JUNE 22, 2015
PechaKucha Pride Night Aalborg
in the little art cinema Biffen with room for 50.
We named it PechaKucha Pride Night, because Aalborg had its first Pride parade the day after. Award winning filmdirector Karsten Geisnæs also showed his shortmovie NOMANSLAND at the event. We had 4 presenters including Karsten presenting his movie and answering questions afterwards. Photographer and singer Josefine Stebye talked about her photoworks with women with hair under their arms about the acceptance of being just you and nobody elseI Fie Zehngraff poet and writer - read poems about the current political situation after elections and about life in general – Kathrine Skovsgaard and Trine introduced their dream about making Aalborg Pride for equality happen, which were attended the day after through the city by lots of peolpe - with concerts and events in the park Karolinelunden. The extremely talented filmdirector Karsten Geisnæs told about creating his shortmovie about love, HIV, sexuality, loss and hope in his movie Nomansland, and his struggle to raise funds for a movie about a controversial subject as homosexual love and devotion. Everyone in the movie acted and worked without being paid...AND he talked about the victory and joy of winning prices at filmfestivals worldwide afterwards... eventhough you can’t eat them – like he said. After watching the movie Karsten Geisnæs answered questions. We all went home as richer in our souls and wiser in our hearts and this is what my ambition being a PechaKucha cityorganizer has been all about.
OCTOBER 13, 2014
It's been a while since our last blog post - but that doesn't mean there hasn't been a lot of PechaKucha in Aalborg - just been busy making things happen - and we still are! :-) Last years international PechaKucha at IMAGES Festival in Karolinelunden had an audience of 150 in the tent and held the amazing synergy, when PechaKucha Nights are the best and it was followed by a small PechaKucha at a local Sustainability Festival on the international PechaKucha Night only 14 days after. We connected to Tokyo in the midst of technical cacaphonia of voices from everywhere and we managed to say a short hello Tokyo and we had a cosey event at KUL Nordkraft. In october we returned to our base at HUSET and went Twin Peaks themish in "The owls are not what they seem..." and had great presenters finishing the night off poetically with Frederik Bøgh Andersens . In february 2014 we finished a great event with a small concert all for free of course. In june we took the PechaKucha Night Aalborg #17 to a reconstructed ferry and made it a floating cultural event at Plagen – om:form and beautifully the idea of reconstructing the ferry to a culturalvenue was presented at a PechaKucha Night February 2013. Amazing to be able to follow a great idea to be reality through amazing work of two architects and volunteers.
And now to the essense of present: last tuesday we returned to the harbour and went ashore in the fabulous new Aalborg University building for art & technology and architecture and design made by Henning Larsen Architects just next to Musikkens Hus. Almost 200 people found their way through the buildingsite and rain to the new auditorium. This PechaKucha was organized as a close collarboration between the art & technology faculty and the culturalhouse HUSET - and its been great fun to work with Julia Spicina - who also created the beautiful poster and Jacob Borrits Sabra. The programme was opened by Stahl Stenslie artist, professor and head of the faculty – with an amazing presentation of “Haptic art”. Stahl works with installations that involve interactive art-suits that can give an extra dimension through creating touch from the suits. Lance Putnam is also a professor at art and technology and he presented us to “Harmonic pattern function” both from nature, how we perceive and react to it as humans and how to create it with computers and expand our consciousness of perception of the world – quite a mindblowing presentation! Lars Bonde is an artist and owns a small gallery for conceptual art called VÆG (WALL). Lars is in the middle of a fantastic muralproject in Aalborg where 10 artists from all over the world have been invited to make artworks on walls in the city picked out together with the cityarchitect. Signe Højmark is projectmanager of a new landartart project and festival called LANDSHAPE here in Nordjylland and she presented the ideas of both inviting artists to make great works and to invite the public in to create landart. Morten Poulsen is educated musician from the conservatory here in Aalborg and is very passionate about music – especially drumming! He was here to present a new music instrument he’s created to go with a playstation and he both presented and played for us! In our PechaKucha break the audience could enjoy posters from all over the world exhibited in the hall and of course buy a beer, coffee and cake in the studentsbar. And graphic designer Adam Hansel had placed free posters to grab on the tables. First presenter after the break was Elizabeth Jochum is an Assistant Professor of Art and Technology at Aalborg University. She has a BA from Wellesley College and an MA/PhD from the University of Colorado Boulder. Elizabeth is the co-founder of the Robot Culture and Aesthetics research group at the University of Copenhagen. Her research focuses on how to design robots that are as fascinating as people. But as she started out saying: our best machines are made of sunshine J She gave us examples as to how the interaction between robots and actors and dancers can expand artistic experiences of theatre. Andreas Mathew has his own small company make both artistic projects and this project he called “Survivalskills”! Survivalskills is an interactive game the uses augmented reality - made for pupils in elementary school to create awareness and information about craftsmen educations. Adam Hansel went slapstick presenting his desire of sharing the power of the poster with everyone and two students Allan Yde Enevoldsen and Grith Sandberg shared their thought and dreams regarding being educated in art and technology. Last came two other students Alf Andersen and Jean Francois Robin talking about “Visual symphony”. Alf and Jean Francois had cooperated with Aalborg Symphony Orchestra to make visuals to a concert with Stravinskijs Firebird. We finished off with a small DJ concert in the hall and a lot of chit-chat and cosey happy people. Angd guess what: the rain had stopped outside J See ya at HUSET for a PechaKucha Night Aalborg #19 on December 9. 20.20 Thank you from Annette Scheibel cityorganizer of PechaKucha Night in Aalborg
SEPTEMBER 03, 2014
"Some people call me a street artist. I call myself a storyteller."
