OCTOBER 02, 2012
Aluminum Mesh People, City Center Agriculture, and Photos from Kyiv
Presentations In her presentation (from PKN Tokyo Vol. 95), artist Yuko Hishiyama shares the striking work she's been producing, mostly in the form of sculptures made of aluminum mesh. The resulting "people" she creates have not only starred in their own shows, but have also been made to interact with other famous pieces. Ixchel Lechuga's presentation (in Spanish, from PKN Xalapa Vol. 8) is all about why the city center can and should produce agriculture products. She makes her point by highlighting some of the advantages that can be felt by both the countryside and the city. Posters We have two new additions to the Tumblr blog today, one for PKN Ornskoldsvik Vol. 2 and one for PKN Istanbul Vol. 15, pictured above. Below, more details on the Istanbul event.
PechaKucha Night İstanbul Vol. 15 Special Edition will take place at The Building Information Centre (YEM) on October 17th. This PechaKucha Night will be organised within the "Dutch-Turkish Connecting Creativity" program during the opening week of the Istanbul Design Biennale titled "Imperfection." "Oh God! Please Give Me A Makeover!" As all the efforts on urban transformation/regeneration/revitalisation go on, what are we transforming into as citizens? Has new urbanism regenerated the way we are and the way we behave? Are we really getting revitalized? What is the new URBANITAS? Architects, designers and fashion designers from Turkey and the Netherlands will present their cases around the theme of "Urban Transformation."
Photos The photo above is from this photo gallery [Picasa] for last July's PKN Kyiv Vol. 8. Here's also a report on the event (Google translated). Calendar The three events happening tonight are PKN Aalborg Vol. 9, PKN Norrkoping Vol. 19, and PKN Malaga Vol. 3. Tomorrow marks Szczecin's first PKN, along with PKN Bilbao Vol. 13.
JUNE 19, 2012
Up in the Himalayas, the Bechos Online Platform, and Ornskoldsvik Joins the Loop
Presentations HP Kuhnert went on a hiking trip to the Himalayas in Nepal, and in this richly illustrated presentation (in German, from PKN PKN Aalen Vol. 4) he shares his travel experiences and his impressions from a country that is so very different. The photos will make you want to experience these beautiful landscapes first-hand. "Bechos" means "single and with children," but it's also a social meeting platform for single parents on the internet. In this presentation (from PKN Istanbul Vol. 14), Yersu Kalaba shows how it is being used to share ideas and problems that relate to being single with children, and how it is developing through its members. Posters We have a few new posters on the Tumblr blog today, starting with the poster you see pictured above designed by Michelle Hanevold, for the upcoming PKN Bemidji Vol. 13. Today's additions also include PKN Innsbruck Vol. 1 and PKN Mendoza Vol. 5. Photos You all know about the PechaKucha Night city loop, right? It's the slideshow of photos from different PKN cities that plays at all PKNs (before the start, during the break, and after it's all over), and it gets updated with new cities when we receive our first photo from one of their events. Pictured above is a peek at last week's PKN Ornskoldsvik Vol. 1, and that's the photo that we're including in the next update to the city loop. Calendar Today's (June 19) events are PKN Usti nad Labem Vol. 2 and PKN San Diego Vol. 15. Tomorrow, look for the following PKNs: PKN Risor Vol. 2, PKN Glasgow Vol. 8, and PKN Brighton Vol. 15.
MAY 28, 2012
Presentations Small changes in our lifestyle can have a rather large impact on energy consumption. In "Human Habitat: The Evolution of Efficiency" (from PKN Bozeman Vol. 2), Chris Dorsi goes through the KWH usage of various countries, to illustrate our energy-heavy habits and raise awareness. How important are politics to you? In "All Colors Together" (in Portuguese, from PKN Curitiba Vol. 1), Renan Molin hopes to show everyone how important it is to participate in the world of politics, and uses the Obama campaign as a point of reference. Terapia Urbana is a technology-based company in Seville that uses nature to solve energy problems caused by buildings in cities where greenery is far from abundant. "More Green in the City" (in Spanish, from PKN Seville Vol. 12) includes a few of their projects, and you'll be introduced to a few vertical gardens -- for both the outside and interior of buildings -- as well as other "green" innovations. Posters Quite a few additions to our Tumblr blog today, including posters/flyers for PKN Williamsburg Vol. 1, PKN Ornskoldsvik Vol. 1, PKN Ekaterinburg Vol. 3 (above), and PKN Vancouver Vol. 22. Photos Here are today's photo galleries, as well as a fun teaser video for PKN Barcelona Vol. 16, which took place this past Friday. The photo above is from the PKN Vienna gallery.
