PechaKucha Night Rijeka vol:::2 Hartera, June 10th, 2010 Organiser: Industria Through its second edition, PechaKucha Night Rijeka proved it has much to show for to the numerous and impatient Rijeka audience before the Hartera festival, day zero. This time the spectre of candidates/presenters spread from architects designers painters and sculptors, all the way to event and festival organisers and body artists. The event attracted over 300 curious individuals wishing to see, hear, support and comment the work and show of 12 important creative people among which, both very well known ones as well as ones whose time is yet to come. The famous Rijeka based architect and urbanist Bojan Bilić was the one to break the ice. He awoke the interest and fired up laughs through the crowd by drawing parallels between Rijeka and New York, spiced with comments about the notion of urban chaos. His presentation once more confirmed his rightful place in the creation of our city’s silhouette. Sculptor by name, explorer, creator and wonderer by nature, Dejan Kljun was the next presenter that provoked a positive reaction and a deafening applause. He touched upon his work in sculpture and painting but also mentioned numerous other projects which all carry a common thread, the one of creation. Dejan once more showed us how his ideas find their solutions in incredible ways and through the most uncommon materials. Anita Martinek presented her work through many graphic and product design projects. She completed her studies in graphic and product design in Padua, Italy, where she lives and works today. Anita tried to offer a colourful cut trough her work since the completion of her studies bringing it closer to the audience. She presented a wide range of items, from conceptual solutions for lighting fixtures, all the way to practical and finalised travel bag designed for known Italian brands. Anita encouraged and advised all the future design students how all the obstacles can be overcome with the right dose of persistence. There was another interesting approach to the PechaKucha 20X20 format by the Canadian DODOLAB initiative. It is a vivid group of enthusiasts lead by Andrew Hunter and they try to offer creative solutions for shaping the environment. Andrew tried and succeeded in animating the audience to voice their standpoints regarding the needs and problem our town has. DODOLAB has continued to work in Rijeka through the next 10 days after PechaKucha, through different interactive workshops in different parts of town. The organisation „Ruke ručice“ from Omišalj, Island KRK, was presented through an interesting presentation by Hana Gržetić, founder and president of the organisation. In these fast and hectic times, the members of this organisation try to contribute to the satisfaction of children’s needs and aspirations through a wide range of programmes. The always try to be original and creative, especially when creating costumes of knights, gladiators or Greek goddesses. The festival will take place in August, and everyone is invited! One more guest from Padua, Giorgio Pellizzaro, presented the work done by the product design workshop from Rovinj, whose existence counts 12 years this year. The workshops work for real customers like Fiat, Ferrero, Chicco, and Roncato. Many of the ideas reach the production lines, adding a great deal of creativity and intensive work for real life companies. It was easy to infer that a creative vacation in the wonderful Istrian surrounding always leaves behind exceptional designer solutions. After a short break, used for socialising and mingling with the presenters, Stefano Katunar, a young Rijeka based sculptor and designer presented himself. This young artist occupies a high spot in the Rijeka creative circle and he proved it once more with his spontaneous presentation. There were many treats there, from unusual paper sculptures, concepts and researches as well as satirical comments by the author himself. The audience confirmed the status of this young author regardless of his age by pouring a long and strong applause. Bob van Dijk, a known graphic designer from the Netherlands whose work spans from high culture through commercial projects (Coca-cola, HP, …), all the way to non profit actions, presented his role models and inspirations. Once again he proved to be an excellent lecturer after presenting in Rijeka last year already. A young high school group, calling itself New Found Picture, prepared a big surprise as they used the event to promote their film project – a serious feature-length movie processing the problems of the society decomposing under the influence of different vice and weakness of the individuals. The title of the movie is “Black and White” and by presenting it with creation and wit, they announced a great future that lies ahead of them. When a person works in illustration, costume design and scene design apart from animation, then we can call them versatile. Zdenko Bašić is such a person. You have surely admired his work going through known issues of book titles, wondering: “Who is this new illustrator?” His specific and captivating expression attracted scores of fans through stories and pictures of myths and legends of our ancestors. The Kako.ko design studio from Belgrade is a creative team aiming to create in a personal and recognisable way. The team was founded in 2004 and has ever since been best known for furniture design along with interior design and planning. They have also set up many exhibitions and organised different cultural events. Kako.ko is the licensed PechaKucha organiser for Belgrade so they had first hand experience on how to properly prepare and present for this event and win over the numerous audience. At the very end, but by no means accidentally, Ana Laco presented her work. She is well known to many of the people present due to the work she does. Ana is an outstanding piercing artist, but she showed to be much more than that both through the choice of the presentation and the way of presenting it. Ana spoke about suspension art, but she did it while being suspended HERSELF! For all the ones who still do not grasp the idea, she was hanging from the ceiling on a metal construction attached to the back with nothing but hooks. Ana advised the audience against attempting to perform in such a way without expert oversight and prior training. This presentation left the audience breathless because of its impression of simplicity and lack of pain. Bidding farewell to the many people that gathered for the event and concluding the programme with the many interesting and talented presenters, we finalised the second edition of PechaKucha Night Rijeka. A long and strong applause, laughter and spontaneous comments proved again that this way of presenting has a good response with the audience and that the next, autumn edition will be anxiously waited for. We warmly thank the Department for culture of the City of Rijeka, the Architects’ Association of Rijeka and the Hartera Music Festival for being our partners this time around too, recognising so the quality of the project. We also thank all the visitors and the support they give to us and the future presenters.