an internationally recognised performing artist and music educator, Felix has pioneered in many areas – improvisation, instant composing, collective creations ... also in combination with other media like dance, film, painting, theatre etc.
With the Club of Amsterdam, Felix is interested in creating visions and strategies for the future by tapping into collective intelligence through knowledge sharing and providing an open platform for everybody. .... He brings together "Thought Leaders" from diverse professional backgrounds and cultures by facilitating a continuous local and global dialogue with specialists and generalists, innovators, game changers and ....
Is creativity more than just a personal experience? What connects these “worlds”?

Ed Lantz, President and CTO of Vortex Immersion Media, Inc
Immersive Media, Art and Consciousness

To an engineer, art can be seen as the science (or craft) of evoking unique brain states. The skillful use of storytelling, music, visuals and other sensory media can provide a powerful interface to deeper layers of our psyche that are not easily accessible in our daily lives. When the artist evokes in others an affective response that mirrors the artist’s own neural states, we can say that a transmission of consciousness has taken place that is beyond simple linguistic meaning. New immersive media modalities greatly increase the bandwidth available for such transmissions. Furthermore, the ability to create virtual environments that users can embody and explore through these broadband sensory interfaces effectively expands the practice of art into neural world building. The future implications of art in immersive media and virtual environments in our daily lives are explored.

Jack Gallagher, Artistic Director, Bodies Anonymous
Vigorous Risk

Without the sensitivity to boundaries, personal and otherwise, and without the conscious experience of risk, from the banal to the profound, life just isn't (worth) moving thru. The emphasis on creativity today is about mitigating risk, dynamic versatility and physical experience. The future of our collective agency most certainly depends on reshaping our notions and our experiences about bodies and physicality. Dance participates in this future by projecting models of (dis)integration and enacting scenarios live and in the flesh. The key might be burried in the relationship in todays libininal economy between alpha and beta conscsiousness. How does dance reconcile these antagonistic straw men?

18:30 - 19:00
Reception in Amsterdam and Los Angeles
Visitors can connect!

Special exhibition in Amsterdam!

19:00 - 20:20

Welcome in Los Angeles - Kate McCallum and Ed Lantz present the The Vortex Dome

Welcome in Amsterdam - by our moderator Paul Hughes, Ten Meters of Thinking

The speakers and topics are:

Los Angeles
Kate McCallum, Founder, c3: Center for Conscious Creativity, Vice President, Vortex Immersion Media, Inc
Transmedia, Transformation and the Future of Content

Felix B Bopp, Chairman, Club of Amsterdam
Travelling in Space and Time - a personal journey

Los Angeles
Ed Lantz, President and CTO of Vortex Immersion Media, Inc
Immersive Media, Art and Consciousness

Jack Gallagher, Artistic Director, Bodies Anonymous
Vigorous Risk

20:20 - 20:40
During the coffee break we sell drinks and snacks.
Our video link allows direct contact between the visitors in Los Angeles and Amsterdam.

20:40 - 21:15
Part II

Open discussion
Amsterdam connects with Los Angeles ...
a dialogue between the two cities ...

. Exhibition

Roni Peled's abstracts have a certain fluency and movement. Some work expresses messages from behind a veil, others are a loving embrace with the darkness, the storm through which we wander towards the light.

Jelena Popadic
"Humanity's only possible future lays in the cradle described as a symbioses of nature, art and technology."
Yugoslavian Artist / Designer / Teacher living and working in Amsterdam.
My favorite material is glass. I like to transform this material, create optical illusions and visual effects. Working with shape and colors - textures emerging from micro to macro cosmos.

job romijn got frustrated making art;
it made him realise that the rest of his life was too random.
the contrast was simply unbearable.
thus he started approaching daily things as art.
that meant adapting or redoing every item in his daily life.
resulting in a process of living art.

Stefan Lehner
Owner, Atelier En-Fer
I develop furniture, objects and interiors on the base of used materials. It is essential to reuse former or hidden functions of the recycled materials. The transformations are made with complex materials (industry) but also with cheep trash (packaging). The metamorphose should be useful and comfortable, surprising and make smile.

