JANUARY 11, 2010
PKN Queretaro Vol. 2
It may have been a long time coming -- since the event was held back in September of last year -- but we're glad to finally get a look at Queretaro's second PechaKucha Night, courtesy of the following report by co-organizer Lilian Gonzalez. Our favorite bit: " It was amazing to witness how no one wanted to leave “La Fabrica,” demanding more presenters."
The second PechaKucha in Queretaro was hosted in September at “La Fabrica,” a contemporary art center. This was a perfect place for a PechaKucha Night, as this is a remodeled former factory that still keeps its industrial style. The forum of this artistic multidisciplinary spot was the stage where the PechaKucha took place.
The night started with the founder of "la Fabrica," Alonso Barrera. He is a theater director and a designer, with studies on experimental and visual theater in Spain. Alonso started with an emotional presentation about his personal history on how his theater career started. It was an original presentation featuring a performance.
Then it was the turn for photographer Margara Dehaene, accompanied by the compositor Ignacio Baca with “noise music". Dehaene showed us amazing oceanic photos while she recited a story followed by Ignacio's music, transforming the photos original sense.
After this, the industrial designer Raúl Moysen shared with us some of his works and his sources of inspiration such as “small is beautiful,” simplicity, and the use of everyday objects.
Then another photographer, Elena Baca, surprised the crowd with fantastic digital images that recreated imaginary worlds in our minds. She accompanied her work with poetry.
Juan Carlos Loyo started with the sentence “evasion of the gaze.” He is an architect and an artist. Juan Carlos shared with the crowd his interest in breaking the lineal gaze on paintings.
The audience had a 20-minute break, where the crowd and presenters mingled within the industrial scenery with strawberries and red wine. The second part started with graphic designer Héctor Muñoz Huerta. He showed images of Queretaro and how the city is represented by some special textures. These images are used in Queretaro’s tourist information magazine Asomarte.
Painter Gustavo Villegas was second in the lineup. He showed his recent watercolor paintings regarding crashed cars, accidents and speed representing how our current society thrives.
After this, pretending to be a charlatan, Eduardo De La Garma, talked to the crowd about fraud, scams and shame on art, politics and society at large, a fun and fluid presentation.
Finally, somehow confronting the last presenter with a different position, Fabián Giménez Gatto started his presentation. He is a researcher on post-modernity, contemporaneous art, and post-pornography. Giménez Gatto presented a written post-pornography essay of his authorship, accompanied with pictures of different artists on this subject such as Larry Sultan.
The second PechaKucha Night reached an audience of about four hundred people sitting, standing up and even on the stage. It was a night with diverse presentations that grabbed the audience attention at all times. It was amazing to witness how no one wanted to leave “La Fabrica,” demanding more presenters.
This PechaKucha Night was organized by Lilián González, Nayely González, Eileen Suastegui, Alonso Barrera and Richard Ibarra, who together with the presenters and a highly receptive audience, made this second PechaKucha Night a highly emotional night.