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Visiting Another Planet

BY CÉCILE TAIT
@ VOL 35 ON JUN 01, 2018

When Cécile Tait visited Ethiopia she spent a night in a brothel and was almost shot.  Her travel story is full of fascinating facts and insights. Cécile is a true PechaKucha fan and she has been to all 35 Volumes of PechaKucha Night Christchurch.

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Guided by Kaitiakitanga?

BY RICHARD HAYMAN
@ VOL 35 ON JUN 01, 2018

Richard Hayman is a passionate Architect with 20 years professional experience and a leader of the Jasmax Design team in the Christchurch Regional Office.

He is a city lover, and enjoys the craft of making places within our cities. Richard’s design process usually starts with careful urban design analysis. A humanist at heart he is always placing the wellbeing of people front and centre in his work. He is guided by the principle of Kaitiakitanga - stewardship for the world and has been considering the impact of buildings on the people that use them and the world around them.

Richard has served on the Christchurch City Council Urban Design Panel for 4 years and is Acting Chair of the Trust behind Te Pūtahi: Christchurch Centre for Architecture and City Making.

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Answering Nature's Call

BY AMY MARR
@ VOL 35 ON JUN 01, 2018

Amy Marr is the Visitor Programmes Coordinator at Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu where she spend her days, evenings and occasionally her weekends organising and coordinating events and programmes for diverse audiences that support the Gallery’s collection and exhibitions. Sometimes her job involves organising and running a Len Lye themed party with 3000 attendees, DJs, bands and silent disco, and other times it sees her cleaning pee off the children’s playground. 

Amy conceptualised and runs, 'The Mix' a series of events that opens the gallery at night and brings a new mix to the gallery with speakers, performances, food and drink. These events give visitors a chance to experience the gallery's collections after dark.

When she's not at the Art Gallery, you can find her in the bush in a colour coordinated tramping outfit. 'Answering nature's call' is not what you might expect. Amy has grown up to embrace the squat wee and this talk takes us on a hunt for places to relieve herself while in the hills tramping and exploring.

 

 

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Learn, Create, Repeat: CHCHin1

BY CALEB WARD
@ VOL 35 ON JUN 01, 2018

A husband, father, influencer and story teller help to define the person that is Caleb. Raised from a tiny tot in Christchurch this half cast Maori has spent over a decade working alongside the leaders of our tomorrow at the University of Canterbury. Presently, Caleb Ward brings his enthusiasm, energy and mahi to Vodafone.

Amidst the paradigm shift from an analog to digital society Caleb and his Whanau have a shared passion to create space for communities in Christchurch to flourish, within the narrative of 1 minute video's. This growing movement formally known as CHCHin1 are motivated by the growing tide of innovation, the dream to influence and a deep affinity for the creative essence that makes us human! 

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Gender, Sexuality and Labels

BY KIT HINDIN
@ VOL 35 ON JUN 01, 2018

Kit Hindin is passionate about activating and supporting people and movements using coaching, facilitation and design to uplift, inspire and live as though “we are the ones we’ve been waiting for”. Kit runs a branding and website design company, works as a personal coach focusing on activation, overcoming fear and holistic wellbeing and consults as a facilitator and event MC.

Kit was asked what she wanted to be when she grew up, her 5 year old self answered, “A father.”  Kit has always found that labels don’t really fit and she observes that assumptions can cause harm. Kit explores her gender, sexuality and the labels she gives herself.

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Hope, Dreams and Absurdity

BY JESSICA HALLIDAY
@ VOL 35 ON JUN 01, 2018

Dr. Jessica Halliday is “blessed (and cursed) by love of architecture; Christchurch”. Her passion is finding ways for more and more people to engage and involve themselves with cities, architecture and the decisions made about our built environment.

Jessica is an architectural historian and is the Director and co-founder of Te Pūtahi – Christchurch centre for architecture and city-making, a charitable organisation dedicated to growing people and places together. Te Pūtahi grew out FESTA, a biennial festival of celebration of urban creativity and regeneration which Jessica has Directed since the inaugural event in 2012. FESTA brings together tertiary design and architecture schools from Australia and New Zealand with local arts organisations, communities and businesses who collaborate on the transformation and reimagination of vacant or empty central city spaces to provide an opportunity for the public to experience Christchurch anew. 

PechaKucha owes Dr. Jessica Halliday the life she has today.  She was co-organiser of PechaKucha Night Christchurch following the major earthquakes that devastated and destroyed much of the inner city.  Jess shares some memorable PK talks that were full of hope and dreams and some even absurd.

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Painting the Town: Reflections on Christchurch's Relationship with Urban Art...

