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Building Artistic Community... From The Living Room

BY LUKE BROGDEN
@ VOL 23 ON MAY 11, 2017

Luke Brogden spent parts of his first decade of adulthood working for national concert promoter AC Entertainment, playing in local bands like Southern Cities, writing about music for publications like Blank Newspaper and throwing together house party shows. The house party shows proved the most fun and artistically rewarding, and he started his own series called From the Living Room. Finding new artists, locations and other series to collaborate with has given him the opportunity to be a part of Knoxville’s part of a national house concert movement.

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Tails to Tell

BY MICHAEL SAMSTAG
@ VOL 23 ON MAY 11, 2017

"Really, what we do is we make films about crazy people"

In "Tails to Tell" from PechaKucha Night Knoxville Vol. 23, Michael Samstag, of Rescue Doc Films discusses making film documentaries that advocate the alleviation of animal suffering by featuring the stories of who believe they can, and do, change the world. 

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The Great American Farmhouse - An Iowan's Untold Story

BY CATHERINE PORTH
@ VOL 23 ON MAY 11, 2017

Born and raised in Burlington, Iowa, Catherine Porth always knew that one day her parents would move back to the dilapidated family farmhouse her father treasured. What she never predicted was the incredible beauty it would become. This is the story of a German immigrant, the farmhouse he built, and his great-great grandson’s amazing renovation in a forgotten place we call Iowa.

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DRONOPOD

BY KEITH KASEMAN
@ VOL 23 ON MAY 11, 2017

Conceived of and designed by KBAS, an experimental spatial design firm recently re-launched as Knoxville Bureau of Air and Space, DRONOPOD incorporates advanced digital production and fabrication technologies, large-scale 3d-printing, drones and augmented reality (AR) in order to charge Knoxville with a new type of urban imaginary.Keith Kaseman forecasts a time when drones will be as ubiquitous as smart phones. DRONOPOD provides physical and spatial evidence of what that utility infrastructure might look like and serves as an invitation to imagine what the future city could be. 

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Immigration WiFi

BY PHILIPPE HANSET
@ VOL 23 ON MAY 11, 2017

University of Tennessee Knoxville was the first University in the world to have a campus wide Wireless Network back in 2001. Later, UTK innovated again by spearheading the eduroam project in the US which allows users to roam freely on Wi-Fi networks around the world. These unique projects have helped Philippe Hanset make a name for himself in the Wi-Fi world but also navigate the complex meanders of the US immigration system and eventually obtain a permanent residency. Not all immigrants have it that easy.

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Gas Line Epiphany

BY DAVID BOLT
@ VOL 23 ON MAY 11, 2017

Since early 2004 David Bolt has worked full time trying to answer the question: How can I have abundance while living sustainably in a world of growing population and resource depletion? David shares how this quest has lead to his being optimistic for both for himself and the world to have an abundance that is sustainable.

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Just Because You Have a Giant Twine Ball Doesn't Make You A Maniac

BY KEN SMITH
@ VOL 23 ON MAY 11, 2017

Ken Smith is senior editor of the offbeat travel guide Roadside America. He visits a lot of weird places. His wife worries about him (Her idea of road trips comes from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre). Ken worries that other people might be worried, too, and wants to show that weird places and people can be nonfatal and fun.

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Inclined to Play

BY KATHLEEN GIBI
@ VOL 23 ON MAY 11, 2017

With rising obesity rates nationwide, experts are seeking solutions that can survive competing in Americans’ increasingly jam-packed schedules. Kathleen Gibi discusses how a local Knoxville committee answered a national challenge to incorporate play opportunities into existing city infrastructure so that children can “play along the way” in their daily lives.

With just a small $25,000 grant, the committee generated the start of an initiative called “Knoxville Slides,” where Knoxville’s hilly terrain is used as an asset—rather than a challenge—to create embankment slides. The end result of the pilot project produced an unanticipated amount of attention in the community.

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The Benefits of Being a Good Sport

BY DALE MACKEY
IN KNOXVILLE

Last year, Dale Mackey launched Good Sport Night at The Central Collective, a mixed-use space in North Knoxville that she runs with her husband Shawn. Each month, participants show up with no idea what to expect. Whether they’re learning to swing dance or training for the Apocalypse participants meet new people, try new things, and experience the benefits of positive short-term stress. 

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Connecting Artists to Amplify Their Voices

BY HARPER ADDISON
IN KNOXVILLE

Leaving San Francisco for Knoxville, TN, Harper Addison felt as though she was committing artist suicide. What began as a way for her to stay connected with friends and colleagues around the country has turned into an international creative process community, known as The Iteration Project, that connects artists and amplifies their voices no matter where they live and work. 

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Lithographic Printing From Pink Tennessee Marble

BY BEAUVAIS LYONS
IN KNOXVILLE

In August 2016, Kate Katomski collaborated with master printer Beauvais Lyons to create a series of prints for Quarry Project – Tennessee. A variety of methods were used, but most include a lithographic run from pink Tennessee marble, positive photo-lithography & monoprint. This collaboration is part of Kate Katomski’s Quarry Project, featured in November 2016 with a video and audio projection on the Knoxville Museum of Art, and exhibitions at the Museum of East Tennessee History and the Knoxville Museum of Art related to the history of the marble industry in East Tennessee. In this presentation Beauvais Lyons shares the history of the marble industry in East Tennessee and the process behind the work featured as part of Quarry Project - Tennessee.

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Lightningbug.info

BY JOSHUA WRIGHT
IN KNOXVILLE

Advertising is so pervasive that it has become an irrelevant object in the background.  How do we make advertisements useful enough to customers that they actually want to see them? Joshua Wright presents a new app that helps connect people with advertisements by giving the user more control as to the types of ads they receive and how they receive them.

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