The whole thing that powers a PechaKucha event -- whether it's a city-based PechaKucha Night or a "Powered by PechaKucha" event -- is the "20 images x 20 seconds" format. WATCH is where you'll find presentations from all over the world -- get inspired!
The Belt Line: Hiding in Plain Sight
BY CHRIS HAWLEY
@ VOL 16
ON APR 14, 2016
"The Belt Line … will be the next phase in Buffalo’s sustainable development."
In The Belt Line: Hiding in Plain Sight from PechaKucha Night Buffalo Vol. 16, urbanist and preservationist, Chris Hawley, presents the Belt Line -- one of the most conspicuous and least-known features of Buffalo, NY. Each day, trains go by along it and people drive underneath and over it. It is the "third strand" in Buffalo's DNA, as important to the city's physical and economic geography as Joseph Ellicott's radial and grid plan and Frederick Law Olmsted's park and parkway system; as consequential to the city's development as the Erie Canal and Interstate Highway System.
The Belt Line was opened in 1883, with segments dating back to 1836. The rail line is 15 miles long, forming a continuous loop through Buffaloʼs downtown as well as the prominent industrial loft clusters that it helped to create. Today, the Belt Line's 12 million square feet of largely vacant or underutilized industrial space is the city's next frontier for sustainable development. Factory buildings are being recycled as mixed-use developments. These former industrial areas are becoming walkable centers again.
This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Tuesday, July 27th, 2016.
Human Centered Design
BY BAS VAN HOEVE
@ VOL 26
ON JAN 14, 2016
"For this project, I particularly looked at the things that those children could do instead of what they couldn’t."
In Human Centered Design from PechaKucha Night Shanghai Vol. 26, Bas van Hoeve explains what inspires him when he's designing: people. He doesn't design just to create something nice or beautiful; he hopes his products actually help people. Don't just focus on the best paying customers, also pay attention to those most in need of specialized design.
This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Monday, July 25th, 2016.
BY HENGTEE LIM
@ VOL 137
ON JUN 29, 2016
"Words are really powerful, and if we’re going to use them to express the people we are and the feelings that we have, let’s make them count!"
In Magic Words from PechaKucha Night Tokyo Vol. 137, Hengtee Lim looks at how words inspire new ideas, create a shared experience, and foster understanding. Lim argues that there's a power in words and the way we use them to express ourselves and tell stories.
This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Friday, July 22nd, 2016.
Artistic Encounters with Plastiglomerate, Derelict Fishing Gear, and other Pacific Plastic Flotsam
BY JAIMEY HAMILTON FARIS
@ VOL 27
ON JUN 10, 2016
“He mimes geological compression, squeezing all of the detritus together to make a post-consumerist stone.”
In Artistic Encounters with Plastiglomerate, Derelict Fishing Gear, and other Pacific Plastic Flotsam from PechaKucha Night Honolulu Vol. 27, Jan Dickey, UHM MFA candidate, and Jaimey Hamilton Faris, UHM Associate Professor of Contemporary Art and Critical Theory, will talk about how art engages with the environmental impact of plastic trash in the Pacific Ocean. They will introduce the work of three artists: Kelly Jazvac’s “readymade” plastiglomerate (a newly designated geologic formation of sand, coral, and plastic); Maika’i Tubbs’ attempts to replicate platiglomerate’s geology; and Mary Babcock’s weavings of plastic fishing line found on the shores of the Hawaiian Islands.
This was "PechaKucha of the Day" of Thursday, July 21st, 2016.
The El Paso Transnational Trolley Project
BY PETER SVARZBEIN
@ VOL 13
ON JUN 23, 2016
"These were vehicles of economic mobility."
In The El Paso Transnational Trolley Project from PechaKucha Night El Paso Vol. 13, Peter Svarzbien shares his project to get El Paso's trolleys running again as they did in their heyday. Svarzbien is a photographer, artist and now city Councilman of El Paso. He once imagined the historic streetcars returning to the streets of El Paso again with his MFA masters thesis "The El Paso Transnational Trolley Project." Several years later, this project no longer resides only in our imaginations as the first tracks are now being laid in the streets of El Paso for the new streetcar line. With El Paso's first streetcar line in many years now under construction Peter is not content to stop here, but is now gathering political support to push for the restoration of trolley service over the international bridge - reconnecting Juarez and El Paso's fabled international streetcar service. Peter's presentation inspires us to consider how art can operate on a grand city scale to improve our quality of life.
This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Wednesday, July 20th, 2016.
