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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. 

"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 Comfort (Danger) of Not Knowing

"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.

PKN Tokyo Vol. 95 Presentations Adelaide-based architect Tanya Court took to the stage in Tokyo (at the city's Vol. 95) to talk about an urban renewal project she was recently involved in, part of a government-launched competition. In their presentation (in Czech, from PKN Plzen Vol. 1), Dana Lukasova and Olina Dankovicova reveal the interests, activities, and willingness of the people in the city where they live, using a very unique visual backdrop. PKN Moncton and PKN New Orleans Posters Today's new addition to the Tumblr blog is the poster for last night's PKN Moncton Vol. 4 (on the left), and on the right you'll find pictured the poster for PKN New Orleans Vol. 7, which was also held last night. PKN Hamptons Vol. 1 PKN Hamptons Vol. 1 Photos Today we have a photo gallery [Flickr] to share from the recent PKN Hamptons Vol. 1 -- all photos were taken by Michael Pintauro. Calendar The weekend kicks off tonight (October 5) with PKN Osijek Vol. 1, PKN Kosice Vol. 23, and PKN Tulsa Vol. 2. On Saturday there's Bandung's Vol. 15, and then since Monday is a holiday and so we won't be updating, let us mention that day's event, PKN Fresno Vol. 11.

PKN Tokyo Vol. 95 Presentations Alexandre Dimos is a French graphic designer, and in his presentation (from PKN Tokyo Vol. 95) he talks about Back Cover. As he explains, he couldn't find what he really wanted to read in France, and so he helped create an independant magazine focusing on thinking and analyzing graphic design and typographic practices, and to a larger extent, visual arts. Miro Pecho is a Slovak painter, and he uses his presentation (in Czech, from PKN Znojmo Vol. 1) to explain how different fantasy worlds influence his paintings. PKN Malaga Vol. 3 Posters We have two new posters on the Tumblr blog today, starting with PKN Malaga Vol. 3, pictured above (the event was held last night). The other addition is for PKN New Orleans Vol. 7, which is happening tomorrow night.  The image below is not a poster or a flyer, but rather part of a call for presenters for the next PKN in Genoa (or Genova), and we loved it so much we wanted to share it. All roads lead to PechaKucha! The event itself will take place on November 23. PKN Genoa Vol. 4 Calendar There are two PKNs on the agenda tonight (October 3), PKN Bilbao Vol. 13 and PKN Szczecin Vol. 1. Tomorrow, it's another big Thursday: PKN Pittsburgh Vol. 13, PKN Moncton Vol. 7, PKN Ekaterinburg Vol. 6, PKN Doha Vol. 6, PKN Vaxjo Vol. 12, PKN Kolding Vol. 18, and PKN New Orleans Vol. 7. 

PKN Miami Vol. 15 Presentations A presentation (from PKN Miami Vol. 15) by Anthony Spinello and Augustina Woodgate about a project in Berlin called Kulturpark, taking place in an abandoned amusement park. Here's more on the project from the official website:

In the Treptower Park forest in East Berlin, along the Spreeriver, there is an abandoned amusement park. The park, originally called Kulturpark Planterwald, was built in 1969 by the GDR and was a rare site for Soviet amusement and attraction. After the fall of the wall, the park became the family-owned Spreepark and suffered challenges of access, attendance, and economy. In 2001, the park closed from capital collapse. Ever since, visitors have regularly traversed the fence to explore this jungle of broken thrill machines. In June 2012, Kulturpark will explore the poetics and potential of these recent ruins, building upon the unique energy of Berlin’s urban, social, cultural, and political landscapes.

Marina Potanina is the president of a charity foundation called To Kids About Kids. In her presentation (in Russian, from PKN Moscow Vol. 12) she talks about the project, and the creation of an animated series about school life for a group of kids, with one of the main characters being a girl in a wheelchair. In Russia, there are no books, TV, or other examples of adequate communication with people with disabilities. Marina believes that if we start by talking to kids about these issues, that our society will be changed. PKN Beirut Vol. 11 Posters We end the week with a Tumblr blog update that includes quite a few older posters: PKN Beirut Vol. 11 (pictured above), PKN Sevilla Vol. 9 and 11, PKN Jakarta Vol. 10, PKN New Orleans Vol. 4, PKN Chicago Vol. 18, PKN Louisville Vol. 1, PKN Dublin Vol. 1, PKN Christchurch Vol. 3, PKN The Hague Vol. 5, PKN Victoria Vol. 3-6, PKN Huddersfield Vol. 1, and PKN Los Angeles Vol. 28. PKN Providence Vol. 41 Photos We spotted this photo (by Twitter user @parulia, who was attending her first PKN) taken at this past Wednesday's PKN Providence Vol. 41 -- we sure love the guerilla nature of the venue and projection wall.  Calendar There's just one event tonight (August 31), with Kumamoto hosting its Vol. 4. Then, you can look to Saturday for the following two events: PKN Hyderabad Vol. 10 and PKN Kathmandu Vol. 6. 

Flyer for PKN New Orleans Vol. 6 PechaKucha Night in New Orleans Vol. 6 may have come and gone -- it took place this past Saturday -- but here's a look at the flyer that was produced for the event. Also, here's an animated GIF version. For the full list of presenters with links, take a look at the official event page.

PKN New Orleans + Inspire Japan New Orleans has its PechaKucha Night Vol. 5 tonight (May 26), and it will indeed be an Inspire Japan event. It all happens at the Eiffel Society, and you'll find the list of presenters with links on the official event page.

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