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Our bodies act as a shared experience, and death is the one unifying conclusion.

Abdi Farah contemplates what it means to be and artist. In “Time, Space, and Playing Fields” from PKN New Orleans Vol. 11, he discusses his passion for art in New Orleans, and seeking kindred spirits through an exploration of metaphysical and imaginary worlds and sports. 

Poster for PKN New Orleans Vol. 15


Make sure you have creative 20/20 vision by attending New Orleans' PechaKucha Night Vol. 15 on February 3 (see full poster here). You'll find more PKN flyers/posters over at our Tumblr.

Making Something Greater

Architects are teams of people that come together; designers, builders, community members, all as a collective whole.

Architect Emilie Taylor speaks the public perceptions of the architect’s role, and goes into depth on a few of the wonderful projects she has worked on. In “Making Something Greater” from PKN New Orleans Vol. 14, Emilie shares how she views architecture as the culmination of something that is greater than any one person’s achievement.

On comedy and math: “Why take something people love and introduce it to something people hate?”

University mathematics professor Cory Dumesnil is also into improvisation comedy. In “Improvometrics” from PKN New Orleans Vol. 13 he speaks about his efforts to bridge the opposing forces of math and comedy.

"I have an insatiable need to be around people, how they think and experience the world."

Filmmaker, Culturist, Wanderer, Chloe Walter-Wallace talks about being born into fun, growing up Jamaica. In "Born into Fun" from PKN New Orleans Vol. 13 she speaks about finding her path and love for anthropology which has lead her to her true passions for documentary film-making, working with non-profits on various media related projects, and her constant love for Jamaica.

Are you willing to be caught in the middle of making something you care about? (even if it's awful?)

Matt Candler discusses what he does for fun: building electric motorcycles. In "I Suck, I Fail, I'm Alive" from PKN New Orleans Vol. 13 he speaks about justifying his hobby to his wife and loved ones, learning to love the process of failing 20 times, and the inexplicable pleasure of finally getting it right.

From 3D printers to software, contemporary artists have numerous tools at their disposal. 

Designer, artist, and Adjunct Professor at Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture, LSU, Justine Holzman shares a few of her projects and collaborations and discusses the detailed processes behind them. In "Art & the Places We Inhabit" from PKN New Orleans Vol. 12 we see her interest centers around the relationship between clay and landscape and the similar processes used to sculpt and modify both. 

You Can Only Keep What You Have By Giving It Away

"Peace goes into the making of a poem, as flour goes into the making of bread." - Pablo Neruda

Baker Graison Gill of Bellegarde Bakery, lends his thoughts about bread and the primitive yet poetic process of making, baking and sharing his art in New Orleans. In "You Can Only Keep What You Have by Giving it Away" from PKN New Orleans Vol. 12 hear Graison go deep on his love for his work. 

"The pink ribbon for breast cancer charity is often a disguise for cosmetic companies hiding chemicals linked to cancer."

Lily Tse is the founder and CEO of Think Dirty, which produces an iOS app that empowers consumers with safety information about cosmetics. Think Dirty started as a series of hackathons, but the idea itself was borne out of Lily's personal journey to understand truths about the use of toxic chemicals in the beauty industry. In "The Comfort (Danger) of Not Knowing" from PKN Toronto Vol. 29 Lily expresses her discontent with the concept that "ignorance is bliss" and encourages consumers that knowledge is empowering. 

Sure, it's only two photos, but we still love getting this small peek of what August 1's PechaKucha Night Vol. 9 in New Orleans was like, or at least a taste of the venue.

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