City Focus: Kuching

This week, Kuching has our City Focus. Situated near the old "Cat River" in Malaysia's Sarawak region, it's home to the capital's Cat Museum and serves as the main gateway to Sarawak and Borneo. Let curiosity get the better of your cat instincts by checking out Kuching's recent presentations.

Poster for PKN Nantes Vol. 12

PechaKucha Night Nantes captures the tongue-twisting nature of our world famous moniker for their upcoming Vol. 12 Poster. As tricky as PechaKucha may be to pronounce, with presentations only 400 seconds long, Nantes need need not worry about getting their tongues tied.

PechaKucha People: Huschang Pourian

This week's PK People Spotlight lands on Hong Kong based designer, Huschang Pourian. He's is the co-founder of ChowPourianLab, the renowned design firm, that in addition to focussing on art/architecture/design-related projects, cranks out beautiful bicycles.

Presentation of the Day

"The world's first movie theater was in Buffalo, New York."

In Buffalo Vitascope: The Story of the World's First Movie Theater from PechaKucha Buffalo Vol. 16, comedian and cartoonist Pat Kewley tells the true story of Vitascope Hall, which opened on Buffalo, New York's Main Street in 1896 and was likely the world's first permanent, specially constructed movie theater. Using period photographs, newspaper clippings, and his own cartoon drawings, Kewley spreads the word about Buffalo's amazing & unique place in film history, touching on the early days of moviegoing, the first films, and the unsung Buffalonians who helped pioneer the film industry in our own backyard.

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Past Presentations of the Day

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Analog Creation in a Digital World

BY TYSON CALL
@ VOL 16 ON OCT 16, 2015

“What you use influences what you create. I say, take that into consideration, try putting down the macbook, pull out a notebook, and get your Hemingway on.”

In Analog Creation in a Digital World from Pechakucha Night Salt Lake City Vol. 16Tyson Call, who is a writer, photographer, and motorcycle rider, talks about his story. For Tyson, however, sitting down to write on a computer creates too many distractions. Receiving a typewriter as a gift opened up a whole new perspective on the creative process and created a connection to the inner workings of other great writers like Hemmingway, Steinbeck, and Hunter S. Thompson. In this presentation, Tyson, muses on analog creation in a digital world and asks, "What have you done with a piece of paper? Nothing!"

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Tuesday, June 28th, 2016.

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How Restraint will Fuel Your Creativity

BY PIERRICK CALVEZ
@ VOL 27 ON APR 14, 2016

“Maybe eventually in the one route left, you will find new continent of possibility.”

In How Restraint will Fuel Your Creativity from Pechakucha Night Shanghai Vol.27, seemingly contradictionary, Pierrick Calvez makes the case that restraint can actually give you more freedom. He backs this up with relevant examples from various artists. Our conclusion: Think outside of the box, but putting yourself in a(nother) smaller box!

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Monday, June 27th, 2016. 

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You Can't Draw, But Nobody Can Draw Like You

BY KARAN SINGH
@ VOL 136 ON JUN 02, 2016

"I found out that it was so much more interesting in doing everything wrong and developing a style and aesthetic that way, rather than getting things right the first time."
 
Karan Singh is an Australian artist, illustrator, and animator and living in Tokyo. In his presentation "You Can't Draw, But Nobody Can Draw Like You" from PechaKucha Night Tokyo Vol. 136, he shares some of this vibrant and impactful works, representing a modern interpretation of optical art, conveying pattern and depth through minimal palettes. Despite having a decade of work under his belt, he confesses that he doesn't know how to draw. Have a look, and join us in begging to differ on that point.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Friday, July 24th, 2016. 
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How To Create The WOW Factor in Interiors

BY YASMIN CHOPIN
@ VOL 5 ON JUN 07, 2016

“A lot of clients ask me for the WOW factor in their homes. Well, what is it? Quite simply, it’s a physical reaction to what you see.”

In How To Create The WOW Factor in Interiors from PechaKucha Night Cambridge Vol. 5, Interior Designer Yasmin Chopin shares some of the theory behind what makes an ordinary home extraordinary. Discover the styles, colours, tones and influences that make a home more than just a home.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Thursday, June 23rd, 2016. 

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