JUNE 19, 2012
Rethinking Video Games, Slovakia's zerozero Studio, and a First PKN in Fort Lauderdale
Presentations The title of writer and academic Colin Harvey's presentation (from PKN Blue Mountains Vol. 1) pretty much says it all: "Everything You Know About Video Games Is Wrong." Colin goes through the history of video games -- from Pong all the way to current dog raising simulations -- and reveals a lot of unlikely truths. Irakli Eristavi and Pavol Šilla are members of zerozero, one of the most progressive architect studios in Slovakia, and in this presentation (in Slovak, from PKN Kosice Vol. 1) they highlight some of their work. Posters We have one new poster on the Tumblr blog today, for the upcoming PKN Buenos Aires Vol. 25. Pictured above is a poster we uploaded a few days ago for PKN Warsaw Vol. 11, designed by Gosia Herba, who was a presenter at the city's Vol. 10. We shared the poster for last night's PKN San Diego Vol. 15 a while back, but here's a look at one of the intro slides used for the event, that follows the "heart" them. Photos and links The photo above is from the recent PKN Fort Lauderdale Vol. 1, and there's more to see in this Flickr photoset. Organizer Marta Viciedo has also sent us a few press links, with her series getting coverage in both the Sun Sentinel and the Examiner. With the PKN series in Bangkok about to relaunch, here's an interview with that city's new organizer, Scott Coates. The first event of the relaunch, Vol. 5, is set for July 9. Calendar Tonight's (June 20) events are made up of PKN Risor Vol. 2, PKN Glasgow Vol. 8, and PKN Brighton Vol. 15. Tomorrow it's a huge night for PKNs, with 9 events on tap: PKN Hilversum Vol. 2, PKN Norwich Vol. 4, PKN Raleigh Vol. 11, PKN Pittsburgh Vol. 12, PKN Bemidji Vol. 13, PKN Vancouver Vol. 22, PKN Rotherham Vol. 1, PKN Winnipeg Vol. 10, and PKN Bilbao Vol. 12.
JUNE 05, 2012
Presentations Don "datadub" Kratzer updates us (from PKN Tokyo Vol. 92) on his five year mission that kicked off while attending the San Diego Comic Con back in 2007, and then lead to some terrific toy/figure collaborations with a host of creators. Kenichi Asano is a sculptor, but not in the traditional sense, even though his very modern-looking works are all produced using traditional Japanese construction techniques. The presentation (also from PKN Tokyo Vol. 92) is in Japanese, but the visuals really do all the talking. Posters Today we highlight two posters that were added to the Tumblr blog yesterday, for PKN Kosice Vol. 18 (held last week) and the upcoming PKN Kosice Vol. 19 (June 16). Both were produced by Jozef Tušan, and you'll find more of his work in this Flickr photostream. Photos and report We continue our coverage of PKN Kosice, and so along with those posters you'll also find plenty of photos from previous events in these Facebook photo galleries. We're sure Vol. 18 will be added soon, and here are a few words from PKN Kosice team member Miso Hudak on the event that was:
Volume 18 was part of the local street art festival "Use the City." We love to cooperate with meaningful projects, and we earned great synergy from this partnership. It was an open-air event, and even though it was cold with strong winds, we had almost 150 people in audience. Volume 18 was absolutely an international event, with Russian, Italian, German, Moldavian, and French projects presented in English. There was a French guy speaking Slovak, and a Slovak dance group speaking in the language of bodies.
And here's what to expect at this month's Vol. 19:
Volume 19 will be a special event, where art communities from the second and third largest cities in Slovakia (Kosice and Presov) will join together in the middle. The distance between these cities is only 30 kilometers, and the event will be in an old brick factory. The lineup for Volume 19 will be completely opposite of Volume 18's, as we are going to celebrate local organizations, which bring culture and art to both of our cities.
Calendar What's on the agenda tonight? How about the following events: PKN Louisville Vol. 8, PKN Chicago Vol. 22, PKN Sydney Vol. 21, and PKN Katowice Vol. 7. Tomorrow (June 6), look to the following cities: PKN Coquitlam Vol. 7, PKN Bielefeld Vol. 10, PKN Genoa Vol. 2, PKN Aarhus Vol. 13, and PKN Edmonton Vol. 13.
