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Jack Books
in Sydney

PAST VOL 7

Pittsboro @ Flyleaf Books
Jul 28, 2010

PAST VOL 45

Seattle @ MakerHaus
Jul 25, 2013

PAST VOL 7

Tulsa @ Living ArtSpace
Jan 11, 2014

PAST VOL 2

Boone @ Appalachian Mountain Brewery
Sep 29, 2014

PAST Tokyo Art Book Fair 2015, Powered by PechaKucha

Tokyo @ Kyoto University of Art and Design, Tohoku University of Art and Design GAIEN CAMPUS
Sep 19, 2015

PAST VOL 8

Dar es Salaam @ Triniti Guesthouse, Bar and Restaurant
Oct 01, 2015

PAST VOL 15

Charlotte @ The Rabbit Hole
Apr 07, 2016

PAST VOL 12

Kingston @ Spanish Court Hotel
Mar 09, 2016

PAST VOL 26

Calgary @ Plaza Theatre
Jun 27, 2016

PAST VOL 68

Seattle @ Town Hall Seattle
Sep 15, 2016

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Talking to Yourself

BY RAY FENWICK
@ VOL 16 ON DEC 05, 2013

Artist-of-all-sorts Ray Fenwick speaks to a crowd and to you (if you listen) about talking to one's self. He points out the fact that our voice is a huge part of our identity, but in many cases we don't acknowledge that it is the embodiment of our thoughts while still remaining a function of our body. Because our voice is at the crossroads of our psychological and physiological being, it can be surreal and disconcerting to practice, but Ray encourages us all to see what comes out!

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

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Intelligence & Mysteries

BY JEREMY GOSNELL
@ VOL 2 ON MAR 20, 2015

Jeremy Gosnell, author of the Terminal, talks about today's technology, intelligence and mysteries, the inspiration for his most recent book. 

"Presentation of the Day" on April 20, 2015.

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Heavy Metal Crossing Borders

BY MARWAN AL-SAMARA'E
@ VOL 3 ON FEB 20, 2015

Marwan Al-Samara'e, who grew up in war-torn Iraq, has survived death threats - all in the name of heavy metal! Featured in a documentary called Heavy Metal in Baghdad, his band Acrassicauda was forced to leave Iraq and became refugees. He now believes dreams can come true (even if that isn't very metal) and lives in New York - preaching the power of music to cross borders.  

 

"Presentation of the Day" on June 2, 2015.

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Harnessing My Inner Child’s Imagination

BY ROY HUSADA
@ VOL 128 ON SEP 30, 2015

“I’m always living in the imaginary world of a child, even more so now because of my kids.”

In "Harnessing My Inner Child’s Imagination" from PechaKucha Night Tokyo Vol. 128Roy Husada, co-founder of Rival Schools, a design studio in Vancouver Canada providing UX consulting services for start-ups, shares the story behind making the award-winning Brambleberry Tales, a series of original stories in the form of interactive apps. Blending inspiration from his own children along with the oral stories of the Indigenous People of Pacific Northwest, his team’s goal was to preserve a disappearing oral tradition while making a book both little kids and big kids (like himself) would appreciate.

Bound to catch the imagination of your children, or spark your own inner child, Brambleberry Tales takes interactive story-telling to a whole other level.

This was "Presentation of the Day" on Friday, October 16th, 2015. 

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Making Books as Total Art and Technique

BY MITSUO MURAI
@ VOL 130 ON NOV 25, 2015

出版社ナナロク社代表の村井光男さんが紹介する、芸術と技術の融合で生まれる特別な1冊となる本のメイキングプロセス。 ものづくりの感動に満ちているプレゼンテーションです。

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You See, I Say: Transforming Pictures to Prose

BY HYACINTHE MILLER
@ VOL 10 ON JAN 22, 2016

Hyacinthe Miller feels strongly that words are magic. She is an omnivorous reader, a world traveller, blogger and content curator. She shares about how, as a writer with a vivid imagination, her perceptions, especially of
the visual, yield stories.  

