Illustrator and author John Bond tracks his inspirations for his illustrated characters
PechaKucha Night,now in over 1,000 cities, was devised in Tokyo in February 2003 as an event for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public.
With its exquisite natural beauty, Ankara steals this week's PechaKucha City Focus. As the capital of Turkey, it has an impressive population of over 4 million people. Ankara is also known as the "Green City" due to its lush green landscapes and heavy involvement in agriculture. Reflecting its long and eventful history, the remains from the Roman Empire such as Temple of Roma and Augustus are proudly standing to this day. Let's all wish the PKN Ankara team the best of luck on October 20th at PechaKucha Night Ankara Vol. 3! Go green or go home!
This week's PechaKucha Poster Spotlight shines on the whimsical poster design for PechaKucha Night Guangzhou Vol. 35. The quirky drawing of a dinosaur pedaling on a prismatic bicycle incites us to recollect the bizarre things we concocted in our childhood imaginations. As we reach adulthood, we tend to appreciate more "mature" pieces but forget that playful designs like these can also be intrinsically pleasing. Play on and enjoy PKN Guangzhou's 35th event on this hallow's eve! See you there!
Based in New York City, Elaine Molinar has been an architect with Snøhetta for over 25 years. Snøhetta is an interdisciplinary design studio which takes an integrative approach to architecture, landscape, and interior architecture. Originally from El Paso, Elaine began her career as a designer of the Alexandria Library in Egypt after participating in the initial conception for Snøhetta’s winning competition entry. Throughout her time with Snøhetta, Elaine has held key positions in major cultural projects and competitions in the Middle East, Europe and the United States. She currently leads general management, strategic planning and business development as a partner and managing director at Snøhetta. Tonight Elaine presents, Under the Radar which shows works from or destined for the attic, or are unusual enough to actually happen one day. Never published or never realized they represent the place where designers most like to be - under the radar.
Laurie Lisonbee shows artworks of the human figure in yoga postures as metaphors for states of being. Depictions of bodily contortions and mudras of the hand are crafted into relic-like objects. From art historical sources, junk piles, and yoga practice, Lisonbee derives a painting process akin to devotional meditation.
In celebration of International Coffee Day:
"Help us find the last [missing] Fujita panel so we can rebuild the Brazil Cafe in Ginza!"
In "The Great Coffee Caper " from Tokyo's Brazilian Lifestyle Powered by PechaKucha, Brazilian Ambassador to Japan, André Corrêa do Lago shares his piqued curiosity when, as a teenager in Sao Paulo, acquiring a peculiar book of Brazilian architecture that had been published in Japan, it's last page stunning him with images the "Brazil Cafe", a coffee house in a posh corner of Tokyo for its most chic denizens, inside which was decorated with contemporary furniture, its walls adorned by a magnificent mural painted by Japan's most famous artist of the time, Léonard Tsugouharu Foujita.
Ambassador Lago's interest in the book, and in the cafe, never wavered and when appointed to his position in Japan, and in an effort to re-capture Japan's shared love for Brazilian coffee, he commissioned his staff to research the cafe's history, uncovering a caper of a tale, which has led to the quest for a missing painting and a restoration of Tokyo's once legendary "Brazil Cafe."
And now for something really special.
Musician and composer Julian Beutel had a different idea of how to make use of the PechaKucha Night format. For this "talk", Julian did a live musical performance using a pre-recorded track he composed and did the sound effects right on stage. The piece itself revolves around a central space, the kitchen, and the cast of characters that use it. Julian developed Kitchen Counterpoint in collaboration with Angie Shyr and Seth Boyden.
Julian's performance was recorded live at PechaKucha Night Winnipeg Vol. 35, on September 6, 2018, at the Park Theatre.
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