AUGUST 20, 2010
The People Behind PKN Beijing
With PechaKucha Nights happening the world over -- in 338 cities and counting -- we here at PK HQ in Tokyo don't often get to see who is organizing the events locally, and so it's fun when it does happen. The photo above is by Robin Fall, and features the team behind PKN Beijing, led by Sebastian Linack. The next PKN in Beijing takes place in October, and appropriately enough, will have "photography" as a theme.
NOVEMBER 20, 2009
The last PechaKucha Night in Beijing was held back in February, so it's exciting to see not only the return of PKN this coming Saturday (November 21), but also a companion event a week later (November 28). Note that both events are taking place at different venues: at Original Design Circle on the 21st and CNEX Salon Cafe on the 28th.
JULY 13, 2009
MAY 21, 2009
MARCH 26, 2009
Lukas Birk is an Austrian artist currently based in Beijing, and at the most recent PechaKucha Night in Bejing (Vol. 48), he talked about his "Kafkanistan" project. From PKN Beijing organizer Alessandra Henderson:
On February 28th at Vol. 48 Pecha Kucha Beijing, Lukas Birk presented to the crowd his project "Kafkanistan." Over the course of three years, artist Lukas Birk and anthropologist Sean Foley traveled to Afghanistan as tourists in one of the most publicized war torn areas. In Birk's words: "... it all started with an email sent to me by anthropologist Sean Foley asking if I wanted to join him exploring the world of tourism in conflict zones around Pakistan and Afghanistan. Our first 4 week trip turned into a three year project resulting in a book, three films, and a multimedia exhibition."
MARCH 12, 2009
PechaKucha Night hit the city of Beijing late last month for a ninth time, attracting over 300 at that city's Factory 798 art hub. One of the organizers, Alessandra Hendersen, contributes this report:
On February 28, Pecha Kucha Beijing hosted its ninth edition at the Yan Club Arts Center in Factory 798, a former industrial complex turned art hub where the most avant-garde contemporary art galleries and studios are found alongside hip cafes and design spaces. Attended by well over 300 of the most curious types in Beijing, PK BJ Edition 9 featured compelling talks from artists, architects, designers, film industry insiders and more. While the audience hung over the gallery’s balustrade and vied for space on the tiered steps, the ten speakers dazzled with black and white photographic images of Afghanistan, the symbiotic relationship between religion and brand, sneak peaks of short films created by the most cutting edge Chinese directors, and so on. We were even lucky enough to import a fellow Pecha Kucha-ite from our Japanese counterparts, Mr. Satoshi Ohashi of Zaha Hadid architects, an organizer in Hamamatsu, Japan.
One of the most exciting speeches of the night came from Ilya Rozhdestvensky, Managing Director of ONEDREAMRUSH, a project featuring 42 short films of 42 seconds each by world famous directors. More information on his project can be found at www.42x42.com.
Above and below, images from one of Satoshi Ohashi's projects, followed by a few images taken from Ilya Rozhdestvensky's presentation. PKN Beijing Vol. 10 will take place May 23.
FEBRUARY 23, 2009
You can't really get a bigger week than this one in terms of PechaKucha Night events, with 16 editions set to take over cities around the world, including Vol. 59 for the Tokyo mothership.
Here's your cheat sheet on where to catch PKN this week:
- Milwaukee Vol. 4 (February 24)
- Guadalajara Vol. 3 (February 24)
- Tokyo Vol. 59 (February 25)
- Seattle Vol. 10 (February 25)
- Paris Vol. 7 (February 25)
- Boston Vol. 8 (February 25)
- Doha Vol. 2 (February 25)
- Lima Vol. 1 (February 25)
- Canberra Vol. 5 (February 25)
- Hong Kong Vol. 4 (February 25)
- Charleston Vol. 2 (February 25)
- Bratislava Vol. 5 (February 26)
- Kansas City Vol. 4 (February 26)
- Omaha Vol. 2 (February 26)
- Naples Vol. 2 (February 26)
- Beijing Vol. 9 (February 28)