PECHAKUCHA DAILY BLOG Posts
MAY 25, 2015
A Thin Line
"Its not about what you see, but how you see it."
In A Thin Line from Beirut, Vol. 22, Serge Najjar, who once suspected he could never creative anything artistic, offers a truly stunning view of Lebanon through his masterful photos, full of delicate humanity against a backdrop of unsuspecting yet dramatic architecture. While alluding to the thin line between past and present, he shares his experience of how the challenge to create a single image can shape one's view the entire the world, adding "when you look at things around you with a new eye, you live again."
Come see the world through Najjar's lens, in this highly compelling presentation, and be inspired to see your surroundings with curiosity, attention, seeking magical revelations in everyday life.
MAY 24, 2015
"Cinema can make sense of history, distort memories, and shape time."
In A New Picutre House from Huddersfield, Vol. 11, John Harrison from Studio Dekka talks about the creation of Dewsbury's New Picture House. In the spirit of the James Joyce's first Cinema, Volta, established in 1909 in Dublin, where showing obscure Italian arthouse films was pushing the envelope of what cinema could mean, Harrison and 15 cohorts took it upon themselves to open a new picture house where they too would push the expectations of film. In this unique presentation, he shares his story, and the stories of others who share his vision.
Get some popcorn!
MAY 23, 2015
Shining a spotlight on PechaKucha Presov who released an elegant and sophisticated design for their Vol. 6 event poster this month. We liked this intricately simple design so much, we put it on our official PechaKucha Poster tumblr! Click through to see all the other amazing poster designs we are constantly adding to it. Be inspired to design one for YOUR city's PechaKucha!
MAY 23, 2015
This week's "City Focus" narrows in on PKN Chennai, India, who is hosting their Vol. 7 this month, May 30, 2015. “If you want to change your city’s vibe, you have to do something about it!” says Vijay Anand, Chennai's PechaKucha City Organizer in this fun write-up from the local paper. If you want to embark on a new project that brings out the creativity in your community, follow Chennai's lead, and in the meantime, check out their presentation archive!
MAY 23, 2015
PechaKucha Night Seattle is teaming up this week with Bellevue Arts Museum for an evening in their distinctive new building, designed by noted architect Steven Holl. The evening will include a conversation surrounding the exhibition The New Frontier: Young Designer-Makers in the Pacific Northwest.
MAY 21, 2015
"We wanted to make the world's largest crochetted blanket."
In All the World's a Square, from Tokyo, Vol. 124, repeat PechaKucha Presentor, and Yokohama Knit Artist, Bernd Kestler started an initiative called "Knit for Japan" in repsonse to the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami of 2011. Originally aimed at providing knitting supplies for people of Tohoku, the project evolved into the "Granny Square Project” in which Bernd collected 20cm X 20cm knitted squares from all around the world. Little did he know he would receive so many that he was able to create the world's largest crochetted blanket.
Check out how this creative project became greater than the sum of all its parts.
MAY 20, 2015
"Politicians do not put enough commitment to the issues that really affect women."
In Gender and the General Election, from Huddersfield, Vol. 14, Coco Toma, Vice President Communication and Democracy at the Huddersfield Student Union, looks at developing women's engagement with politics in the 21st century. She takes us back in history to women's suffrage, and on through to the eyes of some of her hero's Rosa Parks, Aung San Suu Kyi, and others, discussing how they have helped been pioneers in many of the political issues woman have faced.
MAY 19, 2015
"Have you ever seen a photo that left you utterly speechless, gutted your ability to even comprehend what you are looking at?"
In Strange Fruit; Split Seed from Beacon, Vol. 1. artist Jean-Marc Superville Sovak presents a series of drawings based on lynching photographs and his illustrative reactions. He explores images that shake you to your core not for what can be seen in them, but rather what can't be seen in them, and how what matters most are the stories in them that often have never been told.
Watch this moving presentation and confront the limits of interpretation.
MAY 18, 2015
"I realised that really I just want everything to be fun ...all the time."
In Turn Off To Tune In from New Orleans, Vol. 13, Artist, animator, Gallery Assistant at The Foundation Gallery in New Orleans, Alice McGillicuddy, talks about her process to find fun and to get into the mind frame to create. Alice is the happiest creating structures, large and small, to house animations and enjoys making every sort of bit and bob.
After you watch this fun presentation, be inspired to DO!