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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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Digging for History

BY MIEKE KIRKELS
@ VOL 27 ON NOV 23, 2015

"... an African proverb he taught me: 'If the lions don't survive to tell their stories, the hunters get all the credit.' He wanted to tell the story of 260 men in his unit. He was the only one still alive."

In Digging for History from PechaKucha Night Maastricht Vol. 27, Mieke Kirkels tells the story of the segregated US Army in Margraten, Netherlands, and specifically the cemetary where many of the fallen WWII soldiers bodies now rest. As she dug further into the story of the graves, she learned about the nearly 1 million African-American soldiers who depsite helping to liberate Europe from Nazi Germany, go unrecognized in most history books. One of these few remaining living soldiers shared his story with her. 

Kirkels believes that it is important to listen to people's stories, to listen with our ears and with our heart. Because history is about lives. Let's listen and read behind the lines...

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Wednesday, January 20th, 2016. 

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The Chicago House Sound

BY NEIL STEVENSON
@ VOL 36 ON DEC 01, 2015

"The kick drum went through my chest, the bass line came up through the floor, the high hats and cymbals came fizzing from above ... when the smoke machine cleared, there were rich people, poor people, black, white, straight, gay ...and I thought, 'these are my people now, this is my music'."  

In The Chicago House Sound from PechaKucha Night Chicago Vol. 36, IDEO's Neil Stevenson went on a quest to find the roots of House Music that, during its evolution from New York to Chicago and then in its momentum across Europe, he fell in love with. Here he shares that compelling quest and his love for Chicago House, its evolution, and the legacy of Frankie Knuckles.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Monday, January 18th, 2016. 

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Tokyo Around the Clock

BY ELENA AFRAMOVA
@ VOL 131 ON DEC 16, 2015

"I wanted to show places that tourists cannot see, and strangers are not allowed."

In Tokyo Around the Clock, from PechaKucha Night Tokyo Vol. 131, Elena Aframova shares her 5-years-in-the-making photo project that utilizes thousands of dramatic black & white photographs to depict everyday life in Tokyo in the form of a graphic novel.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Friday, January 15th, 2015. 

 

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The Pictures in the Hall

BY DOUG SMITH
@ VOL 3 ON OCT 26, 2011

"He was introducing the Ziggy Stardust persona. It was obvious to everybody that it was going to be absolutely massive. I remember being aware that I was witnessing something special, the emergence of a star."

In The Pictures in the Hallway, from PechaKucha Night Derby Vol. 3, Doug Smith shares an absolutely amazing PechaKucha about photos taken in London 40 years ago, of rock legends of a phenomenal era of music. Photos of Bowie, Eno, Dury, and others now gracing his hallway in Derby, an ultimately cool testament of Smith's love for music. 

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on November 2nd, 2013 and again on January 14th, 2015 following the passing of David Bowie.

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Instigating a Community

BY R.J. JUNEAU
@ VOL 8 ON SEP 25, 2015

"We love that warm fuzzy feeling of being together."

In Instigating a Community  from PechaKucha Night Markham Vol. 8RJ Juneau, a scout Leader, founder of Maxxian, and instigator of y-lab maker group discusses how despite the claim from many that the internet obviates the need people to get together, in reality it allows us to build new communities faster than ever before.

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Never Underestimate the Power of Your Inspiration

BY REUBEN MAY
@ VOL 5 ON DEC 01, 2015

"You need to rap for us the way you rap in your videos!"  

-Student of Dr. May. 


In Never Underestimate the Power of Your Inspiration from PechaKucha Night Bryan, Vol. 5, Dr. Reuben May talks about growing up disadvantaged and how he got to be a professor and award winning author, as well as a rapper featured in notable publications.

This was PechaKucha of the Day on Tuesday, Janurary 12th, 2015.  

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Architectural Portraiture

BY THIBAUD HÉREM
@ VOL 131 ON DEC 16, 2015

"Each building is all about the detail and my personal approach to it."

