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Chelcee Aitchison

in Detroit, MI

Symbolism and Belief


In May of 2015, Chelcee Aitchison graduated from University of Michigan-Dearborn with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Psychology. During her studies, she found her interest in Cultural Anthropology with a focus on indigenous religious beliefs. Spending six weeks on the island of Isla Mujeres, Mexico, Chelcee researched the levels of symbolism and belief among the populations found on the island.

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@ VOL 1 ON FEB 26, 2012

Paola Viadana is a painter and expert in languages, and is interested in art and primitive symbolism. She pursues ongoing research using art, and in her later works increasingly with the use of photographic instruments. Since 1996, she has participated in fifteen group exhibitions and five solo shows. (in Italian)

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The Empty Church: My Year of Belief

@ VOL 20 ON AUG 28, 2014

Self-proclaimed non-believer and cartoonist Dylan Horrocks speaks about a year he spent trying to believe in a higher power. Here he delves into belief and seeing the world through other's windows. 

"Presentation of the Day" on September 17, 2014.

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Engineering Belief

@ VOL 2 ON AUG 27, 2015

Lauren White is an Engineer and art enthusiast. 

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To Create a Belief in a City

@ VOL 54 ON DEC 08, 2015

H. Cenk  Dereli is a multi talanted PechaKucha Organizer from Izmir. This PechaKucha is all about his belief in the city of Izmir and all the projects he organizes to make the rest of the world share his belief!

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The Propagation of a Maya Narrative: From Ancestral Seed to New Life

@ VOL 34 ON MAR 05, 2018

Frida Larios shares her journey to find her Mayan culture through her work as a designer. As a part of her accomplishments she has created a new mayan language through hieroglyphics.  Frida shows us how this tells stories.

Frida is from El Salvador (of Maya-pipil and Spanish heritage), a small and impoverished country in Central America with deep ethnic and social identity crisis. In 2004, these overwhelming historical tensions inspired her to found a cultural movement called New Maya Language, and while creating it, to find her own indigeneity. Larios’s unique system re-codifies a small part of the Maya mythic narrative through new graphic form. Her methodology speaks with and for today’s indigenous communities by borrowing directly from the logo-graphic principles of ancestral Maya scribes. For nearly 15 years she has dialogued diverse Mesoamerican narratives for children, youth and designers through exhibitions, workshops, installations, books, artworks, and textiles; around the world.


Larios is the Indigenous Advisory Chair for the International Indigenous Design Network (INDIGO) at the International Council of Design (Canada) and Deakin University (Australia). She co-founded  Indigenous Design Collective (Washington, D.C.), an organization that partners with the Smithsonian Latino Center for Day of the Dead celebrations in the U.S. Larios is currently an Adjunct Professor in Art and Design at the University of the District of Columbia in Washington, D.C., where she lives. She holds a MA in Communication Design from Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, University of the Arts London.

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Poetry -- The Inspiration of Maya Angelou

@ VOL 1 ON MAY 09, 2018

Shanna Melton has shared her potery for years and has been making an impact on others. Much of her inspiration has come from Maya Angelou who set an example by sharing her triumph over the obstacles she faced and creating a legacy to influence others. Just as Maya Angelou elevated herself through her art, Shanna uses art as a bridge between herrself and her family/community.

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Miel maya honing

@ VOL 6 ON MAR 18, 2018

Né en 1958, romaniste de formation. Parcours professionnel essentiellement dans le commerce équitable, chez Oxfam-Magasins du Monde (1982 à 1988) et chez Miel Maya Honing (de 1993 à ce jour).

Miel Maya Honing asbl est une ONG de développement active en Belgique et dans le Sud, spécialisée dans l’apiculture. En Belgique, elle fait un travail d’information et de mobilisation sur le commerce équitable, illustré par la filière du miel. Groupes-cibles: les écoles primaires et les communes qui participent à  la Campagne Communes du Commerce Equitable. Au Sud, elle appuie des projets d’organisations paysannes apicoles, au Mexique et en Amérique centrale (jusqu’en 2013), et, depuis 2014, en Bolivie et en Afrique (Congo-RDC, Cameroun et Rwanda). Au niveau du commerce équitable, son partenaire commercial était la coopérative Maya Fair Trade (jusqu’en 2017) et, depuis 2018, Oxfam Fair Trade.

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The Hyperstitional Object

@ VOL 11 ON SEP 06, 2018

'Hyperstition is a neologism that combines the words 'hyper' (over normal) and superstition (irrational belief) to describe the action of successful ideas in the arena of culture'.

Grant Cieciura calls for xenofuturists to unite and consider how technology, inhumanism and the agency of noise might re-open the possibilities of a divergent now.

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Spirituality for Down-to-earth People

@ VOL 40 ON MAY 22, 2019

Marta Rodriguez-Karpowicz was a career-woman with all the stuff you'd think would make you happy: Husband, kids, and a well-paying job. But something felt wrong. Marta embarked on a long journey of finding herself, finding spirituality and ultimately finding her happiness, and now she's here to share her experience.

(This presentation has also been featured at Pecha Kucha Vejle)