Past Chicago Event: VOL 28

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VOL 28

December 03, 2013
@ Martyrs'

This will be our 7th PechaKucha Night in December.  Holiday season and PechaKucha seem to go together.  Sometimes it snows.  Martyrs' always has twinkly lights.  There's egg nog and a whif of pine in the air.  And a dozen PechaKucha presenters in red suits turning on little light bulbs in 400 second long presents.

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The Official Poster of Volume 28 is courtesy of Melissa Harris

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Hoop, There It Is!

@ VOL 28 ON DEC 03, 2013

Ana Skolnik explains her inseparable relationship with hula hooping and how her passion for it has grown throughout her life. From wanting to take the hoop everywhere she went, to street perfroming, to starring in a hula hoop documentary, to eventually starting up her own classes, to her hula hooping is so much more than a hobby or exercise, but an artist statement and way of life. 

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It's Not Just Christmas Lighting!

@ VOL 28 ON DEC 03, 2013

Why should lights be used only during Christmas to light up houses or public spaces? Why can't they be used all year round? Avraham Mor, a lighting designer, is certainly passionante about using light all year round to celebrate the importance of light in our lives and for the enjoyment of the outdoors. 

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Racoon Problem? There's a Gun For That

@ VOL 28 ON DEC 03, 2013

Ben Nicholson, frustrated by his racoon problem, decides on which gun to use in plans to skin it, eat it and make it into a hat to match his fur coat. Listen as he humorously describes different types of guns in hopes to stop his racoon friend from visiting his log cabin. 

"Presentation of the Day" on June 3, 2014.

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The World's Tallest Twisted Building

@ VOL 28 ON DEC 03, 2013

Jo Palma discusses the ideas and plan behind the twsited building in Dubai. Initiated by a Chicago team, the building was created with passive sustainable methods as well as created with long term economic value. As of now, it is the tallest, twisting building in the world and it all started in Chicago. 

"Presentation of the Day" on April 29, 2014.

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The Truth About Chicago's South Side

@ VOL 28 ON DEC 03, 2013

The media has the power to brand a city either good, bad, or ugly, and with Chicago's increasing youth violence, only the bad and ugly are seem to be reported. Kelly Fair, an educator who grew up on the South side, does not share their view. She believes in the goodness of the city. Through her Polished Pebbles project, she shows how girls in Chicago can be inspired to achieve success when given love and opportunity. 

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Aren't We All Just Lernen to Talk?

@ VOL 28 ON DEC 03, 2013

Have you ever wanted to learn a second language, but were daunted by the task and afraid to look foolish? Mickey Mangan embraces both these fears in order to learn a language he has never previously learned. In his Lernen to Talk Show project, he lived in Germany for a year and filmed himself every week interviewing a different person to show that it is not impossible to learn a language from the very bottom and that it is actually quite fun and exciting.  

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How To Make the Most Out of Life

@ VOL 28 ON DEC 03, 2013

As he turns another year older, Rajiv Nathan reflects on his past experiences of being 24 and talks about the goals he set out to accomplish. Whether overcoming fear, how to be an intersting person, learning to tresure every second, or trying something before you decide to hate it, he disccused on how to make the most out of life and what it means to live out your true purpose. 

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On The Road With Phish

@ VOL 28 ON DEC 03, 2013

Simon Landon shares a rainbow colored anthropology of Phish and their dedicated entourage that he seems to be very much a part of. 

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Being Aware of Urban Ecology

@ VOL 28 ON DEC 03, 2013

Steve Sullivan talks about the importance of ecology and being aware of our natural surroundings and how we interact with them. He specifically talks about squrriels in the Chicago area as a means to encourage people to become more aware of how impactful they are to the urban ecology. 

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It's All About The VIBE

@ VOL 28 ON DEC 03, 2013

Martin Atkins gives a humorful and vulgar presentation about the transformation of objects of once higly admired, to lame, to lastly hip and vintage. He gives his own formula for this tranformation and tries to foresee what happens next. What he discovers will make you question the use of common words today. However, there is only one important thing which is VIBE. 

Peter Exley
Architect, Architecture Is Fun in Chicago
Ben Nicholson
in Chicago
Mickey Mangan
Filmmaker in Chicago
Rajiv Nathan
Co-Founder, Idea Lemon in Chicago
Avraham Mor
Lighting Designer, Lightswitch Architectural in Chicago
Simon Landon
Media Manager, Golin in Chicago
Rebecca Parrish
Filmmaker, Interchange Productions in Chicago
Jo Palma
Architect, Skidmore Owings & Merrill LLP in Chicago
Steve Sullivan
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Chicago
Kelly Fair
in Chicago
Martin Atkins
Author/educator/musician, SAE Chicago in Chicago