THE HAGUE Posts
AUGUST 31, 2012
Reexamining an Abandoned Amusement Park, Teaching Kids How to Deal with Disabilities, and Guerilla Projecting in Providence
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. 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. 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.
FEBRUARY 23, 2011
MARCH 22, 2010
On Wednesday March 10th, something special happened in Pip. To us as an organization this would have to be the best PechaKucha Night in The Hague yet! Over 100 people showed up to get inspired and be entertained, to laugh and to meet new people. Now, we look back at the last edition with you to enjoy it for one last time and get ideas for the next PKDH, which will take place sometime in June.
JANUARY 04, 2010
Last week we posted a collection of photos from PechaKucha Night in The Hague Vol. 2 -- and pointed you to this Flickr photoset. We now follow that up with a report sent to us by organizer Bram van Hasselt.
The second PechaKucha Night for the city of The Hague had, like the first edition, the bite the organizers wanted it to have. Besides the effort they put in getting an outstanding flock of guests together, a second edition in general tells even more about a first edition: how did the word of mouth go, does the format prove to work and is the public willing to come back. Well, they were! An even broader variety of people came to ‘PIP Den Haag’ (a special department in the big Bink36 building) defying the cold to watch and listen to some very special presentations.
The organisers managed to not only find people that are known for their fantastic still-image work, but also, for example, performer and singer Marianne Kirch, Rotterdam based film producer Jos van de Pal and Rogier Wieland with his overwhelming presentation of his stop motion and animated work, that perfectly fit in the format of 20x20.
After this second edition we are again firmly convinced of the strength of PechaKucha Night in The Hague and its future development to let it suit the character of this city even better. PechaKucha Night The Hague will continue to give space for edgy, rare, mainstream, junior and arrived artist, thinkers and charactères-extraordinaire.
DECEMBER 28, 2009
As with the first volume, PechaKucha Night in The Hague now has a terrific Flickr photoset of photos from this month's Vol. 2 in stark black and white, courtesy of photographers Victor Zwiers and Jonne Seijdel. We've selected a few of our favorites, but there's more to see in the original set.More...
DECEMBER 18, 2009
Were you planning on attending PechaKucha Night in The Hague Vol. 2? If so, we're afraid you're too late, since the event was held two days ago, but here's a look at the flyer for the event, celebrating "ideas, inspiration, and creativity," things we can definitely get behind.
OCTOBER 14, 2009
PKN The Hague Vol. 1
PechaKucha Night made its debut in The Hague -- or Den Haag -- just over a week ago, and organizer Marc Boumeester fills us in on how the inaugural event was able to distinguish itself from the other "plentiful" PKN cities in Holland.
The first edition of PechaKucha Den Haag has proven to be exactly what the organizers had hoped it to be. In a country with such a high 'PechaKucha density' as Holland, it is hard not to become involved in some sort of competition or express oneself in terms of comparison. The organizers of PK-DH specifically wanted to steer away from these elements, especially because PechaKucha is all about sharing and appreciating. But as the high-brow cultural climate of The Hague has been described in terms like "immature" or "possessing a boring charm" and the general cultural climate has not brought forward spontaneous highly energetic states (like "just do it" or "hype it up") as some other large Dutch cities have known, the organizers where faced with quite a challenge.
The solution was found by applying a small set of guidelines; keep it local and keep it real. Situated in an old fire station next to the railway, we found a very appealing selection of artists, architects, thinkers, designers and other members of the creative class, both on and off stage. A tantalizing variety of topics, projects, statements, reports, cultural-political criticism and art-forms was presented. Some participants were challenged by the strict rule of 20 slides, 20 seconds each, which still works as the big equalizer -- experienced speaker or not, your slide will disappear much sooner (or later) than you had hoped. But this contributed even more to the great atmosphere, which held some elements of a 1956 Parisian-jazz-and-poetry-cellar gathering, some elements of a spontaneous fashion exhibit, but displayed most of all a typical friendly and open eagerness, with which PK-DH could well become the exemplification of the new shape and form of the emerging and dynamically changing cultural climate of modern The Hague. Keep it local and keep it real, hurray!
Below, more great black and white photos from PKN The Hague Vol. 1, with more to see in this Flickr account.