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Books in the Age of the iPad
Print is dying. Digital is surging. Everyone is confused. GOOD RIDDANCE. As the publishing industry wobbles and Kindle sales jump, book romanticists cry themselves to sleep. But really, what are we shedding tears over? This presentation is in JAPANESE, but head over here to read Craig Mod's amazing blog post about it.
"Presentation of the Day" on August 7, 2013.
Edo Era Ecology
BY AZBY BROWN
@ VOL 72
ON APR 21, 2010
Azby Brown shows us what it's like to live in a sustainable city of 1.4 million in a country of 30 million in the Japanese Edo Era. What is the "traditional Japanese way of life," and what can it teach us today? Check out his book on the topic, "Just Enough".
Digital Choc 2013
BY SAMSON SYLVAIN
@ VOL 99
ON JAN 23, 2013
In 2012, the French Institute in Tokyo organized the first edition of Digital Month, a festival designed to highlight French creativity in the fields of digital cultures and new images. This event reached a wide and diverse audience by presenting all aspects of digital creation, from contemporary art to moving images, architecture to video games, and also digital publishing, contemporary music and performing arts. After the success of this first 2012 edition, the French Institute of Japan reiterates the digital experience by organizing Digital Choc, the second edition of this festival, in February 2013.
Through the theme of "digital territories," the 2013 edition would like to explore areas that digital technologies has disrupted, influenced or revolutionized. Artworks proposed in this digital arts festival are to be presented in several cities in the French cultural network in Japan (5 institutes IFJ, 4 French Alliances), and partners (concert halls, shops, cinemas, galleries, etc.)
The Writing Process, or An Excuse to Watch YouTube Videos & Drink Beer
BY CRYSTAL BOWLING
@ VOL 1
ON SEP 25, 2012
Author Crystal Bowling shines a light on her creative process, from formulating her ideas, to editing, to publishing. She highlights the importance of regular stress relief throughout each step, regardless of how irreverent these breaks may appear on the surface to others.
Anna Day is the Director of Literary Dundee, and she is publishing manager of Dundee University Press and co-founded Playroom Press with her husband, Chris Collins. Chris is a book designer. The first Playroom Press book, Dundee 123, is a counting book for cool kids using Dundee's landmarks.
In their presentation, Anna and Chris chat about their love of all things lit and their new book, Dundee 123.
Knee High Media
BY LUCAS BADTKE-BERKOW
@ PECHAKUCHA X DESIGN-AH EXHIBITION
ON MAR 23, 2013
Tokyo veteran Lucas Badtke-Berkow treats us to an introduction of all the publishing adventures he's had in Japan through his company, Knee High Media. The company has been the brain and creative mechanism behind some of Japan and the world’s most innovative and influential magazines: Japanese culture magazineTOKION (1996), kids magazine MAMMOTH (2000), travel magazinePAPERSKY (2002), free paper Metro Min. (2002) and botanical magazines PLANTED & PLANTS + TV (2009). His activities are now beyond print media and he also organises and produces events such as "MAMMOTH POW-WOW", an outdoor music and camp festival for families, and the "PAPERSKY TOUR de NIPPON, an event to travel around Japan and promote Japan's rural community.
"Presentation of the Day" on April 22, 2013.
The Miami Rail
BY HUNTER BRAITHWAITE
@ VOL 22
ON JUL 30, 2013
Hunter Braithwaite introduces The Miami Rail, an art newspaper inspired by The Brooklyn Rail. The Brooklyn Rail is a newspaper that New Yorkers can read while on their daily train commute. It is passed between riders as they board and disembark the train. The Miami Rail has brought this unique idea to Miami.