Winston Nanlohy is a video artist and photographer.
he is based in Amsterdam - he studied at the Gerrit Rietveld academy and graduated in 2013.
In my creative practice as an artist I am fascinated and occupied with a question of men in their natural habitat and men vs nature.
My specific interest lies in exploring the grey area between these two ideas within the concepts of determinism and liberalism, which I would still like to research deeper both theoretically and practically. In my work I use theatrical and cinematic aspects.
I feel that the impact of drama and the creation of a certain atmosphere provide me with powerful tools to communicate more abstract and philosophical ideas and questions.
I think that elusive impossibility of actually grasping and expressing these ideas form the base of my motivation and give me ‘fuel’ as an artist.

Tickets for this Season Event are
....Regular Ticket: 30,-
....Discount Ticket: 20,- [*]
....Student Ticket: 10,-
As a non-for-profit foundation we don't charge VAT.
[*] see

Not including a 1-day member card for Mediamatic for Euro 3 (payable at the entry)

How to pay for the tickets?

....a) Online booking with credit card: Ticket Corner

....b) By bank: send an email with your details, number of tickets, type of tickets
........and event name to: and make the payment to
........ABN AMRO Bank, Club of Amsterdam, Account 976399393, Amstelveen,
........The Netherlands, IBAN NL52ABNA0976399393, BIC ABNANL2A

....c) By invoice: send an email with your billing details, number of tickets, type of event name to:

....d) At the registration desk the evening of the event - unless we are sold out
........earlier: 18:30-19:00

c3: Center for Conscious Creativity is a 501(c)(3) non profit arts and interdisciplinary research, education and project development organization founded in 2004 to provide artists, media makers, content creators and other interested individuals, a platform and resources to create projects and explore how consciousness, creativity, emerging culture, entertainment and communication technologies can help create a better world.

Vortex Immersion Media (VIM) is a production, design and development company dedicated to delivering visionary immersive entertainment content, venues and related products and services. With decades of experience in immersive art and entertainment production and technologies, an extensive advisory network, and worldwide relationships with leading media and special effects professionals, VIM is uniquely positioned to usher in the next generation of highly compelling group interactive attractions, venues and 360 immersive content.

The Club of Amsterdam is an independent, international, future-oriented think tank involved in channeling preferred futures. It involves those who dare to think out of the box and those who don't just talk about the future but actively participate in shaping outcomes.
We organize events, seminars and summits on relevant issues and publish findings & proceedings through various off-line and online media channels. Our goal is to become a global player and catalyst for innovation in industries, science and society.
We currently have more than 4,500 Members globally.


Kate McCallum
Founder, c3: Center for Conscious Creativity, Vice President, Vortex Immersion Media, Inc

Kate McCallum has over 30 years of professional experience in the the arts and entertainment industries with 20 years spent at Universal and Paramount Studios. This background, combined with a deep interest and study of human potential, consciousness research and future studies, has been her inspiration for the creation of c3 and the mission c3 seeks to accomplish. Kate holds an MA in Consciousness Studies and has been a student and practitioner of creativity, trends in the arts and media, the perennial wisdom and meditation for over 30 years. As an artist, she works as a producer and content creator in a variety of mediums.

Felix B Bopp
Chairman, Club of Amsterdam

Felix is founder and chairman of the Club of Amsterdam, an independent, international think-tank. He has an excellent reputation for putting together high-quality and high-visibility events – locally and internationally. He organised more than 500 events, conferences and festivals.
Felix has been a voice promoting streaming media since its early days in the mid 90s. He made himself a name as a high-profile trend watcher on a global scale with a close eye on information and communication technologies [ICT] and the music & entertainment industry. His wide scope of interests leads him to develop a range of outstanding products in multimedia & publishing.

His roots are in music and the music industry. He is an accomplished composer of theatre, ballet and film music and also had a successful career as a performer.

