BLUE MOUNTAINS Posts
OCTOBER 01, 2013
Yet another month has come and gone, autumn is upon us, and once again a few fresh bottles of cold, creamy presentations sit on your doorstep.
Here are the Top 5 Presentations of the Day for the month of September 2013:
"On Clouds" by Mark Petrick.
"From Batman to Lincoln" by Christy Spurlock.
"Because I Said I Would" by Alex Sheen.
"The Beauty of the Derelict" by Eric Pattison.
"Silent Dinner Parties" by Honi Ryan.
SEPTEMBER 04, 2013
Guests invited to Silent Dinner Parties are instructed, "Please do not use words or your voice, please don't read or write, please don't interact with technology, and stay with it for at least two hours."
In today's Presentation of the Day, "Silent Dinner Parties" from Blue Mountains Vol. 6, artist Honi Ryan goes over the purpose of her Silent Dinner Parties. She describes them as "social sculptures" or "cross-cultural snapshots" where guests are expected to cook, eat, interact, and inadvertently bridge cultural gaps without the use of vocal communication.
AUGUST 07, 2013
It looks as though the Blade Runner methods of projection have come early.
In today's Presentation of the Day, "Projecting Illuminated Art" from PKN Blue Mountains Vol. 2, Cindi Drennan shows off some of her stunning work utilizing projection mapping technology to transform theaters, galleries, and even iconic buildings into giant, moving murals. She also goes into depth on the community of artists and businesses that she's worked to build over the course of her career.
SEPTEMBER 25, 2012
Presentations Selena Seifert is a practicing artist as well as being a trained arts educationalist. As we find out in her presentation (from PKN Blue Mountains Vol. 2), she is currently the director of Wild Valley Art Park, based in Blue Mountains. Jian Guo Xiong Di is an independent curator, and in his presentation (in Chinese, from PKN Shenzhen Vol. 11) he covers the well-received “30 days of bookstore closings” project he produced last year. Why 30 days? Jian Guo explains that he would like to use this art performance to let people realize that these days so many bookstores are disappearing. Posters Today's addition to the Tumblr blog is our flyer for tomorrow night's PKN Tokyo Vol. 95 -- it was designed by Luis Mendo, from a photo by Michael Holmes. You'll find the list of presenters on the official event page. Photos Today we share a photo gallery [Flickr] for Toronto's recent Vol. 17, and the PK site will soon be hosting plenty of presentations from that evening. Above, a look at the crowd, and the participants in that night's "PechaKucha Mix" improv presentation. Calendar Here's what's on the schedule for tonight (September 25): PKN Bowling Green Vol. 1, PKN Birmingham Vol. 6, PKN Huddersfield Vol. 6, PKN Lyon Vol. 4, and PKN Nantes Vol. 4. Tomorrow, on top of the aforementioned PKN Tokyo Vol. 95, you'll find the following events: PKN Glasgow Vol. 10, PKN Skovde Vol. 9, PKN Lille Vol. 1, PKN Coventry Vol. 10, and PKN Providence Vol. 42.
SEPTEMBER 12, 2012
Presentations Cindi Drennan is an Australian multimedia artist/director, who specializes in illuminated audiovisual environments and projection art for public art and events. Her work focuses on projection and audiovisual arts for architecture, public spaces, performance, and theatre. Her multi-disciplinary background encompasses over 25 years experience in filmmaking, illustration, animation, community arts, and interactive media. In her presentation (from PKN Blue Mountains Vol. 2), she discusses how community partnerships between artists, organisations, and businesses take time to develop. In his presentation (in Czech, from PKN Znojmo Vol. 1), David Lobpreis introduces the Denis d'or ("golden Dionysus"), the first electric musical instrument built in Znojmo, around 1750. Posters We have two new posters on the Tumblr blog today, one for PKN Lyon Vol. 4 (pictured above), and also the poster for tonight's PKN Ekaterinburg Vol. 5 -- you'll remember that on Monday we shared the poster for that city's upcoming Vol. 6. Video Here's a video to give you a nice feel of what last Sunday's PKN Heraklion Vol. 3 was like -- it's a teaser for a planned longer version. As organizer Olga Koutantou tells us, not only was it a great event, but there were more than 500 in attendance! Calendar Here's what you'll find in the calendar for tonight: PKN Cleveland Vol. 16, PKN Ekaterinburg Vol. 5, PKN Bozeman Vol. 4, and PKN Stockholm Vol. 35. Tomorrow is another busy night, with the following: PKN Ottawa Vol. 6, PKN Burlington Vol. 8, PKN Perth Vol. 10, PKN Bordeaux Vol. 8, and a special edition PK event in Amsterdam at the Stedelijk Museum.
AUGUST 16, 2012
Keris Macarthur is a writer and gardener. In this presentation (from PKN Blue Mountains Vol. 1), she talks about her love of Blue Mountains gardens, including her own, and how she sees gardening as a creative outlet. For Keris, you can find pure happiness in piles of soil, with all of its untapped possibilities. Quentin Thiaucourt is a designer, and in this presentation (in French, from PKN Bordeaux Vol. 4) he takes us on a tour of the works that have marked his career so far, starting with work he produced as a young boy!
