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Honolulu @ Honolulu Museum of Art School
Apr 18, 2014

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Reconnecting to the Universe

BY KINGA KIELCZYNSKA
@ VOL 16 ON DEC 15, 2009

Kinga Kielczynska disguises her sculptures, graphic and performance art as a talk about "a secret cult, that is trying to reconnect to the universe". Having lost the togetherness of man and nature, Kinga travels to energetic locations with other "cult members" to perform rites and exercises to be one with nature. The fact that they steal a lamp from the hotel lobby to channel the sun's energy seems natural. Sensual, profound and ... funny!

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Geodesic Dome Sculptures

BY NICK SAYERS
@ VOL 18 ON FEB 21, 2013

Sculptor Nick Sayers show us some of his works, from very small sculptures to structures large enough sit in. This series eventually culminated in a new project, a 120 sided geodesic dome with a support structure large enough for people to stand in, constructed from signs. 

"Presentation of the Day" on July 30, 2013.

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Storytelling through Sculpture

BY JUDY BONZI
@ VOL 18 ON SEP 13, 2013

Judy Bonzi shares her artistic process of creating sculptures around themes of the human condition, nature, and relationships. She uses diverse techniques like bronze-working and stone-carving to create memorable pieces, with an emphasis on shadows, movement, and naturalism. 

"Presentation of the Day" on February 14, 2014.

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The Great Big Beaver Dam in the Sky

BY DOUG SHEARER
@ VOL 4 ON NOV 29, 2013

Doug Shearer and Nathan Lee have been at the helm of numerous quirky, whimsicla installations projects throughout the greater Vancouver area, and this time they're keen to profess their love for an iconic member of Canada's wildlife: the beaver. Doug and Nathan discuss their plans to construct a giant beaver dam. 

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Altering Skins - Surface to Form

BY ROBERT OPPECKER
@ VOL 4 ON MAR 09, 2013

There are 3 generations of artists in Robert Oppecker's family. His father was a prolific abstract artist in the 40's, 50's and 60's. Robert is a scupltor and silversmith. And his son is studying graphic design at VCU. Robert's own work focuses on form, line, and volume, but because of the silver medium he does not get to do much with color on the surface. To capture this "intergenerational energy", Robert, along with the help of his son, Michael, explore ways to meld the surface treatments with the scupltural expressions.

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Thin/Second/Onion/Fish

BY JO ROWLEY
@ VOL 17 ON APR 12, 2013

Johannette Rowley talks about her various series of sculptures and how it expresses themes of identity, conformity, joy and peeking behind the curtain in reference to society.
 
"Presentation of the Day" on April 17, 2014.
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Slipping Through My Fingers

BY DENISE KARABINUS
@ VOL 17 ON APR 12, 2013

Denise Karabinus is a visual artist specializing in drawing and sculptural prints. She recently completed an artist residency at the Quimby Colony in Portland Maine and has lived in many art communities over the past few years. She talks about her painful experiences of developing rheumatoid arthritis and the death of her newborn son through her artwork to express a feeling of helplessness and vulnerability and trying to repair something that can not be repaired.

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Art of Cutting

BY SOORIYA KUMAR
@ VOL 19 ON DEC 13, 2013

Over the last 50 years Sooriya Kumar has developed artwork not just for
sacred sites around the world, but for a multitude of private residences in numerous countries and many public buildings including an indoor copper mural sculpture for the Honolulu International Airport that is designed to welcome our visitors to the islands.

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Cutting Pages

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.

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Ecological Sculpture: Patterns in Nature

BY KIMBERLY CALLAS
@ VOL 21 ON APR 11, 2014

Kimberly Callas is an artist who presents on her current project 'Portrait of the Ecological Self': an artistic investigation that uses sculpted forms of the human body in combination with natural materials to explore images and symbols from nature that strongly connect with the human psyche. This work has recently received a Puffin Foundation Grant and has been exhibited in New York, Chicago, and as far a field as Bulgaria. 

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Ariel Schlesinger

Ariel Schlesigner presents a collection of photographs documenting what he calls “minor urban disasters.” The photos were taken in different cities around the world, and show off what can happen when reality goes wrong for an instant. You'll find more in Ariel's Flickr photopool. The presentation was recorded at PechaKucha Night in Tokyo Vol. 74.