Aalborg's visionary street artist and graphic illustrator Lars Pank takes us on a journey into his imaginative universe.
DECEMBER 06, 2013
The Making of an Energy Efficient Car
More of us on the road means more energy consumption. Can we find a way to make automobiles sustainable for the future?
In today's Presentation of the Day, "The Making of an Energy-Efficient Car" from PKN Aalborg Vol. 14, researcher Esben Holm and his team work towards the lofty goal of creating a competent hydrogen-powered vehicle. Esben discusses the challenges present in developing such a car, and the struggles of working with alternative energy engines.
SEPTEMBER 07, 2013
Occupying Utopia at PechaKucha Night Aalborg #13
And following Eric as PechaKucha presenter was graphic illustrator and street-artist Lars Pank telling about both his latest art-projects Storby-stories, inspiration and co-working with other artists.
That lead well up to our second half started by another danish artist Jens Munk Clemmensen. He and two fellow artists have founded CAT Studio as both a studio and a growth-place - apprentice- and mentorship for young art-talents. Jens wanted to share this idea to be taken by other artists to oyher places around the world.
Hugjiltu wanted to share knowledge about the role nature and wide grassranges has to mongolian people, festivals, nomadelives - and what the mongolian horse (Ajinai) means to him. In the last part of his presentation he played accompanied by artworks by his friend and photographer Alusi. A beautiful ending to a wonderfull evening of occupying utopia, and I don't think anyone went home untouched, wiser or moved. This a great experience that created contacts, knowledge and understanding between people - all that PechaKucha is meant to do.
APRIL 12, 2013
Lucid dreaming, intuition, augmented reality and satelitelaunching all at Aalborg #12
90 people attending in an attentive atmosphere and opened by 3D graphic Benny Mathiesen. This time he shared his thoughts, experiences and knowledge of lucid dreaming - fascinating and fun - so everybodys attension was caught. Bo Nicolaisen from Platform 4 talked of a collaboration between thr art & tech people in Aalborg, one of the worlds best animation schools situated in Viborg and Filmværkstedet in Århus - the Bemudacollaboration give artists opportunities to benefit from workshops, knowledge and projects from all tree places. Sandro Masai is both dancer, choreographer and educated from Aalborg University in art & technology. He's making an art project based on augmented reality - at a summer art event in july called Bunkerlove at Denmarks large west coast beaches, where bunkers from 2. worldwar still lie in the sand. Before the break Ellen Raunsmed is researching in intuition at the university and shared her knowledge and experiences from seminars held together with artists, philosophers and dancers. The break kept people chit-chatting and networking - among a bunch of cool women in rollerskates from Aalborg Rollerderby - and bly me it's like rugby ON ROLLERSKATES for women!!! The first slot after the break was taken by artist and a men who pocesses imense knowledge art critic Gorm Spaabæk. He is the man behind a project where Nordjyske - the local paper - hires artists to create i piece FOR the paper inspired by local stories from the area. Lars Ditlev Johansen is educated actor an directs a piece called "A walk in the dark" about meeting life and death - and the theaterpiece will also be part of Bunkerlove inviting the audience onto the beach at night and into the bunkers. He read beautiful pieces of the drama - for me a very moving moment. And then came the complete fun - in the name of PechaKucha variaty in content - there came a whole team of Rollerderbygirls presenting their passion for the game! Brilliant pianist and composer - art & technology student Dominik Blasko finished the evening both talking about composing, making different art installations AND playing one of his pieces - a beautiful dot to a wonderful evening. See you in september :-)
FEBRUARY 13, 2013
This time Huset where I work organized PechaKucha together with a bunch of experimenting creatives in the area of cultural projects, art & technology at Platform 4 in a former Tivolipark Karolinelunden in Aalborg. 9 excellent projects and artistic processes were presented for an audience of 100 people, and we had been allowed to show the trailer from the experimenting danish orchestra Efterklangs new video and cd "The ghost of Piramida" as a finish-off at the evening. The movie will be shown at a screening at Platform 4 later on this month.
