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Shadows and Curves

@ VOL 37 ON JUL 27, 2017

"Story-telling is at the heart of all good photography..."

In "Shadows and Curves" from PechaKucha Night Edinburgh Vol. 37, Photographer Kim Ayres talks about the growing niche market of Boudoir Photography and how to avoid falling into the objectification trap. 

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The Urban Realm

@ VOL 33 ON APR 22, 2016

Mike Wilson is a writer and website publisher. A co-owner of the media resources and training website, www.allmediascotland.com, he is a former sports writer - including with The Sunday Times Scotland, FourFourTwo magazine and for the Scottish Football Association. He is author of three books about football and is interested in far too much for his own good, including architecture (not that he necessarily knows what an architrave is).


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Algorithmic Compositions

@ VOL 25 ON DEC 06, 2013

Michael Edwards is a composer, performer, and software developer. He is the author of the slippery chicken algorithmic composition package. His compositional interests lie mainly in the development of structures for hybrid electro-instrumental pieces through the integration of algorithmically produced scored materials with similarly generated computer-processed sound. He is also active as an improvisor on laptop, saxophones, and MIDI wind controller, performing for instance at the 2008 Montreaux Jazz Festival.

Michael's compositions have been played worldwide at many international festivals, including the Darmstadt Ferienkurse, the International Computer Music Conference (Banff, Havana, Ljubljana), the Zagreb Biennale, the Seoul International Computer Music Festival, etc., and by leading ensembles/performers such as Klangforum Wien, Ensemble Aventure, Ensemble Intercontemporain, IRCAM, Experimentalstudio Freiburg, Marcus Weiss, Sarah Nicolls, Rei Nakamura, and Garth Knox.

Michael studied composition at Bristol University with Adrian Beaumont (BA, MMus) and privately with Gwyn Pritchard. In 1991 he moved to the US for further studies in computer music with John Chowning at CCRMA, Stanford University (MA, Doctor of Musical Arts). Whilst studying there he also worked at IRCAM, Paris, with a residence grant at Cité des Arts. During 1996-7 he was a consultant software engineer in Silicon Valley and developed a Document Recognition System used in several US hospitals. In 1997 Michael was appointed Lecturer in Music Theory at Stanford but later that year moved to Salzburg, Austria. He was Guest Professor at the Universität Mozarteum until 2002, when he came to the University of Edinburgh.

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Species of Space

@ VOL 33 ON APR 22, 2016

Robert Powell has long been interested in encyclopaedic and organisational forms. His practice explores representations of reality that are universal, yet constantly subverted as they are enmeshed in a web of cultural and personal memory, of national histories and myths, always with the covering cherub of art history looming above. This interest was also exemplified his recent solo exhibition in Quebec City entitled ‘A Universal History of Iniquity’, which the artist has described as ‘a universal history viewed through the prism of Borges’ Aleph relocated to a Stockbridge basement.’



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Here is the Place - Now is the Time

@ VOL 33 ON APR 22, 2016

HERE+NOW is a landscape architecture studio specialised in co-design. We deliberately combine engagement and design processes to integrate stakeholders and help realise more meaningful places. We have developed a range of innovative tools and techniques to help put people at the heart of design in the built environment. We constantly iterate and evolve these tools, testing their application in different contexts and sharing our findings.  We use film, photography, events and publications to visually capture, communicate and share this holistic design process and its outcomes with communities and decision makers alike. Feeding back to those who have input into a project and feeding forward our learnings to share with the wider industry. User-centred design, but for landscape architecture. 



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My Journey From Actress to Filmmaker

@ VOL 33 ON APR 22, 2016

Annie Griffin is an Edinburgh based filmmaker. Originally from the US, she moved to the UK as a student.  She began her career as an actress in fringe theatre, frequently performing at the Edinburgh Festival. She formed her own production company in the 90s, and moved to Scotland. Her work includes The Book Group for Channel 4 and the feature film Festival. In 1992 she was fortunate to see Prince in concert at Earls Court on the Diamonds and Pearls tour. 



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A Hundred Words about a Trillion

@ VOL 33 ON APR 22, 2016

Emily Inglis - gardener and artist

If you are not an astrophysicist or a global economist a trillion is an abstract number, too big to grasp. How big is it? What does it buy? In my talk I will be comparing and contrasting what a trillion is worth. Looking at monetary value globally. How serious is national debt? How much would it cost to buy Wales? If you had enough money could you buy a unicorn? Or a house in Mayfair? These questions will be probed.