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Previewing PKN Auckland Vol. 12
PechaKucha Night in Auckland Vol. 12 is happening this Wednesday -- see the city page for more details -- and to give you an idea of just how diverse a PKN event can be, let's look in on the list of scheduled presenters. Finn Mackesy -- about Permaculture, Deep Ecology, Ecological Literacy and Community Empowerment Leigh Martin (artist) -- about things you shouldn’t like as an artist Dr. Olaf Diegel (director of the Creative Industries Research Institute) Rhys Morgan (animator) -- The Gravy: making a TV show about creative New Zealanders Evren Uzer (urban planner) -- about Roomservices, an interventionist research institute for practice-based and experimental design projects Otto von Busch (artist, activist, fashion theorist, designer) -- about Selfpassage, a fashion brand and research project exploring hacktivism and modes of engaged fashion design Nia- Val Ngaro (visual artist, teacher, Pacific storyteller) -- about her work Victoria Grimshaw (burlesque performer) -- MissChief Events: on Being a Burlesque Performer Leila Goddard (artist) -- about her practice with specific reference to watercolour drawing Sophie Bannan (director of the 448 Gallery) -- about the gallery and a lot about whatever else Jenny Laycock (artist) -- two months of learning among other things Nicole Stock (editor of Urbis magazine) -- about architecture and design publishing John Worth & Chris Mackenzie (engineers) -- about the Yellow treehouse Marilyn Kohlhase (director at of Okaioceanikart) -- The Okai Story The images at the top of the post are from Otto von Busch's Selfpassage -- here's an interview with Otto talking about the fashion brand and research project.
Tokyo-based designer Craig Mod may no longer be involved with indie publishing imprint Chin Music Press, but in this presentation held last year at PechaKucha Night in Tokyo Vol. 51 he talks about the company he co-founded.
PKN Champaign-Urbana Vol. 2
PechaKucha Night in Champaign-Urbana Vol. 2 may have been held back in January, but hey, it's never too late to take a look at how an event went, and we're thankful to organizer Christina Tapp for sending us this report on the terrific event they put together. First, start by checking out this pre-show stop-motion video that fellow organizer Anastasia Tumanova created for the event (and here's a link to a pre-show video that was created for Vol. 1). All of the photos were taken Wallo Villacorta, Chris Perardi, and Jason Bentley. Champaign-Urbana’s second PechaKucha Night, held in January at the Canopy Club, boasted a vibrant crowd of over 400 people with 12 awesome presentations and one rockin' emcee. It was an explosion of creativity, from graphic designers and digital arts to silkscreening and book design; from a world traveler and a photographer to sustainable farmers; and from hiStories and a local charcuterie maker (who brought some pickled tongue to share!) to mad scientists and a bubbleologist! Kicking off the celebration with videos by Anastasia Tumanova and Jason Bentley, PK Vol. 2 also boasted an artist in the audience who decided to sketch the presenters in 6 minutes and 40 seconds while enjoying the show, along with an after party with two bands and pizza (mmmmm!) Starting the show with a little lesson in pronouncing PechaKucha, environment designer and emcee Andy Warfel (he was also a fab PK Vol. 1 presenter) held the night's event together seamlessly, with his laid-back sense of humor. Paul Young discussed the challenges of balancing work and play for creativity and fun. His philosophy? Play evolves into work and work becomes fun. The result is a more fulfilling life. Wes Jarrell & Leslie Cooperband, the proud owners of Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery, talked about making artisan and farmstead goat and sheep milk cheeses, raising organic fruits and hosting all-local foods dinners on their farm—in a poem! Kelly Searsmith showed us how contemporary artists use emergent digital media to inspire a deepened sense of humanity and social connection. William Gillespie & Cristy Scoggins, writers, designers and pop-culture addicts who run the independent publishing house Spineless Books and host the radio program Rock Geek FM, talked about how the end of commercial publishing equals the beginning of book art. Bryan Heaton shocked the crowd with his storytelling photographs that attempt to exploit the multi-layered meaning of images. Theodore Gray, author of Mad Science: Experiments You Can Do at Home–But Probably Shouldn’t, along with photographer Nick Mann, wowed the audience with tales of mad science and the elements. Laurence Mate, a local charcuterie maker discussed Abligurition n (ab- away, off + ligurire to be lickerish), highlighting the cultural ways humans use the tongue—for speech, expression and repression. Laurence even brought samples of pickled tongue to share! (Don't knock it until you've tried it...) Amy Lin & Eric Shine, working as one Borg-like entity of creativity, presented on hiStories—10 factual and craaayayayaaaaaaazy stories from the pages of history. Viewers discretion was advised—it contained scenes that may not have been suitable for sensitive audiences, including screaming guitars, Microsoft Paint bloodbaths and maggots wearing clothes. Jillian Nickell took us along on her adventures in silk screening and t-shirt illustration. Keihly Moore gave us peek into the lives of the Roma: a traveling story of a traveling people living on the margins of European society. Doug Burgett, a graphic designer by trade, an artist at heart and an astronaut in his dreams, captivated the audience with stories of misunderstood artistic endeavors and creative pursuits. Mark Peckham passionately spoke about coming to the realization that it's his true calling to bring joy to the world through the uncanny power of bubbles, which magically filled the air after his presentation! Keep an eye out for presentations posted from Vol. 2 that will continue to help raise money for Haiti. Our next event will take place on Friday, April 16 at the the Canopy Club as part of this year's Boneyard Arts Festival.
