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Jan Caga was born in a small industrial town Hodonin, Czech republic in 1976. After graduating on VUT university in Art Design he began working as a freelance magazine photographer and later became a contract photographer for ISIFA Image Service agency.
Caga used to work on long term projects, focused and documented mainly social and environmental issues, human and animal rights, mentally and physically handicapped communities, and the study of contemporary man and society.
He has received numerous awards in international photo contests such as several prizes in the Czech Press Photo, Award of Excellence in the 68th Pictures of the Year International competition, Grand prize PhtoEspana OjodePez Award of Human Values 2011. (in Czech)
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And thus started John Pointer's presentation at last week's Pecha Kucha Night Vol. 4 in Austin. Some may be intimated at the thought of putting together a presentation for PKN, but John proves that a lo-fi approach can still pack a high-def message. Below, the rest of John's presentation, which covers his use of a patron area on his website. "Individuals can have all of my music for as little as $2/month," explains John. "I'm building a salary to make new music this way, and I don't need to sell my tracks -- they're already paid for collectively -- so the patrons can distribute them freely via file sharing." Here's a bio on John (visit his website for more info): John Pointer graduated from UT with a BA in Cello performance and composition in 1997. He has been a full time performer since then, starred in multiple commercials as a human beatbox, won 9 Austin Music Awards, played Judas in Zach Scott Theater's production of Jesus Christ Superstar, is in the Cirque du Soleil talent pool, and is a compulsive problem solver.
The Flying Grass Carpet Gets Nominated
We've covered PechaKucha Night in Amsterdam organizers Bart Cardinaal and Nadine Roos' "Flying Grass Carpet" before, but we've very happy to note that the project has been nominated for the Dutch Design Awards. The process now involves public voting, which you can do by going to this page of the competition's site. For more on the project, make sure to visit the official "Flying Grass Carpet" site.
Mark Hoekstra PechaKucha Award
Today, September 20, we mark the passing of a dear friend of the PechaKucha family, Mark Hoeskstra, with a very special announcement, and the first public project from the PechaKucha Foundation. Read on for full details on the "Mark Hoekstra PechaKucha Award." Mark liked to ‘get his geek on’ and his blog GEEKtechnique.org showed the world how to get its collective geek on. Whether an iPod charger for his bicycle, a love-toy made from hacked Ikea products or his iNoPhone collection -- Mark inspired many with his amazing creativity which he so generously shared. PechaKucha Night met Mark, as you would expect, online and shortly after PechaKucha Night Groningen was born with the first event held in October 2006. PechaKucha Nights were held all over the city in old churches, department stores -- Mark and PechaKucha even made it onto national TV. Sadly and very unexpectedly Mark passed away on September 20th, 2008. He was 34. To celebrate Mark’s life and his passion for the GEEK in us all the PechaKucha Foundation and the PechaKucha Groningen team are launching the annual ‘Mark Hoekstra PechaKucha Award’ today, one year after he passed away, to find the person with the most GEEK technique! This award seeks to celebrate projects, ideas that express 'GEEK technique' to make the world a better, simpler and funnier place. We will be looking for PechaKucha presentations that are pro-social, pro-environment and pro-city and embody Mark’s love for the geek. Explore Mark’s amazing blog for inspiration! Full details of the award, judging system and how to upload your presentations will be announced in January when the website for the award is launched. We are working with several wonderful sponsors to bring this project to fruition. If you would like to support the project in any way please feel free to contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org
PKN Honolulu Vol. 7
PechaKucha Night in Honolulu Vol. 7 was held earlier this month, and as organizer Mark Hakoda tells us, it was truly a fantastic night. "I was blown away at how diverse and talented the presentations were," says Mark, adding that they also had their first singing presentation, courtesy of Kenneth Makuakane. "It makes sense since he's won eleven Na Hoku Hanohano Awards, Hawaii's equivalent to a Grammy Award."
PKN Victoria Up for an Award
Big congratulations go out to the organizers of PechaKucha Night in Victoria for being nominated as part of the Monday Mag M Awards. Here's co-organizer Elisa Yon with more on the nomination. We are not going to pretend that we don't care about awards, cuz we do! PechaKucha Night Victoria has been nominated in the M Award category for BEST MULTIMEDIA EVENT. We are honoured to have been recognized by our local community, and it would be vegan icing on the cake to win the prestigious M Award. Even if it's likely to be an award that's drinkable or edible! The Monday Mag is THE local weekly arts and entertainment (free) newspaper. It is quite a popular publication as it offers a round up of what's happening in the local arts and culture scene. Every year they host an awards ceremony to recognize Victoria's visual, literary and performing artists. This year will their 9th Annual M Awards. We are in the voting stage at the moment. If you'd like to vote for us you can. To vote from your couch, visit this link, skip to the Multi-Media category and cast your vote.
