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Is something hiding in their somewhere?

BY MOMO
@ VOL 72 ON APR 21, 2010

If you look carefully, you will find things living freely everywhere. They have a fleeting look which can be seen for a moment, in certain place, space and time. If you listen carefully you can even hear them murmur

Presentation in JAPANESE - text in English!

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How to Survive a Kappa Attack

BY MATT ALT
@ HEINEKEN STAR LOUNGE ON MAY 15, 2013

Matt Alt is the author of the "Attack!" series of books that so far have introduced the West to the world of yokai, yurei, and ninjas. In this presentation, we learn all about the traditional green creature known as the kappa.

"Presentation of the Day" on May 24, 2013.

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Time Enough

BY DAVID WARD
@ VOL 3 ON JUN 06, 2014

David Ward speaks of the Isle of Man: a small independent nation in the middle of the Irish Sea. It is the world's oldest parliamentary democracy and, some say, site of the legendary Grail Castle. The island is also home – if you believe in such things – to a host a mythical beings, from the trickster god, Manannan, to the 'little folk.' Time Enough tells of his encounter with these mischievous characters.

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Monsters of the Deep:Big and Small

BY ED MCGINLEY
@ VOL 5 ON OCT 28, 2014

Flagler professor Ed McGinley gives us a little insight at what we can find at the bottom of the ocean. From Dumbo octopus to bottom dwellers, there are more species at the bottom of the ocean than we can count. However, because of how we treat our trash, that ends up killing these uniqu looking creatures before we even get to discover them. 

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The Evolution of a Mythological Creature

BY TANAKA NGWARA
@ VOL 1 ON MAY 19, 2016

Tanaka Ngwara discusses the evolution of mystical creatures.

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Waterscapes

BY HARUKA MISAWA
@ VOL 140 ON OCT 26, 2016

グラフィックからプロダクト、 空間計画等、多分野でデザインを展開している三澤遥さん。 デザインオフィスnendoを経て日本デザインセンター原デザイン研究所に所属後、2014年7月より三澤デザイン研究室として活動を開始しました。 今回のPKNでは、重力と浮力の作用を意識的にコントロールし、水中に棲息する生き物たちの生態環境をゼロから探り直す「waterscape」プロジェクトを披露されています!

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The creatures of the Geffrye Museum

BY SONIA SOLICARI
@ VOL 13 ON APR 27, 2017

The Geffrye Museum has been offering up its space to PechaKucha London since last year, so it was only fitting that the new Cheif Exectuive Sonia Solicari of The Geffrye Museum gave a talk at Vol 13!

In this PechaKucha Sonia uncovers all of the delightful creatures that are hidden and tucked away in the Geffrye Museum, such as rats, thrushes and other uncovered gems.

 

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One word: Neopets

BY AVERY HELM
@ VOL 31 ON SEP 14, 2017

When you grow up in the middle of the greatest technology boom in history, the internet becomes your muse.  Exposed to the greatest site in history, Neopets, at a young age, Avery Helm grew from her love of artistically designed creatures to making her own fantasy world with her art.  

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Unity and Belonging

BY PAUL SINCOFF
@ VOL 24 ON DEC 12, 2017

Creative freelancers are by trade loners, aliens, outsiders. Paul Sincoff asks: Where do we find unity, family, a sense of belonging? 

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Curious Creatures and Fairy Tales

BY HEATHER DAILEY-MEZZACAPPA
@ VOL 1 ON MAY 09, 2018

Heather Dailey-Mezzacappa has always had a passion for creating whimsical works of art, and she shares the story of bringing a collection of sculptures and illustrated stories to life! The project culminated in an amazing book of  curious creatures and fairy tales!

