City Focus: Dunedin

This week's City Focus heads to New Zealand's South Island City of Dunedin, known for natural beauty, Maori heritage, Victorian architecture, and ...PechaKucha Nights! See what creativity looks like at the bottom of the world and stay tuned for presentations from their recent Vol. 27! 

Poster for PKN Dundee Vol. 13!

THERE SHE BLOWS!!! It's PechaKucha Night Dundee's poster! We caught this whopper while fishing around for details on Dundee's upcoming Vol. 13, which is destined to be a whale of a good time! Click through our PechaKucha Poster tumblr and be inspired to design one for YOUR city's PechaKucha! 

Well Dunsborough!

We're almost "dun" here for the weekly update, with another stop "dun-under" at PechaKucha Night Dunsborough, who hosted their Vol. 17 this season to a packed audience at the legendary Pour House. Check out their past presentations and look forward to the creativity coming out of the batch!

Presentation of the Day

"I had a new clarity of how midwestern I was, and what the midwest looked like. I got really excited about something that had seemed very ordinary to me."

In Waving Goodbye from United States Artists Assembly in Chicago, artist Deanna Dikeman guides us through her photography, billboard and poster projects. Her unassuming work, while humble is rife with intention and artful curiosity, relatable and resonating. Based in the Midwest, she explores the themes of family, childhood memories, dance, fashion, lost and found, life and death.

Visit for more of Deana's work and consider supporting her by picking up her book, "27 Good-byes".

This post is back by popular demand. It was "Presentation of the Day" on September 7th and again October 13th. 


Past Presentations of the Day


Faster than Light

@ VOL 128 ON SEP 30, 2015

"Although neutrinos are the smallest particle...they may be the reason the universe exists at all."

In 'Faster than Light" From Tokyo Vol. 128, Particle physicist Euan Richard works at Super-Kamiokande, a particle detector about a kilometre underground in the Gifu Mountains in Japan, studying for the mysterious sub atomic particle, the Neutrino. The Neutrino is fundamental particle meaning it can't be divided into anything anything smaller and exists everywhere in the universe, including a trillion in our own bodies. Very little is know about the particle, but it has been suspected that it has the power to turn anti-matter into matter, preventing the universe from collapsing on itself, thus its properties challenge and inform our current understanding of the universe. In an attempt to continue updating our understanding of the ever expansive universe, Euan and his team push the envelope of science, focused on one of its smallest components.

This was "Presenatiosn of the Day" on Friday October 9th, 2015. 


Copper Harbor, Michigan

@ VOL 21 ON JUN 18, 2015

"I don't know if there is a word to describe a peninsula that's part of another peninsula, maybe "super-peninsula." They can use that if they want."

In this hilarious, yet introspective look on a remote and serene corner on the world called Copper Harbour, Michigan, freelance writer John Donavan shares his love for its 75 quirky residents, its single drag strip, its dozen places to stay, and half as many places to eat, its few quiet souvenir shops, its art studio, its laundromat, its lonely but loved book store, and its complete lack of cell-phone reception.

Surrounded by wilderness, wonder, and solitude, Donavan shares getting lost in the natural beauty, forgetting that the noise, and the hurry, and the craziness of world even exists, adding "it's kinda like my church."

(From PechaKucha Des Moines Vol. 21.)


The Odyssey Project

@ VOL 14 ON AUG 12, 2015

The Odyssey Project is a collaborative theater process between youth from a juvenile detention facility in Santa Barbara county and undergraduate students from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Using the template of Homer's Odyssey, the participants gather on the university campus to explore the mythic elements in their lives in order to reconstruct the epic poem in their own voices. The project leads to a public performance at a local theater. Everyone on this creative journey is a hero or heroine. The project is designed to honor youth in identifying their heroic life mission and map a course of action. It employs theater arts as a strategy for inspiring life affirming choices.

In doing so, it seeks to demonstrate how artistic cooperation transcends class, racial and social barriers; and how art, with rehabilitation, serves as an alternative to incarceration and penalty.

THis was "Presenation of the Day" on Wednesday, October 8th, 2015.


Even Though We're Here

@ VOL 4 ON AUG 15, 2015

"When you step out of your comfort zone, THAT is when the magic happens, THAT is when you realize the true strength of your capabilities"

In "Even Though We're Here" from Bandar Seri Begawan Vol.4Dragons And Pixie Dust’s self-taught special effects make-up artist Muaz Al-Rashid’s shares the story his childhood curiosity on how Jim Carey was turned into The Grinch got his creative engine running. From looking up for inspirations on YouTube to someone telling him to just do it to actually ripping himself out of his comfort zone, Muaz invites us to join him (being unafraid to do what you’re passionate about) as he brushes his way into being resourceful with what little he could work with to complete his vision.

This was "Presenation of the Day" on Tuesday October 6, 2015.

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