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Design Observations

BY CHRIS BYRNE
@ VOL 1 ON MAY 03, 2012

Chris Byrne is a furniture designer and maker, and you could also describe him as whimsical, smart, witty and insightful. In this presentation, he discusses what it means to be a designer in today’s market. (in English)

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Projecting Illuminated Art

BY CINDI DRENNAN
@ VOL 2 ON JUL 12, 2012

Cindi Drennan is an Australian multimedia artist/director, who specializes in illuminated audiovisual environments and projection art for public art and events. Her work focuses on projection and audiovisual arts for architecture, public spaces, performance, and theatre. Her multi-disciplinary background encompasses over 25 years experience in filmmaking, illustration, animation, community arts, and interactive media. In her presentation, she discusses how community partnerships between artists, organisations, and businesses take time to develop. 

"Presentation of the Day" on August 9, 2013.

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Detroit in a World Heritage Area

BY JULIAN RAXWORTHY
@ VOL 2 ON JUL 12, 2012

Julian Raxworthy is a registered landscape architect. Initially working as a landscape tradesman, he studied at Ryde Horticulture TAFE, until 1992. He later graduated with his undergraduate degree (with honours) and research masters degree (by design), both from RMIT, Australia. He is currently completing his PhD with the University of Queensland, concerning change in landscape architecture. Here Julian discusses the creative utilisation of low rental properties in his presentation "Detroit in a World Heritage Area." (in English)

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Wild About Art

BY SELENA SEIFERT
@ VOL 2 ON JUL 12, 2012

Selena Seifert is a practicing artist as well as being a trained arts educationalist. She is currently the director of Wild Valley Art Park, based in Blue Mountains. (in English)

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Taoist Chairs

BY ALAN SCHACHER
@ VOL 4 ON NOV 15, 2012

This is a story about chairs, but not just any kind of chair. Alan Schacher reveals the types of chairs he has observed in Chinese Taoism temples and culture.

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Daily Acts of Creativity​

BY AMANDA O'BRYAN
@ VOL 10 ON NOV 21, 2014

How small daily acts of creativity can spark ideas and keep the creative spirit alive. Amanda O'Bryan is a graphic designer and owner of design agency in Springwood. You can find her here:

http://www.creativequeenbees.com

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The Grottoes of the Blue Mountains

BY HAYLEY WEST
@ VOL 11 ON FEB 06, 2015

Hayley West's interest is in fabulously grotesque concrete structures built in the 1930s-50s. Here she shares her passion for the Grottos of the Blue Mountains. Check out her other blog for some great photos - it's a work in progress: Blue Mountains Grotto Love.

http://bluemountainsgrottolove.blogspot.com.au

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Watershed Moments

BY ROGER CORBETT
@ VOL 12 ON MAY 20, 2015

Roger Corbett's band and his culture. No more confirming to mum and dad's ideals. His music career that spands over 40 years - the Bushwackers and the goodlife since joining the band in 1979. 

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Starting a DIY Festival Movement

BY MANDA KAYE
@ VOL 20 ON MAY 20, 2017

Manda Kaye shares how she started her own DIY Death Festival in Blackheath, Blue Mountains.

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Becoming a professional Snake Catcher

BY TROY HOVENDEN
@ VOL 20 ON MAY 20, 2017

Troy, the local snake catcher in the Blue Mountains talks about how he works by day at a facility in east of the Blue Mountains - and in his spare time - he catches snakes. 

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In Defense of Mariah Carey and Genoa's Duplex Ride

