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Event Review: Pause Fest — November 25, 2012

Event Review: Pause Fest

Creativity and the technology behind it is moving at an almost immeasurable speed. Artists, designers, technologists and entrepreneurs are bringing the future to the surface and Pause Fest forces us to take a glimpse into the industry’s current triumphs along with what lies ahead.

The collection of screenings throughout the Pause Fest took me into and out of new worlds. I was blown away by the latest animation tricks forged by the most talented designers of our times. I saw colours, textures and motions I have never seen before and sailed through narratives that were heartfelt, tragic and silly. And while technical execution was undoubtedly extraordinary, there was another layer to savour.

The content of the hand-picked shorts explored issues that were real, raw, relevant and perhaps planted to help re-contextualize or inspire our own creations. Some of the selections hinted at possibilities in sustainable urban design in an environmentally fragile future, for example. Others forced me to consider the dark implications of cultural conservation in a world becoming less about photographs stored in our bookshelves and more about the ones in the cloud.

I walked away from the festival with my eyes bewildered and my mind heavy yet hopeful. I am looking forward to the future as posed by the Pause Fest, promising richer colours and new ways of looking, but am also wary of the changes that may come in an unexamined society.

So if you didn’t get a chance to experience the Pause Fest, I urge you to look forward to the third installment of the Pause Fest in 2013. And for those who are the creators behind the art, products and businesses designing for our future, consider a few guiding principles spun from the underlying themes I found to be palpable throughout the festival:

Tell a story. Build something that is part of a bigger story. Create an immersive world for it so that your audience believes that they can touch and feel it on some level.

Imagine first, engineer later. Dream as though there are no limitations in physics or resources. Figure out how to build it later.

The finer details matter. The small details in colour, texture, font, size and tone are part of the immersive world you’re creating.

Work together. You can’t do it by yourself. Work with people who are not like you. Doing so will make you better at what you do.

Note: the videos hyperlinked within this post were screened at the Pause Fest.

About our Ambassador // Jackie Antig is a product innovator who doubles as a wordsmith and visual designer. Insatiably curious, data junkie. Works in the trenches. Connect with her on Twitter @jantig.


Hello Kim – our Auckland Curator — November 9, 2012

Hello Kim – our Auckland Curator

I’m so thrilled to share we’re launching in New Zealand and adding a fantastic individual as our Auckland curator in Kim Lesch. I’ve been ‘ambiently’ aware of Kim  in the online social sphere for some time and was so pleased when she recently reached out about taking The Fetch there. We then had the pleasure of meeting up IRL in Sydney.

This city’s colour is a fresh bright green – staying true to the stunning natural beauty of the NZ landscape. We’ll be focusing on Auckland to begin with but also including some of the best events happening from Invercargill to Kaitaia! So, without ado: Kia ora!

Kim Lesch, Auckland curator

How did you end up where you are today?

I grew up in the States in a snoozy college town, reading a lot, accidentally breaking nearly every piece of machinery in our house, and thinking about what it would be like to get the heck out of Pennsylvania and see the world. While pursuing a humanities/creative writing degree I watched too many seasons of Northern Exposure and decided a move to Alaska would be a fantastic idea. I popped up there for a long summer in a truly misery inducing job before moving to Australia to do a year abroad at a film school in Queensland. While in film school I found out that I was utterly crap at editing, which is ironic since I ended up making it my profession for five years, but a solid producer. After finishing my undergrad I figured that I’d continue my film studies and do my MA in New Zealand. As you do.

I worked in sports TV for five years (editing) after finishing my masters and slowly came to the realization that all that time I spent online could actually be a career. Since coming to that realization I’ve worked on a couple NZ travel websites, rewrote a New Zealand travel book, and now produce online content with the New Zealand government to help spread the good word on how fantastic and innovative Kiwi companies are. I’ve also done some show development for an American production company and do some consulting work every so often which keeps me en pointe most days.

What makes you tick? What makes you ick?

Tick: Delicious food, Aretha Franklin records, my rockin’ partner, New York pizza, and working creatively with others who are on the same page. I just love connecting people to create opportunities and help make stuff happen. What makes me ick is egotistical behavior and that pesky tall poppy syndrome.

Why do you love ‘fetchin?

I love promoting communities and bringing people together, it’s been a treat to be able to do that for a start up I believe in. I’ve always been extremely curious about people and what makes them tick so the chance to interact with so many folks with such great stories is like catnip for me.

What things excite you about our community right now?

The generosity. I love how open people are and how eager they are to listen as well as share their own stories.

What’s your favourite thing about your city?

It’s changed so much in the last five years, especially the inner city. We’re finally getting world class food/bars/urban spaces/cookie boutiques.

What’s unique about Auckland and NZ?

I think there’s an overall level of fun and laid back lifestyle which is very unique to New Zealand. I miss it like crazy when I leave, but not as much as I miss pies that contain fruit and not meat.

Where can we find you in Auckland?

Either at my desk plonking away, at Snapdragon bar down by the Waterfront, or at any and all interesting meetups where people talk about the internet – I’m usually the one who ordered the chips.

How can we connect with you?

I’m a twitter-holic! Find me at @kim_lesch or on my goofy blog ‘Scoot!’ where I try to write reviews of stuff I’m currently watching/reading/listening to. Unfortunately I usually end up gushing about how much I love really unhelpful aspects of whatever media I’m writing about and utilizing the vocabulary that my overpriced degrees have bestowed upon me. Example: “Yes, this film has it all: scandal, unease with urbanization, love, and drunk farm animals.”

You can also connect with Kim via The Fetch Auckland on Twitter and Facebook or via email on

And don’t forget to sign up to our inaugural Auckland go-to email digest via!

Video: RAW Brisbane: Radiate — September 2, 2012

Video: RAW Brisbane: Radiate

Fetchers Andrew and Steph headed to Oh Hello for the second RAW Brisbane showcase, Radiate. Designed to throw a spotlight on independent creatives in visual art, film, fashion, music, hair and makeup artistry, photography, models and performing art, this action filled exhibition is a highlight of Brisbane’s creative calendar.

The next RAW Brisbane event is scheduled for 26 September. Full details online.

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