PechaKucha Presentation

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Peter Grasse

Executive Producer, Dictionary Films Tokyo in Tokyo

Inspired Adaptation - Making Love from Walls


Whatever your position on Donald Trump, it's fair to say that he is a veritable fount of creative inspiration. Back in February, his bluster about building a boundary between Mexico and the US led Diesel Headquarters to launch a campaign called ‘Make love not walls’. Trump’s intolerance was a chance for the brand to mark itself as a supporter of inclusivity in characteristically colourful style. Trump's wall has less meaning in Japan. But the country does have figurative walls of its own, and as Japan is Diesel’s largest market, the company opted to create a fully localized interpretation of the theme. In particular, while Japan is a world leader in terms of fashion and subculture, society as a whole has been slow to open up to the LGBT community. ‘The walls’ urges a removal of the barriers that prevent open expression of love and affection between people of all sexual orientations. Peter Grasse shares. 

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A Museum Without Walls

ON MAY 14, 2014

Director at the Design Museum Portland David Laubenthal speaks on the unique methods he and his colleagues have put in place to get design in front of viewers not just inside museums, but out on the streets of Portland too. 

From PechaKucha Portland's Vol. 12.

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Living Walls: The City Speaks

@ VOL 21 ON FEB 09, 2014

Executive director of LIVING WALLS, Mónica Campana describes the impetous behind this amazing project that brings art to walls all over Atlanta.  

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Breaking walls

@ VOL 4 ON DEC 12, 2015

Speaker Dagny Taggert talks about how we can trespass boundaries. By using the world as our canvas, one can often times surpass personal limitations and changing one's own perception of the self.

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Theatre Without Walls

@ VOL 26 ON NOV 26, 2015

Presenter Simon Sharkey is Associate Director of National Theatre of Scotland and part of the Company’s inaugural senior management team.  He leads the Learn department and previous work for the Company includes large-scale site-specific productions including The Tin Forest, Jump and 99…100. He has worked across the world and facilitates international cultural exchanges for the National Theatre of Scotland. Most recently he has been travelling throughout Scotland and internationally, developing a wide range of projects for communities.

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Pages From The Book Of Walls: visual & imagined journeys

@ VOL 1 ON FEB 11, 2016

"Walls may have ears, but they also have stories." Poems reveal themselves in Catherine O'Brien's work, in which images, stories, and physical objects intersect. Catherine is an artist and teacher living in Vientiane who finds hidden stories in what is not clear or even visible, such as the outline of a faded poster on a wall.

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Building Bridges, Not Walls at the US - Mexico Border

@ VOL 134 ON MAR 18, 2016

"We hope whoever becomes president builds more bridges instead of walls [because] we are sister cities, divided only by the river."

In Building Bridges, Not Walls at the US - Mexico Border from PKN Tokyo Vol 134, PechaKucha Night El Paso City Organizers (and acclaimed architects) William Helm and Edgar Lopez describe the symbiotic relationship of the sister cities of El Paso and Juarez. The residents of the two cities activate a third space of the US/Mexico border, called "Pass of the North"  which produces a rich milieu of creativity, art and culture. In this place which was historically known as "Paso del Norte" along the Spanish road from Mexico City to Santa Fe, the two cities have come together to use the PechaKucha conversation to bridge across the border. 20 x 20 x 2 cities = building bridges not walls.

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Translation vs Adaptation

@ VOL 13 ON APR 20, 2016

Danielle Blackburn is fascinated by adaptations in film and drama. Where do you strike that balance between staying ‘faithful’ to the original, and evolving it through a creative license?

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Worlds on Walls

@ VOL 11 ON APR 21, 2016

With Worlds on Walls Viola Lippmann describes her graphic works with different kind of tapes on walls. Sketching her design on the computer she s applying about 300m of tape on one design. Within the presentation she shows to audience the impact of her graphic work in interior spaces, quoting also classics likes space invaders or pac man. 

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Chrysanthemums & Plastic Walls

@ VOL 21 ON SEP 03, 2015

Artist, TV presenter and music maker Lee Baker explains his connection with Japan.  A truly heart-felt PechaKucha, which profoundly moved the audience and its presenter.