Presentations We'll say this: there aren't many people who are bigger fans of Mariah Carey than Tom McBride. In his presentation (from PKN Blue Mountains Vol. 1), he shares the enthusiasm and infectious passion he has for his biggest idol. In this presentation (in Italian, from PKN Genoa Vol. 1) by Marco Cacciamani we learn about Duplex Ride, a cultural association founded in 2010 and interested in all forms of art, which mainly organizes events for electronic music and video projections. 
Duplex Ride is an idea in motion, it's an art collective, electronic research, experimenting in all its forms, including painting, photography, and writing. Posters There's no new addition to the Tumblr blog today, so instead we highlight one of the posters we recently added. Above, a dog takes care of washing down last month's PKN Mendoza Vol. 5.  Photos We now have full galleries of photos from last week's PKN Tokyo Vol. 94 to share, which you'll find on both Facebook and Flickr. All photos were taken by our regular photographer, Michael Holmes, along with his assistant Nomi.  Calendar We have three PKNs happening tonight (August 2): PKN Winter Harbor Vol. 6, PKN Springfield, IL Vol. 8, and PKN Victoria Vol. 10. Tomorrow you can look to these three cities: PKN Panjim Vol. 3, PKN Springfield, MO Vol. 7, and PKN Hakata Vol. 7. 

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Cindy Waldron's "Time Out Photography," Schizoprenic Architecture, and Aalborg's Illustrated Poster

Presentations Cindy Waldron is a professional photographer based in Blue Mountains, but her passion extends beyond her professional work. In this presentation (from PKN Blue Mountains Vol. 1), she walks us through a collection of personal works entitled "Time Out Photography." In their presentation (in French, from PKN Lausanne Vol. 9), architects Marco Bakker and Alexandre Blanc start by looking at various examples throughout history of what they see as examples of schizophrenia in architecture. They finish by describing one of their own projects -- the Swiss embassy in Algiers -- and how they also see it as reflecting a certain level of schizophrenic reality (the co-existence of two cultures). Posters Our addition (pictured above) to the Tumblr blog today is from Aalborg, for that city's Vol. 8, which happens tonight. The poster was designed by Kasper Anthoni.  Photos A few new photo galleries to share with you today, with the shot above taken by Silvia Aresca at last week's PKN Genoa Vol. 2 (there's more to see in the photostream link below).Photostream of photos from PKN Genoa Vol. 2 [Flickr] PKN Lucerne Vol. 4 [Flickr]PKN Aalen Vol. 10 [Flickr]Calendar First, a reminder for tonight's (June 12) events: PKN Aalborg Vol. 8, PKN Toledo Vol. 2, PKN Ottawa Vol. 5, and PKN Hawkes Bay Vol. 2. Tomorrow night you can look forward to the following two events: PKN Okayama Vol. 14 and PKN Adelaide Vol. 3.

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The Art of Scrapture, a Spanish Hotel in Hanoi, and a Cold Night Out in Aalborg

Presentations What is scrapture? It's the word that local Blue Mountains artist Kathy O'Hara uses to describe her work, which is all about the recycling of disused materials, revitalised as unique sculptures and functional items. In this presentation (from PKN Blue Mountains Vol. 1), Kathy discusses the nature of her work. El Fabricante de Espheras talk about one of their projects in which they were tasked to redesign a Spanish hotel in Hanoi -- it opened in May of last year. The concept was based on bamboo, and they used aspects of traditional Vietnamese culture for the design. The new interior is very restrained and "quiet," especially compared to the loudness seen outside on the streets of Hanoi. In the presentation (in Spanish, from PKN Valencia Vol. 13), they also cover how they worked together with the Vietnamese, surmounting difficulties in communication. Posters It was added to the Tumblr blog last week, but let's highlight the poster for tonight's PKN Orlando Vol. 6 -- remember, the Orlando series is a "Silver Brick Award" winning event. Photos and report A couple of photo galleries to share with you today, along with an event report and a blog post link -- above, a few photos from last month's PKN Tokyo Vol. 92, taken by Michael Holmes (see the gallery link below). PKN Tokyo Vol. 92 [Facebook] -- on Flickr tooPKN Aalborg Vol. 8 [Flickr]PKN Bilbao Vol. 12 [Creative Zentrum, blog post]As an addition to the gallery of photos for this past Tuesday's PKN Aalborg Vol. 8 that we linked to above (taken by Mads Christiansen), here's a report on the event from PKN Aalborg organizer Annette Scheibel.PechaKucha Night Aalborg #8 had the theme TIME, and was held outside in the summer-cold yard at Huset. We opened with a videobite from a theatreperformance at Det Hem'lige Teater in Aalborg called AURA, where interactive technology plays with the actor on stage. Titgen Pavia Toft talked about the AURA theatre project and the challenges of using interactive technology. Architect Thiru Manickam's "A Design Journey" -- time, process and knowledge -- was a very exiting presentation about how nature inspires archtecture. This was followed by Sandro Masai and Edit E. Vizer's TIME-LIFE project (an interactive installation project), and then Kathrine Skovsgaard, a volounteer for RED Barnet, an organisation that works with childrens rights. Industrial designer Elodie Lepaludier made an extremely interesting presentation about ergonomic solutions for elderly. At the break we chose to show a very beautiful trailer by film director Mads Jeppesen for his documentary about the singer LYDMOR. The second half started out with jazz-bass player Kenneth Dahl Knudsens and his amazing music journey to New York recording his last album. Nikkie Dahm Breinholt shared her vision of transferring two World War bunkers into art-projects with respect for history. Mads Jeppesen talked about his work and his learning time in New York, and we finished off with FOREDANCING, live projected to the screen as an outro by Milan Prabu and Valerie Rizzo. A great evening competing for audience with the football European Championships on TV and cold weather -- 50 people stayed and enjoyed and kept each other warm. THANK YOU!!!Calendar First, here's a reminder of the PKN action that will be taking place this Friday night (June 15): PKN Zilina Vol. 19, PKN Orlando Vol. 6, PKN Des Moines Vol. 10, and PKN Paris Vol. 18. Over the weekend, Saturday will see a couple of firsts, with PKN Williamsburg Vol. 1 and PKN Fort Lauderdale Vol. 1, as well as PKN Kosice Vol. 19. On Sunday, look to Kyoto for its Vol. 7. 

