Plutopia a Futures Oriented Initiative presented by Derek Woodgate

  • 16 Mar 2010
  • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Marie Callendar's Restaurant 9503 Research Blvd. Austin, TX 78759

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Derek established Plutopia (together with Jon Lebkowsky) as an extension of his earlier highly successful venture, Fringecore (The International Forum for Progressive Culture), in order to provide a platform for the convergence of technology, entertainment and the arts in Austin.

In selecting progressive culture and its futuristic overtones, Derek has managed to build a bridge between his work as a world-renowned futurist /author and a cultural maven. Derek's projects for Fringecore and Plutopia have embraced artist management, development and representation; performance and event production, as well as publishing. With an emphasis on progressive and avant-garde music, spoken word and the visual arts, Derek has worked with a plethora of international artists including Sonic Youth, DJ Spooky, Diamanda Galas, Michael Gira and The Swans / Angels of Light, Nels Cline, Dinosaur Jr. Mike Watt, Marc Ribot, Jim O'Rourke, Maggie Estep, Bob Holman, John Zorn, Beau Sia, Mike Ladd, The Critical Art Ensemble and many more.

Derek has also worked as a consultant on future program development for MTV, Showtime, WorldSpace, Blastro, Clear Channel and the BBC, as has been a keynote speaker at numerous entertainment-related conferences, including: The California Arts Council, CMJ Music Conference, Cutting Edge Business Music Conference, New Orleans, International Live Music Festival in London and has been a regular panelist at SXSW since 1995.

His books include: Future Frequencies, (2004) hailed as "creating a unique paradigm in the professional futurist field", Future Flow (March, 2010) with a preface by DJ Spooky, and Calling The Toads - A Burroughs Compendium (1999) co-authored with Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth, Allen Ginsberg and Douglas Brinkley.

Derek has a Masters in Political Economics and has lived and worked in eleven countries and is at home in seven languages.

He is on several board of directors including the Association of Professional Futurists, Dart Music International and the Central Texas Chapter of the World Futures Society.


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