Unicorn rides again for 2014
Art event This year’s Trojan Horse was a Unicorn will be better, but not bigger
Founder André Luis says there are no VIPs at Trojan Horse was a Unicorn. That’s why 2013’s event was such a success. That’s why the fourday festival had a family feel. And that’s why 2014’s THU is set to be even better.
The get-together for artists, game and film developers and animators returns to Portugal, after last year’s inaugural event. An improved format sees the addition of morning workshops, mentorship sessions, private lessons and “legends” – a new category of speaker. But André stresses THU will stay true to its boutique roots. Everyone – artists and attendees – are equal.
“We never want a big event,” he says. “We only have 500 tickets, so we want to give our attendees the best experience possible.”
Answering questions helps me understand my process better
The event boasts 32 speakers and over a dozen companies looking to recruit. Concept artist Ian McQue thinks festivals like this are vital for artists of every standing. “It’s good to get out, meet up with your peers and talk to them about their practice,” he says. “I’ve found that doing painting demos and answering questions from students helps me understand my process better. But the main thing is they’re great fun.”
While the full line-up is yet to be announced, Christian Alzmann, art director for Industrial Light & Magic, is looking forward to it. “Events like THU are important for artists because we can be a solitary group, locking ourselves up and working away. It’s energising and renewing. I often anticipate being inspired by one of the key speakers, but am often surprised to be equally inspired by someone I’ve yet to hear about or by someone who’s still in school.”
To book tickets for this year’s THU, visit https://trojan-unicorn.com.
A dynamic piece by Ian McQue, who’s one of the confirmed speakers at THU 2014. Christian Alzmann will be
explaining how he put together pieces like this
one at THU 2014.
For Christian, festivals like THU help break up an artist’s
otherwise solitary life.