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Rethinking Video Games, Slovakia's zerozero Studio, and a First PKN in Fort Lauderdale

Presentations The title of writer and academic Colin Harvey's presentation (from PKN Blue Mountains Vol. 1) pretty much says it all: "Everything You Know About Video Games Is Wrong." Colin goes through the history of video games -- from Pong all the way to current dog raising simulations -- and reveals a lot of unlikely truths. Irakli Eristavi and Pavol Šilla are members of zerozero, one of the most progressive architect studios in Slovakia, and in this presentation (in Slovak, from PKN Kosice Vol. 1) they highlight some of their work. Posters We have one new poster on the Tumblr blog today, for the upcoming PKN Buenos Aires Vol. 25. Pictured above is a poster we uploaded a few days ago for PKN Warsaw Vol. 11, designed by Gosia Herba, who was a presenter at the city's Vol. 10. We shared the poster for last night's PKN San Diego Vol. 15 a while back, but here's a look at one of the intro slides used for the event, that follows the "heart" them. Photos and links The photo above is from the recent PKN Fort Lauderdale Vol. 1, and there's more to see in this Flickr photoset. Organizer Marta Viciedo has also sent us a few press links, with her series getting coverage in both the Sun Sentinel and the Examiner. With the PKN series in Bangkok about to relaunch, here's an interview with that city's new organizer, Scott Coates. The first event of the relaunch, Vol. 5, is set for July 9. Calendar Tonight's (June 20) events are made up of PKN Risor Vol. 2, PKN Glasgow Vol. 8, and PKN Brighton Vol. 15. Tomorrow it's a huge night for PKNs, with 9 events on tap: PKN Hilversum Vol. 2, PKN Norwich Vol. 4, PKN Raleigh Vol. 11, PKN Pittsburgh Vol. 12, PKN Bemidji Vol. 13, PKN Vancouver Vol. 22, PKN Rotherham Vol. 1, PKN Winnipeg Vol. 10, and PKN Bilbao Vol. 12.

