PKN Williamsburg Vol. 1 Presentations Chris Tennant is a physicist by day, but behind the lens he becomes the champion of photographing water. This presentation (from PKN Williamsburg Vol. 1) takes us on an exploration of the soul of water's essence. The images are amazing enough, but Chris' narrative opens us to a deeper understanding of why we are always drawn to images of water. Anto Motulz is an Indonesian comic book artist, and in this presentation (in Indonesian, from PKN Jakarta Vol. 9) he tells us about the medium he had decided to express himself in. As a comic artist, he does not limit himself by drawing with one tool, and instead he will move from ballpoint to pencil to color pencil to brush, even using sticky notes as a medium. He also shares stories how he himself as an artist is adapting to technology development, from using Wacom and the iPad in creating his works. Posters We have a few additions to the Tumblr blog today, including posters for PKN Castellon Vol. 1, PKN Pisa Vol. 2, and PKN Christchurch Vol. 14 (pictured above). Here's more from PKN Christchurch organizer Jessica Halliday, on the poster, the upcoming event, and the current state of post-earthquake Christchurch.

The poster was designed by noted New Zealand artist Julia Morison. We're in raptures over it -- it's the first illustrative design we've had for a PKN poster, hey're usually by designers who are obsessed with typography, not that there's anything wrong with that but it's a great privilege to have Julia make something so distinctive for us that so beautifully expresses PechaKucha. This time we're going to hold PechaKucha Night in The Court Theatre's temporary shed -- a post-earthquake example of temporary adaptive reuse of an industrial building for cultural purposes. It's in the urban-fringe village of Addington, so we're stepping outside the central city for the first time. Much of our central city is still cordoned off -- as it has been since the 22 February earthquake -- and it is now estimated that at least 80% of our central city buildings will be demolished. In addition, over 7000 domestic properties have been 'red-zoned,' meaning they won't be rebuilt on their existing sites and thousands of people have to find new places to live. This is a devastating loss and life here is still very difficult for many of the city's citizens. We hope PKNCHCH14 will be something of a bright spark in the cold, winter darkness. We've got an excellent line up -- from the eight listed on the poster we've now risen to 11 superb speakers from the fields of architecture, science, visual art and design. We may even get a special surprise twelfth speaker...

Video Today, instead of photos, we share a video that offers a taste of the recent PKN Bilbao Vol. 13.  Calendar Tonight (July 3) you can catch PKN Cape Town Vol. 19 -- we're told there will be an 11-year-old presenter in the lineup -- and tomorrow you can look to the following two events: PKN Amsterdam Vol. 22 and PKN Utsunomiya Vol. 1. 

PKN Mendoza Vol. 3 Presentations Megg Evans is a Melbourne-based designer who co-founded Brolly Studios with Martin Heide and Stuart Webber. When she gave this presentation (from PKN Melbourne Vol. 19), her son Melvin was just 10 weeks old, and she brought him along and gave this beautiful 20x20 lullaby to her baby and the very impressed crowd. Fede Calandria's work could be described as a combination of art, design, and illustration. As he explains in this presentation (in Spanish, from PKN Mendoza Vol. 3), he finds inspiration everywhere, and likes to incorporate what he sees in his daily life, interpreting it in his own way. PKN Maribor Vol. 9 Posters We end the week with an explosion of posters on our Tumblr blog, with the following events being represented: PKN Guimaraes Vol. 3, PKN Memphis Vol. 1 and 2, PKN St. Albert Vol. 1, PKN Mallorca Vol. 1, and then PKN Maribor Vol. 9, which is pictured above. We sure love that Maribor tagline: "Come and meet our amazing guests. Creativity is their middle name ;-)" Below, a look at both sides of the flyer that was produced for last night's PKN Norwich Vol. 4. PKN Norwich Vol. 4 PKN Bilbao Vol. 12 Photos We like this spray painted crate we spotted here, located at the entrance of this past week's PKN Bilbao Vol. 12. Below, a look at the old school billboard entrance to the theatre where last night's PKN Winnipeg Vol. 10 was held. PKN Winnipeg Vol. 10 Calendar It's Friday (June 22), and so here's what you can expect in terms of events over the weekend, starting with tonight: PKN Zilina Vol. 19, PKN Sendai Vol. 2, PKN Miami Vol. 2, PKN Gisborne Vol. 9, and PKN Seattle Vol. 37. It's a quiet Saturday in PKN land, but Sunday will see PKN Pueblo Vol. 5.

PKN Valencia Vol. 13 Presentations What is scrapture? It's the word that local Blue Mountains artist Kathy O'Hara uses to describe her work, which is all about the recycling of disused materials, revitalised as unique sculptures and functional items. In this presentation (from PKN Blue Mountains Vol. 1), Kathy discusses the nature of her work. El Fabricante de Espheras talk about one of their projects in which they were tasked to redesign a Spanish hotel in Hanoi -- it opened in May of last year. The concept was based on bamboo, and they used aspects of traditional Vietnamese culture for the design. The new interior is very restrained and "quiet," especially compared to the loudness seen outside on the streets of Hanoi. In the presentation (in Spanish, from PKN Valencia Vol. 13), they also cover how they worked together with the Vietnamese, surmounting difficulties in communication. PKN Orlando Vol. 6 Posters It was added to the Tumblr blog last week, but let's highlight the poster for tonight's PKN Orlando Vol. 6 -- remember, the Orlando series is a "Silver Brick Award" winning event. PKN Tokyo Vol. 92 PKN Tokyo Vol. 92 PKN Tokyo Vol. 92 PKN Tokyo Vol. 92 Photos and report A couple of photo galleries to share with you today, along with an event report and a blog post link -- above, a few photos from last month's PKN Tokyo Vol. 92, taken by Michael Holmes (see the gallery link below). 

