City Focus: Townsville

Hats off to PechaKucha Night Townsville who deserve this week's City Focus. At their recent Vol. 12, they shared their experience as PechaKucha Organizers. About of their PKN one attendee said, "I'm hooked...Who could imagine that 8 talks on such diverse topics would be so interesting!"

PKN Champaign-Urbana Vol 21

Bullseye on this on-target poster for PechaKucha Night Champaign-Urbana's upcoming vol. 21. Excited to have their presentations added to their online archive of creativity. Stay tuned, and in the meantime, check out more imaginative designs on our official PechaKucha Poster tumblr.

PechaKucha People: Daphne Siaw

The PechaKucha People spotlight shines this week on visual artist and creative experimenter, Daphne Siaw of PKN Kuching. A wanderer and challenger, passionate about sharing, Daphne's optimistic outlook is reflected in her work as an accomplished muralist, installation artist and more

Presentation of the Day

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Bas van Hoeve

Creative Director, Design2Gather in Shanghai

Human Centered Design

PRESENTED ON JAN 14, 2016
IN SHANGHAI @ VOL 26

"For this project, I particularly looked at the things that those children could do instead of what they couldn’t." 

In Human Centered Design from PechaKucha Night Shanghai Vol. 26Bas van Hoeve explains what inspires him when he's designing: people. He doesn't design just to create something nice or beautiful; he hopes his products actually help people. Don't just focus on the best paying customers, also pay attention to those most in need of specialized design.

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Past Presentations of the Day

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Magic Words

BY HENGTEE LIM
@ VOL 137 ON JUN 29, 2016

"Words are really powerful, and if we’re going to use them to express the people we are and the feelings that we have, let’s make them count!"

In Magic Words from PechaKucha Night Tokyo Vol. 137, Hengtee Lim looks at how words inspire new ideas, create a shared experience, and foster understanding. Lim argues that there's a power in words and the way we use them to express ourselves and tell stories.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Friday, July 22nd, 2016. 

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Artistic Encounters with Plastiglomerate, Derelict Fishing Gear, and other Pacific Plastic Flotsam

BY JAIMEY HAMILTON FARIS
@ VOL 27 ON JUN 10, 2016

“He mimes geological compression, squeezing all of the detritus together to make a post-consumerist stone.”

In Artistic Encounters with Plastiglomerate, Derelict Fishing Gear, and other Pacific Plastic Flotsam from PechaKucha Night Honolulu Vol. 27, Jan Dickey, UHM MFA candidate, and Jaimey Hamilton Faris, UHM Associate Professor of Contemporary Art and Critical Theory, will talk about how art engages with the environmental impact of plastic trash in the Pacific Ocean. They will introduce the work of three artists: Kelly Jazvac’s “readymade” plastiglomerate (a newly designated geologic formation of sand, coral, and plastic); Maika’i Tubbs’ attempts to replicate platiglomerate’s geology; and Mary Babcock’s weavings of plastic fishing line found on the shores of the Hawaiian Islands.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" of Thursday, July 21st, 2016. 

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The El Paso Transnational Trolley Project

BY PETER SVARZBEIN
@ VOL 13 ON JUN 23, 2016

"These were vehicles of economic mobility."

In The El Paso Transnational Trolley Project from PechaKucha Night El Paso Vol. 13, Peter Svarzbien shares his project to get El Paso's trolleys running again as they did in their heyday. Svarzbien is a photographer, artist and now city Councilman of El Paso. He once imagined the historic streetcars returning to the streets of El Paso again with his MFA masters thesis "The El Paso Transnational Trolley Project." Several years later, this project no longer resides only in our imaginations as the first tracks are now being laid in the streets of El Paso for the new streetcar line. With El Paso's first streetcar line in many years now under construction Peter is not content to stop here, but is now gathering political support to push for the restoration of trolley service over the international bridge - reconnecting Juarez and El Paso's fabled international streetcar service. Peter's presentation inspires us to consider how art can operate on a grand city scale to improve our quality of life. 

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Wednesday, July 20th, 2016. 

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How I Understand the Work I Do (and Myself) Better Because of My Little Sister

BY JESSICA CALDAS
@ VOL 28 ON FEB 21, 2016

"My sister reminds me every day why I do the work that I do, why these open, hard conversations are important, how we learn from them and how we help ourselves and others by having them"

In How I Understand the Work I Do (and Myself) Better Because of My Little Sister from PechaKucha Night Atlanta Vol. 28Jessica Caldas shares about the impact her little sister has on her and her art. Caldas is an aritist based in Atlanta and one whose work stems from challenging subject matter such as domestic abuse and sexual violence. Over the last year, Jessica's younger sister Shoshana has increasingly become an influence in Jessica's work through her openess, honesty, and challenging nautre. Jessica stood before strangers, some friends, and her sister to tell everyone of the special bond these two have and what the bond has meant for Jessica's art.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Tuesday July 19th, 2016.