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The Retrash Collective, Washing Your Thoughts, and the IntervenE Exhibition

Presentations Nathan Devine is a graphic designer, and in his presentation (from PKN Blue Mountains Vol. 1) he talks about "Retrash," an international collective that is rethinking waste. According to Nathan, by being passionate about turning waste into something useful, we can reduce landfills. Metto il pensiero in lavatrice (Put Your Thoughts in the Washing Machine) is Valentina Di Fatta's second book, and in it she gives advice on how to wash away "dirty thoughts" and how to chose the best "washing program," depending on the season. Her presentation (in Italian) is from PKN Pisa Vol. 1. Posters There are two new posters on the Tumblr blog today, one for PKN Vladimir Vol. 6 (pictured above) and one for PKN Geneva Vol. 7, both happening tommorrow night. Event info St. Albert will soon be hosting its very first PKN, and here's a piece from the St. Albert Leader on what to expect from the launch. Also, PKN Leeds organizer Stuart Hide is producing a one-off PK event in London as part of the "IntervenE" exhibition on July 16, and he sends us the following details on the event (and that's the poster for the event that you see above).PKN Leeds has come together once again with Interior Educators (IE) to hold an independent Pechakucha event at their forth annual IE Free Range graduate show entitled ‘IntervenE’ to be held at the Old Truman Brewery, Brick lane, London on Monday 16th July. The IE Free range IntervenE show is the largest national exhibition to view the best work from 2011 graduates from leading undergraduate courses in Interior Architecture and Interior Design within the UK. This year will see over 450 graduates exhibiting at the show from across 28 institutes. In celebration of the students achievements, IE are putting on a number of special events over the course of the show. The launch of the show on Thursday 14th July (6-10pm) will no doubt be a momentous occasion with the initial opportunity to view the show accompanied with beverages and music. Friday 13th (10am-4pm) will see the celebrations continue with a specialist school and college day, where a numerous graduates will be will be at hand to discuss their work and courses they have been studying on. Over the Saturday, Sunday and the Monday the exhibition will continue for all to enjoy. On Monday afternoon, 16th July will see a number of high profile judges reviewing all the work of the graduates in readiness for the prize giving in the evening at the PechaKucha event. On the evening, kicking off at 7pm and acting as a book end to the show and a crescendo to the whole event, PKN Leeds in association with IE have organised a specialist PechaKucha Night around the theme of ‘IntervenE’. This is billed as the largest interiors based pechakucha held this year. With some of the leading UK practioners, academics and thinkers the discipline has to offer. The event is free to all so please join us for an evening of thinking and drinking!Calendar Today, here at the Tokyo mothership, we prepare for our Vol. 93, and you can also look forward to the following two events: PKN Kingston Vol. 3 and PKN Providence Vol. 39. Tomorrow, it's another big Thursday of events with a lot of 7s: PKN Mallorca Vol. 1, PKN Bordeaux Vol. 7, PKN Genève Vol. 7, PKN London Vol. 7, and PKN Vladimir Vol. 6.

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The Gardens of Blue Mountains and the Evolution of a Designer

Keris Macarthur is a writer and gardener. In this presentation (from PKN Blue Mountains Vol. 1), she talks about her love of Blue Mountains gardens, including her own, and how she sees gardening as a creative outlet. For Keris, you can find pure happiness in piles of soil, with all of its untapped possibilities. Quentin Thiaucourt is a designer, and in this presentation (in French, from PKN Bordeaux Vol. 4) he takes us on a tour of the works that have marked his career so far, starting with work he produced as a young boy!

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Projecting Illuminated Art, Znojmo's First Electric Instrument, and a Video from Heraklion

Presentations Cindi Drennan is an Australian multimedia artist/director, who specializes in illuminated audiovisual environments and projection art for public art and events. Her work focuses on projection and audiovisual arts for architecture, public spaces, performance, and theatre. Her multi-disciplinary background encompasses over 25 years experience in filmmaking, illustration, animation, community arts, and interactive media. In her presentation (from PKN Blue Mountains Vol. 2), she discusses how community partnerships between artists, organisations, and businesses take time to develop. In his presentation (in Czech, from PKN Znojmo Vol. 1), David Lobpreis introduces the Denis d'or ("golden Dionysus"), the first electric musical instrument built in Znojmo, around 1750. Posters We have two new posters on the Tumblr blog today, one for PKN Lyon Vol. 4 (pictured above), and also the poster for tonight's PKN Ekaterinburg Vol. 5 -- you'll remember that on Monday we shared the poster for that city's upcoming Vol. 6. Video Here's a video to give you a nice feel of what last Sunday's PKN Heraklion Vol. 3 was like -- it's a teaser for a planned longer version. As organizer Olga Koutantou tells us, not only was it a great event, but there were more than 500 in attendance! Calendar Here's what you'll find in the calendar for tonight: PKN Cleveland Vol. 16, PKN Ekaterinburg Vol. 5, PKN Bozeman Vol. 4, and PKN Stockholm Vol. 35. Tomorrow is another busy night, with the following: PKN Ottawa Vol. 6, PKN Burlington Vol. 8, PKN Perth Vol. 10, PKN Bordeaux Vol. 8, and a special edition PK event in Amsterdam at the Stedelijk Museum.

