APRIL 06, 2012
PKN Queretaro Vol. 5
Here are a few photos from the recent PechaKucha Night in Queretaro Vol. 5, along with some commentary from team member Lilian Gonzalez.
The 5th Queretaro Pechakucha Night was a unique and memorable event dedicated to music. It was part of the Musical Instrument Makers Congress by the National Institute of Fine Arts (INBA). The event took place at the majestic Queretaro City Museum. The night opened with the music of Guillermo Muñoz, welcoming the audience.
The PKN started with Marvin Salgado, who shared his knowledge about violin construction. Immediately after, the audience was surprised by Andrea Avedaño’s poem, who made a narration about “Les demoiselles d'Avignon” by Pablo Picasso, continuing with Ruy Guerrero who talked about “Cardenche’s music”; this type of music is considered one of the saddest in the world. There are only 4 people left that play this traditional Mexican music.
Miguel Zenker, a recognized Luthier (musical instrument maker - particularly violins) talked about a 1856 William Hall & Son fortepiano restoration. This presentation ended the first part of the PKN. The intermission was enjoyed with red wine and “Jaranas and Zapateado,” traditional Mexican music where ingenious lyrics are improvised on the spot.
The second part of the evening started with La Compañía Banyan de Marionetas, a magic improvisation performance with shadow puppets, Mexican guitar and dance. Afterwards, Lilián González, spoke about interactive art and the control that artists like Marie Sester and rAndom International use. The night finished with the Physics Ph.D Víctor Castaño, who talked about the Golden ratio, or Divine Proportion, a number represented by the Greek letter φ, taking the audience on a tour from the Egyptians to the novel prize.
Since music speaks directly to our souls, this PKN captivated the audience and made it a unique night that will be treasured by those who were lucky to attend.
NOVEMBER 19, 2010
PKN Queretaro Vol. 4
Queretaro held its PechaKucha Night Vol. 4 earlier this month, and here's a report on the evening by organizer Richard Ibarra, as well as a few photos courtesy of Black Velvet Studio.
The fourth PechaKucha Night's theme was “design." This time the event took place on a cold night in the historical Queretaro downtown. The beautiful "Plaza Constitución," an open and welcoming space hosted the PKN. It was a perfect place for diversity, with the stage placed in the midst of the "Somos diseño" (We Are Design) design fair, surrounded by a big crowd.
The night started with Beatriz de la Concha, an industrial designer who talked about graffiti and street art. After this, a couple of industrial designers Diana Hurtado & Bethsabe Cardiel presented an interesting student project, “Methane generation from fecal feces."
The third speaker, Diana Albarrán, an industrial designer too, shared with us her experience in Kyoto, Japan, were she developed lovely product designs mixing both Japanese and Mexican cultures.
Following these presentations, the PKN became a forum to talk about fashion. The following speakers showed their design creations: Stres company, Diego Dom, Black Velvet studio, María Cabrera & Lorena Ledezma.
After these fashion topics a PHD architect, Omar Toscano, theorized about architectural planning as a form of social control.
PKN closed with a video that showed a "public space intervention"; a team of four visual artists who showed us how they congregated people using social media like Facebook and Twitter in an intervention in Queretaro's downtown.
The enthusiastic crowd stayed all night to see all presentations regardless of the cold weather. After PKN, the public remained to see a colorful fashion show. This PechaKucha Night was organized by Lilián González, Richard Ibarra, Martha Aviles and the "Somos diseño" team.
JANUARY 11, 2010
It may have been a long time coming -- since the event was held back in September of last year -- but we're glad to finally get a look at Queretaro's second PechaKucha Night, courtesy of the following report by co-organizer Lilian Gonzalez. Our favorite bit: " It was amazing to witness how no one wanted to leave “La Fabrica,” demanding more presenters."
The second PechaKucha in Queretaro was hosted in September at “La Fabrica,” a contemporary art center. This was a perfect place for a PechaKucha Night, as this is a remodeled former factory that still keeps its industrial style. The forum of this artistic multidisciplinary spot was the stage where the PechaKucha took place.
