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 Susannah Lohr On her Pecha Kucha Poster Design:  "So I came up with the idea for the poster when I was thinking about visual metaphors for what happens at Pecha Kucha. Since it's an event where you're in a crowd and you're watching speakers, you're listening to presentations, it feels a bit like you're peeking through tall grasses. You can "come through the grass" and learn more about this interesting person who's speaking, you can go up to them after and talk to them about their work. Or you can simply enjoy the experience in a passive way, just through observation. Both are valuable and important ways, in my opinion, to attend the event.

I'm currently working on a mini-comic that I'll be debuting at the St. Louis Small Press Expo. It's about three super-heroines saving a town from destructive supernatural cat demons. It takes place in a world heavily influenced by historical Japanese films and comics. "

Learn more about this uber talented artist and illustrator: http://susannahlohr.com/

"Hot off the...photoshop. New poster designed for upcoming PKSTL 13. Thanks for the opportunity Pecha Kucha Night, St. Louis to juxtapose deer, kittens and weather maps. And for allowing me the opportunity to use the word juxtapose."  Ben Kaplan, PKSTL #13 poster designer .  See more of Ben's work at: http://www.iheartbuffets.com/

 


Like cats attracted to giant bottles of milk, we too are drawn to our respective local PechaKucha Nights. This impressive poster was made by the fantastically talented illustrator Vidhya Nagarajan for PKN St. Louis' next edition.

The Vol. 11 evening is to be held this Thursday, April 18 at the Mad Art Gallery from 6:30pm. 

For a better vantage point of Vidhya's great work, take a look at her portfolio. You can also see her dissect the process of designing this great poster on her blog

To see more great posters from PechaKucha Nights all over the world, check out our Tumblr blog.

Here's a classic presentation for the weekend, coming your way from St. Louis. Hitchhiking is not for everyone, but some people love it, and if that's you, then this is for you -- or it may entice you to give it a try. Myles Dickason is an avid hitchhiker, and he shares some of his adventures, and talks about some of the people he's met.

PKN Brisbane Vol. 27 Presentations In her presentation (from PKN Brisbane Vol. 27), illustrator and designer Jo Fallon talks about how her English and Japanese backgrounds have influenced her work, by sharing some of her illustrations and experiences. She also explains why it's important to choose your business card designs carefully. MatÄ›j Al-Ali and Tomáš Moravec have together formed a creative studio in Prague called MeetFactory, and as you'll learn from their presentation (in Czech, from PKN Plzen Vol. 1), it has become a platform for opinions, workshops, and a place for ordinary meetings as well. PKN Donostia Vol. 10 Posters We end the week with three new posters on the Tumblr blog that are all for Vol. 10s, from the cities of Donostia (or San Sebastian, pictured above), St. Louis, and GisborneTeder 2012 Powered by PechaKucha A special "Powered by PechaKucha" event is happening tonight (Friday, September 7, from 20:20) here in Tokyo at La Paz Loft (2-22-2 Jingumae, Fiction Bldg. 2F), produced by PKN Tel Aviv. The event is part of the month-long TEDER TEL AVIV-TOKYO 2012, for which PKN Tel Aviv organizer Anat Safran is currently in town. The event will feature presentations by a mix of Tel Aviv and Tokyo creators, as well as a presentation by PK co-founders Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham. Calendar Here's what to expect over the weekend on the PKN front: PKN Sioux Falls Vol. 4 and PKN Bangor, Maine Vol. 6 tonight (September 7), PKN Taichung Vol. 1 on Saturday, with PKN Heraklion Vol. 3 and PKN Kitakyushu Vol. 7 on Sunday. 