PKN Gothenburg + Global Cities Week
Gothenburg will be participating in our Global Cities Week, and none other than the city's mayor, Annelie Hulthén (pictured above), will be presenting at the event. PechaKucha Night in Gothenburg Vol. 30 will be held on February 21 at Park Lane, and below are plenty of details on the event, sent to us by organizer Jesper Larsson -- also, here's an invitation in the form of animated GIF.THE MAYOR OF GOTHENBURG The chairman of the Gothenburg Municipality executive board, simply put "the mayor of Gothenburg", Annelie Hulthén will present at the upcoming PechaKucha event in Gothenburg as part of Global Cities Week. Last year Annelie Hultén won the prestigious Politician Award at the 2011 World Entrepreneurship Forum in Singapore on behalf of Gothenburg, for her work with Business Region Göteborg which supports the local PechaKucha through the organisation ADA.THE EVENT On Tuesday February 21th it's once again time for PechaKucha at Park Lane. The following people will present different projects and ideas on the theme "Gothenburg" as part of PechaKucha Global Cities Week. Each with 20 images per person, shown for 20 seconds per image. Always interesting, too short to get boring. Free as always! No need to RSVP so bring your friends and family along. Speakers: Not the final order, and note that the speaker list may change. * Annelie Hulthén - Mayor of Gothenburg * Malin Leijonberg - "Prickig katt" * Robert Garellick - About the old Gothenburg * Helena Bjarnegård - City gardener * Hanna Lindholm - Shop assistant from Finland * Lucas Facchin - Mega Laser Magazine * Morten Lund - Artistic profesor Welcome! Date: Tuesday, February 21th Location: Park Lane (map) Time: 19.30 (stars 20:20) Age limit: 18 years Entrance: Free as always! Link to Facebook-event: https://www.facebook.com/events/133269636793087/ Link to info on our homepage: http://www.pecha-kucha.se/#upcoming
PKN Aalborg Vol. 7
PechaKucha Night in Aalborg Vol. 7 was held last week, and we have a few photos to share from the event, with more to see in this Flickr photoset -- all photos are courtesy of Mathies Brinkmann Jespersen. You'll also find the list of presenters with links on the Vol. 7 event page. Let us also point you to a great photoset of photos from PKN Aalborg Vol. 3, taken by Rasmus Nautrup. Here's also a report from organizer Annette Scheibel:We had another one of these amazing evenings, where ideas, playfulness, passion went through every presentation, and made it magic. A playful circus theme found its way to our event as a kind of thread...and we had the event documented by nitusind.nu, who make reviews and interviews with participants. People were crowding out into the hallway to get to see -- close to the 100 we're able to have at this indoor space. An artist and designer shared her awareness about sensing the world to transfer it into art, a student talked about the importance of creativity in education to make people innovative -- presented in a very intelligent observation and funny as well -- a designer talked of her work about how to educate children through games she invented and tried out with the children and the importance of being able to be open to play, an art historian talked about documenting the art movement fluxus and Mogens Otto Nielsens' international project with mailart, and a Venezuelan lawyer active in Amnesty International talked on how to keep alertness in sustaining a society with human rights and how to make an impact on politicians around the world who don't respect them.After the break a South-American artist the person responsible for video talked about the dance-video performance art project they've made with an actor from Aalborg Teater -- called "We All Leave Tracks" -- an artist shared her newest project with mashinewashed books (!) -- it started out as an accident but transformed into new stories, that she shares in exhibits and thought -- a passionated beerbrewer amateur shared his knowledge and love of the process of making beer, a magician who's won several international awards in magic, but thought the biggest one was seeing people's happiness and astonishment to his work, and last but nor least, a performer shared his fascination for illusion -- his flee-circus Cirkus Imaginitis -- performing suites of Bach from the Aalborg tower! Makes me breathless and happy! Next time in Aalborg will be on June 12, in our yard outside, with room for 5-600 people and Husets 100 years anniversary.
PKN Orlando's Silver Brick Award
We shared the news a while back that PechaKucha Night in Orlando organizer Eddie Selover would receive the Silver Brick Award from the mayor, and here's a photo of Eddie receiving the award. More on the photo and the award:This is Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer presenting Eddie Selover with a Silver Brick Award at a ceremony in Orlando on March 15. The award is presented by the Downtown Orlando Partnership each year to projects which affect the Downtown Development District and contribute significantly to its quality of life, making Downtown Orlando a more exciting, interesting and desirable place to work, shop and play. Eddie accepted the award with PKN Orlando co-founder Dustin Clingman.
Architizer A+ Awards
We're very happy to announce that PechaKucha co-founder Mark Dytham is one of the judges for this year's Architizer A+ Awards. The competition looks to highlight "the world’s best spaces and structures, and the minds behind them," and it's an honor for PechaKucha to be a part of it all. You'll find more details about the Awards on the dedicated site, and here's a video that shows off the creative process behind the making of the A+ Awards Statuette (pictured in this post), designed by Snarkitecture. The winners will be announced in May at a red carpet gala in NYC.
We were very humbled and thankful to be awarded the "Tokyo Prize" last week, given "for outstanding contribution to contemporary culture in Japan." It is represented by a trophy in the shape of a black crow, designed by artist Hiroki Tashiro -- if you've never been to Tokyo, let's just say that the black crow is a common sight, and represents the city well. Judges for the prize included Fumio Nanjo, Director of the Mori Art Museum. The prize was given to Mark & Astrid by Suzie Roos, wife of the the American Ambassador to Japan. Below, a few photos taken during the ceremony, which was accepted by PechaKucha founders Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham. Pictured throughout with his dog is Johnnie Walker, a mainstay in the Tokyo art scene, who helped launch the prize a few years ago.