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PKN Prague Vol. 11

For a look at the previous PechaKucha Night in Prague (Vol. 11), we try something a bit different, starting with a bit of a dialogue, written by organizer Jana Kostelecka. Take note that PKN Prague Vol. 12 will be held on April 16. A: Eleventh, it feels like going home from the first one was only yesterday. B: Yes, but yesterday wasn't a summer's eve. A: Hmm... but the amazement is exactly the same. B: Which was your favourite then? A: I loved Čestmír Suška's ability of seeing the most fragile beauty in the steel industrial waste, it was like multi-tonne easter eggs. B: When you look at the Zdeněk Ziegler posters where the fonts were hand-painted and collaged, one regrets that globalization moved on and that posters always come in one package with the films these days. You can hardly make an exhibition of the posters to one film these days. CTRL-C CTRL-V. A: I dreamed of fantasy worlds. Jakub Dvorský (Amanita Design). You live in a universe of the stub floating in the timeless space, inhabited with curious creatures and rockets made of cans of Kostelecke parky (sausages). Have you ever tried their game? …and the other chronicler of the insubstantial senses -- Alžběta Skálová. I wish I was a kid again, I remember my favourite illustrations were in the book Alice in Wonderland, but it was nothing like this. When we were small, there were too little books of unreal worlds and its inhabitants… …they came alive in the wicked pupetery of Martina Černá and Anna Issa Šotolová (Imagery). The rabbit-chicken teddy bear was kind of scary-funny. Moving down the rabbit hole. B: Then you have the too dark painters, the dark horor of gypsy folk songs in Ladislava Gažiová paintings and Vladimír Skrepl, the first AEROnaut. A: I fancied the book by Magdalena Kalistová on the green home. Only, the form does not correspond with the sense, so can there ever be beauty in green? And what about the architects? B: I am excited when I see people care about the landscape and public spaces, and restrain their greed for more in the means of expanding, in lieu of the quality of space. In this light, the A.LT work in Poznan is excellent. Jan Jehlík put his ideas on urbanism clear -- and it's not every day that you see a hand-painted presentation. A: I liked the simple garden resturant in the ZOO by FAM Architekti. B: Did you notice that the product designers at PechaKucha do toys? Are you seeing any connection between Jana's Zacharias or are they simply adorable. Adorable. HuberoKororo does a Dino Rocking Horse which reminded me of my blow-up buffalo of old. A: If I had studied hard, I would have been as knowledgeable as Jan H. Vitvar, and possibly would get the track of what Richard Loskot was doing with all the wiring. B: When is the next one? Čestmír Suška (sculptor) Čestmír Suška is working with steel and iron industrial waste, transforming its weighty substance into something airy, cutting out the borders of the space and letting the light in. He creates a possibility of meeting Richard Serra and Daniel Pirsc. Alžběta Skálová (illustrator and graphic designer) Alžběta Skálová is creating ethereal records of her feelings in dapples of pure colour which are comming alive. She is keyholing the soul and candidly letting it out. From the illustrations, you can smell the sea and hear the giggle of the creatures from the kitchen drawer, who wake up in the middle of the night. Alžběta is tightly collaborating with the children book publisher Baobab. Zdeněk Ziegler (graphic designer and typographer) Zdeněk Ziegler is best known for his film posters, of which he has created 274 between 1963 and 1989. It was the golden age of collage and hand-painted fonts. Imagine creating a poster to, say, Hitchcock's Birds, and having one smuggled in, magazine and a pencil in your hand. We are deep in the communist times, and the censorship is almighty. And still, you create super-temporal works. It can be thanks to the lack of readymade culture, and the almighty promotion of the film industry. Jakub Dvorský of Amanita Design (flash games, website, and vision designer) Amanita Design creates games from some kind of past universe, where you come accross the remains of a human civilisation grown back in nature. It creates a kind and snuggy world, floating in peace. You wake up into a dream with eyes wide open, and you can even meddle with its goings. It works in the most unpredictable and radiant way.

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The Fear of Sharks, Learning from Villains, and the Making of a PKN in Cagliari