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Putin op paard

BY VINCENT QUAK
@ VOL 15 ON OCT 06, 2015

Fotograaf en grafisch ontwerper Vincent Quak onderzocht het Internet op verhalen en interpretaties over de foto ‘Putin op paard’. In een 832 pagina’s tellend boek doet hij verslag.

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Bringing a Big Boat Back to Life

BY LIZ MCENANEY
@ VOL 8 ON MAR 04, 2016

Liz McEnaney is an urban historian and preservatioist who has worked in exotic locales such as Maputo, New Delhi, and even New York City! She co-founded BldgBlok - an app that provides tourists with location-based historic content.

Liz's latest restoration project is a big one! The SS Columbia - America's oldest excursion steamship - is making its way back to the Hudson River - listen to her tale of bringing the ship back to life!

Learn more about the SS Columbia project here

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Foraging and Picking

BY BRIAN CARTER
@ VOL 17 ON SEP 15, 2016

"Architects are hunters and gatherers." 

In Foraging and Picking from PechaKucha Buffalo vol. 17, professor of architecture at the University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning, Brian Carter, provides a retrospective of twenty postcards from his many travels, highlighting what each image signifies in the mind of an architect. A pre-digital harvesting of things that caught Carter’s eye at one time or another—from the austerity and strange beauty of Northern England, to a 16th Century Benin bronze, to John Harrison’s H1 timekeeper, to a painting by Ellsworth Kelly, to Louis Khan’s speculations about the essentials of architecture, and so much more. Carter reminds us that architecture can be an international language. It prompts travel, causing us walk into buildings, to meet people, and to listen, sense and smell the places that we go. 

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The Story of Buffalo BookBike

BY AMY OZAY
@ VOL 17 ON SEP 15, 2016

“We need to bring the fun back to reading, and rolling up with a book bike might be a way to do that.” 

In The Story of Buffalo BookBike from PechaKucha Buffalo vol. 17, Founder of Buffalo BookBike in Buffalo, NY, Amy Ozay, talks about her love of Buffalo, books, and bikes. Taking inspiration from similar programs in other cities, she launched Buffalo BookBike in 2015, which gives free books to the children of Buffalo in parks and playgrounds throughout the summer months. The BookBike has given away over 1,000 books to date, with the hopes of slowing down the summer slide. Her dream is to increase the reach of the BookBike, foster more collaboration between local literacy organizations, and help convert Buffalo parks to open air libraries in the future. As Cicero wrote, “A room without books is like a body without a soul.” 

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The PechaKucha Book

You all know we have a PechaKucha book, right? Published a few years ago, it tells the story (up to that point) of the global PechaKucha phenomenon, and acts as a great primer on all things PK. It can be ordered online here, and makes for a great stocking stuffer (although, admittedly, that stocking needs to be rather wide). Update: The PechaKucha book is now out of print, and so no longer available for order.

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Designing a Water Bottle for the Future, Washing Books, and PK at the World Architecture Festival

Presentations Kaz Yoneda (of Takram Design Engineering) talks (at PKN Tokyo Vol. 95) about a recent project with a Korean company that saw him try and design the "water bottle of the future." Anja Kirkeby explains the topic of her presentation (in Danish, from PKN Aalborg Vol. 7):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. Posters Singapore had its Vol. 5 a month ago -- that's the poster pictured above (it was added to our Tumblr blog a while back), and we highlight it because this week saw another PK event in the city, part of the World Architecture Festival. PK cofounder Mark Dytham was on hand for the event -- he's participating in the conference as a judge and speaker -- and we'll share all of the presentations from the event on the PK site later this month. Below, a couple of photos from the PechaKucha + WAF event. Calendar It's another big Thursday (October 4): PKN Pittsburgh Vol. 13, PKN Moncton Vol. 7, PKN Ekaterinburg Vol. 6, PKN Doha Vol. 6, PKN Vaxjo Vol. 12,PKN Kolding Vol. 18, and PKN New Orleans Vol. 7. Tomorrow, Osijek has its first PKN, along with PKN Kosice Vol. 23 and PKN Tulsa Vol. 2.