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Creative Use of Low Rental Properties, Architectural Student Projects, and a Teaser Video from Malaga

Presentations In their presentation (in Czech, from PKN Usti nad Labem Vol. 2), Boris Kanka and Vendula Urbanova talk about the annual architecture student project competition at TU Liberec called "Jested F Kleci." And in this presentation (from PKN Blue Mountains Vol. 2), we learn about the potential for creative utilisation of low rental properties in Detroit. Posters We end the week with no new additions to the Tumblr blog, so instead we highlight the poster you see above, for the upcoming PKN Gisborne Vol. 10, which is set for September 21. Photo and video Above, an Instagram photo from last night's special PKN in Amsterdam, taken by Luis Mendo. Below, a teaser video for Malaga's upcoming PKN, which is set for September 20. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EOMnJQvuT4k Calendar Here's a look at what you can expect to find this weekend, starting with tonight (Friday, September 14): PKN Brighton Vol. 16, PKN Kuching Vol. 1, PKN San Jose Vol. 8, PKN Cadiz Vol. 1, PKN Denver Vol. 14, and PKN St. Petersburg Vol. 22. Then on Sunday, we have PKN Norwich Vol. 5 and PKN Florence Vol. 11.

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Wild About Art, Performance Art for Bookstore Awareness, and Photos from Toronto

Presentations Selena Seifert is a practicing artist as well as being a trained arts educationalist. As we find out in her presentation (from PKN Blue Mountains Vol. 2), she is currently the director of Wild Valley Art Park, based in Blue Mountains. Jian Guo Xiong Di is an independent curator, and in his presentation (in Chinese, from PKN Shenzhen Vol. 11) he covers the well-received “30 days of bookstore closings” project he produced last year. Why 30 days? Jian Guo explains that he would like to use this art performance to let people realize that these days so many bookstores are disappearing. Posters Today's addition to the Tumblr blog is our flyer for tomorrow night's PKN Tokyo Vol. 95 -- it was designed by Luis Mendo, from a photo by Michael Holmes. You'll find the list of presenters on the official event page. Photos Today we share a photo gallery [Flickr] for Toronto's recent Vol. 17, and the PK site will soon be hosting plenty of presentations from that evening. Above, a look at the crowd, and the participants in that night's "PechaKucha Mix" improv presentation.  Calendar Here's what's on the schedule for tonight (September 25):  PKN Bowling Green Vol. 1, PKN Birmingham Vol. 6, PKN Huddersfield Vol. 6, PKN Lyon Vol. 4, and PKN Nantes Vol. 4. Tomorrow, on top of the aforementioned PKN Tokyo Vol. 95, you'll find the following events: PKN Glasgow Vol. 10, PKN Skovde Vol. 9, PKN Lille Vol. 1, PKN Coventry Vol. 10, and PKN Providence Vol. 42.

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Top 5 Presentations in September

Yet another month has come and gone, autumn is upon us, and once again a few fresh bottles of cold, creamy presentations sit on your doorstep. Here are the Top 5 Presentations of the Day for the month of September 2013:  "On Clouds" by Mark Petrick. "From Batman to Lincoln" by Christy Spurlock. "Because I Said I Would" by Alex Sheen. "The Beauty of the Derelict" by Eric Pattison. "Silent Dinner Parties" by Honi Ryan.