PechaKucha Presentation

Me + Christchurch


Local artist and photographer, Veronika Hegedus-Gaspar, started her recent art project, Me+Christchurch, as a way to promote her photography business but soon realised it was a powerful way to help locals to reflect on their experiences in post-earthquake Christchurch. After interviewing over 200 strangers, she was able to help people understand their sense of place. 

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Studio Christchurch: CityUps

@ VOL 21 ON NOV 23, 2014

Architectural professor and head of Studio Christchurch Uwe Reiger showcases CityUps, a temporary future city created by over 200 architecture students as part of Christchurch's Festival of Transitional Architecture (FESTA).

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Knickerbocker Cycling in Christchurch

@ VOL 23 ON MAY 04, 2015

On the 1892 Adalanta Cycle Club:

"It's special to me because it was a group of all women cyclists that decided to get together to go on picnics, to go one day trips, and just be all around awesome in their knickerbockers."

From Knickerbocker Cycling in Christchurch, from Christchurch Vol. 23Catarina Gutierrez shares her passion as an everyday cyclist as she explores a city steeped in bicycle culture and history. Prior to landing in Christchurch, she's lived and pedaled in popular bike cities such as Brooklyn, NY and Portland, OR. In addition to founding the social bicycles club "CycleCHCH", Gutierrez volunteers at RAD Bikes. These days you can find her cruising around Christchurch on a bubblegum pink Morrison step-through and in a bright, neon helmet covered in stickers. 

This was "Presentation of the Day" on July 28th, 2015.

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A Letter to Christchurch...From Your Ambassador

@ VOL 25 ON OCT 30, 2015

When Erica Austin studied post quake Christchruch as part of her architecture degree in Auckland, she immediately fell in love with the city, and decided to move down to become an ambassador for everything that makes it special. Now she is immersed in the city-making movement, connecting people who want to rebuild the ciy better than before. This is her letter to those people, and the city. 

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Why I Fell in Love with Photography and What I Did About It

@ VOL 30 ON MAR 15, 2017

Heather Milne, obsessed with details, recently fell in love with photography. She loves following light, capturing animals and documenting patterns, lines and rhythms. She uses photography as a tool to explore ways of weaving details into stories.  

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DERIVE: The Impossible City

@ VOL 146 ON APR 26, 2017

DERIVE means to drift through the world, to experience the urban landscape and neon fantasies of the city. Cody Ellingham uses reflection and unique perspectives to explore the world's first cyberpunk city, Tokyo.

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Street Photography : Moments, People and Scenes

@ VOL 4 ON APR 15, 2017

Jee Foong presents an overview of how he interprate street photography and what does it mean to me, at the same time giving an insight into what have driven me to capture these images. 

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Photographing & Sharing the Stories of People in Bridgeport, CT

@ VOL 1 ON MAY 09, 2018

Jay Misencik and Geralene Valentine are professional photographers and they know that it is people who make a city! They present the stories behind their remarkable portraits of Bridgeport people. In the late 1980s and early 1990s they photographed several people of different occupations on Main Street. That project lead them to our Palace & Majestic Theatres Memories Project and then the Thomas Merton House of Hospitality calendars. They talk about how their earlier projects lead us to this current "Bridgeport Portrait Project!"

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Turn me around and take me back to the start…

@ 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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Hope, Dreams and Absurdity

@ 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.