Ed Lantz
President and CTO, Vortex Immersion Media, Inc

Ed Lantz is a media and entertainment engineer, scientist, executive manager and entrepreneur. He is internationally recognized as a pioneer and leading authority in large-format digital cinema and immersive experiences for mass audiences. Other areas of interest include virtual reality, interactive place-based entertainment, real-time video/music performance, independent films with socially conscious themes, fine art visual music, neuroaesthetics, and wellness applications exploiting the psychophysical effects of interactive digital media.


Jack Gallagher
Artistic Director, Bodies Anonymous

Jack Gallagher studied dance in New York at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center. In New York he started his career in 1990 with the Nikolais Dance Theater (USA). While in N.Y. he danced with Tere O'Connor and ISO Dance while studying and performing with Zvi Gottheiner. Since moving to the Netherlands in 1995, Jack has performed with Krisztina de Chatel (NL) Amanda Miller (Germany) and been a long time member of the Anouk van Dijk dancecompany (NL). Gallagher is currently performing in the international sensation "Trust" by Falk Richter and Anouk van Dijk. Since 2009, "Trust" has become part of the repertoire playing regularly in Berlin and been regularly invited to Festival de Otoño in Madrid, Festival TransAmeriques, Montreal, Avignon Festival, Perth International Arts Festival, Australia.

In 2002, Mr. Gallagher formed an ad hoc interdisciplinary dance company under the name Bodies Anonymous. Under the motto of Pure Dance / Non-Fiction, he formulates new principles for dance and performances for the theatre and on location. Bodies Anonymous has been supported by National and Local Dutch Funding bodies per project, has appeared in The Hague's CaDance Festival in 1999, 2004 and 2010 and performs regularly in Amsterdam. Since its humble beginnings, Bodies Anonymous has toured to Germany, Belgium, Russia, Turkey, Australia and Israel.

Jack is a dance researcher and a former fellow at Danslab in The Hague, and was a guest artist at International Choreographic Arts Center Amsterdam investigating both the Performative Speech Act Theory and the Actor Network Theory in dance performance. Jack is a founding organizer of The Network Choreography & Related Art, an advocacy group for Free Lance Performance based Choreographers.

Jack gives lectures in a variety of settings and events where dance and body, leadership and wellness intersect.

Paul Hughes
Ten Meters of Thinking

Paul Hughes left the rolling green hills of his native Ireland, shortly after completing his studies in Visual Communication, and arrived in the distinctive flat planes of the Netherlands, where he has worked in the creative industries since the mid-90’s.

Having successful led a number of creative companies, including Design Machine in New York and Lava Design in Amsterdam, which was awarded the European Design Agency of the Year in 2010, he now spends his time engaging with change makers to help organizations embrace design thinking to create adaptive strategies. He does this through a unique visual/verbal experience where he will draw on ten meters of paper as he speaks - he calls this ‘10 Meters of Thinking’.

‘10 Meters of Thinking’ highlights that we are facing global challenges across every aspect of life that we have never faced before. These challenges many seem overwhelming at first however Paul feels optimistic as he believes these challenges are in essence design challenges. Therefore he believes ‘design is now the difference that makes the difference’.

Van Gendthallen (next to Roest)
VOC-kade 10
1018 LG Amsterdam

Mediamatic is located in the Van Gendthallen, with the entrance on the quay-side. The Van Gendthallen are situated on Oostenburgereiland (the former Stork factory yard), east of Amsterdam Central Station. There are a few ways you can access the island. Once you're in, follow the trail of pink birdhouses attached to trees and lampposts. The birdhouses lead the way to Mediamatic.

If you're coming from the Pietheinkade and Panamalaan (SBS, Panama, tram 26), go underneath the railroad tracks and take the first right. You can park your car here and continue on foot. The first half hour is free, after that it costs €2,50 an hour to park.

Coming from the side of the Oostenburgergracht, you go through the Oostenburgervoorstraat (you can only enter by bike or on foot) and over the bridge (the gate closes at 8pm). In both cases you follow the pink birdhouses.

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