“We’re a bunch of weird brothers making a film about male lactation.”

Filmmaker Noble Robinette speaks on his unique project entitled “MALK.” In “Malk” from PKN Knoxville Vol. 13 Noble describes what started as a mockumentary on male lactation and the efforts of a group of men to get closer to their families.

“We touched on the Dirty South, civil rights, regionalism, and rawness.”

Professor Liz Teston speaks about her design research project that focuses on regional rap music factions. In “Rap Mapping and the Everyday” from PKN Knoxville Vol. 12 she discusses the rap culture in the Dirty South and its connection to the built environment of this locale.

“What caught my eye was the border between the man made landscape, and the natural landscape.”

Printmaking MFA graduate Hannah Skoonberg speaks on her art work, which explores the concepts of memory and object. In “Gardens of Winter” from PKN Knoxville Vol. 5 she speaks about how her art — composed mostly of paper — is fragile, vulnerable, and though based on real-life useful objects is unusable due to the material used in its construction.

“I worked very hard to make no reference to the real world at all. It took me to some amazing places.”

Architect and urban planner David Denton has been working in the Virtual World for seven years. In “A Journey into the Virtual World” from PKN Knoxville Vol. 12, he speaks about the folly of wanting to re-create the real world, and about the incredible tool that virtual reality is for creating entirely new worlds.

This week for the City Focus we visit Knoxville, a city that has started sharing its presentations online, the first batch coming from its Vol. 12 -- and the city's Vol. 13 is happening this week, on November 11.

Standing on the edge of the cliff, looking at the possibilities. Jump, live with the boundaries you land in.

Painter Nichole McMinn shares stories of facing fears and pushing herself to do what she loves. In “Possibilities” from PKN Knoxville Vol. 12, she discusses the trials of creativity, the struggles she’s faced as an up-and-coming artist, and realisations she’s reached while in pursuit of her dreams.

We are lucky that Rob Laliberte of WDWRK | small wares co. was willing to share his graphic talents to promote the 13th Pecha Kucha event in Knoxville. A word from the artist below.


The idea was to design something visually striking using the literal meaning of PechaKucha "chit chat". It is about placing you in the conversation of someone expressing to you "Let's talk!" and "Thankyou" Arigato.

The design aesthetic is a subtle nod to Japanese street art, neon lights, and Japanese cartoons. Depictions of characters that often have more meaning, then just a visual stylization. Through the meaning of colors, blue represents one-to-one communication, especially communication through the voice. It is speaking the truth through verbal self-expression - it is both the teacher and the public speaker.

- Rob



Daniel Jones is a talented designer employed at Sanders Pace Architecture and he just to happens to be a one of Knoxville's PKN event Organizers.   USGBC is partnering with PKN to offer new presenters and encourage a new crowd to attend the event.   This was kept in mind as an important piece of info for  the poster to communicate.   From the artisit - "The inspiration for this design was observing my son Jack and how freely and unbiased he observes and interacts with the world around him - and how watching a pechakucha presentation (at least a good one anyway) allows the viewer a moment be free to enjoy something completely new and unexpected." -Daniel Jones

For our "City Focus" this week we head to Knoxville, Tennessee, a city that will hold its PechaKucha Night Vol. 10 on February 6. For more details and a look at the full lineup of presenters, please visit the official event page.

Beth Meadows is a talented local artist who is well known for her creative abstractions of found objects, architectural spaces, and historic structures.  She volunteered her time to design the poster for Knoxville's 9th Pecha Kucha and for that we are grateful!   

She choose this painting for the poster for the architectural qualities and proportion of the space - perfect for the integration of PKN into Architecture Week!  The couple [and their cats] are taking time from thier busy schedules to sit quietly and listen.  Sometimes PKN can get a little rowdy but the reason we all attend is to listen to a passionate community member share thier craft with us.  It is an inspiring evening of reflection and gratitde.  

Beth Meadows graduated from the University of Tennessee with a BFA in Studio Art in 2007. She has lived and worked in Knoxville since then and currently manages The Salvage Room for the non-profit Knox Heritage, receiving and selling historic building materials. She is also the Director, as well as an artist, of 17th Street Studios, a work space for thirteen artists near downtown Knoxville.

To view more of her work visit her site




Friends of PechaKucha

Friends of PechaKucha