JULY 25, 2013
Surely there's more to Dubai than colossal skyscrapers and man-made islands, right?
In today's Presentation of the Day, "Understanding Dubai" from PKN Tokyo Vol. 92, Ahmed & Rashid Bin Shabib (creators of Middle Eastern lifestyle, design, and travel magazine Brownbook) show us that the United Arab Emirates hosts this amazing urban center in rapid development, and profiles the growth of not only infrastructure, but the maturation of the arts and culture in the region as well.
AUGUST 17, 2012
Nacho Zamora's 'Solar Artwork' Project and Learning the Bavarian Dialect
Nacho Zamora is a Spanish researcher working on a project called “Solar Artwork," a new kind of artistic creation that makes use of new solar-powered technologies, integrating them into public art and urban landscape projects. In his presentation (from PKN Dubai Vol. 11), he proposes to bring "Solar Artwork" to Dubai. With Dubai's urban nature and unlimited sunshine, it is the perfect candidate for Solar Artwork. Time for a language lesson. In this presentation (in German, from PKN Regensburg Vol. 2), Stephan Rockinger offers a very friendly introduction to the Bavarian dialect.
AUGUST 10, 2012
Tima Ouzeden is a fashion designer and cultural producer based in Dubai. In her presentation (from PKN Dubai Vol. 11), Tima shares 20 facts about the hugely successful concept DXB Store, a not-for-profit space that Tima has been involved in since its inception. It's a concept that is very close to her heart. At each PKN in Tokyo, Kono-san goes over some of the recent events that were held at the SuperDeluxe event space -- where PKN was born -- and announces upcoming events. He also likes to start off with a few personal experiences he's had. This presentation, in Japanese, is from PKN Tokyo Vol. 94.
JULY 30, 2012
Architecture in the U.A.E. and a Modern Take on the Traditional Furoshiki
Presentations Anarchitect[s] is a collaboration between Jonathan Ashmore and Tarik Al Zaharna. This concept creates a platform for a collaboration between architecture and research projects in the U.A.E. In this presentation (from PKN Dubai Vol. 11), Tarik will be sharing with us the journey in realizing architectural programs, focusing on their recent project 'DXB Store'. Kyoko and Hannah Waldron come together to present (in Japanese, with some English, from PKN Tokyo Vol. 94) some of the furoshiki designs produced under the LINK collective. We also get a glimpse at how these traditional items are made. Posters We have one new poster on the Tumblr blog today, and it's for a special edition PKN Trnava, which is set to take place on August 10 (a regular Vol. 5 is set for September). And although we already shared the poster for the recent PKN Shenzhen Vol. 11, here's a photo of it out in the wild: Videos Here's a short video look at a recent PKN in Guatemala City -- it was the first PKN to be held in that city. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYZHqV350iE Calendar We're looking at another slow summer week, and start off with no PKNs on this Monday night, but tomorrow (July 31) will see PKN Dnipropetrovsk Vol. 2.
JULY 20, 2012
Presentations With a name like FabCafe -- and with a location in Tokyo's Shibuya district -- you may think that the "Fab" stands for "fabulous," but instead it's short for "fabricate." This presentation (from PKN Tokyo Vol. 93) by Toshimasa Kawai will reveal some of the amazing things that you can produce on a visit. Hint: It involves a laser cutter. This presentation (in German, from PKN Regensburg Vol. 2) by Johannes Paffrath could also be called: "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Aperture But Were Afraid to Ask." Posters There are no new additions to the Tumblr blog today, so instead we highlight this poster for next Tuesday's (July 24) PKN Halifax Vol. 11 -- you'll find more details and the list of presenters with links on the official event page. Links We have a couple of links to share today, that act as event reports for PKN Bangkok's recent relaunch (pictured above) and PKN Dubai Vol. 11.
- "PechaKucha: Unique idea sharing event brings folks back to the Nest" [Coconuts Bangkok]
- "PechaKucha Night Dubai: The 11th Edition - A Convention of Creative Minds" [Khaleejesque]
Calendar Here's what you can expect in terms of weekend action. First, tonight (Friday, July 20), there's Tijuana's very first PKN, as well as PKN Waterville Vol. 8. On Saturday night, Taos hosts its Vol. 7. And if you'd like to plan the week ahead, on Monday you can expect PKN Fresno Vol. 16 and PKN San Jose Vol. 7.
