BLUE MOUNTAINS Posts
FEBRUARY 22, 2015
A Kiln-Fired Friendship
“We made 120 ceramic cockatoos — it took 20 firings in total.”
Julianne Smallwood met her friend Judy about ten years ago through the world of ceramics. In “A Kiln-Fired Friendship” from PKN Blue Mountains, Vol. 6, she details her collaboration with Judy and also delves into the challenges of ceramic-firing, building kilns, and the process of crafting beautiful, delicate words of art.
JUNE 22, 2014
Talking about death won't kill you!
Hayley West introduces the discussion group series Death Cafe: where people can talk about death in a relaxed and confidential environment and eat cake too!
In "Death Cafe" from Blue Mountains Vol. 9, we learn that people rarely discuss post-death plans, and Hayley encourages people to make preparations for their death, and think about all post-life possibilities.
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
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.