Getting Out, Getting Animated

“In addition to the inspiration that comes from working around other people, I also started to work with other people — something very new for me.”

Simon Howe started out working behind the scenes in a film-based theater, but as technology caught up with him, he was forced to look to other avenues for work. In “Getting Out, Getting Animated” from PKN Melbourne Vol. 22, he speaks about his trials and triumphs, on working in a creative group, and his work animating.

Here's a great video to give you a taste of what Melbourne's PechaKucha Night Vol. 23 was like, held back in April. The even was hosted by Nest Coworking.

PKN Lausanne Vol. 8 Presentations Can Yücel Metin's presentation (from PKN Istanbul Vol. 14) is all about a comedy TV series called Aye, Thanks! that airs Friday nights in Turkey. He is an actor on the show, as well as a writer. Presented as part of a special PechaKucha Night that was themed on "schizophrenia," Philippe Conus is a psychiatrist who used his presentation (in French, from PKN Lausanne Vol. 8) to cover all aspects of the disease, debunking many aspects that are mistaken by many. PKN Azores Vol. 3 Posters Today's additions to the Tumblr blog include posters for PKN Azores Vol. 3 (above), PKN Sunshine Coast Vol. 10, PKN Victoria Vol. 4, PKN Norman Vol. 2, PKN Melbourne Vol. 15, PKN Perth Vol. 10, and PKN Buenos Aires Vol. 17, 18, and 19. PKN Toledo Vol. 2 Photos and video Here's a small photo gallery [Flickr] for last June's PKN Toledo Vol. 2 -- above, a look at the venue (Toledo Public Library). We also have a video to share, in the form of this teaser video for the upcoming PKN Guatemala City Vol. 2 (set for September 27). httpv:// Calendar Tonight's (August 29) PKNs are the following: PKN New Haven Vol. 13, PKN Tampere Vol. 7, and PKN Providence Vol. 41. Tomorrow, it's a big Thursday with these 5 events: PKN Sevilla Vol. 13, PKN St. Petersburg Vol. 21, PKN Christchurch Vol. 15, PKN Xalapa Vol. 12, and PKN Nashville Vol. 8.

PKN Mendoza Vol. 3 Presentations Megg Evans is a Melbourne-based designer who co-founded Brolly Studios with Martin Heide and Stuart Webber. When she gave this presentation (from PKN Melbourne Vol. 19), her son Melvin was just 10 weeks old, and she brought him along and gave this beautiful 20x20 lullaby to her baby and the very impressed crowd. Fede Calandria's work could be described as a combination of art, design, and illustration. As he explains in this presentation (in Spanish, from PKN Mendoza Vol. 3), he finds inspiration everywhere, and likes to incorporate what he sees in his daily life, interpreting it in his own way. PKN Maribor Vol. 9 Posters We end the week with an explosion of posters on our Tumblr blog, with the following events being represented: PKN Guimaraes Vol. 3, PKN Memphis Vol. 1 and 2, PKN St. Albert Vol. 1, PKN Mallorca Vol. 1, and then PKN Maribor Vol. 9, which is pictured above. We sure love that Maribor tagline: "Come and meet our amazing guests. Creativity is their middle name ;-)" Below, a look at both sides of the flyer that was produced for last night's PKN Norwich Vol. 4. PKN Norwich Vol. 4 PKN Bilbao Vol. 12 Photos We like this spray painted crate we spotted here, located at the entrance of this past week's PKN Bilbao Vol. 12. Below, a look at the old school billboard entrance to the theatre where last night's PKN Winnipeg Vol. 10 was held. PKN Winnipeg Vol. 10 Calendar It's Friday (June 22), and so here's what you can expect in terms of events over the weekend, starting with tonight: PKN Zilina Vol. 19, PKN Sendai Vol. 2, PKN Miami Vol. 2, PKN Gisborne Vol. 9, and PKN Seattle Vol. 37. It's a quiet Saturday in PKN land, but Sunday will see PKN Pueblo Vol. 5.

Flyer for PKN Melbourne Vol. 19

Flyer for PKN Melbourne Vol. 19 PechaKucha Night in Melbourne Vol. 19 is just around the corner, set for this coming Wednesday (April 18) at The Workers Club. You'll find the list of presenters on the official event page, and here's more info from organizer Michelle Emma James:

PechaKucha Melbourne Vol. 19 will be held next Wednesday night at The Workers Club in Fitzroy. The Melbourne International Comedy Festival has hit our town this month of April, and we're joining in on the fun with the theme: Are You Serious? Well, are you? Is it possible we’re taking things and ourselves a little too seriously these days? We want to make you laugh…or at least make you think. Yes, life has a serious side and many of us design with it every day, but how about taking a step back for a moment? What do you take seriously? What shouldn’t we take so seriously? What needs an injection of un-serious?

