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Building Afrotopia

BY STACEY ROBINSON
@ VOL 16 ON APR 14, 2016

"The work becomes a conversation about class, race, gender and appropriation."

In Building Afrotopia from PechaKucha Buffalo Vol. 16, artist Stacey Robinson illustrates how speculating black futures became paramount in his artistic practice as a response to the global displacement of Black and Indigenous people. Robinson shares recent work, beginning with his current Pan-African flag series, representing nations where Black and Indigenous populations are controlled by extreme measures. Robinson then shares works from an in-progress book, 100 Afrofuturists Practitioners, depicting people building future spaces where Black peace exists using S.T.E.A.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art(s), and Math). Lastly, Robinson presents works inspired by the past Black Renaissance speculative Black Futures, with Afrofuturist digital collages inspired by Romare Bearden, James Denmark, Manzel Bowman, and other past and contemporary mixed media collage artists. 

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Building Black Utopias: Modeling the Architectural Principles of African American Literature, 1960-1975

BY CHARLES L. DAVIS, II, PH.D.
@ VOL 17 ON SEP 15, 2016

"We started with several books that looked at the brownstone as a site of intervention."

In Building Black Utopias: Modeling the Architectural Principles of African American Literature, 1960-1975 from PechaKucha Buffalo vol. 17, Charles L. Davis, II, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, shows works from his recent exhibition project, Building Black Utopias, and discusses the literature that served as inspiration. 

The Building Black Utopias project combines the tools of the architect, the historian and the literary critic to recover the historical contributions of African American writers to architectural utopian thought. It specifically examines the role of literary depictions of place in June Jordan, Amiri Baraka, Paule Marshall and Angela Davis’ writings. Davis argues that each authors’ rhetorical manipulations of the built environment operates on the same level as architectural utopian thought insofar as both mediums created rich, alternative depictions of modernist space to liberate the architect’s imagination. The final exhibit translates the spatial ideas of literature into drawings, models and other ephemera.

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A Brief Memoir of Architectural Space

BY JOANNA GILLESPIE
@ VOL 17 ON SEP 15, 2016

"This is my 6-minute memoir. A mediation on impermanence."

In A Brief Memoir of Architecural Space from PechaKucha Buffalo vol. 17, independent arts consultant and co-organizer of PechaKucha Buffalo, Joanna Gillespie, delivers a meditation on twenty of the fifty places she has lived since birth. From Victorian-era structures in Buffalo, NY and San Francisco, CA, to the wilds of the 1970's California coast, to modern and efficient rural Japan, to a Postmodern art utopia in Maine, and beyond, Gillespie recounts a particular memory from each space. Through all of the temporal landscapes we find ourselves in, Gillespie concludes, "We forge on, either clumsily or assuredly. We keep on keeping on." Even if we move fifty times.

 

SITEWIDE Search Results: “utopia”

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Aalborg @ Karolinelunden
Sep 05, 2013

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Poitiers @ Maison de L'architectue - Poitou Charentes
Sep 16, 2014

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Lausanne @ Maison de l'écriture, fondation Michalski
May 13, 2014

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Humpolec @ Fabrika club
Feb 25, 2017

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Toulouse @ AMERICAN COSMOGRAPH
Mar 02, 2017

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Melbourne @ Drill Hall, Multicultural Hub
Jul 13, 2017

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New and Alternative Moscow

BY ARTYOM UKROPOV
@ VOL 18 ON APR 24, 2012

Artyom is an architect at Megabudka Bureau, and in this presentation he shares his utopian plans (all based on real data and statistics) on how to solve all of the problems of modern Russia. His solution involves moving all of the population to the territory that surrounds the Moscow region. (in Russian)
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On the Structure of Thought & the Job Spectrum

BY BLAKE ART
@ VOL 18 ON JUN 07, 2011

"Art’s task is to Save the Soul of Mankind, and that anything less is a dithering while Rome burns. Because if the Artist, who are self-selected to be able to journey into the other... if the Artist cannot find the way, then the Way cannot be Found."  - Terence McKenna Adopting this Terence McKenna quote as his mantra and accidentally stumbling into what he calls "Thought Structure" through his art, blakeArt®, with all his might and good intent, attempts to do just that: find a way for All. We are all "One" in the "Same." (in English)

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Sci-Fi Utopia

BY JEAN-CHARLES REMICOURT-MARIE
@ VOL 1 ON APR 12, 2013

Jean-Charles Remicourt-Marie is obsessed with science fiction and the concept of utopia. In this presentation he shares with us a piece of his research, starting with imaginary worlds taken from paintings and movies, and then showing their transcendence into our world. He even recommends some books for those who share his interest. (in French)

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Occupying Utopia

BY BONG DELFIN
@ VOL 13 ON SEP 05, 2013

Painter and au pair Bong Delfin currently lives in Kerteminde Fyn, where he has been elected as artist of the year. Bong takes us through his poetic, imaginary painting universe that contains strong statements and insightful commentary on societal issues.