PechaKucha + The LegalArt Six
A special edition PechaKucha Night in Miami is set to feature the LegalArt Six artist residency, taking place at the Rubell Family Collection Contemporary Arts Foundation on March 25 (18:00-20:00). We're including the full press release for more details, as well as the list of participating -- and presenting -- artists. PECHA KUCHA NIGHT FEATURING THE LEGAL ART SIX FOR MIAMI’S FIRST LIVE/WORK RESIDENCY MIAMI (Mar. 12, 2010) Pecha Kucha, an event for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public, will feature the LegalArt Six Thursday, March 25th 6-8PM at The Rubell Collection. This event serves as a public introduction to the local visual and multimedia artists the have been selected to participate in Miami’s s first live/work artist residency program, scheduled to open in the Downtown Arts and Entertainment District this spring. With 20 Power Point slides shown for 20 seconds each, the Miami artists - Carlos Ascurra, Pachi Giustinian, Jiae Hwang, Alvaro Ilizarbe, Manny Prieres, and Jen Stark will have about seven minutes to talk about their work and plans to give back to the community. Ideas include creating a mentorship program with high school artists and working with the blind to create visual art. A list of the artists’ work and projects is below. The Live/Work Residency Program, launched by the nonprofit LegalArt, is funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Knight Arts Challenge, a $40 million effort to bring South Florida together through the arts. Additional support is being provided from the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation and the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs. “The residency will act as an incubator for these talented artists which will take them to a new level in his or her career,” said Kathleen Carignan, LegalArt’s executive director. “I am excited to see the new collaborations and innovative ideas that emerge when these artists live and work together.” The highly competitive LegalArt Live/Work Residency is Miami’s first subsidized live/work, professional development, and community-building artists’ facility. Designed as an incubator, artists in residence live and work in private 900 square foot studios and have access to exhibition, lecture, legal counseling spaces and a comprehensive resource library. The Residency brings together some of Miami’s most promising artists, along with national and international artists and curators; allowing them to collaborate in ways only a residential model can offer. Visiting curators and scholars will engage both with resident artists—by mentoring, leading critiques and exploring exhibition opportunities beyond Miami—and the public through lectures, workshops and exhibitions. The Residency’s first participants and their projects are: Carlos Ascurra: His work explores the impact of sound and information in contemporary culture and engages in a dialogue with the viewer about the findings. Give-Back Project: Will create a publishing house called RUINS Publishing to create hand made publications with photocopy machines, silkscreen and sound equipment in order to create a forum for discussion and collaboration. Pachi Giustinian: This multimedia artist explores matters of color, light and sensations. Give-Back Project: To See Without Sight is a program for individuals who suffer from all levels of blindness. The program will introduce them to a new form of expression, to produce and create visual art. Jiae Hwang: Inspired by the ideas of string theory and parallel universes this interdisciplinary artist deals in a broad spectrum of media from traditional drawings to video, audio, and multimedia installations which seek to create new ways to engage with viewers. Give-Back Project: Graphic design, video art, and software training sessions for artists to provide project support for digital documentation, converting image files, import and export of visual media, and explanation of graphic and video software. Alvaro Ilizarbe: Creator of the Freegums clothing label Lizarbe focuses on madcap aesthetics, comfort, and individuality. Give-Back Project: Creating an opportunity for elementary school students to collaborate with mural artists. Manny Prieres: His work is the product of the clash between tradition, temperamental heritage, and an intense, idiosyncratic counterculture expressed with detailed drawings and sculpture. Give-Back Project: An artist lecture series will provide studio visits for art students in high school and college. The series will give students a glimpse of what they can expect when they graduate and begin their careers. Jen Stark: Interested in how math and science is intertwined in everything around us, Stark creates complex structures that reveal how remarkable common materials can become. About PechaKucha PechaKucha was conceived in Tokyo in February 2003 by architects Mark Dytham and Astrid Klein as an event where young designers could meet, network and show their work in public. Over time, it has evolved into a massive celebration of creativity, with events regularly being held in over 270 cities including Miami. Last year, more than 6,000 presentations were hosted at over 600 PechaKucha events. Drawing its name from the Japanese phrase for the sound of conversation ("chit chat"), the PechaKucha format is simple—20 images x 20 seconds—and designed to keep presentations concise and moving at a rapid pace. About LegalArt LegalArt empowers artists by providing affordable legal services, professional development services, the Live/Work Residency, grants, and educational opportunities. Our SeminArt series brings experts to educate artists on wide-ranging subjects including strategic planning, marketing, wage theft, winning arts commissions, and public