- PKN Dnipropetrovsk Vol. 1 [Flickr]
- PKN Dunsborough Vol. 3 [Flickr]
- A collection of photos from PKN Vienna [Flickr]
- PKN Sofia Vol. 9 [Flickr]
- PKN Maastricht Vol. 14 [Flickr]
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O7CEDSw2yGY We also have this fantastic report from PKN Philadelphia organizer Bradley Peniston -- yes, it's a bit old, it had gotten lost somehow and just recovered -- about his experience in introducing PKN to nearby Scranton.
Last Saturday, January 28, PechaKucha Night Philadelphia took its show on the road, driving two hours north to mount the first PechaKucha Night in the city of Scranton. I thought the event went well for a city's first show: we had eight presenters who spoke to a standing-room-only house of 60 or so. Here's the story: A few months ago, as I was planning a weekend getaway with my brother, a thought occurred: why not plant a PechaKucha seed in a new city? I had already settled on a destination: Scranton, Pennsylvania, once a powerhouse industrial city, now home to a more diversified economy that includes several colleges and design shops. Sitting atop vast deposits of coal and iron ore, the city was the first in the United States to produce iron railroad rails, and the first to build electrically powered trolleys -- lending it the nickname the Electric City. Today, Scranton remains the sixth-largest city in the state of Pennsylvania. The next step was to seek help on the ground. I googled "Scranton and PechaKucha," and made contact with a librarian at the University of Scranton who had once delivered a 20x20 talk at a conference. She wasn't available to speak, but she helped me find a venue (the Vintage Theater and Cafe) and a co-organizer, Mandy Boyle, who works at one of Scranton's web design firms. Together, we rounded up a slate of eight speakers. In early January, we reached out to local media, and hit the jackpot. The Weekender, the leading local arts & entertainment weekly newspaper, put the upcoming PechaKucha Night on its cover. The piece, "What would you say in six minutes and 40 seconds?" came out on Wednesday, January 25. The following day, Scranton's daily newspaper, the Times-Tribune, ran a similar story: "High-speed PowerPoint presentations engage at Vintage Theater's PechaKucha Night." Armed with as much publicity as we could have hoped for, we opened the doors at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 28. People started streaming in, and by showtime, we had about 60 packed into the cafe. This was the lineup: “Life Lessons from the Gateway Cinema” by Mandy Boyle, SEO team lead at Solid Cactus “How to Slow Down Time” by “Welcome To Scranton” author Greg Halpin "#ScrantonMovieNames” by Michelle Davies, an NEPAblogs.org co-contributor “Stained Glass & the Passing of an Old World Art” by NEPAblogs.org founder Harold Jenkins “Restoring the Slope” by Leadership Lackawanna Class of 2012 member Gerard M. Hetman “Library Crimes & Misdemeanors” by newspaper librarian Brian Fulton “In Pursuit of the Light” by professional photographer Brent Pennington “Preparing America to Compete in the 21st-Century Global Economy” by technology trainer Michael J. Murphy The show itself went off well. I was quite proud of the presenters, all of whom did a fine job -- especially given that none of them had even ever seen a PechaKucha presentation before. Everyone at the cafe seemed to have a good time, and there were plenty of people afterward who asked about presenting at a future PKN. The day after the show, the Times-Tribune ran yet another story: "Scranton takes on global phenomenon with slideshow event."
Links A few interesting posts and event reports from around the web.
- "Cultural Chit-Chat: Armenian and Turkish artists share ideas at joint Pecha Kucha in Istanbul" [Armenia Now]
- "Armenians, Turks hold Pecha Kucha Night in Istanbul (PHOTOS)" [News AM]
- "PechaKucha VI: 'Ladies, Pick Your Bull Carefully'” [Rivard Report]
- "PechaKucha: Speed Dating for Presenters" [The Better Presenter]
Calendar After last week's very packed calendar, we're starting out slow this week, with PKN Calgary Vol. 12 tonight (May 28) and PKN Saint-Etienne Vol. 9 tomorrow night.