JUNE 04, 2012
The Salaryman Project, Amazing Cakes, and 4000 in Tel Aviv
Presentations In October 2006, as he was taking photos of nature in the forest near Kawaguchiko, a salaryman with a suitcase appeared on the track. Ever since that day, Bruno Quinquet has tried to investigate the mysteries of office work in Japan through photography. He has exhibited this series -- which is the topic of his presentation (from PKN Tokyo Vol. 92) -- in Japan and abroad. Last month, he launched a crowdfunding campaign to support the production of the "Salaryman Project Business Schedule 2013." These are not the cakes you are used to seeing. In this first presentation (in Italian) from PKN Pisa Vol. 1, Alessandra Pacini -- a cake designer -- shares some of the amazing cakes she's produced over the years. Cake design is an interesting form of art, in which anyone can make a professional-looking cake, with no limits to imagination -- although using only edible materials is key. Posters We have quite a few new posters up on the Tumblr blog today, including two from Kosice (for last week's Vol. 18, and the upcoming Vol. 19), a well as for PKN Okayama Vol. 14, PKN Orlando Vol. 6, and PKN Portsmouth Vol. 11 (above), which continues that city's elemental theme for the year (first was fire). And speaking of Portsmouth, here's a great video that was produced after the city's Vol. 10, that acts as a peek at that event, as well as a teaser for the upcoming Vol. 11: Photos and report What does a crowd of 4000 look like? It looks like what you see pictured above, from last week's PKN Tel Aviv Vol. 13 -- and there are more photos to see in this Flickr photoset. Also, we have the following report from PKN Tel Aviv organizer Anat Safran:
We had another great PKN here at Tel Aviv, with 4000 people in the house. As usual the demand for tickets was huge and we were sold out in minutes... Me and my partner Itay were happy to host 9 presenters, all great and crazy, just the way we love them. We started the evening with a presentation by Liat Segal, who is running a studio for art and technology. Her projects are always fun and beautiful and involve music, paint and robots. Than came on stage Ofer Grunewald who is a young Bonsai artist. He shared his passion and explained the satisfaction of sculpting with a living material as trees. Mushon Zer Aviv (designer) and his wife Galia Ofri (painter) talked about their first common project that aims to illustrate wikipedia. With great drawings for esoteric articles and some very interesting questions about sharing knowledge -- these were a fascinating 6 minutes and 40 seconds. Artist and representative of the slow food movement in Israel, Rafram Hadad took us on a lovely journey in his different fields of creation, mixing visual arts and food in all middle eastern countries. A whole different experience was the one offered by brain researcher Moran Cerf, who is working in a very special lab in L.A. where experiments are made on live human brains. He can map the brain and than "read" one's thoughts or even allow handicapped people to control a robotic arm with their thoughts. Than came Ohad Zlotnik, a graduate student in visual arts, who presented his very smart project of 3D typography, with Hebrew letters that became real objects. Daniel Dover is a street artist who told us his short and so funny history trying to fit in the world of design, and what has finally brought him to do his street art interventions. Oded Ezer is a well known typographer who has presented his work in the first Tel Aviv PKN back on 2007. We were happy to invite him once again and discover his super intelligent projects. Oded told us about a typographic tattoo project, a graphic flag project, a social Skype-typo project, and more. The last show of the evening was by director Yair Kedar, who presented his current project, a documentary about Yona Wollach, one of Israel's most well known poet. His presentation ended with a live song by local singer Karolina whose big warm voice filled all our hearts with joy and emotions, with anticipation for our next PKN.
Calendar Tonight (June 4) you'll want to catch PKN Stockholm Vol. 34, which we hear is going to be quite the event. Tomorrow, PKNs are happening in the following cities: PKN Louisville Vol. 8, PKN Chicago Vol. 22, and PKN Sydney Vol. 21. Please note that the PKN Hong Kong Vol. 12 that was scheduled for tomorrow has been postponed.
MAY 24, 2012
Presentations As we've covered multiple times on the blog, PechaKucha was in Milan last month for the Milano Salone (Milan Design Week), with a series of four PechaKucha events held at Heineken's temporary club space, designed by up-and-coming creators who were selected through a series of PechaKucha events in four cities. In this presentation (from PKN Tokyo Vol. 91), Jean Snow gives you a taste of what the events were like, and slips in a few design week-related slides as well. So you think you know about wine? Sommelier Fabien Jacob definitely knows a thing or two about the process of making wine, and in this presentation (from PKN San Antonio Vol. 5), he shows you what that process looks like. He also ends up explaining the types of grapes used, and famous winemaking regions. Posters Today we've added three beautiful posters from previous PKNs in Kosice (Vol. 15-17) to our Tumblr blog. We really love the minimalism of the Vol. 16 poster (above) -- certainly not what you tend to see from an event poster. Photos We have a few more photo galleries from the archives to share today. Above, cheers from an attendee at PKN San Juan Vol. 5, and then a relaxed audience taking in the outdoor PKN Warsaw Vol. 8.
- PKN San Juan Vol. 5 [Flickr]
- PKN Kyiv Vol. 3 [Website Gallery]
- PKN Warsaw Vol. 8 [Flickr]
- PKN Kelowna Vol. 1 [Flickr]
Calendar As you saw yesterday, it's a busy week for PKNs -- and it's been a great month, with well over 80 events on the calendar -- and we've got lots more coming tomorrow (May 24): PKN Lucerne Vol. 4, PKN Koszalin Vol. 9, PKN Coruna Vol. 6, PKN Barcelona Vol. 16, and PKN Curitiba Vol. 2. For the weekend, you can look forward to PKN Dubai Vol. 11 and PKN Cancun Vol. 3 on Saturday, and then PKN Coventry Vol. 9 and PKN Nagano Vol. 20 on Sunday.
APRIL 16, 2011
FEBRUARY 28, 2011
NOVEMBER 30, 2010
MARCH 26, 2010
We get a double-header from PechaKucha Night in Kosice today, as organizer Miso Hudak sends us reports for both volumes 5 and 6. We've also included a few photos from the events, but there's lots more to see in the following Flickr photosets: Vol. 5 and Vol. 6.
Vol. 5 was a special event, where we invited small NGOs to show their works and projects. We decided to invite all these organization on one night because of past experience. If you bring together organizations who educate kids in poor regions populated by Roma/Gypsy minorities, and after that some great designer shows his plans for a new light airplane you will have mixed feelings. So we chose organizations and individuals who works with handicapped people, minorities, social disadvantaged groups and similar. The audience had the opportunity to focus on different topics like at any other other PechaKucha Night.
JANUARY 05, 2010
DECEMBER 31, 2009
The Yellow of PKN Kosice
The photo above was taken during PechaKucha Night in Kosice Vol. 3 -- and you can see the event review that we just posted -- but we wanted to highlight it in its own post. There's something really beautiful about seeing all those yellow tickets for the event, and we'd like to thank the PKN Kosice organizers for all the attention they devoted to giving the evening some nice graphic elements.