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Epiphany on 7th Avenue
BY RAY SYLVESTER
@ VOL 2
ON JUN 30, 2011
Former English teacher Ray Sylvester describes how his life was changed after "popping into" a woodcraft shop on 7th Avenue in New York. He now designs and crafts beautiful jigsaw-style boxes as a profession.
"Presentation of the Day" on November 9, 2013.
BY STEVE JAROS
@ VOL 9
ON APR 07, 2012
Steve Jaros takes a few moments to drop some metaphorical truth bombs, and address some issues surrounding the books, movies, games, and tv shows we consume. In so few words, he makes the argument that we ought not feel guilty about things that entertain us, with the stipulation that we don't hurt someone else in the process.
"Presentation of the Day" on June 17, 2013.
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.
BY CHARLENE ASATO
@ VOL 19
ON DEC 13, 2013
Charlene Asato joins us from the Big Island and has enjoyed creating with paper for many years. She finds it very exciting that a simple fold changes a two-dimensional plane into a three-dimensional form and artist’s books provide a wonderful avenue to convey this energy.
For the Love of the Story
BY DENA DAVIS
@ VOL 21
ON APR 11, 2014
Dena Davis is a mother, story teller, book seller, and community treasure. She has taken her passion for teaching and community-building and created Stories by the Sea; workshops to assist young writers in discovering, developing, and celebrating each one's unique voice and igniting the spark to tell their own stories.
Rowing: Harmony, Balance & Rhythm
Ry Hills is the founder and co-director of Megunticook Rowing. She shares her love of rowing: an eco-friendly, life-long activity that nurtures a healthy body through the use of all major muscle groups. It is an activity that not only provides the benefits of physical fitness, but also builds friendship, sportsmanship, discipline, fun, teamwork, and camaraderie.
I Love Books
Anja Lutz is a Berlin-based book designer specialising in contemporary art publications. She studied at London College of Communication and the Jan van Eyck Akademie. She was Visiting Professor at the American University of Beirut and the Bauhaus University in Weimar, as well as Design Fellow at Akademie Schloss Solitude. She is the initiator of the experimental publication platform shift!, that has won numerous awards and was present at various festivals and exhibitions. Anja is also co-founder and art director of The Green Box art editions, a publisher of artist books. She develops and designs in close collaboration with the artists and has recently published the first interactive art e-book.
"I am interested in local crafts and the Hampi crafts project, initiated by Jaaga. I am also planning to research popular crafts in and around Bangalore. The way I work with artists when designing their books, is always a collaborative one. The same goes for the »shift!« publication projects, where collaboration is at the heart of the activity, drawing from each other's ideas, inspiration and expertise. In the same way I want to view a book on local crafts, by not just doing a book about, but first and foremost a book with the crafts people. This could also go as far as including their crafts in the actual making of the book.
I would also like to put a focus on the sustainability aspect of local and popular crafts, insofar as they offer highly inventive ways of using and reusing material. This re-appropriation of existing and often discarded material constitutes an important aspect of how we use the possibilities around us, with awareness and respect. I believe there is a lot to learn from the people who produce these re-appropriations and I would like to research their approaches and products. And seek an exchange with them, to develop new items and ideas based on their knowledge and experience."
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.
SITEWIDE BLOG POSTS
PKN Book in Xalapa
Looks like someone was pretty happy to get a copy of the official PechaKucha Night book, as the photo above shows -- actually, we're pretty sure that's the organizer of PKN Xalapa. Do you have a copy of the book? If so, why not send a photo of it with an interesting background -- we'd love to start a post series here on the blog. And if you don't have a copy, what are you waiting for?
Channeling Your Way to a Book
Here's an interesting story from the The Tri-City News about a presenter at this week's PechaKucha Night in Coquitlam Vol. 4, Tina Fiorda, whose recent book was produced using a Ouija board."We are not of the physical world, but we know your physical world better than you do, for our vantage point is one that spans the physical and spiritual.” So starts A Book of Insight, written by the spiritual guides belonging to Coquitlam’s Tilde Cameron and Tina Fiorda of Burnaby — sisters who, over a three-month period, channelled 16 chapters about “wisdom from the other side” via a Ouija board.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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。
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.
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.