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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!

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When Art and Science Collide

BY YOKO SHIMIZU
@ VOL 132 ON JAN 27, 2016

“I wanted to learn the beautiful mechanism of the universe, nature, and life. So i studied biology and chemistry in my university. And that’s when i thought ‘how cool would it be to integrate all of this into art?’”

In When Art and Science Collide from PechaKucha Night Tokyo Vol. 132,  contemporary artist and science researcher Yoko Shimizu details her work. One may think that art and Science are total opposites but not Yoko. She finds that the beauty of the scientific principles that surround us to be timeless, limitless, and inspirational. Yoko –who has won many awards her scientific artworks– creates installations that integrate both art and science.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Friday, February 6th, 2016. 

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A Female's Survival of Music Production

BY NATASHA KMETO
@ VOL 15 ON FEB 12, 2015

“Really I think part of surviving is communicating, reaching out, creating a dialog with men and women to increase the availability of women in different roles. I think obviously this is a microcosm in music but I think it's probably true in every field”

In A Female's Survival of Music Production from PechaKucha Night Portland’s 15th Volume, Musician Natasha Kmeto discusses surviving in the contemporary music industry. From overcoming the music industry's glass ceiling to defying expectations set upon her by gendered stereotypes she admits that her actions are somewhat political. Though reflecting on her upbringing and childhood in relation to the development of her career as a musician, she explains that it did not being so.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Thursday February 4th, 2016.

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The Long Black Wig Project

BY BECKY EDDY PHILLIPS
@ VOL 5 ON DEC 01, 2015

“Recall the idiom Everything But the Kitchen Sink…This is NOT that space.”

In The Long Black Wig Project from PechaKucha Night Bryan’s 5th Volume Speaker Becky Eddy Phillips rhythmically details a her multimedia artistic piece. The Long Black Wig Project enters contemporary plots in art, science, domesticity, mothering, and feminism. Using art like a verb, it wavers in leaps and falls between the intellectual and domestic realms. At the same time, the work is introspective, balancing the overlapping (though historically antithetical) realms of mother and artist: how to stay connected to art depends on the artists connectivity to her children. An ambitious multi-media exhibit, it is contained within A Vacuous Space.

A multitude of video vignettes are projected within it’s relative space. With titles such as Miss Sara Tonin’s Fancy and My Feminism Hurts My Marriage, the imagery is strangely eerie with a feminine edge as if there were an invisible link to the past lives of women associated with Surrealism. A long wig is seen throughout the work and acts as a connective fiber.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016. 

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The Neglected Basics

BY ANETTE AGA
@ VOL 4 ON OCT 23, 2015

“Maybe it was the school, maybe it was the programs, the teachers, the increasing descent into despair– which often happens in art school– but I did not feel i was being taken seriously. Every time I steered towards comics, I felt that I was being pulled over by the art police and fined for indecency.”

In The Neglected Basics from PechaKucha Night Bergen’s 4th Volume, Visual Communication student Anette Aga addresses the lack of focus on art in academia. This is a great problem for those who would go through academia to become a designer or illustrator. Comics, in particular, being so important to so many cultures, are unduly ignored.

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From Speaking to Spelling

BY HELEN BREADMORE
@ VOL 22 ON SEP 15, 2015

“You need to sing nursery rhymes, play I spy, make up stories and read books together; What children know about their spoken language affects how quickly they learn to read or write”

In From Speaking to Spelling from PechaKucha Night Coventry’s 22nd Volume, Researcher Helen Breadmore speaks of the interconnectedness between spoken and written language. In young children, because the learning process typically undergoes a particular pattern, one can learn a lot from the pattern of their mistakes.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Monday, February 1, 2016.

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Nakano: Tokyo’s East Village

BY BENJAMIN BOAS
@ VOL 132 ON JAN 27, 2016

"Nakano is a place where you can be yourself, where you can do things your own way."

In Nakano: Tokyo’s East Village from PechaKucha Night Tokyo Vol. 132, repeat presenter and crowd favorite, Japanophile Extraordinaire Benjamin Boas takes the stage as the newly anointed "Nakano Ambassador”, championing one of Tokyo's more eccentric neighborhoods. Adding the title to an already long list of accolades including being the only foreigners to publish a manga in Japan, titled "Everything I Know About Japan I Learned From Comics and Video Games", here he give us a deeper perspective on the charms of this illustrious Tokyo ward.

