PechaKucha Presentation

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George Nelson

経済分析者、俳人 in Wellington

George's Haiku Adventure


ニュージーランド出身のGeorge Nelsonさんは、早稲田大学への留学を機に驚異的な成長で日本語を習得し、ついには絵と五七五調の俳句(川柳)による創作表現まで行うようになりました。Georgeさんのシュールな詩と絵からは、ある意味テクノとファッションのが融合するような化学反応を感じられます。思わず笑みがこぼれハマってしまう世界観をお楽しみに!

George Nelson from New Zealand zealously picked up the Japanese language during his education at Waseda University with an earnest intent to create satirical poetry known as Senryu. Senryu, otherwise known as human haiku adheres to the format of three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables. Combining that rigor with George Nelson’s surrealistic sensibilities and electrifying personality, this PechaKucha promises 400 seconds of cheeky quips and non-stop smiling.

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Real Japanese Gardens

@ VOL 97 ON NOV 28, 2012

We love Japanese gardens, and we want the world to know more about Japanese gardens. Japanese gardens can teach the attentive observer a great deal about Japan and Japanese design, from design concepts and careful material selection to Japanese history, culture and religion. Learn more on Jenny's site.

"Presentation of the Day" on January 31, 2013.

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Inspired by Haiku

@ VOL 3 ON NOV 02, 2012

Olga Škochová Bláhová is a scenographer and performer, and author of the collection Nursing Mothers Haiku. Inspired by Japanese haiku, she has sketched the life situation of young women –- mother and wife. She also introduced "Kvasi," a public organisation focused on connecting together professionals from the fields of visual arts, theater, sociology, political science and management of culture and art. (in Czech)

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Crowdsourcing Poetry

@ VOL 5 ON JUN 15, 2013

Lulú De Panbehchi promotes the idea of crowdsourcing as the latest trend for launching campaigns, getting projects off the ground, funding new ventures, or to just be creative. Listen to her "Williamsburg Poems" that she created through crowdsourcing from her friend's words and learn how fun, creative, and comical this style of poetry can be!

"Presentation of the Day" on March 8, 2014. 

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HOWL, Poetry, Politics and Protest

@ VOL 2 ON JUN 05, 2014

Alex Levene spits out impassioned spoken word in support of poetry, politics and protest.

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The Physics-Poetry Duality

@ VOL 12 ON SEP 10, 2014

Assistant Professor of Physics at Montana State Univeristy, Nicholas Yunes says that physics and poetry are different branches of the same tree. That Einstein and Whitman are both explorers, one with math, the other with words. Nicholas says that creation is passion, that knowledge feeds progress.

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My Secret Life of Poetry

@ VOL 24 ON JUL 15, 2015

Chris Gallavin has a great passion for poetry and taxidermy and he presents two of his poems. 

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Magic Words

@ VOL 137 ON JUN 29, 2016

"Words are really powerful, and if we’re going to use them to express the people we are and the feelings that we have, let’s make them count!"

In Magic Words from PechaKucha Night Tokyo Vol. 137, Hengtee Lim looks at how words inspire new ideas, create a shared experience, and foster understanding. Lim argues that there's a power in words and the way we use them to express ourselves and tell stories.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Friday, July 22nd, 2016. 

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Pictures & Words

@ VOL 4 ON SEP 27, 2016

"There's this constant conflict between words and imagery and finding the right balance between them..."

In Pictures & Words at PechaKucha Night Bexhill-on-Sea Vol.4, Benjamin Phillips presents his offbeat yet amusing drawings accompanied by self inscribed poems to express his peculiar world of art and poetry. 

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Desolate Beauty: A Contemplation of the Desert

@ VOL 16 ON JUN 29, 2017

Contemplative writer David Morrison and Monk Drums (El Paso vol.11) creator Jacob Neria takes us on a journey of of sound, image, and spoken word celebrates a vision of desert spirituality.

As David explains, there is a beauty that can be experienced in the scarcity of desert if we come to it with contemplative eyes. The word, “contemplation,” in Latin, means to “gaze intently upon.” It’s possible to walk in desert landscapes and witness its emptiness until a stunning beauty arises. And further, this beauty begins to gaze into the beholder, and one is transformed forever. In the Irish language, “to contemplate,” means to place oneself at the “edge of waiting.” The desert is a liminal space on the edge of what’s familiar, and it draws and enchants those who dare to walk in its kenotic embrace.

The images are not professionally shot nature photos, but rather the simple snapshots of a lifelong desert walker. The haikus are not literary as much as they are experiential. Mary Oliver sums it up perfectly: "Every day I walk out into the world / to be dazzled, then to be reflective."

David Morrison and Jacob Neria are members of Desert Rain Community, a contemporary community of Christian contemplative monks located outside El Paso in Chaparral, NM.