Past Christchurch Event: VOL 23

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VOL 23

May 04, 2015
@ Isaac Theatre Royal

PechaKucha Night Christchurch and Heritage New Zealand present:

PechaKucha Night Christchurch vol 23

A PechaKucha Night at Isaac Theatre Royal!

Tickets on sale now 


WHERE: Isaac Theatre Royal, 145 Gloucester Street

WHEN: Doors 7.30pm, Starts at 8.20pm


We have been very lucky to collaborate with some amazing partners over the years, and this event is no different. Hosted in Christchurch’s latest restoration victory, we invite you to think about heritage differently under the delicately restored dome of the Isaac Theatre Royal.
As always our speakers are diverse and engaging. While our theme sits within heritage, the presenters have taken liberties within this and topics you can expect on the night range from:

Huia Pacey// Maori Heritage Advisor// on maunga and a little bit of magic

James Arps// Architectural Graduate// on ‪#‎history‬ ‪#‎architecture‬

André Lovatt// CEO Arts Centre// on the restoration of heritage at the Arts Centre of Christchurch

Katharine Watson// Archaeologist// on a womble's view of Christchurch

Jenny May// Architectural Historian and Heritage Planner// on the inside story...

Catarina Gutierrez// Founder Cycle CHCH// on a brief history of cycling in Christchurch


Rosemary Baird// Oral Historian// on the problem with selfies

Claire Baker// CoCA Gallery Manager// on conversations about contemporary art and culture

Lucy Jane Walsh// Digital Archivist// on CEISMIC and four stages of psychological response to a disaster

Lizzie Meek// Conservator, and Programme-Manager Artefacts, Antarctic Heritage Trust// on making history unforgettable

Simon Palenski// Amateur Historian// on the Arcades Project

Lloyd Carpenter// Maori Academic// on Food Stores and Living Supply Depots – Waihora, Tuwharekai and other hidden Māori Heritage


Please join us from 7.30pm on Monday 4th May. Tickets are on sale now from Eventbrite and these events always sell out so get in quick!


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Need a PK fix now? Watch our past presentations!

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Celebrating Canterbury Architecture via Instagram

@ VOL 23 ON MAY 04, 2015

Architectural graduate James Arps runs an Instragram account (@nzia_canterbury) that celebrates Canterbury Architecture and the high-quality projects being completed as part of the Christchurch rebuild. Posts illustrate the past, present and future of Christchurch, which is particularly pertinent given all that was lost in the earthquakes. Collaboration and the different perspectives of Instagram users can create an incredibly rich database of history in the modern-age.

Instagram gives everyone the opportunity to be an Historian.

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The Restoration of Heritage at the Arts Centre of Christchurch

@ VOL 23 ON MAY 04, 2015

The Arts Centre in Christchurch is a neo-gothic campus, once hosting the local university, converted into a space for local artists to practise and showcase. Severely damaged in the Canterbury earthquakes, it is now going through an extensive restoration. Arts Centre CEO Andre Lovatt gives people an insight into the restoration of the Arts Centre, to explain what it is that they have been doing since the earthquakes, show the process visually and give an indication on the progress that is being made. Showing the love, care and attention that so many people are giving to their restoration work and how, when it is all done, the Arts Centre, and the Christchurch wider community, will be so much better for it.


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A Womble’s View of Christchurch

@ VOL 23 ON MAY 04, 2015

Archeologist Katharine Watson explores the discoveries recently excavated in a construction site sitting behind the theatre she presents in. The wild tales she spins out of a few broken tabacco pipes reveals a richer, more nuanced story about her city, Christchuch, NZ. 

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The Inside Story...

@ VOL 23 ON MAY 04, 2015

We can all see the outside of our heritage buildings but what is actually going on the inside remains hidden from view. Architecture historian Jenny May does a quick survey of the interiors of some of the projects she has worked on.

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Knickerbocker Cycling in Christchurch

@ VOL 23 ON MAY 04, 2015

On the 1892 Adalanta Cycle Club:

"It's special to me because it was a group of all women cyclists that decided to get together to go on picnics, to go one day trips, and just be all around awesome in their knickerbockers."

From Knickerbocker Cycling in Christchurch, from Christchurch Vol. 23Catarina Gutierrez shares her passion as an everyday cyclist as she explores a city steeped in bicycle culture and history. Prior to landing in Christchurch, she's lived and pedaled in popular bike cities such as Brooklyn, NY and Portland, OR. In addition to founding the social bicycles club "CycleCHCH", Gutierrez volunteers at RAD Bikes. These days you can find her cruising around Christchurch on a bubblegum pink Morrison step-through and in a bright, neon helmet covered in stickers. 

This was "Presentation of the Day" on July 28th, 2015.

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The Problem with Selfies

@ VOL 23 ON MAY 04, 2015

Oral historian Rosemary Baird explains how selfies are ruining history, depriving historians of context and capture the everyday, transient, impermanent aspects of history (both social and built heritage).


"Presentation of the Day" on June 3, 2015.

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Christchurch as an Artist's Canvas

@ VOL 23 ON MAY 04, 2015

Manager of CoCA, Center for Contemporary Arts in Chirstchurch New Zealand, Claire Baker shares her insights on how all good decisions are informed decisions based on history.

Contemporary art is no different.

CoCA is no different.

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Icy Heritage

@ VOL 23 ON MAY 04, 2015

Lizzie Meek presents the Antarctic Heritage Trust which cares for a collection of simple, wooden expedition bases, filled with everyday objects. A life-changing experience for many of the people who visit them in Antarctica, they also strongly resonate with people who will never visit – because they are, despite the odds, still standing. Six minutes on the power of place, and the value of heritage in its original context.

This was "Presentation of the Day" on June 16, 2015.

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Adopt, Adapt, Add and Evolve

@ VOL 23 ON MAY 04, 2015

Architect Stewart Ross specialises in repurposing old buildings, and designing theatres. Using examples from his travels across the world, Ross expalins how he has successfully adapted (while honouring) indsutrial buildings to house performance venues in post quake Christchurch. 

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Heroism, Honeymoon, Disillusionment: Four Stages of Psychological Response to a Disaster

@ VOL 23 ON MAY 04, 2015

Digital archivist Lucy Jane Walsh uses images from the Canterbury Eartqhuake Digital Archive- CEISMIC, to visually guide through the 4 stage psychological responses to a disaster 

James Arps
Architectural Graduate, Solarchitect in Christchurch
Jenny May
in Christchurch
Catarina Gutierrez
Bike champion! in Wellington
Andre Lovatt
in Christchurch
Lloyd Carpenter
in Christchurch
Lucy-Jane Walsh
in Christchurch
Katharine Watson
in Christchurch
Lizzie Meek
Programme Manager-Conservator, Antarctic Heritage Trust in Christchurch
Huia Pacey
in Christchurch
Claire Baker
in Christchurch
Stewart Ross
in Christchurch
Rosemary Baird
in Christchurch