PKN Tokyo Vol. 94 Presentations Dwayne Butcher is an artist and curator, and in this presentation (from PKN Memphis Vol. 1) he talks about how he started producing art -- what inspired him to start -- and shares works that he has made and that has inspired him. In this presentation (in Japanese, from PKN Tokyo Vol. 94), Hiroshi Miyazaki (of Aquent) talks about the competition that was held for his company to produce a calendar, and goes through the art work that made the cut. PKN Vancouver Vol. 23 Posters Since our last regular post two weeks ago, we have amassed quite a collection of posters, and we'll be gradually sharing a few each day throughout the coming week. Today, we've added the following to the Tumblr blog:  PKN Vancouver Vol. 23 (pictured above), PKN San Antonio Vol. 7 (see this preview piece for more info), this past May's PKN Singapore Vol. 4, and last week's big special edition PKN in Chicago, at the Art Institute of Chicago. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iNy9lko2gw0 Video PKN St. Louis organizer Jeannette Thompson sent us this link for a video report on the city's latest PKN, produced in conjunction with the local PBS affiliate.  Links

Calendar Following these last few summer week, the PechaKucha Night calendar is starting to fill up again, and although there are no PKNs planned for tonight or tomorrow, you can look to Wednesday (August 22) for PKN Cairns Vol. 5 and PKN Durban Vol. 8.

A Traveling Companion, the Indonesian Youth Conference, and PKN St. Louis at the CAM

PKN Jersey Vol. 1 Presentations In 2009, Nikki Mansel met a tiny bear during a trip. Since then, it has turned into her most trusted traveling companion, and as you'll see in her presentation (from PKN Jersey Vol. 1), they've been sharing adventures in quite a few countries. Here are details on this presentation by Alanda Kariza, presented in Indonesian at PKN Jakarta Vol. 7.

Indonesian Youth Conference (IYC) is an activity planned and organized by youth, and aimed at gathering Indonesia youth to share problems and ideas, enhance their awareness of current issues, and convince the public that youth voices must be heard and taken seriously. IYC consists of two activities that are intertwined with each other: 1. A forum that invites 33 young people aged 15 to 21 years from all over Indonesia to represent their respective provinces at this event. They are expected to be actively involved in communities and networks, respectively, are determined to make a change towards a better Indonesia, and want to start a movement or project in their community. 2. A festival, made up of organized seminars and workshops that can be visited by anyone by buying tickets. Seminar sessions and workshops at the festival are more general, covering a wide range of issues. It invites experts, professionals, government officials, and youth achievement to talk about law and governance, politics, culture, creative industries, information technology, environment, education, health, activism, social entrepreneurship, as well as journalism and media.

PKN Seoul Vol. 12 Posters We have a few new posters on the Tumblr blog today, starting with the poster above for this past Friday's PKN Seoul Vol. 12, which marked a re-launch of the series -- it had been dormant for a few years. Also uploaded are posters for tonight's PKN Fresno Vol. 16 and for next month's PKN Concepcion Vol. 7. PKN St. Louis Vol. 9 Photos Today we point out this photo gallery [Facebook], which covers last month's PKN St. Louis Vol. 9, held at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (CAM). Take note that PKN St. Louis Vol. 10 is set for September 27. Calendar We kick off the week with tonight's (July 23) PKN Fresno Vol. 16 and PKN San Jose Vol. 7. Tomorrow, you can look forward to PKN Rockford Vol. 2 and PKN Halifax Vol. 11. 

PKN Tokyo Vol. 92 Presentations A Bangor native with a passion for weird and creative things, Chris Pierce has been a star "Dungeon Master" -- the person who directs a session of a role-playing game -- at the annual SnowCon Gaming Convention in Orono for the past 4 years. His enthusiasm and love of tabletop gaming is addictive -- and shines through in this presentation from PKN Bangor, ME Vol. 4 -- and he’s been known to convince many a "noob" to sit in on a game of Werewolves of Miller’s Hollow. In this presentation (in Japanese, from PKN Tokyo Vol. 92), architects Daisuke Sugawara and Masayuki Harada describe a reconstruction project they've been working on, to help rebuild in the Tohoku region. As you'll see, they've been trying to rebuild villages, to keep the community together. PKN St. Louis Vol. 9 Posters We have two new posters on the Tumblr blog today, one for next month's PKN St. Louis Vol. 9 (pictured above) and one for the upcoming PKN Moscow Vol. 19 (it's not listed on the official site yet, but it should be added soon).  http://www.flickr.com/photos/pechakuchanight/sets/72157629994486034/ Photos For the past couple of days we've been sharing coverage of specific events, and so today we catch up on quite a few photosets that we've been adding to our Flickr account. Pictured above, PKN Koszalin Vol. 8.