Presentations We all have irrational fears, and for quite a few, sharks top the list of that which is most feared. In this presentation (from PKN Louisville Vol. 3), Paul Sirek goes beyond the Jaws of Spielberg, and reveals the true nature of these creatures. And what can we learn from the most villainous villains of them all? In his presentation (in Portuguese, from PKN Sao Paulo Vol. 10), Nicolas Vargas takes a stab at listing 10 super villains, and explains the important lessons he has learned from their mistakes. Posters We end the week with a few new posters on the Tumblr blog, including the one pictured above, for a special edition PKN happening in Chicago on July 19, as well as posters for PKN Las Palmas Vol. 7, and for PKN Erlangen Vol. 3 and 5. Here's more on that special event in Chicago: WHEN LESS IS MORE... In association with the Society of Architectural Historians, PechaKucha Night Chicago heads for a summer road trip to the Louis Sullivan designed Charnley House in Chicago's Gold Coast. An intimate venue to be sure (so we wont get three hundred in there). Get tickets early and enjoy this amazing Chicago treasure - for one night only - invaded by PechaKucha Night. All ages show. Information at Facebook. The officially fantastic poster of this Volume is designed by Akemi Hong for the SAH. And watch out for another downtown extra Volume in mid August. Also in a very cool venue... Video It's been a week of videos, and so why not end it with another one, this time covering the recent PKN Cagliari Vol. 3, both the event itself and behind-the-scenes. Calendar Here's what you can expect in terms of PK action over the weekend. First, tonight (July 6), you'll find the following three events: PKN Nishinomiya Vol. 13, PKN Pisa Vol. 2, and PKN Castellon de la Plana Vol. 1. On Saturday, there's PKN Shenzhen Vol. 11, and PKN Marseille-Provence Vol. 19, which marks that city's 5th anniversary. On Sunday, you can catch PKN Christchurch Vol. 14 -- see this post for more on that event, and an update on post-earthquake Christchurch.

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Stem Cell Art, Bridging Community and Students Through Art, and the Story Behind a Poster

Presentations Irwin Adam is a chemical engineer, but all of his friends are designers. As you'll see in his presentation (from PKN Toronto Vol. 10), after a crazy journey through Siberia, he moved to Toronto from Montreal. Inspired by his designer friends, he's turning 2D stem cells into 3D "art." In his presentation (from PKN Dallas Vol. 10), Bernardo Diaz describes the program he developed to connect his students with some of the city's community centers. Posters Instead of adding a new poster to the Tumblr blog today, we share the story behind the making of Springfield, MO's poster for its upcoming Vol. 8, produced by organizer Pam Rubert.Since we are hosting this event at our studio on our lonely industrial street, I drew our streetscape for the poster. When the full moon rises over our street, I sometimes think that my husband's aluminum sculpture is reaching for the moon. When I look out of my office window, I can sometimes see a family of groundhogs that have made a home underground. Every day they are throwing more dirt and rocks out of the hole, so the tunnels must be getting bigger and more complex. I imagined PechaKucha Night Vol. 8 as sort of an underground network of a variety of people and creatures.Below, the groundhogs in question: Photos Here's a photo gallery [Flickr] for the recent PKN Norrkoping Vol. 20, held earlier this month. Please note that the dates for Vol. 21 and Vol. 22 have already been announced, and are set for November 6 and December 4 respectively. Calendar We kick off the weekend with these events tonight (October 26): PKN Orlando Vol. 7, PKN Bern Vol. 19, PKN Waterville Vol. 9, PKN Koszalin Vol. 10, PKN Wellington Vol. 17, PKN Cagliari Vol. 4, and PKN Castellon de la Plana Vol. 2. On Saturday, you'll find PKN Lodz Vol. 9.

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How to Survive a Kappa Attack

They come from the rivers. They drown swimmers, they challenge travelers to a sumo wrestling match. They will take your shiri-kodama.  What are they? They are the Kappa: a mysterious, monstrous, water-dwelling species of Japan, and in this edition of Presentation of the Day (from the special PKN Tokyo at the Heineken Star Lounge in Harajuku) author Matt Alt gives us some possibly life-saving tips on how to deal with these elusive creatures. 

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Volume 24

Once again, a Kamikaze speaker is prepared to put his wits on the line for 20 images that he has never seen before. Prepare to be blown away by the courage of a simple man. And Braam, ran 4 200 km along the entire length of the Great Wall of China in a single attempt. This translated to running over a marathon a day for over 100 days! Scientists said this was impossible. Also the magical world of bee keeping and a glimpse into the fascinating life of a honey bee -we humans have so much to learn from these little creatures!