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Let's Get Bookin'

In his presentation (from PKN Pittsfield Vol. 3), Ty Allan Jackson talks about Big Head Books, his children's books publishing project.  He explains how, to him, this project is a way of contributing to the education of all kids, no matter the age or race.

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A Pattern Book

In this edition of Presentation of the Day, Momoyo Kaijima speaks (at the special PechaKucha x ArchiAid fundraiser) on her project to collaborate with the children and university students of the Oshika peninsula to create books on their local lifestyle.  In the books we see a multitude of various natural resources found in this area, and how the locals live off the land, mountains, and sea. 

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Little Cree Books

Canada is home to numerous indigenous peoples, and Cree is among the most prominent languages within the Algonquin culture. In this edition of Presentation of the Day (from PKN Edmonton, Vol. 15) Caylie Gnyra describes her "Little Cree Books" project, which invites volunteers to contribute their artistic and authorial skills to help create a series of leveled e-books for early Cree readers. Caylie has written and illustrated two books already, and with the help of volunteers, more will soon follow. The e-books are available for free at littlecreebooks.com.

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Minoru Yokoyama

Join us at tomorrow's Vol. 103, where professor Minoru Yokoyama (Bunka Gakuen University) will take us on a tour of his new book, Five Senses of Design.文化学園大学の教授そしてインテリアデザイナーとしてご活躍される横山稔さんが、出版されたデザインに関する本「五感のデザインワークブック」を紹介してくださいます。

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Books in the Age of the iPad

"Print is dying. Digital is surging. Everyone is confused." In today's Presentation of the Day, "Books in the Age of the iPad" from PKN Tokyo Vol. 68, writer/designer/developer Craig Mod prophesies the impending doom of text-only publishing, and welcomes with open arms the oncoming (ongoing?) revolution in digital publishing. Craig discusses his role in this uprising in the form of his and AQ Works' collaboration on "hitotoki" (now re-branded and re-launching as "hi") a way for people to create small narratives based on their everyday experiences in the city. For further reading on this topic, check out his journal article.

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Books for Syria

The crisis in Syria has been ongoing for about three years, and defenseless victims have often been the most dramatically affected. Children are unable to go to school as well as enduring major psychological trauma and a loss of any sense of possession. In "Books for Syria" from PKN Sharjah Vol. 5, Shada El Sayed introduces a program that addresses these issues by giving them books. A network of illustrators and authors, Books for Syria creates books for children to reinstill hope back into their lives. 

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The Most Mysterious Book in the World

"The script, the text, the language that appears in this document, appears nowhere else on earth. To this day, nobody knows the meaning even a single word of it."In a world where so few codes remain unbroken and the secrets of so many ancient, obscure writing systems have been revealed, one medieval manuscript remains completely shrouded in mystery. A software developer and organizer for PechaKucha Night Asheville, Jay Hill gave this brief history of the Voynich Manuscript in "The Most Mysterious Book in the World" at PechaKucha Night Asheville Vol 8: "The Art of Science."

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The Creative Evolution of the Coloring Book Lady

"If anybody would ask me what I wanted to be when I grew up I would say 'I want to go to the Royal College of Art in Kensington Gore.' I had no idea where Kensington Gore was. I didn't care where it was, I just wanted to go there. I had a book about from the Royal College of Art and I loved the people in it, and I wanted to be one of those people." In The Creative Evolution of the Coloring Book Lady from PechaKucha Night Bexhill-on-Sea Vol. 1, Mel Elliott takes us on a journey from her childhood dream to attend The Royal College of Art, to an early project for an advertising agency, to self publishing a Kate Moss colouring books and beyond. She continues to grow her business "I Love Mel" and practice, developing a range of products including temporary tattoos, t-shirts and card games.