PechaKucha Presentation

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Dessa Lohrey

Creator of Bench Diary in Atlanta

Dear Bench Diary,


Dessa Lohrey placed diaries all over Atlanta to see what people would write in them. In this presentation she shares some of the things that were written. The entries from children are particularly amusing.

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Chronicles of Observation

@ VOL 1 ON SEP 09, 2010

Abraham Oghobase travels around the world and takes black and white photographs to document his adventures. Here he explains his photographs, how he took them, and the situation he took them in.

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Writing on the Wall

@ VOL 5 ON FEB 20, 2014

Teacher-turned-artist Jamie Smith explains the journey of how she discovered her artistic style after deciding to follow her passion. She discusses her unique approach of presenting other people's confessions in order to turn something shameful into a beautiful work of art. 

"Presentation of the Day" on August 30, 2014. 

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[Freespace]: An Experiment in Creativity, Community, and Civic Innovation

@ VOL 1 ON MAY 14, 2015

What is possible when you give people SPACE and PERMISSION to create? Beth Scaccia shows us [Freespace]: a gathering place for people to come together, to create, teach, learn, and share the things which they are truly passionate about, and strengthen connections between individuals as well as communities through art, events, and long term projects.

This was "Presentation of the Day" on Aug 4, 2015.

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Urban Folding Bench - Concept to Prototype

@ VOL 10 ON JUL 01, 2015

It is during a master project semester about design that Lola Mahieu, an architecture student, is working about the concept of unfolding the ground. After making a scenography that is coming out the ground, she participates to the call of projects « Lyon City Design 2015 » and she comes up with a folding urban bench. It was conceptualized to replace the retractable bollards and allow the modularity of urban spaces. She is one of the winners and she received a three thousand euro prize to build a prototype that would be exhibited in Lyon city less than a year later. In her speech she evokes the difficulty she finds partnering with manufacturer and urban developers ready to innovate. She also explains what she gained in this experience as an architect beginner. {In French}

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La Subtile : Industrial French Flair!

@ VOL 10 ON JUL 01, 2015

Antoine Baubau is cofounder of the brand La Subtile with 3 other thirty-years old men from Rennes, Britanny, France.

La Subtile is the meeting of four complementary interests with one shared ambition and infinite energy, uniting their collective goal of taking an active part in the world of today and tomorrow and of living intensely.

La Subtile choreographs contemporary objects that come to fruition in the brand's creative inspiration and specific interests. La Subtile is helping to reinvent industrial creativity with a French style by stimulating the local economic dynamism. Through a family photography, Antoine expose the genesis and the spirit of the project.

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Making of the Music Bench

@ VOL 23 ON OCT 21, 2015

Sabine Saba and Sandy Lyen tell us about their collaboration on the Music Bench. Sabine focuses on the process of designing punctual interventions in the urban fabric of Beirut through the Urban Pins project, and Sandy tells us about her career in woodworking using discarded material.

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Dear Diary, we can't go on this way....

@ VOL 4 ON APR 05, 2016

A personal account of how Beverley Nolan broke out of the traditional pen and ink journaling form and found new ways to journal for herself and in the company of others.

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The Diary of Adam and Eve

@ VOL 2 ON MAY 21, 2016

Mary Dean Cason, producer and Indigan Storyteller, brings Samuel Clemens diary to the screen with her lively and insightful PechaKucha "The Diary of Adam and Eve." The PechaKucha form style allowed Mary Dean to select images that complement the words in a way that was very entertaining for our audience.

- Mary Dean short stories, drawn on her southern roots, will soon be compiled into a volume and include: “What Solomon Saw” a finalist in Chicago Public Radio’s Stories on Stage, and the winner of California’s 2005 WestSide Story Contest. “Liar, Liar,” featured in Lake Michigan’s SHORE, won the 2006 University of Memphis’ Pinch Award. While at the University of Chicago’s Writer’s Studio, Mary Dean took the 2008 Prize for Fiction. She is also the founder of Wine, Women and Stories, Northwest Indiana’s literary salon.

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Things Dear to Me

@ VOL 5 ON NOV 10, 2016

Life is fleeting and our time is precious. Steve Vasilion looks at his life, family, and career as part of a continuum, and shares his thoughts about the next generation in “Things Dear to Me.