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15 SEP

NEXT EVENT VOL 17

Join us to celebrate 10 years of PechaKucha Buffalo!

6:30 pm:  Doors Open (cash bar and DJ in the AK Café, free gallery tours)

7:45 pm:  Presentations Begin (auditorium)

PechaKucha Buffalo, in partnership with the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, is pleased to announce PechaKucha Buffalo: 10th Anniversary Edition. This special evening of fast-paced presentations by ten Western New York-based architects, designers and artists will begin at 6:30 pm on Thursday, September 15, 2016 in the Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s outdoor sculpture garden at 1285 Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo, NY.

Admission is $10.00. Advance tickets are available at http://bit.ly/AKPKtix. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door the evening of the event, on a first come, first served basis.

Admission includes optional guided tours of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s current exhibitions, DJ sets by Sherri Miller and Mario Fanone of ABCDJ and a cash bar in the AK Café.

Presenters:

  • Brian Carter, Professor, University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning
  • Charles Davis, PhD, Assistant Professor of Architectural History and Criticism, University of North Carolina Charlotte
  • Joanna Gillespie, Independent Arts Consultant and Co-Organizer of PechaKucha Buffalo
  • Matthew Hume, Architect
  • Liminal Projects (Omar Khan, Principal, Associate Professor and Chair, University at Buffalo Department of Architecture and Laura Garófalo, Principal, Liminal Projects, Associate Professor, University at Buffalo Department of Architecture)
  • Dana Mcknight, Founder, Arts & Performance Director, Dreamland
  • Amy Ozay, Founder, Buffalo BookBike
  • Jean-Michel Reed, Artist, Designer, Realtor and Retired Paramedic
  • Dan Shanahan, Artistic Director and Co-Founder, Torn Space Theater; Assistant Professor, Daemen College
  • Paul Vanouse, Professor of Art, Director of Coalesce Center for Biological Art, University at Buffalo
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Featured Presentation

"The Belt Line … will be the next phase in Buffalo’s sustainable development."

In The Belt Line: Hiding in Plain Sight from PechaKucha Night Buffalo Vol. 16, urbanist and preservationist, Chris Hawley, presents the Belt Line -- one of the most conspicuous and least-known features of Buffalo, NY. Each day, trains go by along it and people drive underneath and over it. It is the "third strand" in Buffalo's DNA, as important to the city's physical and economic geography as Joseph Ellicott's radial and grid plan and Frederick Law Olmsted's park and parkway system; as consequential to the city's development as the Erie Canal and Interstate Highway System.

The Belt Line was opened in 1883, with segments dating back to 1836. The rail line is 15 miles long, forming a continuous loop through Buffaloʼs downtown as well as the prominent industrial loft clusters that it helped to create. Today, the Belt Line's 12 million square feet of largely vacant or underutilized industrial space is the city's next frontier for sustainable development. Factory buildings are being recycled as mixed-use developments. These former industrial areas are becoming walkable centers again.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Tuesday, July 27th, 2016. 

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A Wall and A Column: 2 Projects

BY ANG LI
@ VOL 16 ON APR 14, 2016

"A wall and a column...what they have in common is an interest in looking at the cultural agency of traditional building materials and their ability to speak."

In A Wall and A Column: 2 Projects from PechaKucha Buffalo Vol. 16, architect and University at Buffalo Peter Reyner Banham Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor Ang Li presents a pair of site specific installations that explore the cultural agency of vernacular building materials. Horror Vacui is an installation in Lisbon, Portugal that examines the ability of building facades to “speak” through the medium of the Portuguese “azulejo” - hand-painted ceramic tiles often depicting scenes from historic or civic events. The piece explores the narrative potential of bricks and mortar within contemporary image sharing and crowdsourcing platforms. No Frills is an installation in Buffalo, New York that stems out of an interest in the industrialized production of terracotta in the 19th century as a new kind of ornamental language. In a semi-abandoned Chevrolet Factory by the architect Albert Kahn, a 13-foot column interrupts the existing grid of the assembly floor,  acting as a bridge between the vast scale of obsolete industry and the human scale of the architectural ornament.

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Design Life

BY PEDRO MANUEL
@ VOL 16 ON APR 14, 2016

"I'm interested in the peaceful, private experience between each piece and its user."

In Design Life from PechaKucha Night Buffalo Vol. 16, designer and principal of Manuel Barreto Studio, Pedro Manuel shares a poignant and personal glimpse into his inspiration and practice, from Portugal to Buffalo, exploring how design affects our lives and the relation between the user and the environment.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Tuesday, August 9th, 2016. 

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Building Afrotopia

BY STACEY ROBINSON
@ VOL 16 ON APR 14, 2016

"The work becomes a conversation about class, race, gender and appropriation."

In Building Afrotopia from PechaKucha Buffalo Vol. 16, artist Stacey Robinson illustrates how speculating black futures became paramount in his artistic practice as a response to the global displacement of Black and Indigenous people. Robinson shares recent work, beginning with his current Pan-African flag series, representing nations where Black and Indigenous populations are controlled by extreme measures. Robinson then shares works from an in-progress book, 100 Afrofuturists Practitioners, depicting people building future spaces where Black peace exists using S.T.E.A.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art(s), and Math). Lastly, Robinson presents works inspired by the past Black Renaissance speculative Black Futures, with Afrofuturist digital collages inspired by Romare Bearden, James Denmark, Manzel Bowman, and other past and contemporary mixed media collage artists. 