In Architectural Portraiture from PechaKucha Night Tokyo Vol. 131, Architectural illustrator Thibaud Hémen shares a highly sophisticated collection of his work, intricate illustrations of buildings with painstaking attention to detail. His incredible drawings allow the unique personality of each subject to shine forth and be fully appreciated.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Friday, January 8th, 2015. 

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Realizing Good Ideas

BY CHRISTOPHER SIANO
@ VOL 14 ON NOV 17, 2015

"It's not enough to have a good idea. To realize that good idea is very difficult, and that's what I work hard to do".

In Realizing Good Ideas from PechaKucha Night Buffalo Vol. 14Chris Siano shares how he uses digital design and fabricatio to make things better, whether it is a public art installation, a student sculpture project, a building or a neighborhood. For the past twelve years he has served as an Instructional Support Technician in the University at Buffalo Department of Art. In 2005 he formed The Foundry Group Inc. - a company specializing in art and architectural fabrication. And in 2012, in partnership with his brother Matthew, he formed HES Properties - a real estate development company focusing on development of mixed-use properties on Buffalo's West Side. All of these endevours are conduits for great ideas in his community to come to fruition. 

Cover image: Fabricated by Chris Siano and The Foundry Group, Inc., 2015 for the Albright-Knox Art Gallery: Jene Highstein's Black Mound (Turtle).

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Thursday, January 7th, 2016.

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A Glimpse of Armenian Culture

BY PHILIPPA JOHNSON
@ VOL 10 ON DEC 03, 2015

"When God was giving out the land to people, the Armenians were partying and got there late, and all that was left was the land of stones."

In A Glimpse of Armenian Culture from PechaKucha night Townsville Vol. 10Philippa Johnson shares her great love for international folk dancing, of which she is both a student and a teacher in Townsville. She tells some tales of her latest overseas dance workshop which took her to the strikingly beautiful South Caucasus region and heritage-rich nation of Armenia.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Wednesday, January 7th, 2015. 

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Bodies of Art

BY VITTORIA COLONNA
@ VOL 131 ON DEC 16, 2015

"Something really magical happened... at some point as she was painting me, I felt her story on her body, I felt her pain ... every time she put her ink on my body it was soothing my soul, it was healing.. this mask of color was curing us both."
 
Filmmaker, artist, performer and sea serpent queen Vittoria Colonna takes us through her creative journey so far which brings her to Kyoto. Here in Japan Vittoria and fellow artist Miki Yokoyama collaborate using each other's bodies as canvases in a performance that blurs the lines between the Art and the Artists themselves.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Friday, January 1st, 2015.

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How to FAKE it in Hollywood

BY BRAD GORMAN
@ VOL 3 ON NOV 12, 2015

"I packed up everything I owned into my little red Chrysler LeBaron convertible, (I know, right, gayest car ever, and this was before I came out, which is a whole other PechaKucha), and I drove 2000 miles from Michigan to Los Angeles, to follow my dreams."

Brad Gorman wasn't always living a tranquil life in Benton Harbor, MI as Communications & Media Manager for Whirlpool Corporation. Nope, not always. In his twenties he gave it a "go" out in Hollywood where he learned a thing or two about the industry, rejection, persistence and how to "FAKE IT". In How to FAKE it in Hollywood from PechaKucha Night St. Joseph Vol. 3, Brad shares his Hollywood dream of making it big. 

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Thursday, December 31st, 2015. 

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Snowflakeology

BY MARK DYTHAM
@ VOL 131 ON DEC 16, 2015

"On the 27th of January, 1887, a snowflake apparently fell in Montana, and it was 57cm (22.4in) across ...but they have no proof of that."

In SnowFlakeology from PechaKucha Night Tokyo Vol. 131, PK co-founder Mark Dytham drops some cold hard science on frozen crystals falling from the sky. Whether elaborating on 2-dimensional radiating dendrites crystals, or 3-dimensional Gohei-twin type flakes, or digital ASCII/Unicode icy forms, it's crystal-clear he's done his homework. Simply put, Mark's extensive snowflake knowledge is...well...chilling.

...he definitely didn't flake on this PechaKucha! It snow joke!

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Friday, December 25th, 2015. 

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