ComplexCon Cooked Up


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The third annual pop culture festival known as ComplexCon, took place at the Long Beach Convention Center over the November 3-4 weekend. Artists, visionaries and pop culture enthusiasts gathered at the convention to socialize and celebrate culture.

“This year, ComplexCon will focus on the enlightenment and empowerment of the individual, reflecting the issues and conversations that permeate and influence culture today from entertainment to art to politics,” said a released statement from ComplexCon. This year’s theme was cooked up by world renowned contemporary artist, Takashi Murakami, who is the founding host committee member of the event. Murakami created the logo by producing an ensō, which is considered sacred in Zen tradition. The ensō, which is a circular shape, can represent strength, fullness, or the universe, the theme was really up to interpretation.

“And I am deeply affected by events and chaos in the world but see incredible young people rise up to tackle them. And from that energy new things are born that touch everything in culture. It was important to embrace this at ComplexCon this year,” Murakami said in an interview on why he chose that specific theme.

This year’s festivities also included guest speakers, called ComplexCon(versations). The most prominent speaker was Virgil Abloh, eminent fashion designer who spoke to new and upcoming designers about the ethics of designing and fashion industry. Other speakers included Wale, Don C, Nas, Jaden Smith, and many more.

The convention also held musical performances from artists such as Future, Rae Sremmurd, Vince Staples, Action Bronson, and many others. The musical event was hosted by none other than Takashi Murakami and Pharrell Williams.

The two day convention, held true to its meaning by bringing together multiple forces of culture to weave together the complex nature that is art, entertainment, and media.

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