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PKN Champaign-Urbana Vol. 4

As we posted earlier this week, the next PechaKucha Night in Champaign-Urbana (Vol. 5) is happening this Saturday (March 5), but today we take a look at last year's PKN Champaign-Urbana Vol. 4, courtesy of organizer Christina Tapp, with photos by Chris Perardi. The Champaign-Urbana Design Org partnered with Krannert Center for the Performing Arts for PKN C-U Vol. 4. Held in July 2010 at Krannert's outdoor Amphitheatre, DJ Mertz kicked off the show by spinning on the terrace to over 400 people, and the irresistible and scandalous Andy Warfel emceed once again! Jeff Mellander, Building Restoration With a passion for finding underused historic buildings and reviving them, Jeff talked about the redevelopment of old cottages in Saugatuck, Michigan, an historic logging community on Lake Michigan where artists have congregated for over 125 years. Laura Hayden, Trials and Tribulations of an Urbana Slumlord A self-described "plant nerd, web nerd, and slumlord," Laura came to Champaign-Urbana after completing degrees at SIU-C and U of I in environmental sciences. She came here to visit—and has no regrets about staying. Stewart Dickson, MakerSpace Urbana As a programmer of three-dimensional computer-generated imagery, animation and digital cinema, Steward discussed MakerSpace Urbana, an open community lab where people of diverse backgrounds can learn, teach, tinker, collaborate, share, innovate, socialize, and create a blend of arts, humanities, science, and technology. Hector Mandel, The Sky is the Studio Hector specializes in digital images captured while falling at 120 miles per hour under serious time contraints. With 1,152 skydives logged over the past 22 years, he has been simultaneously taking pictures for eight of them. Will Leinweber, merge.fm Co-founder of merge.fm, a local startup that lets musicians share their creative process with their fans, Will recently got a master's in bioengineering from U of I— and stuck around Champaign to get merge.fm off the ground. He's working on becoming a coffee snob, but, he says, it's tough work. Deke Weaver, Elephant, a Performance An award-winning writer-performer-media artist, Deke was the senior animator for the Showtime Networks and is currently an assistant professor at the University of Illinois' School of Art and Design. Peter Exley, PKN Chicago Organizer and President of Architecture Is Fun Peter Exley is the co-host of PechaKucha Night Chicago. He has a new driver’s license which says he is 5’10” and 140lbs. Like most things issued by the State of Illinois, that’s a crock of sh*t. Matt Childress, Funstainable Transportation Matt says, "Just like the funny little mice of Pinky and the Brain, I work on a funny little computer, drive a funny little car and have accumulated quite a few funny friends—many of us with grand delusions of making over our world. It is happening." Rose Morefield, Making Wild, Wearable Thoughts a Reality Sewing since age 12, sculpting fabric for over 14 years, and collaborating with designers, performers, and artists, Rose is a costume technician with a flair for creating piece that redefine and extend the human form. David Monk, Preserving Prairie Where There Is None Known in the Champaign-Urbana community as the "Prairie Monk," David is dedicated to reserving, restoring, and interpreting the natural and cultural landscape of east central Illinois. Nan Goggin, What Inspires Design An artist, designer, professor, wife, and mom (whew!), Nan Goggin is the tireless director of the University of Illinois' School of Art and Design. She discussed the many elements around us that constantly serve to inspire, enliven, and guide our creativity. Joanne Manaster, My Little Black Book of Scientists I Love Joanne teaches upper-level science lab classes at the U of I. On her website, Joanne Loves Science.com, she presents science in whimsical and unexpected, yet meaningful, ways. For her presentation, she played a time-traveling beauty who can visit any scientist she desires, describing them in her "little black book." Michael Morgan, Designing Your Life Poised, graceful, elegant, and smooth. Michael is none of these. But he IS very passionate about music, design, family, friends and humor. He discussed integrating them together for a fulfilling life. Gimme 5! Join us for PKN C-U Vol. 5 this Saturday, March 5, at Canopy Club!

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The Salaryman Project, Amazing Cakes, and 4000 in Tel Aviv