Calendar Tonight (June 7) sees PKN Eindhoven Vol. 2, PKN Moncton Vol. 5, and PKN Utrecht Vol. 4, while tomorrow night (Friday) you can look forward to the following two events: PKN Bahrain Vol. 5 and PKN Cagliari Vol. 3. 

Here's our look at what's happening today in PechaKucha. Presentations We've got two new presentations on the site, one from Curitiba and one from St. Louis. In "The Street Is Alive" (in Portuguese), Jorge Galvao shares his graffiti work, and talks about his passion for street art, and then in "Hitchhiking for Sanity," Myles Dickason shares some of his hitchhiking adventures. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150699906134402.455596.607249401&type=3&l=b983b49260 Photos Here are today's event photos to take in, coming from a few of our PKN cities. Above, the scene at Providence's PKN Vol. 35, which was held back in February.

PKN Gothenburg Vol. 31 The photo above is from the recent PKN Gothenburg Vol. 31 (see the full Facebook gallery, all photos by Nettan Kock), and below is a report from that city's organizer, Jesper Larsson. You can also find all Gothenburg presentations (in Swedish) on its YouTube channel.

On April 24th, we arranged our Vol. 31 of PechaKucha Gothenburg with a great turnout! Annelie Hulthén used mobile photos to show some of the backsides of the life of a politician. Our new city architect showed aerial photos of Gothenburg to show how much space is wasted on cars instead of human beings. Peter Korn told us about digging and how to plant exotic plants on stony Swedish hillsides. Sushi chef José Seruda spoke about "omakase" and his idea of Scandinavian sushi using locally produced fish and seafood. Siv Burell talked about the language Esperanto which celebrates 125 years this year. Klara Hansson spoke about perma culture and what's edible within the city centre. Jeanette Fagerström told the story that led up to her opening a sewing machine café in Gothenburg (similar to an internet café but with sewing machines instead of computers). Helena Andersson, Sebastian Popescu & Evelina Valtersson finished of the evening with a presentation about their project "Bostadsrotation" (residential rotation) where people change housing and routines with another person for a couple of days. In the break, Klara Hansson and her friends served up a 'Kokoro salad' based on wild city plants such as Garlic-mustard, Celandine, Common wood sorrel, Dandelion, Sorrel, Lady's Mantle, Daisy, Rowan Leaf, Ground elder and last but not least Lovage. They also served fresh natural birch sap. In this walkthrough video during the beer break, organizer Jesper Larsson tries out the birch sap and talks to former presenter Sebastian Näslund about it. We totally forgot to celebrate it, but the last presentation of the evening was actually #300 since we started!

PKN Muscat Links Looking for some interesting PechaKucha-related articles? We've got you covered. The photo above shows the team behind the soon-to-launch PKN series in Muscat (the organizer, Sara Fida, is second from right).

Calendar Tonight (May 16), it's PKN Wagga Wagga Vol. 6, and tomorrow night (May 17) you can look to these three events: PKN Hanoi Vol. 4, PKN For a peek at what's coming later this month, you can always check our calendar.

Poster for PKN St. Louis Vol. 7 PechaKucha Night in St. Louis Vol. 7 happens tonight (September 8) at Mad Art Gallery -- you'll find the full list of presenters with links on the official event page. The poster you see above was designed by Firecracker Press, and a limited number of hand-printed editions will be sold with all proceeds going to Joplin relief.

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