Derek established Plutopia
(together with Jon Lebkowsky) as
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,
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
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
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
Futurists, Dart Music International and the Central Texas Chapter of the
World Futures Society.