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Forming an Industrial Utopia

BY MICHAEL BERNSTEIN
@ VOL 4 ON NOV 21, 2013

Michael Bernstein interprets "Utopia" in his own way, and uses these ideas to fuel green projects. He originally created designs for mobile green spaces, and he especially enjoys utilizing cheap industrial materials like polytarps in his work. 

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This Visual Utopia: Limitless Art in the Twin Cities

BY TAMI MILLER
@ VOL 1 ON MAY 14, 2015

Tami Miller, curator at the Krasl Art Center, explores the potential visual utopia that is possible in the small lakeside town of St. Joseph, Michigan. What is possible if the world's great urban art makers enlivened our public spaces and architecture?

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How I came to be convinced that we need a post-national Europe

BY YANNIC BELLINO
@ VOL 32 ON FEB 06, 2017

Yannic Bellino shares how he came to dream of a post-national future for Europe. In the period between his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, he spent some time in Berlin working for the European Democracy Lab where he learnt that maybe the current set-up of the EU is obsolete. He now believes that a new narrative and a new utopia are needed in these times of re-emerging nationalism.

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Dystopia/Utopia

BY JOHANNES MOSER
@ VOL 12 ON MAR 02, 2017

Johannes Moser präsentiert 18 Möglichkeiten unserer Welt. Utopische Szenarien (alles ist gut) und dystopische Szenarien (alles ist schlecht) wechseln sich ab und reichen von der "Ära der unangenehmen Schuhe" über den davonrollenden Käse, die erkrankten Kugeln am Schlachtfeld (überall Frieden) bis zur romantischen Liebesgeschichte zwischen Putin und Merkel. Zu guter Letzt sein Tipp: Sei selbst die Utopie!

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A Modernist Graphic Designer on Kawaii, Utopian Plans for Moscow, and Last Night in Tokyo

Presentations The cute -- kawaii -- culture that was perfected in Japan has now proliferated on a global scale. Why? This modernist graphic designer (aka Craig Yamashita) laments the reasons (from PKN Tokyo Vol. 92). Artyom Ukropov is an architect at Megabudka Bureau, and in this presentation (in Russian, from PKN Moscow Vol. 18) he shares his utopian plans -- all based on real data and statistics -- on how to solve all of the problems of modern Russia. His solution involves moving all of the population to the territory that surrounds the Moscow region. Posters Today's new crop of posters on our Tumblr blog includes PKN Tallinn Vol. 4 (which happens tomorrow night), PKN Bangor Vol. 5 (also happening tomorrow night), PKN Plzen Vol. 1 (happening tonight), and PKN Xalapa Vol. 10 (happening tonight, and pictured above).  Photos The photos we have to share today are all pictured above, and were taken last night at PKN Tokyo Vol. 92 by our resident photographer, Michael Holmes. These are traditional shots we always take and include (from top) the big group shot, the presenters group shot, and the "PechaKucha Mix" participants.  Calendar On the final day of May, you'll be able to attend the following events: PKN Plzen Vol. 1, PKN Seattle Vol. 36, PKN Ulladulla Vol. 3, and PKN Xalapa Vol. 10. Tomorrow (June 1), this is what your Friday night could include: PKN Bucharest Vol. 9, PKN Tallinn Vol. 4, PKN Sioux Falls Vol. 4, PKN Kumamoto Vol. 3, and PKN Bangor Vol. 5. 

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Occupying Utopia at PechaKucha Night Aalborg #13

