PechaKucha Presentation


Dan Shanahan

Artistic Director and Co-Founder, Torn Space Theater and Assistant Professor, Daemen College in Buffalo, NY

“We devised a few rules: Start with the architecture. Consider its history. Draw from its mythology.”

In "Site-Based Performance: Development of a Process" from PechaKucha Buffalo Vol. 17, Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Torn Space Theatre in Buffalo, NY, Dan Shanahan, reveals Torn Space's process of developing site-based performance. Drawing from over 10 years of experience and eight original pieces for non-traditional performance venues, Shanahan addresses the influences, aesthetics, and rules for Torn Space's site-based performances.


Time-Based Art

@ VOL 8 ON SEP 19, 2014

Justin Charles Hoover is a Chinese/Russian/American time-based artist and curator. He also always wanted to be a stunt double but settled for Kung Fu master. He shares a few recent projects and talks about why he loves performance art.

"Presentation of the Day" on October 30, 2014.



@ VOL 13 ON NOV 07, 2014

Martin Lutz makes things with sounds and sound out of things. makes this to music. sometimes. declares the ambience to music. makes music to a part of the ambience. this is the music. and this music is the sound.

Martin Lutz studied musicology at LMU Munich and SoundStudies at UdK Berlin. He works as a composer, musician and sound artist for dance, performances, theatre, installations and film. The focus of his work is the examination with sound and its relevance for and texture in the space. Field recordings and experimental sound production are the basis for compositions, that take sounds and soundscapes out of their natural context to give them a new content-related and spatial sense.

Martin Lutz has been invited to work out and realise the sound concept and a music score for the new dance production "Bhinna Vinyasa – Multiple Assemblages" commissioned by the Kochi-Muziris Biennale from the Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts, for the 2014 edition.

Two years ago he worked with Attakkalari on the performance "AadhaaraChakra - A Dancelogue“, which performed in India and Europe. The idea was to research contemporary Indian urban sound environments, to make field recordings of them and to create with this audio-material (in collaboration with the Austrian sound artist Sam Auinger) sound compositions that could be termed as somewhere between music and soundscapes. For this project they also worked together with Indian musicians to mix parts of the soundscapes with elements of Indian classical and folk music.

The requirements for the new performance will be similar. Basis for the artistic process will be the examination of site-specific Indian urban developments, social and cultural transformations of individuals and societies. The task will be to find a sonic language that characterises typical urban Indian milieus and their inner dynamics. He will work with Indian percussion musicians from Bangalore and also with video and light artists from Europe to find a performative path between (sound)installation, performance and music for contemporary Indian dance.


Transforming our Landscapes and Public Spaces

@ VOL 15 ON SEP 07, 2010

The ultimate collaborator, Peter Schaudt FASLA (1959-2015) shares before and after images of his poetic and transformational landscapes across North America.  And cannot resist mentioning his beloved Chicago Cubs.


Battle Rap - a History of Ritual Profanity

@ VOL 1 ON AUG 25, 2015

Did you know that ritual profanity is as old as the hills? Well Rory Stobo does and he practices it in his spare time. Commonly known as Battle Rap, Rory explains what happens during contests, how rappers win and where this gritty, punchy and exhilarating art form is going. 


The Architecture of Sound

@ VOL 6 ON OCT 19, 2015

Stereotank, founded by Venezuelan NY-based architects Marcelo Ertorteguy and Sara Valente, is dedicated to exploring the common territories between space and sound through the design and construction of sound instruments, urban artifacts, and public installations. At PK Night Brooklyn Volume 6, they share some of their sound recordings from installations around the world!


Art Within Site

@ VOL 17 ON SEP 24, 2015

Milton Rosa-Ortiz is an artist focusing on sculpture and site-specific installations. Originally from Puerto Rico, he recently moved to Burlington after having lived in Brooklyn.


Getting into Character with David Rohn

@ VOL 32 ON JAN 13, 2016

Miami-based visual and performance artist David Rohn talks about his portrait series in which he embodies the society's sterotypes.  He likes to bring attention to those who make society "work" yet are invisable.


Progress and Illusion

@ VOL 28 ON JUL 06, 2016

Is progress just an illusion to cover reality? Sarah Strang explains how Civic Room is committed to exploring new identities and perspectives of the communities we inhabit through visual art and its relationship to the built urban environment. Going beyond current modes of practice and professional borders that neatly place, fix and locate artists, architects, planners, developers and councils – what does it look like to disrupt hierarchies in visual art, development and regeneration? 

To ask questions through visual art about the society and place we want to live in. To ask emerging and international artists to dwell in High Street, Glasgow an area of shifting communities, economies and cultures as open ended as its crossroads, as historic as the memory of Glasgow’s first university and as tired as the recently built Aldi.

Going beyond its locale, Civic Room seeks to discover and uncover how our narrative of progress is created, learning from the stranger.


It’s a Test! The Power of Urban Prototyping

@ VOL 25 ON OCT 06, 2016

Landscape architect and urban designer Nina Chase talks about temporary fun, public space, and urban transformation.