Thomas Maile talks about the culture and lifestyle of the small town of Aalen in Germany. He also speaks about his passion and discovery for Pechakucha.
PechaKucha Night, now in over 800 cities, was devised in Tokyo in February 2003 as an event for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public.
Bec McMaster explores ancient air, lush forests and the building of seven time machines all in her current exhibition project, Antarctic Time Travel - the headline exhibition for NZ IceFest. The world’s most significant festival on Antarctica, celebrating New Zealand and Christchurch’s unique relationship with Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. As an exhibition developer and sustainability professional who is hugely intrigued by all things Antarctica, the chance to develop an exhibition on what Antarctica’s past can tell us about future climate change was right up Bec’s alley. Here, Bec shares the process of engaging with some of NZ’s leading scientists in order to present past and future climate change in a balanced and empowering way. Take this 50 million year journey from the past into our near future in the blink of 20 slides.
My current work investigates the naive trust we place upon our shelter system’s ability to protect us. My interest lies within the conflicting ideas of protection, vulnerability and hope, during and after abrupt natural destruction. As pioneers and immigrants in new places and spaces, we believe and invest in the security of the systems we create. This belief in the security of stability is called into question during great disasters. Such was mine in the aftermath of the biggest natural disaster, my country has seen in decades, where a 6.3 magnitude earthquake awoke the land, in my home town of Otautahi / Christchurch, New Zealand in February, 2011.
I am intrigued by the irrevocable shift in one’s sense of self in relation to place that occurs after the illusion of stability ceases to exist. In these moments, the architectural landscape can become both threatened and threatening. I am mentally cataloging the beauty of our pioneering and afraid of the consequences in entrusting so much with our current systems of belief.
Inspired by the French game "Bagatelle," Harry Williams is credited with introducing the first coin operated pinball machine in 1931. For the next 60 years pinball machines were commonplace in America until they wer supplanted by video games and redemption machines. Today pinball machines are rarely seen and are usually poorly maintained. Sean Spindler speaks about Madison Pinball, a team of local pinball enthusiasts who are bringing pinball machines to the Madison area so everyone can play with and enjoy these marvelous contraptions!