Presentations In October 2006, as he was taking photos of nature in the forest near Kawaguchiko, a salaryman with a suitcase appeared on the track. Ever since that day, Bruno Quinquet has tried to investigate the mysteries of office work in Japan through photography. He has exhibited this series -- which is the topic of his presentation (from PKN Tokyo Vol. 92) -- in Japan and abroad. Last month, he launched a crowdfunding campaign to support the production of the "Salaryman Project Business Schedule 2013." These are not the cakes you are used to seeing. In this first presentation (in Italian) from PKN Pisa Vol. 1, Alessandra Pacini -- a cake designer -- shares some of the amazing cakes she's produced over the years. Cake design is an interesting form of art, in which anyone can make a professional-looking cake, with no limits to imagination -- although using only edible materials is key. Posters We have quite a few new posters up on the Tumblr blog today, including two from Kosice (for last week's Vol. 18, and the upcoming Vol. 19), a well as for PKN Okayama Vol. 14, PKN Orlando Vol. 6, and PKN Portsmouth Vol. 11 (above), which continues that city's elemental theme for the year (first was fire).  And speaking of Portsmouth, here's a great video that was produced after the city's Vol. 10, that acts as a peek at that event, as well as a teaser for the upcoming Vol. 11: Photos and report What does a crowd of 4000 look like? It looks like what you see pictured above, from last week's PKN Tel Aviv Vol. 13 -- and there are more photos to see in this Flickr photoset. Also, we have the following report from PKN Tel Aviv organizer Anat Safran:We had another great PKN here at Tel Aviv, with 4000 people in the house. As usual the demand for tickets was huge and we were sold out in minutes... Me and my partner Itay were happy to host 9 presenters, all great and crazy, just the way we love them. We started the evening with a presentation by Liat Segal, who is running a studio for art and technology. Her projects are always fun and beautiful and involve music, paint and robots. Than came on stage Ofer Grunewald who is a young Bonsai artist. He shared his passion and explained the satisfaction of sculpting with a living material as trees. Mushon Zer Aviv (designer) and his wife Galia Ofri (painter) talked about their first common project that aims to illustrate wikipedia. With great drawings for esoteric articles and some very interesting questions about sharing knowledge -- these were a fascinating 6 minutes and 40 seconds. Artist and representative of the slow food movement in Israel, Rafram Hadad took us on a lovely journey in his different fields of creation, mixing visual arts and food in all middle eastern countries. A whole different experience was the one offered by brain researcher Moran Cerf, who is working in a very special lab in L.A. where experiments are made on live human brains. He can map the brain and than "read" one's thoughts or even allow handicapped people to control a robotic arm with their thoughts. Than came Ohad Zlotnik, a graduate student in visual arts, who presented his very smart project of 3D typography, with Hebrew letters that became real objects. Daniel Dover is a street artist who told us his short and so funny history trying to fit in the world of design, and what has finally brought him to do his street art interventions.  Oded Ezer is a well known typographer who has presented his work in the first Tel Aviv PKN back on 2007. We were happy to invite him once again and discover his super intelligent projects. Oded told us about a typographic tattoo project, a graphic flag project, a social Skype-typo project, and more. The last show of the evening was by director Yair Kedar, who presented his current project, a documentary about Yona Wollach, one of Israel's most well known poet. His presentation ended with a live song by local singer Karolina whose big warm voice filled all our hearts with joy and emotions, with anticipation for our next PKN.Calendar Tonight (June 4) you'll want to catch PKN Stockholm Vol. 34, which we hear is going to be quite the event. Tomorrow, PKNs are happening in the following cities: PKN Louisville Vol. 8, PKN Chicago Vol. 22, and PKN Sydney Vol. 21. Please note that the PKN Hong Kong Vol. 12 that was scheduled for tomorrow has been postponed.

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Making Pots, Sculpting Heads, and Toronto/Tokyo Share a PechaKucha Mix

Presentations How do you make a pot? Let Jess Elofson guide you through the process, start to finish, in her presentation (from PKN Sioux Falls Vol. 1). Betty Argenziano is a sculptor who works with clay, slip, and marble. She's also an architect, writer, painter, and photographer. As you'll quickly find out through this presentation (in Italian, from PKN Genoa Vol. 3), her model of choice is the head, and she aims to produce realistic portraits that aim to tell unreal feelings. Posters Today's addition to the Tumblr blog is the poster for tomorrow's PKN Panama Vol. 11, happening at the Teatro en Circulo, with a start time of 19:30. Photos We've mentioned it a few times on this blog, but the "PechaKucha Mix" -- an improv presentation done at events where volunteers take to the stage and present images they've never seen -- is becoming quite popular. In a fun case of seeing how different cities would handle similar images, your humble writer let PKN Toronto use his recent vacation photos (made of Instagram shots taken in Canada during the summer) for that city's Mix, and the same set was used for our Mix here in Tokyo last month. How do they compare? PKN Toronto organizer Vivien Leung shared her Mix on YouTube, and I did the same for our Tokyo version. Pictured above, the crew who took part in Tokyo. Calendar These are the five events on tap for tonight (October 17): PKN Istanbul Vol. 15, PKN Ornskoldsvik Vol. 2, PKN Dallas Vol. 11, PKN Stockholm Vol. 36, and PKN Miami Vol. 19. Tomorrow is marked by a city that will have its very first PKN (Townsville) and one that will celebrate its 20th (Edinburgh) -- other events include PKN Leeds Vol. 14, PKN Wakefield Vol. 7, PKN Panama Vol. 11, and PKN Edmonton Vol. 14.

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Unitehope

Ninni Rosen-Tarrant -- the organizer of PKN Dunsborough -- talks about the Unitehopeproject, founded by her Swedish friend, Lehna Edwall. She designed an angel that is to be placed around the world, with a wish to unite all people through the power of hope. In Ninni's presentation, she tells us stories from the the picturesque locations in which the angels have been placed.