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Where Do I Go From Here?

@ VOL 18 ON OCT 22, 2015

Justin Shiels is a creative director, graphic designer and marketing strategist whose greatest joy is making things happen. Formerly he ran a local publication called Go INVADE that celebrated the people, places and projects here in New Orleans. Currently, he helps build brands through his boutique design and marketing studio This Creative Lab. Justin talks about how the ideas that we have as children and ideas that we have in college are the ones that teach us who we are.

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An Addiction to the Rawness

@ VOL 18 ON OCT 22, 2015

Jack of all trades, Ross Lunz, is an artist, silver smith, carpenter, firefighter, former commercial fisherman, EMT to list only a few of the many hats Ross has worn throughout his life so far. Asking whether the path he has chosen has been reckless or a series of calculated risks.  Ross admits that he is addicted to the rawness.

Ross evacuated New Orleans the Sunday before Katrina and retuned Wednesday with a 14 foot boat and was a freelance USAR (Urban Search and Rescue). First rescuing people than transitioning to animals.  Ross learned that he had an aptitude for rescue and became a firefighter. 

All Ross’s rich and diverse history bleeds into his studio practice.  His work tells a story, often about New Orleans.  Now Ross and his wife are onto the next chapter in their lives and moving to New Mexico after being in New Orleans for the past 14 years.

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Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost

@ VOL 18 ON OCT 22, 2015

Pauline Patterson owns the local favorite pub Finn McCool’s and bar/restaurant Treo with the love of her life and husband, Stephen. Pauline grew up as a daydreamer in Northern Ireland in the mist of turmoil and among armed soldiers and war wreckage. She shares with us principles and values she has learned from her parents of working hard, fixing what is broken and living life with passion because age is but a number and there is plenty of time to reckless.

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Harnessing Wild Horses

@ VOL 18 ON OCT 22, 2015

“My mom raised me and I quickly because an independent little person with a lot of personality.”

In Harnessing Wild Horses from PechaKucha Night New Orleans Volume 18 Musa Alves is a DJ, photographer, international fun haver, cheeseburger enthusiast, Brazilian redneck. In this presentation Musa goes chronologically through her life because reckless youth has been a constant theme. She is the product of a Mississippi Delta Debutant and a Brazilian bassist.  In her life, she has fallen off the horse a few times, but has always managed to get back up. Whether reckless youth has led to ambition or ambition has led reckless youth, Musa has always carved her own path by harnessing the wild horses that drives you to do the things that scare you, and challenge you, and make you vulnerable.

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Fighting Gods and Monsters

@ VOL 18 ON OCT 22, 2015

Dylan Tete is the Executive Director and founder of Bastion Community of Resilience, an innovative housing program for returning warriors with lifelong rehabilitative needs. Dylan earned a Bachelors of Science in Economics and Systems Engineering at West Point, as well as an MPH at the LSU School of Public Health. During a combat tour in Iraq as second-in-command of an Infantry company, Dylan established multiple recovery projects in collaboration with the Department of State. He moved to New Orleans in 2005 where he managed the construction of several FEMA housing facilities after Hurricane Katrina.

In this presentation, Dylan shares his path of finding redemption and discovering that the only way around something is through it.

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This...Was Wild and Crazy

@ VOL 18 ON OCT 22, 2015

ArtSoulLife (Travis Pickett) is an American contemporary artist, emerging from the melting pot of culture in New Orleans, Louisiana. He has been self-taught since the age of 9 and honing his skills since. ArtSoulLife share with us his brilliant take on being a young, wild, and crazy.

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Reckless By Nature - Finding the Flow

@ VOL 18 ON OCT 22, 2015

Brent Houzenga is a New Orleans-based painter and musician who could be the epitome of reckless youth growing in Fulton, IL and being told he can be whatever he wanted.  Today new father, Brent’s projects consists of painting of dead people.  He shares with us his idea of finding and achieving flow in his work and life.

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Visual Documenter of War

@ VOL 17 ON MAY 13, 2015

Videographer and photographer, Sean O’ Grady, is a visual documenter of the war of man vs. nature.  As a documenter Sean shares that he is able to be an observer and not an active participant of this futile war that man has with nature.  He explains that he doesn’t have the answers for the war, but only the evidence of its existence.  Being lost prior to coming to New Orleans he is in search of finding the 6th sense of balance.

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Community Participation and Architecture

@ VOL 17 ON MAY 13, 2015

"We wanted every design decision that we made to be affordable, made locally, and something that could teach a skill."

In Community Participation and Architecture, from PechaKucha Night New OrleansVol. 17, architect Mary Gilmore, shares her master’s thesis on Community Participation and Architecture. Her belief is that if people participated in the design and construction of a building, not only will they become stake holders in the process, but also learn something.  To put her thesis into practice, Mary moved to India and then later to Mali, West Africa with the Peace Corps.  Now as a practicing architect here in the states, she is has rediscovered the notion of community participation and architecture.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Monday, October 19th, 2015. 

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Love, Femininity and Gender

@ VOL 17 ON MAY 13, 2015

Kiernan Dunn is a local visual artist and print maker here in New Orleans works primarily out of the New Orleans Community Print Shop and Darkroom, a nonprofit artist collective that offers a shared community arts space which is open to the public.  Kiernan addresses issues of femininity and gender through her visual and performative art and she YOBO’s, well maybe not just once.

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I'd Rather Be Printing

@ VOL 17 ON MAY 13, 2015

"This is the first color newspaper ever printed in New Orleans!"

In I'd Rather Be Printing from Pechakucha Night New Orleans Vol. 17, J.S. Makkos shares falling in love with antique printing presses as a youth exploring in his father’s antique shop. This helped define his passion for print making. He came down to New Orleans with a purpose to salvage the detritus and material culture of this city that was being lost in dumpsters and through a sequence of events, stumbled on a treasure trove of New Orleans history.

This was "Presentation of the Day" on Monday, October 5th, 2015.

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Confessions of a Wandering Architect

@ VOL 17 ON MAY 13, 2015

Jennifer Rowe is an architectural designer and maker traveling in search of finding her passions and ultimately relating to what is familiar to inform her architectural work and her own ventures of hand crafting.  She shares with us how her surrounding informs her work as an architect and a hand crafter.