As the Northern Hemisphere heads into Autumn, we take this week's city focus down under to the Blue Mountains of Australia whose latest PechaKucha Night presentations come to welcome spring. Held at the historic Carrington Hotel, a host of delightful presenters shared a night of fun and imagination the PechaKucha way.  

"I love tools."

In The Tool Librarian from Blue Mountains Vol. 11. Justin Morrissey proposes the idea of "Toolo," a lending library for tools and equipment that services the needs of various community interests.  The library hopes to have a small functional space where visiting members, who wouldn't use a particular tool frequently enough to warrant purchasing it, can not only borrow it from the tool library, but also receive assistance from experts on how to best use it. What a brilliant idea!

Time to get your library card!


"That ephemeral response in the conversations [about one's own art] has become an integral part of the work."

In Art Bound by Response from Blue Mountains, Vol. 11, Visual artist Fiona Davis presents the creation of Visual Bind website promoting the work of artists and giving a tribune to their critical writing in response to their own projects/practice and their peers's art, a barter system where each artist writes essay and gets written about once a year in perpetual motion starting from around 60 artists. Visual Bind will publish an online quarterly journal to which interested artist may subscribe.

Check it out!

“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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

Wild About Art, Performance Art for Bookstore Awareness, and Photos from Toronto

PKN Shenzhen Vol. 11 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. PKN Tokyo Vol. 95 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. PKN Toronto Vol. 17 PKN Toronto Vol. 17 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.

PKN Blue Mountains Vol. 2 Presentations In their presentation (in Czech, from PKN Usti nad Labem Vol. 2), Boris Kanka and Vendula Urbanova talk about the annual architecture student project competition at TU Liberec called "Jested F Kleci." And in this presentation (from PKN Blue Mountains Vol. 2), we learn about the potential for creative utilisation of low rental properties in Detroit. PKN Gisborne Vol. 10 Posters We end the week with no new additions to the Tumblr blog, so instead we highlight the poster you see above, for the upcoming PKN Gisborne Vol. 10, which is set for September 21. PKN Amsterdam Photo and video Above, an Instagram photo from last night's special PKN in Amsterdam, taken by Luis Mendo. Below, a teaser video for Malaga's upcoming PKN, which is set for September 20. httpv:// Calendar Here's a look at what you can expect to find this weekend, starting with tonight (Friday, September 14): PKN Brighton Vol. 16, PKN Kuching Vol. 1, PKN San Jose Vol. 8, PKN Cadiz Vol. 1, PKN Denver Vol. 14, and PKN St. Petersburg Vol. 22. Then on Sunday, we have PKN Norwich Vol. 5 and PKN Florence Vol. 11.

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