Our guest speakers range from Melbourne's serious creatives to some of our not-so-serious comedians... and everyone in between! The night will feature Anna Blandford from Able & Game - who make cards!, Megg Evans, an interior designer and the owner of Benetts Lane Jazz Club, cartoonist Oslo Davis, known for his weekly 'Overhead' featured in the Sunday Age, and young photographer Jade Cantwell and designer Angela Woda from Beate Adfectus who will be talking about their latest project at This Is Not Art in Newcastle. As always we'll have DJ Tom Drake spinning some hilarious tunes during the beer break and we hear The Workers Club does a mean burger on a Wednesday night. Come over with your mates for some serious fun! Pecha Kucha Melbourne vol #19 Location: The Workers Club, corner Brunswick & Gertrude Sts, Fitzroy Date: Wednesday 18 April, doors open 6:30pm Tickets at the door, $10 full / $7 concession

Flyer for PKN Melbourne Vol. 18

Flyer for PKN Melbourne Vol. 18 PechaKucha Night in Melbourne Vol. 18 is set for this Wednesday (July 20), and here are more details from co-organizer Michelle Emma James -- you'll also find the full list of presenters with links on the official event page.

PechaKucha Melbourne Vol. 18 will be held on the opening night of the State of Design Festival. Established in 2004, the State of Design Festival is the largest and most innovative design event in Australia and the heart of design thinking and design activity. In 2011 the State of Design Festival explores design in, on and around projects that are transformative, mobile and networked, under the theme 'Design That Moves.' We have subverted this for our PechaKucha Night theme: 'Brake, Break, Broke'. Think putting on the brakes, think pause and stop, taking a break, think crashing, smashing, breaking, think broken, think going for broke. Design starts when we stop. Our guest speakers include Nicklas Wallberg who through his organisation Tram Sessions encourages Melbourne artists and bands to perform on city trams, artists Sarah Barrow & Michelle Gordon who celebrate transformation and new beginnings in the guise of building and destroying piñatas, and Melbourne's best-loved cartoonist, poet, and whimsical cultural commentator Michael Leunig. The night will also feature: architects Jeremy McLeod and Ben Callery, fashion designer Liam Revell, researchers Jerome Frumar and Tim Schork, and inventor of hipDisk, Danielle Wilde. Our audience will gather on the plaza created by Nathan Coley for his exhibition, Apperances at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art for an evening of conversation and social connectivity. Street food and locally-made craft beer will be on tap throughout the evening.

PKN Melbourne Vol. 17

PKN Melbourne Vol. 17 Melbourne had its Inspire Japan event last week, and from what we hear -- from co-organizer Michelle Emma James -- it was "a HUGE success!" Below is a report from Michelle, but also, click here to see a larger version of the panoramic shot pictured above (taken by Neo Feliciano).

We, at herestudio, teamed up with guest curators Antony Di Mase (architect) and Dave Anderson (lighting designer) to ask speakers a simple question: 'What is light?' Each of the speakers had something different to share, whether it be about artificial or daylighting in architecture, stage lighting, or capturing light through photography. This very special volume of PechaKucha Night was located in an amazing basement space in a heritage building in Melbourne's CBD. We had also collaborated with the organisers of an exhibition which was held in the same space at the same time -- over fifty child+parent teams had made lamps out of recycled materials! There was a beautiful glow to the space and was most definitely inspiring! I've included an amazing panorama photo taken by Neo Feliciano so you can see! We also had yummy solar-powered beer served on site which kept everyone drinking and dancing to some great tunes late-ish into the night! We were very happy to award one of our door prizes to Michael, who was actually in Tokyo at the time the earthquake hit on 11 March, and had increased his odds by buying many many raffle tickets to donate to the cause!

Flyer for PKN Melbourne Vol. 16 PechaKucha Night returns to Melbourne tomorrow night (Friday, March 4) at MiFA, as part of the L'Oréal Melbourne Fashion Festival. You'll find the full list of presenters with links on the official Vol. 16 event page.

Flyer for PKN Melbourne Vol. 14

As we mentioned the other day, the next PechaKucha Night in Melbourne is Vol. 14, and it's happening at the end of the month (October 27) at Federation Square (BMW Edge) -- see the list of presenters. Organizer Ammon Beyerle sent us the flyer for the event, which we include in this post.

Flyer for PKN Melbourne Vol. 15

The next PechaKucha Night in Melbourne, Vol. 14, will take place October 27 at Federation Square (BMW Edge) as part of National Architecture Week -- see the list of presenters on the official event page -- but there's already a Vol. 15 also scheduled. That event, set for November 12 at MiFA, will examine "the ties that pull Australia towards Asia and vice versa."