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Little Island Management

BY MARI KOJIMA
@ VOL 67 ON DEC 02, 2009

Mari Kojima talks about her life and her little island -- Japan -- as seen through the viewfinder of her camera. Find more of Mari's brilliant and elegant photography and art on her blog.

"Presentation of the Day" on October 25, 2013.

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Light Affectations

BY JAMES CLAR
IN NEW YORK

Media artist working with forms of light James Clar discusses his work. Much like the way television manipulates and controls light to convey the entertainment medium, James uses three-dimensional light sculpture to convey emotion. 

"Presentation of the Day" on July 1, 2014.

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.GIFs: an Emotive Vocabulary

BY SHA HWANG
@ VOL 6 ON OCT 19, 2015

Sha Hwang takes us through the history of .gifs, and their use in society, as an emotive vocabulary for current events, sports, and every day life.

Sha is an information designer and technologist based mostly in Brooklyn. A failed architect and an accidental entrepreneur, Sha has designed and built work for clients such as the New York Times, MTV, Flickr, and Adobe. Previously, Sha worked at Stamen Design and later cofounded the company Movity, which was acquired by Trulia. Sha spends his nights trawling Tumblr and printing gifs as Gifpop and his days working with Nava to improve healthcare.gov and other parts of government.

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An Open Source Life

BY ROMKE DE HAAN
@ VOL 7 ON DEC 04, 2015

Romke de Haan is a graduate of the program called homeboyz, a non-profit that takes kids in gangs and teaches them technology. Romke will walk you though his journey and his pursuit of happiness. 

 

Participate in Romke's life; he'd be happy to get coffee/lunch/cocktails with you. You can add his calendar by searching Romked@gmail.com on iCal, Google Calendar, 

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A Mask for all Occasions

BY DAVID DIXON
@ VOL 4 ON JAN 19, 2016

IT Consultant David Dixon talks us through the hidden meaning behind masks – not just the physical masks that have appeared in popular culture for centuries, but the masks we all where every day to hide our true self and our emotions.

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Capturing a Moment

BY NAMITA AZAD
IN BROOKLYN

Namita Azad is a freelance photographer specializing in wedding and travel photography. Her presentation explains how each photograph is a story caught in time and how she makes sure they become beautiful memories.

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Spatial Memory Mapping

BY LYLA CATELLIER
@ VOL 8 ON MAR 04, 2016

Lyla Catellier gives good directions! At PechaKucha Night Brooklyn Volume 8, Lyla put her 7 siblings to the test - a test of spatial memory mapping. With 5/7 siblings worth of maps of her hometown, Lyla explores the wonders of the hippocampus.

Lyla is a lady living in Chelsea NYC. She currently directs public programs and events at Columbia University GSAPP and was once called a swiss army knife. She is a logistics maverick, and has always wanted someone to refer to her as a maverick, and at PK Brooklyn Volume 8, we did!

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Object to Subject

BY SAMMI SPARKE
@ VOL 6 ON JUN 28, 2016

Portrait photographer Sammi Sparke talks us through a personal project that looks at the objectivity of the naked form and how the emotional state can highlight or detract from the subject.

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Втзприятието на човешкият мозък

BY KRISTINA RACHEVA
@ VOL 3 ON NOV 26, 2016

Кристина Рачева ще ни представи тема, свързана с визуализацията на човешкия мозък. Ще ни разкаже два експеримента свързани с тях и едно свое наблюдение за това как чувствата влияят отрицателно на трезвата мисъл.

Мозъкът е орган, който контролира функциите на организма.

Първият експеримент се нарича Гумена ръка и включва сетивата зрение и осезание и ни представя как човешкият мозък може да бъде заблуден чрез визуализацията.

Вторият експеримент доказва малко известният факт, че децата чуват по-добре от възрастните. Диапазонът на чуване на детското ухо е действително по-широк.

Последната част от темата, свързана с емоциите представя с други думи конфликтът между мозъкът и сърцето. Кристина Рачева ще разкаже своето виждане за това.