AUGUST 14, 2012
Being a Designer in Today's Market and The Art of Paola Viadana
Chris Byrne is a furniture designer and maker, and you could also describe him as whimsical, smart, witty and insightful. In this presentation (from PKN Blue Mountains Vol. 1), he discusses what it means to be a designer in today’s market. Paola Viadana is a painter and expert in languages, and is interested in art and primitive symbolism. She pursues ongoing research using art, and in her later works increasingly with the use of photographic instruments. Since 1996, she has participated in fifteen group exhibitions and five solo shows. This presentation (in Italian, from PKN Genoa Vol. 1) covers some of her work.
AUGUST 02, 2012
Presentations We'll say this: there aren't many people who are bigger fans of Mariah Carey than Tom McBride. In his presentation (from PKN Blue Mountains Vol. 1), he shares the enthusiasm and infectious passion he has for his biggest idol. In this presentation (in Italian, from PKN Genoa Vol. 1) by Marco Cacciamani we learn about Duplex Ride, a cultural association founded in 2010 and interested in all forms of art, which mainly organizes events for electronic music and video projections. Duplex Ride is an idea in motion, it's an art collective, electronic research, experimenting in all its forms, including painting, photography, and writing. Posters There's no new addition to the Tumblr blog today, so instead we highlight one of the posters we recently added. Above, a dog takes care of washing down last month's PKN Mendoza Vol. 5. Photos We now have full galleries of photos from last week's PKN Tokyo Vol. 94 to share, which you'll find on both Facebook and Flickr. All photos were taken by our regular photographer, Michael Holmes, along with his assistant Nomi. Calendar We have three PKNs happening tonight (August 2): PKN Winter Harbor Vol. 6, PKN Springfield, IL Vol. 8, and PKN Victoria Vol. 10. Tomorrow you can look to these three cities: PKN Panjim Vol. 3, PKN Springfield, MO Vol. 7, and PKN Hakata Vol. 7.
JUNE 27, 2012
Presentations Nathan Devine is a graphic designer, and in his presentation (from PKN Blue Mountains Vol. 1) he talks about "Retrash," an international collective that is rethinking waste. According to Nathan, by being passionate about turning waste into something useful, we can reduce landfills. Metto il pensiero in lavatrice (Put Your Thoughts in the Washing Machine) is Valentina Di Fatta's second book, and in it she gives advice on how to wash away "dirty thoughts" and how to chose the best "washing program," depending on the season. Her presentation (in Italian) is from PKN Pisa Vol. 1. Posters There are two new posters on the Tumblr blog today, one for PKN Vladimir Vol. 6 (pictured above) and one for PKN Geneva Vol. 7, both happening tommorrow night. Event info St. Albert will soon be hosting its very first PKN, and here's a piece from the St. Albert Leader on what to expect from the launch. Also, PKN Leeds organizer Stuart Hide is producing a one-off PK event in London as part of the "IntervenE" exhibition on July 16, and he sends us the following details on the event (and that's the poster for the event that you see above).
PKN Leeds has come together once again with Interior Educators (IE) to hold an independent Pechakucha event at their forth annual IE Free Range graduate show entitled ‘IntervenE’ to be held at the Old Truman Brewery, Brick lane, London on Monday 16th July. The IE Free range IntervenE show is the largest national exhibition to view the best work from 2011 graduates from leading undergraduate courses in Interior Architecture and Interior Design within the UK. This year will see over 450 graduates exhibiting at the show from across 28 institutes. In celebration of the students achievements, IE are putting on a number of special events over the course of the show. The launch of the show on Thursday 14th July (6-10pm) will no doubt be a momentous occasion with the initial opportunity to view the show accompanied with beverages and music. Friday 13th (10am-4pm) will see the celebrations continue with a specialist school and college day, where a numerous graduates will be will be at hand to discuss their work and courses they have been studying on. Over the Saturday, Sunday and the Monday the exhibition will continue for all to enjoy. On Monday afternoon, 16th July will see a number of high profile judges reviewing all the work of the graduates in readiness for the prize giving in the evening at the PechaKucha event. On the evening, kicking off at 7pm and acting as a book end to the show and a crescendo to the whole event, PKN Leeds in association with IE have organised a specialist PechaKucha Night around the theme of ‘IntervenE’. This is billed as the largest interiors based pechakucha held this year. With some of the leading UK practioners, academics and thinkers the discipline has to offer. The event is free to all so please join us for an evening of thinking and drinking!
Calendar Today, here at the Tokyo mothership, we prepare for our Vol. 93, and you can also look forward to the following two events: PKN Kingston Vol. 3 and PKN Providence Vol. 39. Tomorrow, it's another big Thursday of events with a lot of 7s: PKN Mallorca Vol. 1, PKN Bordeaux Vol. 7, PKN Genève Vol. 7, PKN London Vol. 7, and PKN Vladimir Vol. 6.