BY REUBEN WOODS
@ VOL 35 ON JUN 01, 2018

Dr. Reuben Woods is an art historian and writer. He wrote his doctoral dissertation on street art and graffiti in post-earthquake Christchurch. Reuben believes that graffiti and street art have played a central role in the city's recovery and renewal. As a post-graduate in the Art History and Theory Department, he seeks to engage a wider audience with the city's intriguing and evolving relationship with urban art by exploring the various narratives and personalities that form these diverse cultures. Reuben also contributes to the website Watch This Space and hosts guided tours of the city's urban art.

In this talk, Reuben reflects on Christchurch’s relationship with street art that has emerged following devastating earthquakes. He tells us how street art can have a significant impact on the built environment and how Christchurch is a space for artists to respond and react.

 

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On the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs

BY KAILA COLBIN
@ VOL 35 ON JUN 01, 2018

Kaila Colbin spearheaded the hugely successful SingularityU New Zealand and Australia Summits, introducing more than 2,500 people to exponential technologies and their impact on humanity.

Kaila is also a co-founder and Chair of the non-profit Ministry of Awesome, the starting point for early-stage entrepreneurs in Christchurch; the Curator and Licensee for TEDxChristchurch in New Zealand and TEDxScottBase in Antarctica; Chair of the New York-based culinary school Natural Gourmet Institute; Deputy Chair of CORE Education; and a Director of ChristchurchNZ. Her purpose in life is to be an uplifting presence.

Bullshit jobs are not the same as shit jobs Kaila Colbin tells us.  She breaks down the concepts of work and a job and encourages the listener to think about the future without jobs but not work and what that means for us.

 

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What Font To Use When Firing Someone

BY CHRIS FLACK
@ VOL 35 ON JUN 01, 2018

Chris Flack is a font geek.  He goes to the supermarket and stares at cereal boxes.  There are over half a million fonts out there and Chris takes us through a few key fonts that could, should and maybe not be used to fire someone, including a possible font to use if you hate your job and want to resign.

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Turn me around and take me back to the start…

BY VANESSA COXHEAD
@ VOL 35 ON JUN 01, 2018

Vanessa Coxhead, the co-founder of PechaKucha Night Christchurch 10 years ago, took us on a tour of the early days of PK in Christchurch.  Tickets to the first event in 2008 cost $8 and expectations were low. The event sold out as did subsequent volumes and it changed her life.  Vanessa shared memories of developing the format in a city and some of the stories that she would never have heard if it were not for PechaKucha.

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Decolonising our Places

BY REBECCA KIDDLE
@ VOL 34 ON MAR 05, 2018

“Colonisation is just a bit shit.”  Rebecca Kiddle shares some of the lessons of her research which focuses on Aotearoa place identity and placemaking, decolonising cities and the design of community and educational space.

Rebecca is Ngāti Porou and Ngā Puhi. She is a Senior Lecturer, Environmental Studies, Victoria University of Wellington.

She has worked in the urban design space in the UK, China and Aotearoa New Zealand for the past seven years having undertaken a PhD and MA in urban design at Oxford Brookes University, UK. Prior to this she worked in housing and Māori development policy and as Private Secretary Housing for the Associate Minister of Housing (Māori housing portfolio) in New Zealand’s parliament.

She is currently the co-chair Pōneke for Ngā Aho: Network of Māori Designers, a member of Papa Pounamu: New Zealand Planning Institute and a panel member of the Auckland Urban Design Panel. Her research focuses on Aotearoa New Zealand place identity and placemaking, decolonising cities and the design of community and educational space. Most recently she won Marsden funding for the topic: Making Aotearoa Places: The Politics and Practice of Urban Māori Place-making

 

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The Propagation of a Maya Narrative: From Ancestral Seed to New Life

BY FRIDA LARIOS
@ VOL 34 ON MAR 05, 2018

Frida Larios shares her journey to find her Mayan culture through her work as a designer. As a part of her accomplishments she has created a new mayan language through hieroglyphics.  Frida shows us how this tells stories.

Frida is from El Salvador (of Maya-pipil and Spanish heritage), a small and impoverished country in Central America with deep ethnic and social identity crisis. In 2004, these overwhelming historical tensions inspired her to found a cultural movement called New Maya Language, and while creating it, to find her own indigeneity. Larios’s unique system re-codifies a small part of the Maya mythic narrative through new graphic form. Her methodology speaks with and for today’s indigenous communities by borrowing directly from the logo-graphic principles of ancestral Maya scribes. For nearly 15 years she has dialogued diverse Mesoamerican narratives for children, youth and designers through exhibitions, workshops, installations, books, artworks, and textiles; around the world.

 

Larios is the Indigenous Advisory Chair for the International Indigenous Design Network (INDIGO) at the International Council of Design (Canada) and Deakin University (Australia). She co-founded  Indigenous Design Collective (Washington, D.C.), an organization that partners with the Smithsonian Latino Center for Day of the Dead celebrations in the U.S. Larios is currently an Adjunct Professor in Art and Design at the University of the District of Columbia in Washington, D.C., where she lives. She holds a MA in Communication Design from Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, University of the Arts London.

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