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I Love You Because: Musicals I could talk about for hours but I won't because this thing has rules

BY MEGAN BARHAM
IN BEXHILL-ON-SEA

A heartfelt, high-speed speech full of passion. The part-time actress and full-time fanatic of musical theatre Megan Barham frequently belts out a song while working as De La Warr Pavilion Duty Operations Officer. This is a breakneck introduction to the world of Musicals by someone who eats, sleeps and breathes them! Be warned - she could talk for hours … 

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PKN Queretaro Vol. 1

PechaKucha Night launched in Queretaro at the Museo de la Ciudad just over a week ago to great success, and here's an amazingly detailed report and photos sent in by co-organizer Alberto Villarreal. 3 weeks before the night of Queretaroʼs first PechaKucha, the organizing team had a really bad car accident in the Leon-Queretaro highway, but that didnʼt stop them from putting up the show and setting up a high standard for the upcoming events. All safe after 2 weeks of rest and medical care, the organizers did an almost heroic effort setting up what was the first of a promising series of PechaKucha Nights in this central Mexico town. Last friday (May 22nd) at the ʻMuseo de la Ciudadʼ in downtown Queretaro, you could breath the characteristic chilled atmosphere of the town, when people started to walk through the halls of the old colonial building that hosts the City Museum. The event was held in an exhibition hall currently exhibiting wall paintings evocative of oriental calligraphy by chinese artist Li Fexue. This made it perfect scenario to host the lineup of creatives that shared their ideas and thoughts with the diverse audience. This night was definitely one with strong energy and connection between the presenters and the crowd. The lineup started with designer Alberto Villarreal (former co-organizer of PechaKucha San Francisco), who shared the experimental side of his work and some memories of 3 years of PechaKucha in the San Francisco Bay Area, encouraging the local community to keep up with PK and setting up an enthusiastic mood for the night. Then Jacobo Zanella showed his high quality photographic work emphasizing on how the use of experimentation and mistakes can lead up to amazing results. Definitely wowing the crowd. Industrial designer Jorge Moreno was the third one on the stage. Being one of the most prominent creative professionals in town, he didnʼt show a piece of his design work. Instead, he shared the fun process of an art exhibition he worked on with his mother, where the paintings were sold by square centimeter and the attendees were involved in the framing process. His natural enthusiasm and energy made the public get immersed in the subject. Fourth in the lineup was another industrial designer, Victor Martinez, who also didnʼt show design work, but his was perhaps the most emotional presentation. While talking about the current state of humanity and the planet and finishing his presentation with a picture of his soon-to-be-born son through an ultrasonic image, he couldnʼt hold himself and broke in tears, shaking the audience who started a long applause even before slide 19. Local artist Aura Moreno stood up on stage and also transmitted a strong emotional message by showing a range of close-up colorful pictures and poetically walking the crowd through a story on the old town prostitutes. After a 20 minute break where the crowd and presenters mingled at the colonial building portico, the second part started by young artist Raldo Bermejo, whoʼs photography work mixed with his marketing background made a very tasteful and clean cut presentation. The inspiration continued. Engineer Gerardo Marquez showed an interesting project on community development in South Africa, and just when the crowd was falling into a deep thought mood, the sixth presenter Luis Camarena made a turn into the entertainment side showing up with amazing graphic design work on the ʻlucha libreʼ local wrestling scene. Second to last, with a very fluent Spanish, Lauren Cycyk brought another emotionally charged presentation while talking about Mexico-USA immigration, human rights and how the situation is perceived from “the other side of the border.” Then the lineup was closed by Colombian contemporary dancer John Martin Cordero, who talked about the work behind a dance show where the human body and homosexuality were the center of the art piece and showed a series of highly expressive pictures that communicated the movement and passion of the dance show. To culminate this highly inspiring night an eleventh presentation was also shown up on the screen. Victor Hermosillo wasnʼt able to attend the event but his work was exhibited in his honor, and this presentation literally spoke by itself. Each slide showed really nice hand sketches with a written philosophical message that put the entire exhibition hall in complete silence for a few minutes. Again, this was a show of really diverse presentations, with a high charge of emotion and connection between the stage and audience. Organized by Richard Ibarra, Lilian Gonzalez and the team, this first PechaKucha Night in Queretaro made clear to the local crowd that it is an event to keep an eye on, setting up a high standard for the nights to follow.

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Moment Factory

We kick off the week with a "Presentation of the Day" that was recorded in Frankfurt about a studio in Montreal. 75 multimedia artists work at Moment Factory. Although the studio is based in Montreal, Canada, the team is composed of people from around the world and from various backgrounds, including dance, architecture, lighting design, programming, engineering, graphic design, illustration, music, production and more. What Gabriel Pontbriand loves so much about his job is that each project is a surprising adventure. Having and international and multidisciplinary group of people working together allows them to imagine interactions between technology and emotion that are unique each time.

