City Focus: Kunming

For this week's City Focus, we lend our gaze to "The City of Eternal Spring", Kunming, located in the Yunnan Province in southwest China. Home to over 6.5 million people and a melting pot of 26 indigenous nationalities, the city has established itself as the largest in the province and has flourished as the political, economic and cultural hub of the area. The nickname of the city comes from the year-round moderate climate that stays roughly between 8.9-20.3 degrees Celcius. However, the weather is far from the only thing that makes Kunming such an attractive destination. Spectacles such as the Stone Forrest, Dianchi Lake, Jiuxiang Scenic Area, and Western Hill can all be found within the folds of the city, and provide beautiful sights to anyone experiencing them. Beyond the sites, the intermingling but unchanging cultures of the different nationalities bring to fruition very unique customs and fun traditions like the Torch Festival or the Huashan Festival, where these groups can showcase their contrasting but similar styles.


Adding to those opportunities, the city is hosting their Vol. 1 event on the 26th of July, it is surely not something anyone should want to miss! Best of luck to all of our friends in Kunming!

If you are one of those people, make sure to stay tuned for updates from Ana Pinto de Silva, the city organizer for events coming down the pipeline!

PKN Poster Spotlight: Kalamazoo

PechaKucha Night Kalamazoo weaves together the first place prize for this week's PechaKucha Poster Spotlight. Honestly, guys, this is one of the most beautiful posters we've seen yet! The collection of different patterns that look like they've been sewn together and the nine, representing Kalamazoo's Volume 9 event, artistically weaves under and over the pattern. If you're looking for an incredible collection of people all sewn together for a good night of fun, PKN Kalamazoo will have their event next week, July 25th, at the Old Dog Tavern Beer Garden.


Can't wait to see what else you guys have got!

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Presentation of the Day

Dystopian Visions

PRESENTED ON JUN 14, 2019
IN HAMPTONS @ VOL 28

Janet Culbertson, as an eco-feminist artist for over 50 years, Janet paints the earth's diverse creatures and landscapes. Traveling the world to expolare their beauty and demise. Her work has been exhibited across the world as she continues to capture nature's begininngs and ends.

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Past Presentations of the Day

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ELCH

BY ZUZANA GIBB
@ VOL 7 ON NOV 22, 2018

After 15 years in Scotland, designer, artist and printmaker Zuzana Gibb shares her creative journey from wallpaper to workshops.

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Paradox Art

BY LAURA TURON
@ VOL 19 ON JUN 28, 2018

Laura Turon is a mixed media Border artist from El Paso, Texas whose work presents ephemeral art installations through processes that combine different light interpretations, mark making, repetition, design, and large-scale compositions. Laura is the founder and creator of Paradox Traveling Art, a mobile art installation gallery within a converted school bus, which creates and presents mobile art installations and murals. With a special focus on delivering art to communities that have limited or no access to art, and creating opportunities for artists to encourage and promote the creative arts. 

 

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The Light and Times of Cody Fjeldsted

BY CODY FJELDSTED
@ VOL 37 ON FEB 20, 2019

By day, Cody Fjeldsted is an elementary school teacher but at night, he picks up his camera to shoot the Northern Lights. Here, Cody recalls his beginnings with his Northern Lights photography and how it's permeated his everyday life. Truly a feast for the eyes, get ready to be amazed by Cody's stunning work in this 20x20 talk.

Cody's talk was recorded live at PechaKucha Night Winnipeg Vol. 37, on February 20 2019, at the Park Theatre. 

For more information on PKN Winnipeg, follow us on Twitter (@pkn_winnipeg), Instagram (@pkn_winnipeg), or Facebook (www.facebook.com/pechakuchanightwinnipeg). PKN Winnipeg is presented by the Manitoba Chapter of the Graphic Designers of Canada.

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Seeing the World in LEGO: Mixing Creativity, Art and STEM

BY LUKE LYONS
@ VOL 19 ON JUN 04, 2019

What if the world was made of LEGO? In this talk, Luke Lyons shares how he sees the world as tiny plastic interlocking bricks.  Lyons, like many children, grew up playing with LEGO, but today he uses LEGO as an outlet for his creativity and artistic side.  He has created LEGO scale buildings of old high schools, university buildings, train stations and designed his own museum specifically for the purpose of displaying a LEGO Tyrannosaurus rex. He discusses how LEGO promotes creativity in STEM education, while still accessing the arts.