JUNE 04, 2009
PKN Queretaro Vol. 1
PechaKucha Night launched in Queretaro at the Museo de la Ciudad just over a week ago to great success, and here's an amazingly detailed report and photos sent in by co-organizer Alberto Villarreal.
3 weeks before the night of Queretaroʼs ﬁrst PechaKucha, the organizing team had a really bad car accident in the Leon-Queretaro highway, but that didnʼt stop them from putting up the show and setting up a high standard for the upcoming events. All safe after 2 weeks of rest and medical care, the organizers did an almost heroic effort setting up what was the ﬁrst of a promising series of PechaKucha Nights in this central Mexico town.
Last friday (May 22nd) at the ʻMuseo de la Ciudadʼ in downtown Queretaro, you could breath the characteristic chilled atmosphere of the town, when people started to walk through the halls of the old colonial building that hosts the City Museum.
The event was held in an exhibition hall currently exhibiting wall paintings evocative of oriental calligraphy by chinese artist Li Fexue. This made it perfect scenario to host the lineup of creatives that shared their ideas and thoughts with the diverse audience.
This night was deﬁnitely one with strong energy and connection between the presenters and the crowd.
The lineup started with designer Alberto Villarreal (former co-organizer of PechaKucha San Francisco), who shared the experimental side of his work and some memories of 3 years of PechaKucha in the San Francisco Bay Area, encouraging the local community to keep up with PK and setting up an enthusiastic mood for the night.
Then Jacobo Zanella showed his high quality photographic work emphasizing on how the use of experimentation and mistakes can lead up to amazing results. Deﬁnitely wowing the crowd.
Industrial designer Jorge Moreno was the third one on the stage. Being one of the most prominent creative professionals in town, he didnʼt show a piece of his design work. Instead, he shared the fun process of an art exhibition he worked on with his mother, where the paintings were sold by square centimeter and the attendees were involved in the framing process. His natural enthusiasm and energy made the public get immersed in the subject.
Fourth in the lineup was another industrial designer, Victor Martinez, who also didnʼt show design work, but his was perhaps the most emotional presentation. While talking about the current state of humanity and the planet and ﬁnishing his presentation with a picture of his soon-to-be-born son through an ultrasonic image, he couldnʼt hold himself and broke in tears, shaking the audience who started a long applause even before slide 19.
Local artist Aura Moreno stood up on stage and also transmitted a strong emotional message by showing a range of close-up colorful pictures and poetically walking the crowd through a story on the old town prostitutes.
After a 20 minute break where the crowd and presenters mingled at the colonial building portico, the second part started by young artist Raldo Bermejo, whoʼs photography work mixed with his marketing background made a very tasteful and clean cut presentation. The inspiration continued.
Engineer Gerardo Marquez showed an interesting project on community development in South Africa, and just when the crowd was falling into a deep thought mood, the sixth presenter Luis Camarena made a turn into the entertainment side showing up with amazing graphic design work on the ʻlucha libreʼ local wrestling scene.
Second to last, with a very ﬂuent Spanish, Lauren Cycyk brought another emotionally charged presentation while talking about Mexico-USA immigration, human rights and how the situation is perceived from “the other side of the border.”
Then the lineup was closed by Colombian contemporary dancer John Martin Cordero, who talked about the work behind a dance show where the human body and homosexuality were the center of the art piece and showed a series of highly expressive pictures that communicated the movement and passion of the dance show.
To culminate this highly inspiring night an eleventh presentation was also shown up on the screen. Victor Hermosillo wasnʼt able to attend the event but his work was exhibited in his honor, and this presentation literally spoke by itself. Each slide showed really nice hand sketches with a written philosophical message that put the entire exhibition hall in complete silence for a few minutes.
Again, this was a show of really diverse presentations, with a high charge of emotion and connection between the stage and audience. Organized by Richard Ibarra, Lilian Gonzalez and the team, this ﬁrst PechaKucha Night in Queretaro made clear to the local crowd that it is an event to keep an eye on, setting up a high standard for the nights to follow.