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"If someone dumps a box of legos in your lap and asks you “What you can do with this?”, you’re not going to say “I don’t know”. You’re going to say “What can’t I do with this?” Same thing for 3D printing."

In "3D Printing: A Whole New World" from PechaKucha Night Bryan Vol. 2, 3D printing and scanning is an emerging tech and its presence at Texas A&M is becoming more widespread. In his presentation, Benedict Nguyen discusses its exciting most recent developments.

"Normally when we think about building, we think of them as static objects, but why?"

In MOTION + eMOTION: The Aesthetics of Movement in Architecture from PechaKucha Night Bryan Vol. 10, Negar Kalantar explores the concept of transformability as a novel architectural design tool. In her work, motion itself is the design intention. Her creations take advantage of both the perceptual and functional qualities that movement can offer.

"I'm speaking about Buster Keaton because that's really all that really matters."

Jennifer Hargis talks about the origins of motion pictures and of Buster Keaton up to WWII, as well as the rise in popularity of both.  She also talks about how film influenced Keaton and Keaton influenced film. 

Evan Ballowe discusses how, as humans, our lives exist in a state of perpetual renewal and transformation. We learn new things, have new experiences, our ideas and perspectives change, time modifies our bodies and age affects our priorities. We are not now who we once were nor who we will one day be, we are persistent only in the inherent beauty of existence. Evan feels that this constant flux and innate splendor is paralleled in the physical world around us, that even as elements degrade beyond their intended function, their usefulness and appeal remain. His work reflects upon the unarticulated potential of discarded objects into new functions and uncommon forms.

Art of Warning: Making of the Flood Drawings


"A few springs ago, I looked out over San Francisco Bay and I saw the city rising in the distance, above the fog, and I thought - I am going to draw water!"

In "Art of Warning: Making of the Flood Drawings" from PechaKucha Night Bryan Vol. 8, artist Mary Ciani presented “Flood”, her recent series – from drawings of living in harmony with first rivers to urgent ones warning of storm and final deluge. She looks, too, at visionary artists with images of the past, future, inventive assemblage, and spiritual connection. Even a prayer to the earth is included here. The drawings were collected into a book and art show. 


"Places affect us, and we affect places." 

In "The Importance of Place" from PechaKucha Night Bryan Vol. 8Eva Read-Warden explains how places have unique features and aesthetic qualities that differentiate them from ‘space’, as well as from one another.  They are where we become ourselves, connect to the world, and communities are formed. By making and preserving places, we create the opportunity to not only dwell comfortably but create a continuum on which others can build.


“I think something that attracts a lot of people to roller derby is the culture of it all, like you can create a whole new persona identity.” 

In Just Roll with it from PechaKucha Night Bryan Vol. 7, Roller Girl, “Jammin” Janet Vincent talks about her love of roller derby in this presentation. She was really shy when she moved from Costa Rica to US for college. Then her family members encouraged her to join the roller derby team, and she found out her passion of roller derby. Now she is attending the roller derby competitions around the world with her teammates.


“Recall the idiom Everything But the Kitchen Sink…This is NOT that space.”

In The Long Black Wig Project from PechaKucha Night Bryan’s 5th Volume Speaker Becky Eddy Phillips rhythmically details a her multimedia artistic piece. The Long Black Wig Project enters contemporary plots in art, science, domesticity, mothering, and feminism. Using art like a verb, it wavers in leaps and falls between the intellectual and domestic realms. At the same time, the work is introspective, balancing the overlapping (though historically antithetical) realms of mother and artist: how to stay connected to art depends on the artists connectivity to her children. An ambitious multi-media exhibit, it is contained within A Vacuous Space.

A multitude of video vignettes are projected within it’s relative space. With titles such as Miss Sara Tonin’s Fancy and My Feminism Hurts My Marriage, the imagery is strangely eerie with a feminine edge as if there were an invisible link to the past lives of women associated with Surrealism. A long wig is seen throughout the work and acts as a connective fiber.

 


"It took us about six months from start to finish to turn this wooden and metal barn into a fully functional state-licensed kitchen."

In Kaiseki On A Farm from Byan Vol. 3. husband wife team, Brian & Amanda Light share about their successful business endevor, proving a unique dining expereince on a 15 acre farm in rural Texas. Their company "Ronin Cookin" provides meals for special events at their farm, and a venue for evey occasion from 9-course dinnerst to whole-hog roasts with bonfires, to weddings to family reunions and everything in between, and with meats & vegetables sourced from local Texas farmers/ranchers/fisherman, all prepared out of an old barn they converted into a commercial kitchen.

Couch-Surfing: A New Way to Travel


"It's not about a free couch, it's about sharing an experience."

In Couch-Surfing: A New Way to Travel, from BryanVol. 3. full-time animation and graphic arts instructor, and part-time couch surfer, Barbara Klein, explores an unconventional travel accommodation, on the couches of strangers.  Much to her friend's and family's dismay, Klein shares how putting herself in the unknown, and her trust in others, has lead to serendipitous results. She adds that pushing one's boundaries, by either accepting accommodation on a strangers couch or offering one's couch up to a travelling stranger opens a space for sharing time and new experiences with new friends in exciting and interesting new contexts. 

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