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Photojournalism for Art

A modern Pietà, no? In today's Presentation of the Day, "Photojournalism for Art" from PKN Toronto Vol. 22, Olivier Berger and Sophie Perceval take photojournalism to an entirely new artistic level. They discuss the intimacy of this genre of photography, and how they plan to leverage its potential to evoke emotion from the viewer via the strategic pairing of artists and photographers.

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Hermosillo Night #2

Hermosillo, Sonora, México. October 10, 2013. With double the assistance and double the fun, Hermosillo presented its second PechaKucha Night at the mecca of indie/local music "Backroom". Mexican sculptor Enrique Aviléz was the first presenter on stage and took us around his life-long journey of working with stone, copper, several types of clay, glass, wood and any other material that will help in the execution of his multiple ideas influenced entirely by the local culture. Enrique shared with us an interesting point of view: he believes the name of the streets in a city shapes its identity, just like certain features define us as a human being. Find more about Enrique here. Graphic designer and photographer Alejo Gastélum invited us to witness his collection of Art Toys, inspired by a well-known toy brand. He showed a passion for geometric shapes and optical illusions and his experience and thoughts about working with logotypes and branding for local businesses. Find more about Alejo here. Following the format and taking advantage of it, Desierto Indie gave us a packed-full of ideas presentation. Their project consists of documenting local gigs and cultural events with videos and photographs but the core idea behind it is allowing the future generations consult this sort of "gig/event library" to let them know how cool Hermosillo's music scene "was" in 2013. Their motivation also consists on expanding the art variety in the city and creating a historic archive of the current art movement. Surf Desierto Indie's library here. Next to Desierto Indie, David Norzagaray captivated the crowd with such interesting project which consists on producing music to use as therapy for disabled people. All of this, fusioned with his passion for Mexico and most of all, the northern Mexico's chords of the Sonoran desert. David's most recent execution includes a music album for kids with lyrics completely inspired by universal literature. Find more about David's work here. Speaking of captivating, Daniel Ríos showed us the massive influence on todays creative processes and its results from a speedy technology development perspective. How different the art-creating life was back then where videos were literally 'cut' and 'glued' back together and how simple it is today by just tapping a few times on a super-clear display and upload it anywhere within minutes. Find more about Daniel here. Miguel Franco's presentation was as brilliant as his cinematography career. His experience has given him plenty of emotions and character including probably the most important: perseverance and stepping out of the comfort zone. Miguel told us how film has been his dream since he was a kid and all the trouble and happiness this has brought to him including a few career-threatening accidents. Find more about Miguel here. Mexican fashion designer Isa Valdéz shared with us her creative process inside the fashion/textile business and the different ways she chooses to come up with a method to execute an idea and the mysterious places she can get into, obtaining as a result always three ideas at once. She compares it to solving a puzzle. Her main goal is creating an emotion in her and the spectator at once. This way, Isa feels she connects with the world, being her little daughter a fundamental part of her motor. Find more about Isa here. Carlos Iván was one of those extra-interesting presenters. He photographs abandoned houses, cars, towns and all sort of situations that tell a story to his camera lens. Carlos perspective certainly showed us through his pictures the beauty of isolated objects, almost as if they were beautiful sculptures in the middle of nowhere narrating a charming tale. Find more about Carlos here. After a successful beer break, Miriam Salado was kind enough to explain from top to bottom, the meticulous process of building an art exhibition. Her paintings, part of "Muerte y Gloria (Death and Glory)" show the heavy influence of mexican-american cultures in clothing, habits and the new ways of living and gave Miriam a second place in the 8th Visual Art Biennale of Sonora. Find more about Miriam here. "Sin Llorar (No crying)" consists of a determined couple of local artists who came to revolutionize the custom tattoo industry in the community with their high-quality custom art. They shared with us the complexity of the process and the hard work it requires to usually compress a lot of feelings onto one little graphic on the customer's skin. Be brave and make an appointment here. Fernando Valles a local TV host, gave us an insight on rustic to modern video-making, the television life and the long ride he has experienced with "Video Track", a tv show aimed at young visual art enthusiasts. Find more about Fernando and Video Track here. Our next presenter was the shocking moment of the night. Mexican radio/voice-creative César Parra amazed us with his broad experience with radio, jingles and advertising. He has provided professional voice services for Pepsi and other famous brands. We all cheered and squeaked in happiness the very moment he started performing the voice of several Thundercats characters (cartoon) on stage as he worked in the project back then. We were so astonished by his presentation that none of us remembered to snap a pic. :( Find more about Cesar here. Our next presenter Keops took the stage and taught us about the importance of co-working and the amazing results it produces. His presentation included a well resumed list of benefits from working along with other creative people and how far and big a project can turn with just the right combination of people, all started with just a simple idea. Find more about Keops here. Sergio Durón was one of our last presenters but managed to keep our already tipsy heads with his clever work. His broad graphic design experience involves several local communities, being the most famous "Bikes & Beers" where the Hermosillo bike enthusiasts gather at a certain landmark, travel for a few kilometers and finish at a bar having a couple of beers and sharing the fandom. Find more about Sergio here. Our last presenter Javier Quiñonez gave us a tour around the geology of the city. Being the "Cerro de la Campana (Bell Hill)" one of the most important landmarks in the city, he taught us about the resonancy of the rocks surrounding said landmark, therefore the name of the famous hill that can be seen almost from every point in Hermosillo on a clear day. Find more of Javier here.  Thanks again to PechaKucha in Tokyo for letting us hold the event in Hermosillo and being part of the Global Night that we enjoyed so much. We would also like to thank Backroom for letting us host the event in this venue. -Elizabeth Torres         Photos by: Carolina Fierros and E. Torres.  

