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Matt Alt

Author/Game Localizer in Tokyo

How to Survive a Kappa Attack

PRESENTED ON MAY 15, 2013
IN TOKYO @ HEINEKEN STAR LOUNGE

Matt Alt is the author of the "Attack!" series of books that so far have introduced the West to the world of yokai, yurei, and ninjas. In this presentation, we learn all about the traditional green creature known as the kappa.

"Presentation of the Day" on May 24, 2013.

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Washed Books

BY ANJA KIRKEBY
IN AALBORG

Anja Kirkeby explains the topic of her presentation (in Danish): "I use books as the material in my present work and process them in different ways. I have washed 70 books in my washing machine on different programmes in order to see how paper, binding, soap, spindry and other factors influence the sculptures. I took them out of the machine and dried them exactly the way they came out. Now I know a lot more about the effect of washing in a machine, about the difference between a sculpture and a lump of papier-maché and what soap and fabric softener does to the colour of the items. The proces emphasized discussions on: what is art (and what is not), is changing a book blasphemy or transformation from one artform to another, and is a book only a book when it is readable? By exhibiting my books I have experienced what happens when we meet the unexpected on our way through everyday life, and the necessity of being provoked to see and grasp the ordinary in surprising new ways."

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Let's Get Bookin'

BY TY ALLAN JACKSON
@ VOL 3 ON AUG 14, 2012

Ty Allan Jackson talks about Big Head Books, his children books publishing project, and explains how to him its his way of contributing to the education of all kids, no matter the age or race. (in English)

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An 8-word Case for Green Schools

BY CLIFF ASHBURNER
@ VOL 10 ON FEB 05, 2013

An overview of what green schools are, and what they can do to transform students and communities, as seen through the eyes of a green building activist.

 

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Attack of the 50 ft. Woman

BY LANA BERGMANN
@ VOL 109 ON DEC 04, 2013

One way to see it: Lana Bergmann is 50 ft. tall, and terrorizes the citizens of Japan on a daily basis. Another way to look at it is that she's just misunderstood. Japan's infrastructure, architecture, and culture occassionally clashes with her height. Here Lana discusses the difficulties of being a tall woman in country statistically on the shorter side.

"Presentation of the Day" on December 13, 2013.

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How Books Bring People Together

BY LEAH COSTELLO
@ VOL 30 ON NOV 20, 2013

Leah Costello is founder of the Bon Mot Book Club, which brings community leaders and authoer together to share and exchange ideas. In her presentation, Leah explains how her passion for books and reading helped her become engaged in the socio-political world. 

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When Rice Attacks!

BY MATT ALT
@ コメ展 X PECHAKUCHA ON APR 19, 2014

Resident yokai expert Matt Alt comes at us with yet another fascinating look into the world of Japanese monsters. This time he elaborates on the creatures that lurk between lines of planted rice paddies. 

"Presentation of the Day" on May 2, 2014.

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Time Enough

BY DAVID WARD
@ VOL 3 ON JUN 06, 2014

David Ward speaks of the Isle of Man: a small independent nation in the middle of the Irish Sea. It is the world's oldest parliamentary democracy and, some say, site of the legendary Grail Castle. The island is also home – if you believe in such things – to a host a mythical beings, from the trickster god, Manannan, to the 'little folk.' Time Enough tells of his encounter with these mischievous characters.

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Green Infrastructure in Nashville

BY REBECCA DOHN
@ VOL 12 ON MAY 07, 2014

Rebecca Dohn of Metro Water Services - Stormwater Division emphasizes the importance of Green Infrastructure (GI) and Low Impact Development (LID) in Nashville, specifically the positive effects that green roofs and trees would have on our city. Also explains the Green Roof Rebate Program.

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Spirited Figures

BY CESC GRANÉ
@ VOL 116 ON JUL 30, 2014

Graphic designer and character designer Cesc Grané speaks about his amazing creations inspired by Japanese aesthetics and myth. Cesc began by taking cues from yokai (old Japanese monsters and spirits) and putting his own unique spin on their appearance and how they are connected. He tells us how the ethos of Japan has inspired him daily, and recounts stories of his fantastical daydreams involving monsters, heroes, and mischievous creatures of all sorts.

"Presentation of the Day" on August 8, 2014. 

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