How I Understand the Work I Do (and Myself) Better Because of My Little Sister
BY JESSICA CALDAS
@ VOL 28
ON FEB 21, 2016
"My sister reminds me every day why I do the work that I do, why these open, hard conversations are important, how we learn from them and how we help ourselves and others by having them"
In How I Understand the Work I Do (and Myself) Better Because of My Little Sister from PechaKucha Night Atlanta Vol. 28, Jessica Caldas shares about the impact her little sister has on her and her art. Caldas is an aritist based in Atlanta and one whose work stems from challenging subject matter such as domestic abuse and sexual violence. Over the last year, Jessica's younger sister Shoshana has increasingly become an influence in Jessica's work through her openess, honesty, and challenging nautre. Jessica stood before strangers, some friends, and her sister to tell everyone of the special bond these two have and what the bond has meant for Jessica's art.
This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Tuesday July 19th, 2016.
A Creative Journey
BY TRACEY MOWATT
@ VOL 6
ON JUN 28, 2016
"Why, today, are children handed a piece of paper with Math, English and Science and nothing about who they are and why they’re unique?"
In A Creative Journey from PechaKucha Night St Neots Vol. 6, Artist and creative Tracey Mowatt shares about the emotive and deeply personal community art project called Vir2oso. Mowatt has been been working on Vir2oso for a year since feeling great frustration from the UK's uncompromising education system which did not provide ample space for creativity and exploration of self.
This was "PechaKucha of the Day" onb Monday, July 18th, 2016.
BY MATTHEW ROBERTS
@ VOL 137
ON JUN 29, 2016
"Please don’t ever look at a ramen delivery bike the same way again."
In The Firefly from PechaKucha Night Tokyo Vol. 137, Matthew Roberts shares how he reinvented the Honda Super Cub. With more units sold than any other motorised mode of transport in human history, accepting the challenge of creating a Honda Super Cub that would wow the world (and win a few races along the way) was a brave move indeed. Speedtractor Industries' Creative Director, Matthew Roberts, talks through the challenges, design journey and end results of hot-rodding this 49cc automotive icon.
This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Friday, July 15th, 2016.
BY CAITLIN CASS
@ VOL 16
ON APR 14, 2016
"I make art about ineffectual dreamers who try really hard to succeed at something but always fail miserably."
In Fabricating History from PechaKucha Buffalo Vol. 16, artist and founder of the Great Moments in Western Civilization Cooperative, Caitlin Cass, focuses on the need for diverse sources in creative research, especially when you invent them yourself. She reflects on the subjectivity of history and explains how she co-opts historical authority to create comics and counterfeit historical exhibits. Walking us through her artistic process from the stage of “tadpole” to “strawberry dart frog,” Cass presents highlights of her recent comic book an counterfeit historical exhibits, such as “Folktales of American History” and “The Museum of Failure.”
This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Thursday, July 14th, 2016.
BY MIGUEL PEREZ-LA PLANTE
@ VOL 137
ON JUN 29, 2016
"The story [we're] telling you tonight is about the first global art movement which started right here, 100 years ago, in the old town of Zurich, in a place called 'The Cabaret Voltaire.'"
Just over 100 years ago, the Dadaists used poetry, prose, parody, and provocation to confront and question the WWI society that brought so much destruction. This "nonsensical" art movement was perhaps the most decisive single influence on the development of twentieth-century art, and its innovations are a continuing source of inspiration to artists today -- Hear from Swiss Embassy Public Affairs head Miguel Perez-LaPlante and curator Yukiko Shikata speak on this radical movement in DADA from PechaKucha Night Tokyo Vol 137.
This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Wednesday July 13th, 2016.
Halifax Music Co-op
BY JOHN BOGARDUS
@ VOL 20
ON JUN 17, 2016
“We are here to knock down the barriers between music, education and people.”
In Halifax Music Co-op from PechaKucha Night Halifax Vol. 20, John Bogardus shares what the Halifax Music Co-op is. Bogardus is a curious and passionate conductor, and has been playing in and leading ensembles the majority of his life. In 2010, John started the program that would become the Halifax Music Co-op. Since that time, he has devoted his life to nurturing the organization and its membership as both Executive Director and Music Director of the HMC. His passion for music and musical education has grown the Halifax Music Co-op from humble beginnings to an organization of half a dozen ensembles and over 200 members.
This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Tuesday, July 12, 2016.
Creativity in the Law
BY LAUREN BARROS
@ VOL 17
ON MAR 18, 2016
"A lot of people think that law is black and white: you are right, or you are wrong. Actually, I think that to be a good lawyer, to be a good arguer, you have to be creative."
In Creativity in the Law from PechaKucha Night Salt Lake City - Vol. 17, Lauren Barros, an accomplished lawyer, believes that in order to be a good lawyer, you have to be creative. Especially when it comes to interpreting the law and how it impacts LGBT couples and families.
This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Monday, July 11th, 2016.