PechaKucha Presentation

Strange Fruit; Split Seed

PRESENTED ON MAR 31, 2015
IN BEACON @ VOL 1

Jean-Marc Superville Sovak presents a series of drawing based on lynching photographs:

"I began my drawing series based on James Allen’s “Without Sanctuary: Photographs and Postcards of Lynching in America” to reject the roles I found myself in when viewing the images; at first, vicariously the victim, then, a spectator guilty because of my ineffectual presence. In the act of just looking, I also became a witness to the exhibition of a human being's destruction, no different than any other spectator. Like the other participant's affirmation and justification of the inhuman act that had occurred, I also became accomplice to the crime.

I asked myself: How could I avoid the irreversible effects of the photograph? How could I conversely act upon the photograph?"

"Presentation of the Day" on May 20, 2015.

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Looking Back

BY WALTER COKER
@ VOL 4 ON MAY 14, 2014

Walter Coker looks back over twenty years of photography and shares with us what it has taught him about compassion. The world can be a big and cruel of only the strong, smart, and rich survive. This is not all entirely true, and some get left behind, pushed aside, and even abused from the rest of the pack. Walter shares his photos and stories to remind us that we need to show more compassion everyday. Not only to each other, but with the nature that lives with us. 

"Presentation of the Day" on December 9, 2014.

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Good Fruit, Good Homemade Jam's Story

BY 柯亞YA KE
@ VOL 26 ON OCT 10, 2015

Ms. Ke talks about her experience of starting a homemade jam kitchen in the remote outskirts of Zhanghua's Shengang Village. Her journey of fruit discovery across Taiwan is like a road-trip movie in itself. She recounts her discovery of unique fruits from places like Taidong and Nantou, and she is outspoken about how a fruit farmer's livelihood is affected when government planning is insufficient or when nature is at its worst.

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Looking into selfie

BY BERNADETTE VONG
@ VOL 5 ON MAR 29, 2016

Accomplished photographer Bernadette Vong talks about the concept of selfies – from its beginnings in the 19th century as a way of self branding to the fast-paced way that we use it today.

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Achacha, the Dancing Fruit!

BY BRUCE AND HELEN HILL
@ VOL 12 ON JUL 20, 2016

In Achacha, the Dancing Fruit! Bruce and Helen Hill share the story behind the launching of the Amazon basin fruit, the Achacha, into the fruit bowls of the world.

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Seeing & Drawing

BY JAKE SPICER
@ VOL 28 ON NOV 08, 2017

Draughtsman Jake Spicer shows us how to create a life drawing from start to beautiful finish.  He also invites us to take 20 seconds to really look at people around us. Inspirational notes on life and drawing!

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Aversion to Experience: (Un)making Sense of Race and Racism

BY BRYAN MCCANN
@ VOL 8 ON APR 06, 2018

"I am a white author, educator, and activist who has spent the majority of my adult life trying to make sense of race and racism in the United States. But what does it mean to ‘make sense’ of something that is fundamentally attached to people’s lived experiences, and has very real life and death consequences? Drawing on my current research regarding 20th century debates about anti-racist protest fiction, I’ll spend my time with the PechaKucha Baton Rouge audience reflecting o...n the ways our attempts to ‘make sense’ of difference can lead us down harmful paths and prevent us from recognizing and valuing the complexities that surround us.”

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The Art of Science

BY NICK SAYERS
@ VOL 30 ON MAY 02, 2018

Originally trained as a graphic designer, artist Nick Sayers combines art with science...

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The Good Seed Project

BY ISABEL ARVEA
@ VOL 10 ON JUN 04, 2018

On May 12th, the members of the project team created an Open House Welcome Reception for a nonprofit organization new to Long Beach, The Good Seed, a nonprofit that works with transitional age youth that are homeless providing supportive, nurturing and specialized care. The project team also worked to help improve the outdoor grounds area within the facility property through landscaping and general cleaning. As the facility was formerly a school, the project team facilitated equipment, supplies and service donations to assist in making the building more compatible to accommodate serving the clientele.

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The Sibling Secret: Looking Back and Changing Lives

BY KATIE SETTEL
@ VOL 2 ON SEP 12, 2018

Katie Settel relates her personal story about her family's secret -- a brother she did not know about for 25 years! "The Sibling Secret" is her dream -- a photo essay to share with the world.