Past Maastricht Event: VOL 27

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Debunking Myths about Memory in Court

@ VOL 27 ON NOV 23, 2015

Henry Otgaar is a forensic psychologist at Maastricht University. He shows that the myths that we all have about memory can be especially pervasive when they enter the courtroom.

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Greetings from the colonies: Postcards from a painful past

@ VOL 27 ON NOV 23, 2015

"Some [postcards] promoted colonial ideology and served to uphold the supposed hierarchy of the world, with white societies on top." 

The Golden Age of postcards (1907-1915) coincided with the popularization of anthropology and renewed interest in European colonies. Colonial postcards from this time illustrate some of the most prominent ideas of colonialism and beliefs regarding ethnic hierarchy. In Greetings from the Colonies: Postcards from a Painful Past from PechaKucha Night Maastricht Vol. 27, writer and scholar Inge Oosterhoff retraces these ideas, as well as the ways in which France, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and other colonizing countries viewed and propagandized their “colonized peoples.”

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Wednesday, December  15, 2015.

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Tools - A Community Fabrication Centre in Maastricht

@ VOL 27 ON NOV 23, 2015

Robert Katzenson believes in the community’s ability to fabricate, renovate and maintain structures and public installations. He shows how the residents and the city of Maastricht, and the South Limburg region could benefit from a Community Fabrication/Maintenance Centre.

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Manet’s Déjeuner sur L’Herbe: A sustainable breakfast

@ VOL 27 ON NOV 23, 2015

Inspired by a pivotal work in French painting, Édouard Manet’s Le Déjeuner sur l’herbeChristiane Steffens embarked on an artistic inquiry into sustainability challenges. The result will amaze you.

Christiane's presentation is about an artistic inquiry into sustainability challenges. Her project is a sustainable reenactment of the tableau as depicted in Édouard Manet’s Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe, a pivotal work in French painting. The imagery is well-known and caused a scandal when first exhibited. The painting features a nude woman lunching with two wholly dressed men – a contrast unseen. She stares directly at the viewer, which was considered to be another provocation. The men are dressed as dandies. The women is sitting on her clothes. Next to these clothes we see a bread and a fruit basket, as in a still life. To Émile Zola, Manet’s Déjeuner is his greatest work, one in which he succeeds to place figures of natural grandeur in a landscape.

Christiane shows the display of a patchwork quilt of reused pieces of cloth. This quilt has the same measures of the original Manet canvas (208 by 264.5 centimeters). The linen patches embrace the same color spectrum as the Déjeuner. Each patch has one of the dominant colors of Manet’s painting, and the ensemble of patches reflects the color impression the painting makes on the spectator, with green, blue and black overtones. In that respect, the quilt has a pixel-like quality. Who has seen the Déjeuner will recognize it instantly.

The quilt is a creative example of sustainability – not only sustainability in the sense of reused cloth, but also sustainability of ideas and motives as they are expressed in major works of art. Manet’s masterpiece itself echoed existing pictorial patterns – as the theme of the pick-nick was to be abundantly found in older gravures.

The quilt may serve as a lieu d’innovation – a place where people can sit together – either on the quilt or around it – to exchange views, ideas, and stories. The quilt can also be ‘visited’, or ‘occupied’, by individuals allowing them for meditation and prayer possibly offering  inspiration. 

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An Affordable Alternative to Retail Chain Art

@ VOL 27 ON NOV 23, 2015

“We live in a global village but it turns out that all houses in the global village look the same, and I was kind of bothered with that.”

In An Affordable Alternative to Retail Chain Art from PechaKucha Night Maastricht’s 27th volume, Presenter Tom Luyten discusses one of his biggest issues when it comes to home decoration. Bothered by the fact that we live in a world full of living rooms with the same picture hanging above the couch, he created an alternative. Watch as Tom tells us how to create art that is both unique and affordable, without settling for lesser quality and still provide the artist with a sufficient compensation.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Thursday, April, 21, 2016.

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Pro-Poor Innovation, How to Hype it with Micro Industry

@ VOL 27 ON NOV 23, 2015

“Craft keeps alive a few million– a few billion people but it doesn't lift them out of poverty. You need something else; what you need is your brain and my brain, an attitude, and a change.”

In Pro-Poor Innovation, How to Hype it with Micro Industry from PechaKucha Night Maastrict’s 27th Volume, Reinder van Tijen, owner of the company Demotech discusses industry at the poverty level. In industry, one needs capital. In an environment with no capital, one needs Ingenuity. Loopholes can be found when one re-designs concepts, tools, methods, and ideas to make them accessible and affordable to everybody in the world. Tijen’s goal? To improve lives with tricks and techniques and create more joy per person.

