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Michael Neelsen

in Madison, WI

What all truth seekers have in common

PRESENTED ON FEB 16, 2017
IN MADISON, WI @ VOL 21

There is a lot of depate about facts and truth today, but did you know that truth seekers of all stripes (scientific & artistic) share the same process in their pursuit? Inspired by Arthur Koestler's book "The Act of Creation," Michael Neelsen will share how all scientific discovery & artistic creativity boils down to a process of combining two or more variables to create something new.

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TOKI WOKI

BY QUENTIN THIAUCOURT
@ VOL 4 ON MAY 07, 2010

Quentin Thiaucourt is a developer and designer. In this presentation (in French) he takes us on a tour of the works that have marked his career so far, starting with work he produced as a child!

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The Truth About Chicago's South Side

BY KELLY FAIR
@ VOL 28 ON DEC 03, 2013

The media has the power to brand a city either good, bad, or ugly, and with Chicago's increasing youth violence, only the bad and ugly are seem to be reported. Kelly Fair, an educator who grew up on the South side, does not share their view. She believes in the goodness of the city. Through her Polished Pebbles project, she shows how girls in Chicago can be inspired to achieve success when given love and opportunity. 

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Quest for Truth in a Digital Age

BY LISA WENGER
@ VOL 10 ON JUN 06, 2014

Lisa Wenger's work is a quest for truth in a digital age. As viewers, we are constantly bombarded with images of perfection, which are often so beautiful that they have become grotesque. She chooses to emphasize and praise imperfections in her portraits rather than allow media to persuade us that only perfection is beautiful. 

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The Naked Truth

BY TIRZA SHELTON
@ VOL 9 ON AUG 16, 2014

Using images of painted bodies, and a talk laced with quotes by famous people of wisdom, Tirza Shelton shows us how self-enriching it can be to shed the layers we have all been cloaking our true selves in since Adam and Eve first tasted the fruit of knowlege. If we can strip to our true essence, we can embrace our own story.

"Presentation of the Day" on September 20, 2014.

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The Truth of a Moment

BY FUMIAKI YAMAZAKI
@ VOL 117 ON SEP 24, 2014

Photographer Fumiaki Yamazaki is an artist behind the camera lens, and tries to capture the beauty that is in the nature around him. "The Truth of a Moment" is his inspiration that keeps his photos and art, honest but unique. 

"Presentation of the Day" on October 10, 2014.

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The Truth about Islam

BY ABDULELAH ALALSHEIKH
@ VOL 7 ON NOV 29, 2014

Abdulelah Alalsheik retraces the history of Islam and debunks some misconceptions about this religion.

"Presentation of the Day" on March 16, 2015.

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Architecture: Reaching out for Truth

BY ROHIT SHARMA
@ VOL 1 ON MAR 28, 2015

Rohit Sharma: Assistant Professor, Dept. of Architecture, ITM University. Rohit presents his interpretation of the domain he is deeply in love with i.e. Architecture.

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The PechaKucha Truth

BY DALE WEISS
@ VOL 15 ON AUG 20, 2016

Williamsburg organizer Dale Weiss asked his Facebook friends to send in some randon pictures, and Dale would see if he could make a story out of the images. Once he recieved the images, he realized the truth of PechaKucha was still out there, and needed exploring. (Apologies to Astrid on the national origin, but those ancient alien astronaut theorists do sloppy research).

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Learning to Speak: Poetry as Pursuit of Truth

BY LAURIE ANN GUERRERO
@ VOL 20 ON DEC 01, 2015

"This poem is an ode to every hard-working artist who knows the joy of struggle from which their art comes."

In Learning to Speak: Poetry as Pursuit of Truth from PechaKucha Night San Antonio Vol. 20, poet laureate, Laurie Ann Guerrero looks back at her ancestors’ history of labor and struggle as art, a legacy of poets, musicians, and painters whose artistry was a way to map and ultimately transcend the world. Art, she says, is a pursuit of truth. It was her ancestor’s many generations of that pursuit that ultimately gave her the privilege and position of being asked to make art: the maker, not the object. Through poetry, Guerrero invites us to share in that space of openness, vulnerability and ultimately grace.