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Matariki Pecha Kucha an inspired evening

Thanks to the many people who made the effort to attend our 18th Pecha Kucha Night at Orokonui Ecosanctuary on Saturday night. It was a chilly evening but we were thoroughly warmed by the inspiring stories of our presenters and the occasional plaintive cry from a nearby kiwi! WHO SAID WHAT? After introductions by MC Aaron Hawkins, the evening started with a look at the astronomy of Matariki by Otago Museum director Dr Ian Griffin who was a very enthusiastic speaker. Our second speaker Tahu Mackenzie, who works at the Ecosanctuary as an educator, was very excited about the wildlife there and especially their poo! Danielle Trilford from Oil Free Otago gave a chilling but inspiring talk about the harm deep sea drilling could do in our environment while environmental lawyer Alex Kruize looked to his future life in Calgary Canada. The first half closed with Professor Paul Tapsell sharing his experience of taonga and marae and how they make New Zealand unique.  Archaeologist Hannah Sadler kicked off the second half with a challenge about what constitutes indigenous archaeology, then local artist and craftsman Mike Fay shared his enthusiasm for creating creatures from wood, while ex-Night Club owner turned Reiki healer, Dion Blake Freeman challenged the audience to discover their real purpose in life. Painter Anya Sinclair shared her beautiful landscapes inspired by our local environment and more recently that of Rio de Janeiro. The night closed with Brendan Flack's momentous journey across Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa on an ocean going waka rounding off what was an entertaining and thought provoking evening.  One unique thing about the evening was the singing which often took place following a presentation when the whanau of a presenter sang a waiata in support of the presenter. The Puaka/Matariki Pecha Kucha Night gave us much to cherish and we look forward to bringing you two more inspiring Pecha Kucha events this year. THANKS TO Our presenters, Orokonui Ecosanctuary for hosting us, our MC Aaron Hawkins, Tania Turei, Tania Robinson and Jenny Chen, Richard Dingwall,  Josh Thomas, Antony Deaker, Pecha Kucha central in Tokyo and Pecha Kucha founders Klein Dytham Architecture. We would also like to thank our event sponsors: The Puaka Matariki Festival Creative Communities Scheme Dunedin City Council Emerson's Brewery   NEXT PECHA KUCHA NIGHT IN DUNEDIN... Pecha Kucha #19 will take place as part of the Otago University Students Association's Art Week. We look forward to collaborating with OUSA and bringing you a dozen or more inspired presenters to share their stories. Diary this date: Thursday 19 September Common Room University of Otago 7:00pm   MORE PHOTOS FROM THE EVENT See our Facebook page for more images from the Puaka/Matariki Pecha Kucha Night.

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When Rice Attacks!

Sometimes, when the night is dark and the fog rolls in from the paddies, the rice boy rises up... Resident yokai expert Matt Alt comes at us with yet another fascinating look into the world of Japanese monsters. In "When Rice Attacks!" from a special コメ展 x PechaKucha edition of PKN Tokyo, he elaborates on the creatures that lurk between lines of planted rice paddies. 

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Fields of Crystal

"Crystals growing in petri dishes ... produced landscapes and creatures with eyes staring up at me."  Jim Frazier is a scientist, inventor and innovator. He has been awarded the Order of Australia Medal and and Oscar for his work with photographic lenses which have been used by the likes of David Attenborough. As we see in "Fields of Crystal" from PKN Forster Vol. 1, he paints crystal solutions which dry into a variety of patterns and when put under specific lighting produce a dazzling array of effects.  His work has been accepted by Hilary Clinton, Goldie Hawn and Sylvester Stallone.

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Words from an Aquarist

"Is this is your typical image of a shark, you can thank Steven Spielberg." Saltwater aquarist Daniel Churchman takes care of fish for a living, and he has raised over twenty sharks, skates, and rays. In "Words from an Aquarist" from PKN Albany, GA Vol. 3, Daniel states that many people view sharks as dangerous and scary, but he is here to debunk these common misconceptions and reveal the truth behind these myterious, curious creatures. 

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Spirited Figures

Mythical Japanese monsters inspired this designer to dream up all sorts of mischievous characters. Graphic designer and character designer Cesc Grané speaks about his amazing creations inspired by Japanese aesthetics and myth. Cesc began by taking cues from yokai (old Japanese monsters and spirits) and putting his own unique spin on their appearance and how they are connected. In "Spirited Figures" from PKN Tokyo Vol. 116, he tells us how the ethos of Japan has inspired him daily, and recounts stories of his fantastical daydreams involving monsters, heroes, and mischievous creatures of all sorts.