Lene Nielsen has made it a life task to travel around Mongolia to register their unique filt carpets, processes of making and patterns, that are related specificly to each area. Her work is documented at the danish museum Moesgaard, and it is knowledge that probably wold have been lost without her work - so maginificent to listen to.
Theatermanager at Teater Nordkraft Jakob Højgaard Jørgensen and actor Thomas J. Clausen explained about theor travelstudy in Africa dramatising the author Jakob Ejersbo Eksile & Liberty books and how to create and develop a theatrical language and living characters based on the book and on meeting the people that knew the main character in Africa. Brilliant and interesting presentation.
Projectmanager and anthropologist Signe Leth talked about the international cultural project IMAGES 2013, that is taking place september 2013 in different cities in DK and invited people to take part, join and help organizing the exiting event.
Architect Jeppe Fink is involved in a group that is raising money and are working to transfer an old ferry to a floating culturalboat, thatis to be situated in the east harbour of Aalborg, and this exiting project is also open for all creatives of Aalborg to be part of.
After the break excellent danish-south african artist Inge Tranter presented her artproject "The creative windowwsill", and there were put out paperbags with starterkits for the audience in socalled "unfortunate-bags" - a marvelous and fun presentation about finding inspiration, where you are.
Christian Fumz has resently moved to Aalborg and gave an inspiring presentation about his work to connect artists in need of spaces to work with people who have empty buildings. The project givrum.nu /givespace.now also collaborates with creative alike projects in Berlin called citylink - veery exiting!
Helena Sokol a very young artist has her first sole-ekhibition in Husets (non-profit) Gallery exhibiting bones and meat in photos, paintings and sculptures. She explained about the process of making sculptures out of bones and her fascination of them.
Jakob Stig Nielsen has a long past experience as freelance graphic designer and explained about how to "survive" both artisticly and having a well established business. jakob is also cityorganizer of PechaKuha Night in Hjørring.
Last but not least: Anna Johannsdottir jumped in on the last slot at 7.30 (!) in stead of Platform 4 manager Bo Nicolaisen, who had to cancell of a very good reason: he became a father of a beautiful son :-)
Ceramic artist Anna Johannsdottir had a visit from 2 splendid photographers from Cyprus, and they did experiments with clay on her body and face. Beautiful photos and amazing process was described and the evening truly finished in the PechaKucha spirit. Efterklangs trailer put a dot on it
Thank you for a wonderful evening - see you at Huset on april 10. :-) Annette
FEBRUARY 05, 2013
PKN Posters: Aalborg Vol. 11
DECEMBER 07, 2012
PechaKucha poster exhibition in Husets Galleri december 2012
Untill christmas you could see an exhibition of PechaKucha posters received on mail from he whole world - and we've received hundreds :-) We chose 70 A3 and 15 big ones for print and we showed all of the posters we received on screen in the gallery. We also received posters from PechaKucha Aleppo in Syria. Cityorganizer Harout Ekmanian has cast all is efforts into helping refugees from the civil war. Together with the christian helporganisation JRS he tries to collect blankets, food, money and emergency aid. We have been allowed to print and sell their PechaKucha posters for 50 kr. each, and sales go entirely to emergency relief through the JRS. So come by or support through http://www.facebook.com/JesuitRefugeeService
NOVEMBER 14, 2012
Playing With Art and Tech, Street Art in Mendoza, and a Transformational Idea
Presentations Edit Vizer has recently finished her education at the art-technology faculty at Aalborg University, and here (at PKN Aalborg Vol. 9) she talks about her newest project, FARM, an art & tech playground project where she invites everyone to join workshops. Barney is a street artist, and in his presentation (in Spanish, from PKN Mendoza Vol. 2) he talks about about the works he's produced in the streets of Mendoza, and why he does it. Richard Borbridge has an idea, and it involves the complete transformation of publication consultation. He calls it Public Realm 2.0, and describes it in his presentation (from PKN Toronto Vol. 16). Posters Today's additions to the Tumblr blog are the posters for tonight's PKN Tallinn Vol. 6 (pictured above) and for this past Saturday's PKN Williamsburg Vol. 3. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XgUs9I_tBWI Video Pordenone has a few PKNs under its belt, and here's a video showing what the PKN experience is like in that city. Calendar Here are tonight's (November 14) six PKNs: PKN Birmingham Vol. 7, PKN Okayama Vol. 15, PKN Amsterdam Vol. 23, PKN Mikkeli Vol. 2, PKN Tallinn Vol. 6, and PKN Santa Cruz Vol. 1. Tomorrow is even bigger: PKN Leeds Vol. 15, PKN Groningen Vol. 19, PKN Detroit Vol. 13, PKN Blue Mountains Vol. 4, PKN St. Albert Vol. 2, PKN Kiruna Vol. 4, PKN Vaxjo Vol. 13, and PKN Moscow (Idaho) Vol. 3.