We had an AWSOME! event in Aalborg denmark last thursday and I'm still high on it...as you can hear! We made this PechaKucha Night in Aalborg - our 13. event happen at IMAGES Festival in Karlinelunden Aalborg thursday september 5., where artists from mainly Asia and Africa were invited all week to show works, do performances, artisttalks, workshops and play concerts with danish artists. The theme of the festival and PechaKucha was Occupy Utopia!   And what an event! Around 150 came to the Worlduniversitytent, where photographer Stephen Freiheit exhibited his moving photos with portraits of people from all over the world and his photoproject and -book "Things you can't buy for money". Filled with photocontributors from Nepal, Burma and many other places Stephen Freiheits photos connects people and creates awareness of the different ways of living. Of course it had to be Stephen Freiheit who opened this PechaKucha Night #13 in Aalborg by telling a fraction of the stories he has to share from his travels in Asia living with the people he portraits. Susanne Ahrenkiel is a danish sculpture artist taking part in Imags Festival, and she shared the experience of working with Burkina Faso artists Xavier Sayago and Sahab Koanda together with danish artist Kirsten Barlit - and the artistic progress and cultural challenges that took place during the 14 days they spent working together here in Denmark.   To make an event like this happen with artists coming in from across the earth also creates the challenge of even getting there to the event. So unfortunately cambodian street artist Peap Tarr, who created this PechaKucha Night poster couldn't get to Denmark to present at PechaKucha Night in Aalborg due to visatrouble with the danish authorities :-(    In stead an artist from Ghana jumped in on short notice just the day before PechaKucha Night: Eric Adjetey Anang from KANE KWEI Carpentry Workshop is making coffins as 3rd. generation in the family - yes you read correctly - coffins  - but made as artistic references either, to who the person was alive or to the spirit of an animal - humour, colourfullness, playfullness and also political statements. And a questioning of the nescessity of leaving life in only sorrow and not celebrating the life that just ended. This art-project takes Eric Adjetey Anang all over the world exhibiting and doing artisttalks. Here in Aalborg he amongst others worked together with danish street-artist Lars Pank to create a human size macrell-tomatocan-coffin :-) And following Eric as PechaKucha presenter was graphic illustrator and street-artist Lars Pank telling about both his latest art-projects Storby-stories, inspiration and co-working with other artists. Painter Bong Delfin currently work in Kerteminde Denmark and was selected as artist of the year there Bong Delfin comes from the Philipines. Bong talked about occupying his utopia thrugh his poetic imaginary painting universe that are also very strong statements.   In our short break we had been given the opportunity to show a short documentary made i english by Mads Jeppesen about danish artist Dennis Seide - choosing life as an artist in stead of getting a steady monthly paycheck in your mailbox every month. That lead well up to our second half started by another danish artist Jens Munk Clemmensen. He and two fellow artists have founded CAT Studio as both a studio and a growth-place - apprentice- and mentorship for young art-talents. Jens wanted to share this idea to be taken by other artists to oyher places around the world.   Educational revolutions swept over Europe during the sixtees. A place in Thy Denmark caught the attension of the world back then because of it's prominent guests John Lennon Yoko Ono and Yoko Onos daughter. They became friends with the founders of what was called æ Verdensuniveritet / a Worlduniversity out in the countryside in the middle of nowhere - Sara Damskier and her husband then Aage Rosendahl Nielsen. Sara Damskier talked about making the impossible happen out in the middle of nowhere transforming ideas of education and knowledge in broad perspective - seeing the importance of education of whole human beings. Occupying that Utopia became very present and lead over to the second speaker in same presentation - from Aalborg University art & Technology Fak Heinrich. Falk gave a short tour de force of the new world university - streamlined education forgot some values - maybee with the need to once again incorporate what was acknowledged back in the sixtees. You are the one who can make changes happen - occupying Utopia possible.   A strong believer in that action matters is venezuelean lawyer Ronald Thomas Graterol. He talked about the importance of improving conditions for children all over the world, and how you can contribute with your time through volunteer work for ngo Save the children.   Another challenge making an event like this happen are languages, and how to make yourself understood not talking danish or english. Cao Trung Vinh documentary film director had the help of Cao Thanh Há to translate a beautiful vietamese to english along in his presentation. Vinh is travelling Vietnam to collect knowledge about traditional villagefestivals to offer to connect them with contemporary artist ideas, and has made movies anout the events.   Last but not least another artist not english speaking - but mongolian! Hugjiltu is leadsinger in the band Ajinai - they played at Roskilde festival in Denmark in july as well as at the much smaller Aalborg Blues Festival august to standing applause. Hugjiltu wanted to share knowledge about the role nature and wide grassranges has to mongolian people, festivals, nomadelives - and what the mongolian horse (Ajinai) means to him. In the last part of his presentation he played accompanied by artworks by his friend and photographer Alusi. A beautiful ending to a wonderfull evening of occupying utopia, and I don't think anyone went home untouched, wiser or moved. This a great experience that created contacts, knowledge and understanding between people - all that PechaKucha is meant to do.

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Photography Comes First

“These are quiet, concentrated, and precise images seemingly of everyday scenes, but in fact these are staged moments suspended in time.” Photography has taken Nora Bibel all over the world: Vietnam, Myanmar, Germany and more. In “Photography Comes First” from PKN Bangalore Vol. 13 Nora speaks about her beautiful portrait work, books, and exhibitions that have made up her work. She tells us her themes are utopia, social change, home, memories, and more.

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Pratical Utopias

"It resonated with people... People loved the idea of pranking the New York Times."In Pratical Utopias from Beacon Vol. 2, Multidisciplinary artist Steve Lambert really puts the public in public art. Through a series of traveling exhibits, installations, pranks, interventions and participatory events, he uses his art to address a wide range of subjects, investigating assumptions, current events and public opinion. Funny, thoughtful, and skillfully executed.

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A Brief Memoir of Architectural Space

"This is my 6-minute memoir. A mediation on impermanence." In A Brief Memoir of Architecural Space from PechaKucha Buffalo vol. 17, independent arts consultant and co-organizer of PechaKucha Buffalo, Joanna Gillespie, delivers a meditation on twenty of the fifty places she has lived since birth. From Victorian-era structures in Buffalo, NY and San Francisco, CA, to the wilds of the 1970's California coast, to modern and efficient rural Japan, to a Postmodern art utopia in Maine, and beyond, Gillespie recounts a particular memory from each space. Through all of the temporal landscapes we find ourselves in, Gillespie concludes, "We forge on, either clumsily or assuredly. We keep on keeping on." Even if we move fifty times.