City Focus: Shymkent

Known as the "garden city" of Kazakhstan, we visit the beautiful and bustling city of Shymkent in this week's City Focus. Located in southern Kazakhstan, this ancient city of over 1 million people is filled with scenic parks, nature, and historical architecture that is bound to inspire creatives of the land. With PechaKucha Night Shymkent Vol. 21 coming up around the corner, let's all wish them the absolute best and hope for more bounding creativity to come out of Shymkent.

PKN Poster Spotlight: Sheffield

Majestic Mazes! In this week's PechaKucha Poster Spotlight, we highlight the poster design from PechaKucha Night Sheffield Vol. 30. With its wonderful gradients and the angular movement of its geometrical design, this poster alludes to the unpredictable twists and turns Sheffield's presenters will take us through. Stay A-MAZE-ing, Sheffield.

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Presentation of the Day

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Michael Elkan

Photographer / Founder, Michael Elkan Photography in Vancouver

Photography and architecture are very closely related. It is through photographic images that architecture is widely seen, known and understood. Architects think in space-time dimensions but usually employ 2D media to develop their ideas. Architecture is truly experienced only in real space, time and scale. The photographer’s task is to reverse engineer that reality through acute observation and to construct a relatively small 2D image that begins to evoke the experience of being there.

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Past Presentations of the Day

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A Sketch A Day

BY GRAEME BORLAND
@ VOL 38 ON JUN 06, 2019

Graeme Borland is a game developer who typically spends his workday writing code. However a few years ago, Graeme felt the need to keep connected to his love of video game environments, so he started a project called Sketch of the Day where he attempts to draw a different, fantastical scene every single day. Watch this inspiring 20x20 talk to see and hear more about this ongoing project, what he discovered throughout the process, and how he's been able to keep this up for more than 2,000 days in a row.

Graeme's talk was recorded live at PechaKucha Night Winnipeg Vol. 38, on June 6 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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Color Connected

BY PATRICK GABALDON
@ VOL 19 ON JUN 28, 2018

Patrick Gabaldon is made up of so much more. More than you can see and more than one can name. The desert projects absence yet reflects colors connected. Life thrives in the Chihuahua desert; flowers bloom and cultures expand. The muse for Patrick is the desert dichotomy found here on the El Paso Border.

 

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Drawing to Document

BY CHARIS LOKE
@ VOL 10 ON JUL 27, 2019

The act of drawing is imbued with power: we draw to see, to record, to understand, to shape the world. Reflecting on her experiences documenting street protests, election rallies, and gatherings through on-site sketching, Charis Loke speaks about the importance of drawing - for anyone, everyone - as a way to bear witness and be in the world. 

Charis Loke is an illustrator and educator based in Penang. Drawing upon literature and visual culture, she evokes wonder and curiosity through stories. She's also Comics + Illustrations Editor at New Naratif where she commissions and works with Southeast Asian artists.

A former resident artist at Rimbun Dahan, Charis also makes illustrated microfiction inspired by SEA when she's not working on publishing or nonprofit projects. She designs geeky baju, sketched the 14th General Elections, and explained asexuality by way of sambal. Her work has been recognized by the Society of Illustrators Los Angeles and shown at Light Grey Art Lab as well as other galleries around the world.

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The Art of Protest

BY JEFF CLARK
@ VOL 19 ON JUL 31, 2019

International street art mural producer and gallery owner Jeff Clark talks about the street art migration, his explorations in personal photography, and how he developed his views on the world.