As an addition to the gallery of photos for this past Tuesday's PKN Aalborg Vol. 8 that we linked to above (taken by Mads Christiansen), here's a report on the event from PKN Aalborg organizer Annette Scheibel.

PechaKucha Night Aalborg #8 had the theme TIME, and was held outside in the summer-cold yard at Huset. We opened with a videobite from a theatreperformance at Det Hem'lige Teater in Aalborg called AURA, where interactive technology plays with the actor on stage. Titgen Pavia Toft talked about the AURA theatre project and the challenges of using interactive technology. Architect Thiru Manickam's "A Design Journey" -- time, process and knowledge -- was a very exiting presentation about how nature inspires archtecture. This was followed by Sandro Masai and Edit E. Vizer's TIME-LIFE project (an interactive installation project), and then Kathrine Skovsgaard, a volounteer for RED Barnet, an organisation that works with childrens rights. Industrial designer Elodie Lepaludier made an extremely interesting presentation about ergonomic solutions for elderly. At the break we chose to show a very beautiful trailer by film director Mads Jeppesen for his documentary about the singer LYDMOR. The second half started out with jazz-bass player Kenneth Dahl Knudsens and his amazing music journey to New York recording his last album. Nikkie Dahm Breinholt shared her vision of transferring two World War bunkers into art-projects with respect for history. Mads Jeppesen talked about his work and his learning time in New York, and we finished off with FOREDANCING, live projected to the screen as an outro by Milan Prabu and Valerie Rizzo. A great evening competing for audience with the football European Championships on TV and cold weather -- 50 people stayed and enjoyed and kept each other warm. THANK YOU!!!

Calendar First, here's a reminder of the PKN action that will be taking place this Friday night (June 15): PKN Zilina Vol. 19, PKN Orlando Vol. 6, PKN Des Moines Vol. 10, and PKN Paris Vol. 18. Over the weekend, Saturday will see a couple of firsts, with PKN Williamsburg Vol. 1 and PKN Fort Lauderdale Vol. 1, as well as PKN Kosice Vol. 19. On Sunday, look to Kyoto for its Vol. 7. 

PKN Bilbao + Global Cities Week Bilbao is taking part in our Global Cities Week, and its PechaKucha Night Vol. 10 happens today, February 23, which is the biggest night of our event, with almost half of the participating cities having their PKNs on that night (including us, here in Tokyo). Bilbao's event will take place at Sala Bilborock.

PKN Bilbao Bilbao is also getting ready to host its final PechaKucha Night of the year (Vol. 9), and here's more on the upcoming event (as well as photos from previous PKNs) from organizer Jone Zubiaga.
Bilbao announced its last PechaKucha Night of the year for December 15th. It will be a special Christmas-inspired PechaKucha Night, and all the presented projects will have solidarity as a background. Representatives of Creativity Zentrum, organizer of PechaKucha in the city of Bilbao (Spain), will also do a presentation. They will do a wrap-up of all the initiatives and projects carried out during the year 2011. This 2011 has been a quite intense PechaKucha year in Bilbao. 6 PKNs in 12 months!! January, March, April, June, October and December. There have been 2 very special PechaKuchas among these: On April 16th, Bilbao joined the Inspire Japan global event and collected funds to help the country. They organized an auction with art pieces and articles donated by the citizens of Bilbao, and they did a donation of 1.422 €. Then, on June 29th, Bilbao celebrated the World Design Day, and among other activities in the city during the day, they organized a PechaKucha Night with 10 presentations about Design.

PKN Bilbao + Inspire Japan

Bilbao is taking part in the Global PechaKucha Day - Inspire Japan event on April 16, and it will be held at Aula de cultura BBK from 20:20 -- entry will be 10 euros, that acts as a donation.

PKN Bilbao Vol. 3

Bilbao knocked another one out of the park, and on top of the photos we include in this post -- with more to see in this Flickr photoset -- organizer Jone Zubiaga sends in the following text from a girl who was attending a Pechakucha Night for the first time.

For us who attended "PechaKucha” (PechaKucha Bilbao Vol. 3) for the very first time and discovered the opportunity of synergies that it represents, our first feeling was one of veracity, of being in front of the real thing, a reality without complexity or false gestures. Contacts, presentations with almost improvised movements during those 20 seconds that follow each of the images.

I don’t know how gastronomy fits in other cities, but it’s very clear to me that it has a vital importance in PechaKucha Bilbao. Not only for the physical act of stopping for a bit to avoid an information overload, and rest the newly acquired data, but also because of the act of enjoying some food & drinks relaxes our “insecurities,” and allows a smooth flow of social/business networking, impression exchanges, projects, contacts and introductions between the participants.

As it was my first time, I would like to applaud this kind of proposition, and specially thank everybody who takes part organising these events all over the world.


PKN Bilbao Vol. 1

Last week marked the first official PechaKucha Night in Bilbao -- following last year's special edition event at the Guggenheim -- and we're happy to hear from co-organizer Jone Zubiaga that it was a great success. Here's more from Jone:

Last night, April 15th, we celebrated our first PechaKucha Night in Bilbao (Spain). It was an amazing experience!

We had 10 presentations. Some of the speakers presented their work as product designers and sculptors; others showed us pictures of their trips around the world, one shared pictures she made inspired by the 11-S, one told us about the candidacy of Bilbao as World Design Capital, and others presented concrete applications and ideas related to the creative industries. We also did a presentation ourselves, as Creativity Zentrum: organizers of PKN Bilbao.

We met around 150 friends; the space became too small for so many people!! But we had fun and chatted with really interesting people. We drank good wine and had a very nice time. It was a great experience; we are looking forward to our next PKN in June!