2005_09_artsfilth.jpgLabor Day has come and gone at last, which means temperatures are down, good moods are up, and the New York art world is just about ready to wave goodbye to the Hamptons, hide its summer hangover behind oversized glasses, and deem this city inhabitable again.

Things get a great jump start this week with the first Semi-Permanent art and design conference to be held in the city. Started in Sydney in 2003, the two-day event focuses on the creative side of design in wide array of diverse fields, including graphic design, broadcast, illustration, photography, web, fashion, film, graffiti, and animation.

The conference, which is organized by Design is Kinky and the happy corp global, will be held at Avery Fischer hall on Friday the 9th and Saturday the 10th. There will be six speakers on each day – The Orphanage, Insertsilence, Charlie White, Theadless/Skinnycorp, Paul Pope, and Peter Sluszka on the 9th and visioniare, Chuck Anderson, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Lobo, Fafi, and Joshua Davis on the 10th.

In addition to the speakers, there a Paul Pope exhibition at the Diesel Denim Gallery in Soho, as well as opening and closing night parties for ticket holders.

To get tickets (which included discounted student passes) or for a schedule of events visit the Semi-Permanent website. To get 10% off ticket price call 212-721-6500 and give the code “voracious vinyl vermin.” For information about discount codes available through the event’s media sponsors, call Chantal Strauss at 646-613-1220 or email yourfriend@thehappycorp.com.