Benjamin Boasさんは、4歳の時から箸を使いビデオゲームで遊んできた大の親日家。昨年は小学館から著書『日本のことは、マンガとゲームで学びました。』を出版され、PKN Vol. 122でもプレゼンテーションされました。昨秋に中野区観光大使に就任し、2回目のPKN出演となる今回は、その中野区のディープな魅力をたっぷり紹介していただきます。Benjaminさんの熱い中野愛に魅了され、月末は皆さんきっと中央線に乗ることになるでしょう。お出かけ前に、PKNで中野情報をしっかりインプットしてください!

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Friday, January 29th, 2016. 

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Avant Garnish: Designing a Cookbook with my Sister

BY REBECCA GOESLING
@ VOL 3 ON NOV 12, 2015

“Instead of taking inspiration from the cookbook layout we actually took inspiration from things like Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue”


In Avant Garnish: Designing a Cookbook with my Sister from PechaKucha Night St. Joseph’s 3rd Volume, Material Designer Rebecca Goesling discusses the makings of her collaborative new cookbook. Rebecca and her sister Sarah grew up surrounded in creativity, so it's no wonder they set off together to design a cookbook that has eye candy for both foodies and fashion designers.

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Pro-Poor Innovation, How to Hype it with Micro Industry

BY REINDER VAN TIJEN
@ VOL 27 ON NOV 23, 2015

“Craft keeps alive a few million– a few billion people but it doesn't lift them out of poverty. You need something else; what you need is your brain and my brain, an attitude, and a change.”

In Pro-Poor Innovation, How to Hype it with Micro Industry from PechaKucha Night Maastrict’s 27th Volume, Reinder van Tijen, owner of the company Demotech discusses industry at the poverty level. In industry, one needs capital. In an environment with no capital, one needs Ingenuity. Loopholes can be found when one re-designs concepts, tools, methods, and ideas to make them accessible and affordable to everybody in the world. Tijen’s goal? To improve lives with tricks and techniques and create more joy per person.

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Big Hair Don't Care

BY SANDY SAAD
@ VOL 9 ON NOV 20, 2015

“While all my friend’s… hair would sway in the wind, my hair even defied the laws of physics. It would just stay absolutely still.”

In Big Hair Don't Care from PechaKucha Night Markham’s 9th Volume, curly hair ambassador, chocolate-maker, and biathlon competitor Sandy Saad discusses what it's like to grow up with natural hair. Drawing from memories of her embarrassing hair phases, she tells the tale of how she came to accept her natural beauty.

 

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Everest Without Sight

BY KEVIN AUGELLO
@ VOL 12 ON JUL 01, 2015

"Basically everything in our expedition was blessed (by Tibetan Monks), our ropes, our ice axes ... and it would turn out later that we would need this blessing."

In Everest Without Sight from PechaKucha Night Leiden Vol. 12, Kevin Augello, founder of New Earth Films, a British rooted documentary production company, whose clients include the BBC, National Geographic and Discovery Channel, aims to share the diversity and natural history of Planet Earth. In this moving presentation he shares about his emotional journey while filming the extraordinary attempt of Dr Thomas Weber, a visually impaired climber with a mission to reach the summit of the North Face of Mount Everest in Tibet. 

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Monday, January 25th, 2016. 

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Sofubi: Soft Vinyl

BY DON KRATZER
@ PECHAKUCHA NIGHT SPECIAL @ AUTODESK POP-UP ON NOV 08, 2015

"When I say factory, it's often a 60 or 70-year old guy who has a shed out by the side of his house. He's pouring the the plastisol, and running it through the process, pulling out the pieces by hand, one by one."

In Sofubi: Soft Vinyl from PechaKucha Night Special @ Autodesk Pop-Up in TokyoDon Kratzer discusses soft vinyl as a medium, and particularly soft vinyl toys made in Japan. Versatile and vibrant, it has been used for generations as a medium for making toys and figurines that is proven to last. With advancements in digital technology, new opportunities are presented to those who design sofubi figures and collectibles.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Friday, January 23rd, 2016. 

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Confined Architectural Space and Psychological Unease

BY GARY SCZERBANIEWICZ
@ VOL 14 ON NOV 17, 2015

"I want to destabilize the viewer in relation to the work."

In Confined Architectural Space and Psychological Unease from PechaKucha Night Buffalo Vol. 14, artist, sculpture, and professor, Gary Sczerbaniewicz's shares his practice involving an insatiable fascination with interior architectural spaces that evoke a sense of psychological unease. This compulsion toward an aesthetics of anxiety leads him to fabricate confined space environments which include-scale shifts-using architectural models seamlessly blended into full–sized structures - into which the viewer is invited to physically enter and explore.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Thursday, January, 23rd, 2016. 

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