speaking. LegalLink, a legal assistance and education program which partners with University of Miami Law School and local attorneys, provides legal services on a pro bono, barter or reduced rate basis. LegalArt’s professional staff made up of attorneys and arts advocates offers training in copyright and trademark, incorporation, portfolio management, writing skills and maintains the LegalArt headquarters where South Florida artists are welcome to seek guidance, support, resources and a greater sense of community with their peers. About the Rubell Family Collection and Contemporary Arts Foundation The Rubell Family Collection (RFC) was started in New York in 1964 when Don and Mera Rubell were first married. Since 1993 it has been displayed in Miami at its current, 45,000 square-foot location inside a former Drug Enforcement Agency confiscated goods facility. RFC first opened to the public in 1994. In 1998 the non-profit Contemporary Arts Foundation (CAF) was created to expand the Collection’s public mission inside the paradigm of a contemporary art museum. Each year CAF presents thematic exhibitions drawn from the collection with accompanying catalogs. These shows often travel to museums around the country. CAF also maintains an internship program, partnership with Miami-Dade County Public schools, an ongoing lecture series and an extensive artwork loan program to facilitate exhibitions at museums around the world. Since opening in 1994, RFC has been recognized as the pioneer of what is often referred to as the “Miami model,” whereby private collectors create a new, independent form of public institution.
You may have caught Tokyo-based design Craig Mod's recent online piece on the state of print and digital book publishing, "Books in the Age of the iPad" -- it got so much attention even the New York Times took notice -- but before it got written up as a proper essay it was in the form of talk given during Tokyo's "Artalking" series, and before that the idea was presented in this presentation at PechaKucha Night in Tokyo Vol. 68. Craig also covered the re-launch of one of his many projects, the newly tweet-powered Hitotoki.
Quakebook was one of the many fantastic projects that popped up following the events of 3/11 to bring attention and raise funds for reconstruction in Japan -- you can watch a presentation about the project by "Our Man in Abiko" himself, recorded at our Inspire Japan event in Tokyo last year -- and the same team is now behind Reconstructing 9/11. We include the full press release in this post. “RECONSTRUCTING 3/11” BRINGS FRESH VIEWS AND ALTERNATIVE PERSPECTIVES TO ANALYSIS OF JAPAN’S EARTHQUAKE, TSUNAMI AND NUCLEAR DISASTER Abiko, Japan — One year after Japan was devastated by the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown in March, 2011, and all the problems this triple disaster caused are still not fixed. And the hard questions raised by the responses to the 3/11 crisis by both the Japanese government and the media still remain mostly, and unfortunately, unanswered. “Reconstructing 3/11” is the first eBook from Abiko Free Press, a new electronic publishing company formed by the same team which created “2:46—Aftershocks: Stories from the Japan Earthquake” (#Quakebook). Drawing on the experiences and expertise of noted journalists, independent writers, and Japan experts, “Reconstructing 3/11” takes a close and insightful look at various facets of the 3/11 Disaster. From an assessment of what the Kan administration did right, to a first-hand account of what it took to volunteer for clean-up after the disaster, to an analysis of how Japan’s yakuza gangsters actually proved a force for good during the early stages of disaster recovery, “Reconstructing 3/11” reports on angles and attitudes about that fateful day which you likely didn’t get from your conventional media outlets. Contributors to “Reconstructing 3/11” include: Japan Times journalist Philip Brasor (“Media: Giving the people what's good for them”); M.I.T. Center for International Studies researcher Michael Cucek (“Politics: Kan won”); Japan-based freelance writer Nathalie Kyoko Stucky (“Survivors: Last man in the forbidden zone”); Tokyo-based journalist Richard Smart (“Protests: Japan's citizen's are angry with the system and would like a polite word with it”); Tokyo Vice author Jake Adelstein (“Crime: Sometimes the yakuza live up to their image”); Jamie El Banna, founder of the non-profit volunteer relief organization It’s Not Just Mud (“Charity: Sometimes the best thing you can do with your life is shovel reeking mud”); public relations consultant Orlando Camargo (“Business: From disasters locally, Japan can evolve globally”); and Hiromi Murakami, a professor at Tokyo’s National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, and Kiyoshi Kurokawa, chairman and co-founder of Impact Japan (“History: Japan's third opening rises from black waters”). The opinions and analysis in “Reconstructing 3/11” are consistently honest and insightful, and some may even be considered controversial. But the material written for this book comes from writers who have been on the front lines of reporting on, solving, and, in some cases, living through the problems caused by Japan’s March 11th, 2011 disaster. The goal of “Reconstructing 3/11” is to get the reader to understand and think about these problems in new ways. Because this is a new kind of book, for a new way to look at Japan. “Reconstructing 3/11” is currently available in a Kindle edition on Amazon.com. And for further information please visit the Abiko Free Press website http://www.abikofreepress.com/, or join us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Abiko-Free-Press/277916768937198 or follow us on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/abikofreepress.