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Light Affectations

Laser walls, UV inks, lit scaffolding structures, and light forms of all kinds; James Clar's work is nothing short of brilliant. Media artist working with forms of light James Clar discusses his work. In "Light Affectations" we see that, much like the way television manipulates and controls light to convey the entertainment medium, James uses three-dimensional light sculpture to convey emotion, data, moments in history, political relationships, and more. 

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PechaKucha Maastricht contributes € 1200 to PechaKucha Global Fund

  Mission accomplished!  We at PechaKucha Maastricht are delighted to announce that we have been able to deliver a €1200 contribution to the Global PechaKucha Fund, as a token of gratitude for all the help and good services received from the global PechaKucha organisation in Tokyo over the years. For each ticket sold in 2014-2015, we reserved €1 for the Fund, which was established to support the many initiatives coordinated by the PechaKucha team in Tokyo, including the global PechaKucha website, where each one of the more than 800 PechaKucha cities in the world is able to host its own city page.  PechaKucha Maastricht is very grateful for the exposure it has consistently received on the global PechaKucha website. It has already been selected twice as city of the week, due to the quality of our speakers' presentations, and many of these have been featured as Presentation of the Day on the global PechaKucha homepage. This has been greatly appreciated by our speakers, who saw their ideas and projects being shared with an even bigger worldwide audience. The perfect occasion to personally hand over our contribution came at the end of June when I had the opportunity to travel to Tokyo for professional reasons. What's more, it turned out that the dates of my trip coincided precisely with the date of the PechaKucha event in Tokyo! There were more than 300 PechaKucha fans at Super Deluxe that night and the atmosphere in the room was both relaxed and energetic, with everyone talking and connecting with one another, enjoying the great music by DJ bemsha and eager to listen to the speakers of the night. I particularly enjoyed meeting the Tokyo team - Mark Dytham, Astrid Klein, Johnny Linnert, Mariko Yokogi, Don Kratzer and Brian Scott Peterson - with whom I have been so closely in touch by email but, except for Mark, never spoken face to face!     My turn to present came in the second half of the night. I was introduced both in Japanese and in English by PechaKucha founders Mark and Astrid, who said how pleased they were to welcome a city organiser of PechaKucha Maastricht in Tokyo. In my presentation, I spoke about my family story, including my Japanese origins and I explained why PechaKucha was so important in my life in Maastricht.  When the last slide of my presentation appeared on the screen, I produced the cardboard revealing the donation from the PechaKucha Maastricht community and the entire audience cheered and applauded with enthusiasm. The effect of surprise was complete and Mark and Astrid could not conceal their emotion when they received our contribution. They explained to the audience how much this financial support meant for the PechaKucha organisation and how much it would enhance the Global Fund's ability to develop innovative ways to share the creativity of the PechaKucha community with the world. It was an unforgettable night in Tokyo. And yes, I agree with our friends in Tokyo: PechaKucha Maastricht rocks!   With thanks to Brian for the great pictures!

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The Love Drug

  "When you are able to harness the love that comes from within you and surrounds you, you are able to heal, help and transform others." In The Love Drug at PechaKucha Atlanta Vol. 30, Michelle Khouri shares her thoughts and scientific findings on what the emotion of "love" really is. By delving into the chemistry of the human brain and personal experiences, she discovers a surprising yet simple answer to this timeless question.