Bringing the creative community together to share inspiration
PanicRoom is a bi-annual inspiration evening curated and hosted by PostPanic. What started in 2009 as an intimate gathering of like-minded souls sharing what makes them tick, has grown to one of the most sought-after invitations on the Amsterdam creative calendar attracting a much respected and eclectic line-up of speakers. PanicRoom has also started touring at festivals worldwide.
Adam Smith is an award-winning British film, television drama, documentary, and music video director. He is best known for his long-term collaborations with The Chemical Brothers and The Streets and the music videos he created for them have been recognised and awarded worldwide.
In 2007 Smith directed four episodes of the highly influential Channel 4 drama series ‘Skins’ (Series 1) which helped launch the careers of Nicholas Hoult, Dev Patel and Kaya Scodelario. He followed this with six episodes of Charles Dickens’s ‘Little Dorrit’, the multi Emmy award winning mini-series for the BBC and WGHB starring Tom Courtney, Mathew Mcfadden and Claire Foy. In 2010 Smith directed Matt Smith’s opening episode as ‘Doctor Who’, an instant hit with the shows worldwide viewers. Documentaries for Channel 4 include an early portrait of the Grime music scene ‘Wot Do U Call It?’ and ‘A.I.P.S’ which looked at a group of Englishmen who reenact the Vietnam war in Kent.’Ghetto on Sea’ for BBC THREE charted the trials and tribulations of running a pirate radio station.
He has made commercials for Nike (starring Wayne Rooney), Adidas (starring Paul Pogba), The National Lottery, and The Children’s Society. His short film for the Jaguar F type launch starring Damian Lewis premiered at Sundance London 2013.
Released in early 2017, Trespass Against Us (for Film 4/BFI and Lionsgate) starring Michael Fassbender and Brendan Gleeson marked Smith’s debut as a feature film director.
Adam Smith @ RSA
London based creative studio The Line have gathered up a loyal crowd of admirers, smitten by their unpredictable and bold visual storytelling using the craft of animation. The team have gathered up awards across the industry including a BAFTA nomination for best short film. Their online videos have over 20 million combined views to date and they’re regulars for Vimeo Staff Picks. Their diverse range of styles and skills means they take on projects ranging from films/commercials through to vr/interactive but always with an eye for detail and craftsmanship. TheLine are represented at the PanicRoom by Tim McCourt and Wesley Louis, both of whom will also be speaking in Eindhoven as part of Playgrounds Festival’s The Art Department, a 3 day celebration of the best in visual storytelling.
The Line @ Playgrounds
Danish born Klaus Thymann is a multi award winning-photographer, filmmaker and creative director. He has developed an original viewpoint having worked across a wide range of subjects and media, utilising a cross-disciplinary skillset combining in-depth digital knowledge, image making, mapping, documentary and exploration. Thymann started working as a photographer at the age of fourteen photographing tourists in Copenhagen for the Canal Tour, and began working for publications during his teenage years. In 1996 he was the youngest ever winner of the Scandinavian Kodak Gold Award, in 2013 he won the Sony World Photography Award.
Throughout his practice, Thymann reveals a deeply held interest in the act of exploring and mapping – both in a physical sense and in a more conceptual manner; one of seeking out new practices and experimenting with new techniques and approaches. He has conducted the only scuba dive of the world’s clearest lake in New Zealand, documented tourism in Iraq, photographed parkour in Gaza and explored the glaciers of Uganda and Congo via new trekking routes. Thymann is currently exploring underwater rivers on the Yucatan in Mexico, he wrote and directed a long-format documentary film of this form of environmental exploration, Flows. Flows has music by Thom Yorke. A significant body of his work is 'Hybrids', which was produced over a period of four years when Klaus mapped peculiar hybrid cultures around the planet, such as Snow Polo in St. Moritz, Gay Rodeo in LA, Underwater Striptease in Chile and Underground Gardening in Tokyo.
Building on past experiences and a passion for the environment led him to set up Project Pressure, a UK-based charity that documents the world’s retreating glaciers. It combines science, art and education to depict the repercussions of climate change.