Magazine Library + PechaKucha
Do you like magazines, or print culture in general? If so (and you're in Tokyo), join us on Friday (May 11, 19:00-21:00, free entry) for a special PechaKucha event that will be part of the current Magazine Library exhibition, running until May 13 at Hillside Terrace in Daikanyama. The presenter lineup will include creators that are working in publishing or print and will include, among others, the co-founder of TOO MUCH ("the magazine of romantic geography"), Audrey Fondecave, the creator of the new Tokyo fashion magazine De Rigueur, Antonin Gaultier, Amsterdam-based editorial designer and art director Luis Mendo, Tokyo-based designer Ian Lynam, and Postalco's Mike Abelson.
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.
Recap: Daegu Vol. 2
The South Korean city of Daegu hosted their lively PKN Daegu Vol. 2 evening on this past February 26. According to the Vol. 2 page, the soiree was "filled with creative and diverse presentations such as the current of PLACES in Daegu, an architectural approach to Daegulite identity as a national center for performing arts, Dutch coffee, cultural & historic interpretations of Korean traditional food, cultural identity through a lens of tatooing, textile-art, juxtaposing contexts, connecting people with like-minds, locally-oriented classical music performances, and publishing an infomation magazine for foreign readers." Photos of this event are up on Daegu's Vol. 2 event page and "motion-grapher" Hyun-Ki Shun has made a short video of the festivities as well.
Volume 18 Recap!
The relaunch of PechaKucha Atlanta was a huge success! Big thanks to Octane Westside for hosting us! Our kickass poster was designed by Dan Almasy: Organizer Kevin Ward of Midtown Arts Cinema opened the event: We had 100 PK buttons to give out to attendees, and ran out 30 minutes before presentations even started! Presenter Cameron Adams, sharing his street photography in "Stolen Moments": Jonathan Weidman presented on Atlanta's transportation history, and how the Atlanta Streetcar Project will modernize our transportation system: GA Tech's Andrew Ruff shared his students' vertical gardens projects: Ria Pell of Ria's Bluebird fame shared the 20 rock albums that influenced her career as a chef: Harrison Kris of Volpin Props shared his journey from hobbyist to full-time prop builder: UX analyst Beth Yeckley talked about returning to her roots, and discovering the connections between food and community: Jeffrey Wisard's presentation, "From Old Man Spandex to Millennial Flannel: The History of the Mobile Social," discussed Atlanta's cycling community: Artist Christopher Derek Bruno used questions to challenge conventional perspectives, and discussed his growth as a craftsman: Johnjay Fitih shared his journey from his couch in London to the screen in Atlanta: Tyrie Smith of Braizen presented, "The Importance of Awesome: Working with People You Love": Derek Koehl introduced us to VerbalEyze, an organization offering publishing opportunities to young writers: Rick Glassman shared sustainable concepts and projects from Architecture for Humanity's Atlanta network of architects, designers, and builders: Leslie Caceda introduced us to Atlanta Streets Alive, a vibrant community event opening our streets to the public: Thank you to all of our wonderfully engaging presenters and the tremendous crowd who joined us! Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and stay tuned for details on the next PK Night -- August 11th! Enjoy more photos from Volume 18 HERE!