JUNE 29, 2012
Art for Post-Tsunami Recovery, Concbots in Dubai, and a Promo for Genoa
Presentations Our first presentation (from PKN Tokyo Vol. 93) covers three exhibition projects that Kate Thomson and Hironori Katagiri produced to support post-tsunami recovery. "Postcards From Japan" is an exhibition of A5-sized artworks by 22 Tohoku artists touring the world, so far shown in Edinburgh, New York, London, and Birmingham. "Postcards To Japan" includes over 470 works sent from all over the world to tour Tohoku, first shown at the Iwate Museum of Art, currently on show at Fukushima Museum of Art, next going to Minami Soma Museum and more informal venues along the coast of Tohoku. "TOHOKU-SCOTLAND" is an exhibition of sculpture, paintings, collage and prints by Scottish artists who took part in the Iwate Art Festival UK98 and artists from Tohoku shown in Edinburgh, UK. Vikram Divecha is an artist and advertising professional based in Dubai. In his presentation (from PKN Dubai Vol. 11), he shares with us his recent artistic project, Concbots, which has been inspired by Dubai and its ever-increasing levels of construction and urbanization. Posters and video Malaga's very first PKN is set for September -- the city is so new its city page on our site hasn't been activated yet -- and the poster above acts at a call to participate. The one of the additions today on our Tumblr blog, along with a poster for last week's PKN Risor Vol. 2. Below, a video promo for this Sunday's PKN Genoa Vol. 3. Photos We have two photo galleries to share today, with the two photos you see above taken at the recent PKN Buenos Aires Vol. 25 -- we sure love that giant screen they used to project the presentations.
Above, a few photos from the South Florida Gay News (Volume 3, Issue 26) for last week's PKN Miami Vol. 16, which revolved around the exhibition "GRAPHIC INTERVENTION - 25 Years of International AIDS Awareness Posters 1985–2010." Calendar First, a reminder of what to expect tonight (June 29): PKN Edinburgh Vol. 18, PKN Fort Worth Vol. 6, PKN Wellington Vol. 14, PKN Gainesville Vol. 4, and PKN Springfield, Ohio Vol. 4. We're looking at a big Saturday night as well, with the following events on tap: PKN Taipei Vol. 20, PKN Innsbruck Vol. 1, PKN Dunedin Vol. 14, PKN Ginowan Vol. 9, PKN Vaduz Vol. 11, and PKN Seattle Vol. 38. And don't forget PKN Genoa Vol. 3 on Sunday!
JUNE 06, 2012
An impromptu and ad-libbed Tokyo fiction deriving meaning from a mundane observation -- street annotations and mysterious tags, both written and physically placed. It is imagined that these tags embed another layer of information into the city by casting invisible perimeters within which encoded experiences are left behind and felt by others through ubiquitous mobile / augmented-reality devices. Tokyo is remapped through visual and physical sensations that overlap, fade away, and are activated by the weather or proximity, and offer an ephemerality akin to Tokyo's ever changing urban fabric.
Our second presentation of the day is quite a different one. "Be kind to your elders" is a phrase we hear time and time again, and in "Building Bridges" (in Portuguese, from PKN Curitiba Vol. 1), Roseli Bassi talks about a project that has the goal of encouraging better interaction between young people and the elderly. Posters The new posters on our Tumblr blog today are for PKN Guimaraes Vol. 2, PKN Bucharest Vol. 9, PKN Moncton Vol. 5 (which happens tomorrow night), and PKN Toronto Vol. 16 (pictured above). Photos and videos Today we take some time to share plenty of Guimaraes content, for the city's recent Vol. 2. As we just mentioned, the poster for the event was added to our Tumblr blog, and you'll also find two photo galleries, one with photos taken by Joao Octavio Peixoto (two of them are pictured above), and one by Luis Coelho and Joao Abreu [Facebook]. We already shared with you the promo video for the event (and we loved it so much we played it last week's PKN here in Tokyo), as well as the teaser, but here's also an intro for the presenters. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYd-HDj8roA And here's a lovely outdoor billboard ad for the event: Links A couple of event reports from around the web.
- "Chit-chatting about Japan" (on the recent D&AD "Japan" themed one-off PechaKucha event in London) [Haikugirl's Japan]
- "PechaKucha Night Dubai: The 11th Edition - A Convention of Creative Minds" [Khaleejesque]
Calendar First, a reminder that tonight (June 6) you can catch the following events: PKN Coquitlam Vol. 7, PKN Bielefeld Vol. 10, PKN Genoa Vol. 2, PKN Aarhus Vol. 13, and PKN Edmonton Vol. 13. Tomorrow, look to these cities for some PKN satisfaction: PKN Eindhoven Vol. 2, PKN Moncton Vol. 5, and PKN Utrecht Vol. 4.
JANUARY 17, 2011
A nice bit of press for PechaKucha Night in Dubai, courtesy of the Gulf News -- you can read the article here. The next PKN in Dubai (Vol. 9) is just a couple of days away, happening January 19 at Al Quoz, off of the 3rd Interchange, at the Third Line.
Pictured, an illustration by Omar Jaramillo Traverso, who will be one of the presenters at PKN Dubai Vol. 9.