"This image has no context, and absent context it has no meaning or at best arbitrary meaning."

In "Context, Scale, Meaning, Place" from the PKN Williamsburg ArchEx sessions, architect Charles Piper admits that the title of his presentation may seem engineered and pretentious. And though he makes this statement, he points out that the showy title just an excuse to take us to some of his favorite locations; locations that are sure to make you acutely aware of context, scale, meaning, and place.

Crowdsourcing has become a buzzword in recent years, and now it's spreading through the tip of your pencil.

In "Crowdsourced Sketchbooking" from PKN Williamsburg Vol. 8Dale Weiss shows us various avenues where crowdsourcing is being used in sketchbooking, and how it can result in both the beautiful and the bizarre.

A while ago, someone told Ahmed Hassan that he needed therapy, so he bought a motorcycle.

Now his therapy sessions consist of drives through the countryside where he discovers the beauty and art in rusted treasures. Lucky for us, he carries a camera. In "Garage Art" from a special Archex Session edition of PKN Williamsburg, Ahmed delves into the world as seen through his lens, as well as the on-the-road culture of freedom it embodies. 

Lulú De Panbehchi promotes the idea of crowdsourcing as the latest trend for launching campaigns, getting projects off the ground, funding new ventures, or to just be creative.

In "Crowdsourcing Poetry" from PKN Williamsburg Vol. 5, she verbalizes her "Williamsburg Poems" created by crowdsourcing her friend's words. You'll learn how fun, creative, and comical this style of poetry can be!

Does money lead to happiness? Totally!

There is no secret to happiness, at least not after you hear Stephanie Paul speak. In "Deciphering Happiness" from PKN Williamburg Vol. 5, using sublimely simple slides and undeniable reasoning, Stephanie will convince you that you are already happy, once you recognize what your this concept is. So come on, be happy!

"Give me your reality TV, your trailer parks, your clustered pigskin aficionados..."

Reese Williams takes the liberty of celebrating America and showing her patriotism by comically creating 20 different versions of the Pledge of Allegiance. In "I Pledge Allegiance..." from PKN Williamsburg Vol. 5, she speaks of the American flag, pick-up trucks, star-spangled polo shirts, and nationalist beer displays. Join Reese and learn 20 different new ways to honor the Spirit of America. 

Williamsburg, Virginia has been featured in their local magazine Williamsburg Neighbors.

Local PechaKucha Night organizer and architect Dale Weiss discusses what he loves about PechaKucha, and how he got his start organizing for Williamsburg:

“The fascinating part to me is who participates – it’s across the entire spectrum. There are fine art painters, sculptors, writers, photographers, architects… and we’ve had a silversmith talking about his techniques, along with different people talking about a certain aspect of their life. You don’t have to be in a certain profession or field to do this.”

To read the whole article, check out the Williamsburg Neighbors site (the article begins on page 42). 

The next PKN Williamsburg (Vol. 6) will be held on September 21. Check out the event page for more details.

We're coming up on our Volume 5, at Gloucester Arts on Main, Saturday, June 15th. Social at 6pm, presentations at 7pm. I've only been given some clues, but this evening looks like it's promising to be very upbeat and inspiring. We're going to hear about Stephanie's personal psychologies and theories on happiness, Lulu has been collecting words for a crowdsourced poem, and Reese will be talking about "I pledge allegiance..." Something interesting must be in those 3 dots. We're also going to have our first couples presentation. Grace and Matt will be sharing the meaning and inspiration of art in their relationship. Things may get mushy. So mark the date off in your calendar, come check out a great gallery, have a drink and a snack, get inspired, and join in a little chit-chat, PechaKucha style.

In this edition of Presentation of the Day (from PKN Wiliamsburg Vol. 2) Lita Tirak examines the early history of the X-ray, and the roles women and the upper class played in the commercial support of the new technology.

She looks at the early X-ray industry, and the cultural role the new technology played in social interactions, from advertisements, to wedding announcements, before safety concerns overtook the popularity of this new experience.

For our weekend "Presentation of the Day," we hand the mic over to Billy Dodson, who leads photo safari workshops across the wilds of Africa, and captures amazing photographs along the way. In his presentation, he focuses on the subjects he likes to refer to as "goobers."