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How One Man on a 75-Pound Bicycle Took a City's Temperature

BY NICHOLAS RAJKOVICH
@ VOL 16 ON APR 14, 2016

"How do we start thinking about heat waves and why are heat waves so important?"

In How One Man on a 75-Pound Bicycle Took a City's Temperature from PechaKucha Buffalo Vol. 16, architect and University at Buffalo Professor, Nicholas B. Rajkovich describes the design of a bicycle-based weather station used to find the “hot spots” of Cuyahoga County, Ohio. Every year in the United States, more people die from heat waves than any other type of natural disaster. Extreme heat events are expected to increase in the future due to climate change. Collecting a fine scale of microclimatic data can help to determine how physical characteristics contribute to human exposure to ground and air temperatures. These data also suggest how urban design strategies can reduce the impacts of the urban heat island effect. However, microclimate measurement poses substantial challenges. Rajkovich’s work investigates the intersection of energy efficient buildings, renewable energy, and climate change resilience.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Tuesday, June 14th, 2016. 

 

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Buffalo Vitascope: The Story of the World's First Movie Theater

BY PAT KEWLEY
@ VOL 16 ON APR 14, 2016

"The world's first movie theater was in Buffalo, New York."

In Buffalo Vitascope: The Story of the World's First Movie Theater from PechaKucha Buffalo Vol. 16, comedian and cartoonist Pat Kewley tells the true story of Vitascope Hall, which opened on Buffalo, New York's Main Street in 1896 and was likely the world's first permanent, specially constructed movie theater. Using period photographs, newspaper clippings, and his own cartoon drawings, Kewley spreads the word about Buffalo's amazing & unique place in film history, touching on the early days of moviegoing, the first films, and the unsung Buffalonians who helped pioneer the film industry in our own backyard.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Wednesday, Jun 29th, 2016. 

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Fabricating History

BY CAITLIN CASS
@ VOL 16 ON APR 14, 2016

"I make art about ineffectual dreamers who try really hard to succeed at something but always fail miserably."

In Fabricating History from PechaKucha Buffalo Vol. 16, artist and founder of the Great Moments in Western Civilization Cooperative, Caitlin Cass, focuses on the need for diverse sources in creative research, especially when you invent them yourself. She reflects on the subjectivity of history and explains how she co-opts historical authority to create comics and counterfeit historical exhibits. Walking us through her artistic process from the stage of “tadpole” to “strawberry dart frog,” Cass presents highlights of her recent comic book an counterfeit historical exhibits, such as “Folktales of American History” and “The Museum of Failure.” 

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Thursday, July 14th, 2016. 

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Sharing Landscapes

BY AARON OTT
@ VOL 16 ON APR 14, 2016

"We're increasingly looking at our landscapes in ways that, when we share them, we can also have an active dialogue about how they change."

In Sharing Landscapes from PechaKucha Buffalo Vol. 16, Curator of Public Art at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, NY, Aaron Ott, talks about specific examples of public artworks that alter our perception and usage of shared environments. Ott reviews his experience working with the Collections at the Albright-Knox and discusses inspiring works that highlight his interest in creating environmental spaces that reframe our relationship with our shared landscapes.

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Recreating the Past: Digital Craft

BY ANDREW PRIES
@ VOL 15 ON FEB 04, 2016

"I brought digital technology to a craftsman's workshop."

In Recreating the Past: Digital Craft from PechaKucha Night Buffalo Vol. 15, Andrew Pries, Digital Fabrication Manager at Boston Valley Terra Cotta, explores the emerging technologies his practice is harnessing to restore dilapidated terra cotta facades from the pre-war era. His team's new digital workflow seeks to amalgamate traditional craftsmen skills with modern computation and fabrication techniques. Boston Valley’s recent project, the restoration of the Child’s Restaurant building on Coney Island, is the culmination of their current research endeavors.   

 

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Design Life

 
"I'm interested in the peaceful, private experience between each piece and its user."
In Design Life from PechaKucha Night Buffalo Vol. 16, designer and principal of Manuel Barreto StudioPedro Manuel shares a poignant and personal glimpse into his inspiration and practice, from Portugal to Buffalo, exploring how design affects our lives and the relation between the user and the environment.

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About the City's Organizers

  • Nick Bruscia

    Nicholas Bruscia’s current teaching and research experiment with form and structure via computational simulation and material prototyping. Since 2012, he has been co-directing research toward lightweight, thin-gauge sheet metal structures, focusing on the digital workflow associated with the design and realization of large-scale prototypes. The work has been made possible through close collaboration with local manufacturers in an ongoing attempt to bridge academic research with long-practiced material expertise. While in Tokyo, Nick directs a summer study abroad program leading an in-situ studio that seeks to propose ‘adaptive metrics’ as flexible alternatives to documenting and measuring the city’s complex and ever-changing urban context.

  • Joanna Gillespie

    Co-organizer of PechaKucha Buffalo since 2010, Joanna Gillespie is an arts management consultant, most recently serving as Special Projects Director of CEPA Gallery / Big Orbit Gallery in Buffalo, NY. Previously, Joanna served as Director of Development and Vice President of Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center. She developed an extensive knowledge of the art world through consulting for private art collections for over ten years, and through managing many Buffalo-based art projects. Joanna attended Allegheny College and the University at Buffalo, later teaching Art History at the University at Buffalo, Buffalo State College, Canisius College and Nichols School before beginning an independent consultancy. Photography by David Moog / Courtesy Burchfield Penney Art Gallery