Professor directs new creative conference: Revolve CC

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COLLABORATIVE DESIGN—Art and Design Professor Keith Ellis designs a poster for the soft launch of the Revolve CC event. The conference will provide an environment for creative minds to come together and network. Graphic courtesy of Keith Ellis

Trevor Shanahan

For those who are unfamiliar with Marquette, maybe you just moved here for school or maybe you are on vacation with the family, regardless, the creativity generated here is a constant influence on the residence. So, why hasn’t anyone tried to bring all the creative minds of Marquette together? Imagine an event where all platforms of creativity, art, music, engineering, business, etc., could be merged together in order to offer something greater, something bigger than individual creativity itself. 

This is called Revolve CC. NMU Art and Design Professor and Executive Director of Revolve CC Keith Ellis sprouted this idea of nationwide artistic collaboration centered right in Marquette, in hopes of creating a yearly tradition. 

Revolve CC, essentially, is a large creative collaborative conference. It will take place at the Masonic Center from 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9. 

People wishing to display, explore and collaborate with other creatives are urged to attend. The goal for this event “is to promote the creative class in the Midwest and support collaboration, cross-discipline works and creative business,” according to the official website for the conference.

In this, one is pushed to “explore areas unfamiliar to themselves and bring creative folks in the U.P. together,” Ellis said. 

Ellis’ said his excitement is unparalleled as this is the first year that the event is being held. Though it’s a brand new event, Ellis said that he will be very interested to see all of the different varieties and sorts of creative intuition present at the event.

Keith explained other facets of Revolve CC, expanding upon what to expect from the development. 

“There will be 13 speakers who all bring different dynamics to the table, we’re going to create a bubble to bring everyone together,” Ellis said. 

The keynote speakers include a variety of professionals. Steve Albini—sound engineer and producer for The Pixies, Nirvana, Low and The Breeders—will speak about  his success during “An Evening with Steve Albini.” Albini owns and operates Electrical Audio in Chicago. Author and behavioral scientist Susan Weinschenk will speak on the “Science of Creativity.” Weinschenk has a Ph.D. in psychology and has been published several books including “100 Things Every Design Needs To Know About People.” Author, educator and speaker Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick focuses on politics, culture, technology and social change and will be speaking on his upcoming book “The Good Drone.” Last keynote speaker Gibino Iglesias, author and journalist, will talk about his success as a journalist in “A Talk with Gibino Iglesias.” 

There were certainly previous occurrences Keith drew inspiration from for Revolve CC, he said. One of those is Evolve. Evolve is a local creative community for the Marquette Chamber of Commerce. There will soon be a presentation on virtual reality versus augmented reality at Evolve, Revolve CC Program Director Shaun Pitz said. 

Overall, Keith said that his most prominent goal for Revolve CC is to promote an “unusual and spontaneous collaboration between folks.” 

To register, visit the event’s website at revolvecc.net. Registration will remain open until Nov. 9. Prices are $65 for general admission and $45 for students.