City Focus: Curitiba

This week's City Focus stays in Latin American, heading to one of its most important cultural, political, and economic centre's in Brazil, Curitiba. Home to the Oscar Niemeyer Museum, check out some of Curitiba's inspiring presentations here!

Poster for PKN Izmir

Izmir's latest PechaKucha Night -- the city's Vol. 10 -- was held just a few days ago, and we still wanted to highlight the refreshing poster that was produced for the event. You'll find more on our PKN poster Tumblr

A Night of Inspiration

Hats off to PechaKucha Night Kathmandu and to all who joined to truly pack a house in the PechaKucha Spirit! They put on an extraordinary event and we'll be featuring their presentations in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!

Presentation of the Day

"If you want to develop your imagination and go beyond your limits, read fairly tales!"

Tokyo-based, Brazilian artist Angelo Mokutan talks about the influence of a having a mother in oriental medicine, a sculptor for a father, and the creative seed he inherited from them taking root and inspiring a move to Japan to follow a dream. After studying fine art, and unsure of his prospects he found himself working a for an IT term. But his passion was calling and he finally abandoned the stability of his job to follow his true dream to become a successful manga artist.

He believes manga can develop our imagination and help us go past the limits of our rational minds. 

Lastly, offering a new twist on an old classic, Mokutan gives Little Red Riding Hood an urban update, her grandmother living in Tokyo, and big bad wolves all around. If you send a him a suggestion on what she brings to grandmother's house, he'll illustrate it in a manga and credit you as co-author! Lets send him some ideas so we can ALL be manga artists!

 

 

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Past Presentations of the Day

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Reclaiming the Streets of Chennai

BY ASWATHY DILIP
@ VOL 7 ON MAY 30, 2015

Aswathy Dilip talks about a citizen's initiative called Namma Chennai Namakke, for which she is taking the lead in gathering the support of Chennai citizens, including automobile owners, to embrace car-free streets on Sunday mornings. The space it is hoped can be used to promote healthy and happy lifestyles, and social capital through community building activities. When Dilip is not passionately spending time at work, she spends it with her naughty little son.

This was "Presentation of the Day" on July 31st, 2015. 

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"Go"dly Nerdism in the Game Go

BY IGNATIUS CHIN
@ VOL 3 ON MAY 30, 2015

What does the Go Father of Brunei have to say? Well, Go, obviously! To Ignatius Chin, playing the strategy board game Go is not just some pasttime activity but a highly addictive game that carries its ancient origins and unites people (especially nerds and other lifeforms) together. Listen as he opens your eyes to the magic that is Go.

This was "Presentation on the Day" on July 29th, 2015.

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Knickerbocker Cycling in Christchurch

BY CATARINA GUTIERREZ
@ VOL 23 ON MAY 04, 2015

On the 1892 Adalanta Cycle Club:

"It's special to me because it was a group of all women cyclists that decided to get together to go on picnics, to go one day trips, and just be all around awesome in their knickerbockers."

From Knickerbocker Cycling in Christchurch, from Christchurch Vol. 23Catarina Gutierrez shares her passion as an everyday cyclist as she explores a city steeped in bicycle culture and history. Prior to landing in Christchurch, she's lived and pedaled in popular bike cities such as Brooklyn, NY and Portland, OR. In addition to founding the social bicycles club "CycleCHCH", Gutierrez volunteers at RAD Bikes. These days you can find her cruising around Christchurch on a bubblegum pink Morrison step-through and in a bright, neon helmet covered in stickers. 

This was "Presentation of the Day" on July 28th, 2015.

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21st Century History Painter

BY SANDOW BIRK
@ UNITED STATES ARTISTS 2014 ARTISTS ASSEMBLY ON MAR 24, 2015

Artist Sandow Birk work includes painitngs and woodblock prints. He is influenced by nineteen century European romantic painting which he layers with hip-hop culture and his art evolves from fictional history to real history painting. His themes are current events, the war in Iraq. His last project was a creation of illuminated manuscript based on traditional islamic manuscripts.

This was "Presentation of the Day" on July 27th 2015.

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