He has been fortunate enough to receive grants from Arts Council England, Danish Arts Council, Getty Images, Hasselblad and The Queen of Denmark amongst others. In 1996 Klaus was the youngest ever winner of the Scandinavian Kodak Gold Award, and in 2013 was the recipient of the Sony World Photography Award in fashion.
Wyatt-Clarke + Jones // Klaus Thymann
Photographer Arthur Mebius (Hilversum, The Netherlands, 1971) studied at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague. Besides his work for commercial advertising, he is constantly working on personal projects with a strong interest on aviation. Among the jury’s that awarded his work are AOP, ADCN, ADCE, Cannes, Epica, New York Photo Awards. In his latest book Arthur visits North Korea’s airline Air Koryo. International sanctions and environmental restrictions have reduced the airline’s operations with only China and Vladivostok remaining. Occasional domestic flights are all the more important for the flight attendants and pilots to practice and to keep up their knowledge and skills. Arthur monitors the routine operations by the crew which appears as a rehearsed play of maintenance, controls and procedures. A ground control dance of which an image of dedication and pride arises.
Ex-New Yorker Joshua Baumgarten aka Mr Weird Beard is one of Haarlem’s best known and best loved ambassadors of the city’s thriving counter culture scene. Spoken word poet, artist and performer, Josh has also been host for a wide range of festivals over the years including Lowlands, Bevrijdingspop Haarlem and the International Burlesque Circus. He is also the founder of the hugely influential Irrational Library label and events, as well owner of the cult store in the center of Haarlem by the same name. After 17 years of living in the low country, Josh has established himself not only as a driving force for country-wide counter culture combining music, art and events but also been recognized as the unofficial Poet Laureate for the city.
ENKA - Athens borned and based in Amsterdam is an electronic sound artist and founder of the Living Room Sessions. His work is a blend of electronic textures and soundscapes evolving into an emotional sonic experience, engaging the audience into experiencing a different perspective of electronic music. He is active as a DJ, producer, sound designer and composer for contemporary dance and film.
ENKA @ Facebook
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The PanicRoom is a bi-annual inspiration night created, curated and hosted by PostPanic. First launched back in 2009, The PanicRoom is our way of bringing together like-minded souls to find out what makes extraordinary creatives tick. The PanicRoom’s home is with PostPanic in Amsterdam but it’s also exported around the world, having started with ‘The PanicRoom: Mexico Edition’ in 2012.
Fuelled by our drink sponsors and good food, a PanicRoom night is most definitely not a portfolio night. Each event features 3 specially invited speakers, chosen by PostPanic because of their inspirational work, regardless of whether they are actual business competitors of PostPanic’s or not. This is because the aim of the PanicRoom is to share the subjects and people PostPanic find fascinating - it’s not a showcase and it’s not about wheeling and dealing.
Speakers to date have included:
Shynola (UK) • Pleix (FR) • United Visual Artists (UK) • Johnny Hardstaff (UK) • Kristoffer Borgli (Norway) • Terence Neale (SA) • Dougal Wilson (UK) • Dvein (SP) Vincent Fournier (FR) • Gmunk (US) • Aaron Duffy (US) • Si Scott (UK) • Jamie-James Medina (US/UK) • Niels Shoe Meulman (NL) • Sougwen Chung (US) • Andrew T Huang (US) • Man vs Machine (UK) • Polynoid (Ger) • Alex Turvey (UK) • Radical Friend (US) • Lucy McRae (AUS/ NL) • Fons Schiedon (NL) • Johan Rijpman (NL) • Sehsucht (DE) • HeyHeyHey (NL) • Hecq (DE) • The Stone Twins (IR) • DJ Kypski (NL) • Matt Blease (UK) • Matt Lambert (DE) • Jon Burgerman (US) • Lernert & Sander (NL)
All instructed to inspire and surprise an invite-only 120-strong audience consisting of Amsterdam’s key members from the advertising and creative communities. They each have 30 minutes to share all the things going round in their head - this could be bad album covers, youtube dance clips, snippets of history or just random images.