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Networking: From a Startup's Perspective

@ VOL 27 ON NOV 23, 2015

Tim Gauldin comes from Huntsville, Alabama. He recently moved to Geleen, near Maastricht, to take a startup company to market launch in Europe. He is fascinated by the world of startups and the passionate people behind them that are trying to change the world.

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Friend Crisis

@ VOL 27 ON NOV 23, 2015

"Refugees are coming to Maastricht ... we want to make them feel welcome."

In "Friend Crisis" from PechaKucha Night Maastricht, Vol 27, progressive chaplain Petra Kai Kormendy explains that there is no such thing as a "refugee crisis" but rather a crisis of friendship. At Refugee Project Maastricht, refugees are called friends, and from that idea a new dialogue can open up about our relationships to the situation and to each other as humans.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Tuesday, December 1, 2015.

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Digging for History

@ VOL 27 ON NOV 23, 2015

"... an African proverb he taught me: 'If the lions don't survive to tell their stories, the hunters get all the credit.' He wanted to tell the story of 260 men in his unit. He was the only one still alive."

In Digging for History from PechaKucha Night Maastricht Vol. 27, Mieke Kirkels tells the story of the segregated US Army in Margraten, Netherlands, and specifically the cemetary where many of the fallen WWII soldiers bodies now rest. As she dug further into the story of the graves, she learned about the nearly 1 million African-American soldiers who depsite helping to liberate Europe from Nazi Germany, go unrecognized in most history books. One of these few remaining living soldiers shared his story with her. 

Kirkels believes that it is important to listen to people's stories, to listen with our ears and with our heart. Because history is about lives. Let's listen and read behind the lines...

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Wednesday, January 20th, 2016. 

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Resuscitation, a Basic Skill for All

@ VOL 27 ON NOV 23, 2015

“At the end, I want to stress… You, you can save someone’s life. You can save someone loved’s life ”

In Resuscitation A Basic Skill For All from PechaKucha Night Maastricht’s 27th Volume Jules Olsthoorn Discusses Keep the Heartbeat Going, an organization dedicated to educating the public about CPR. The first six minutes after a heart attack is a crucial time, and it is imperative that one knows how to resuscitate a loved one should they ever be put in such a situation. A medical student in Maastricht, Jules spends most of his time at Taskforce QRS Maastricht, an organisation that promotes and facilitates resuscitation education in the Netherlands.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Monday February 8th, 2016, and again on International Revive a Heart Day on October 18th, 2016.

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How I Keep Finding My Way Back to Music

@ VOL 27 ON NOV 23, 2015

Music has always played a big role in Luc Smeets' life. When he started thinking about the future of radio, he created something he found "pretty cool", which he called "Leap station". His idea won this year's at Startup Weekend in Maastricht.

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How a simple change can change your daily life

@ VOL 27 ON NOV 23, 2015

Everything changed for André Wouters when he started slowing down. Rather than taking his lease car he started traveling by public transportation. He started talking to people in the train and discovered new stories. He realised how a simple change can open up a whole new way of living.

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Let's start listening

@ VOL 27 ON NOV 23, 2015

Danny Steigerwald wonders why we listen to each other offline and not online. He shows us the power of listening, especially online listening.

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Redefining identity

@ VOL 27 ON NOV 23, 2015

Katrina Marie observes how we choose to define ourselves and asks herself whether the stories we have created empower us to engage in the life we desire. Her PechaKucha presentation is about redefining identity.

Robert Katzenson
City/Regional Planner, Self-Employed in Maastricht
Tom Luyten
Artist/Teacher/Researcher, Zuyd University of Applied Sciences in Hoeselt
Christiane Steffens
Independent artist/cultural projects facilitator in Maastricht
Mieke Kirkels
author/researcher oral history in Cadier en Keer
Reinder van Tijen
Designer in Maastricht
Luc Smeets
Marketing communication, Leapstation in Maastricht
Timothy Gauldin
Co Managing Director at Nestegg Biotech B.V., Nestegg Biotech B.V. in Geleen
Katrina JacobsenJensen
Creative Writer in Maastricht
Inge Oosterhoff
Freelance Writer & Researcher - specialized in American Culture/History/Media in Utrecht
Petra Kai Kormendy
University Chaplain, The InnBetween in Maastricht
Jules Olsthoorn
Medical Student, Taskforce QRS Maastricht in Maastricht
Andrè Wouters
consultant , AMI Consultancy in Maastricht
Henry Otgaar
Assistant Professor, Maastricht University in Maastricht