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Spatial Memory Mapping
BY LYLA CATELLIER
@ VOL 8
ON MAR 04, 2016
Lyla Catellier gives good directions! At PechaKucha Night Brooklyn Volume 8, Lyla put her 7 siblings to the test - a test of spatial memory mapping. With 5/7 siblings worth of maps of her hometown, Lyla explores the wonders of the hippocampus.
Lyla is a lady living in Chelsea NYC. She currently directs public programs and events at Columbia University GSAPP and was once called a swiss army knife. She is a logistics maverick, and has always wanted someone to refer to her as a maverick, and at PK Brooklyn Volume 8, we did!
BY CHRISSY BROWN
@ VOL 6
ON JUN 28, 2016
"It's not only a way of life, but it's a necessity for some to survive."
In "Upcycling" from PechaKucha Night St. Neots Vol. 6, Traveller, blogger, and upcycler Chrissy Brown tells us why her passion for saving, collecting and reusing objects and materials has transformed the way she sees the world and helped her win Shed of the Year 2015.
BY JEAN-MICHEL REED
@ VOL 17
ON SEP 15, 2016
"An architect, it seems, has to be an optimist and idealist. That by building we're somehow making the world a better place. But before you need buildings, you need people."
In Collage City from PechaKucha Buffalo Vol. 17, artist, designer, realtor and retired paramedic, Jean-Michel Reed, shares stories and perceptions of Buffalo, New York as an intimate outsider. Reed moved to Buffalo in 1992, working first as a paramedic, and later transitioning to both a designer and a realtor as the city attempted an about face. Cites are made first of people, and then within those individual people, of experiences. It is this combination of convergent and divergent experiences that construct the sociological makeup of place and city, which, in turn manufactures the physical landscape.
This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Wednesday, December 14th, 2016.
Spirit Fairies and Fish Skins
BY BRYNNE RINDERKNECHT
@ VOL 17
ON MAR 09, 2017
When a psychic tells you to take a trip to Scotland do you go? Design Principal Brynne Rinderknecht did! Find out what happens in her presentation from PK NY Vol 17..
Brynne Rinderknecht of From the Inside creates residential, commercial and hospitality interiors with a focus on connecting spirits to surroundings. Originally from ST. Louis and a graduate of SAIC in Chicago, Brynne has made New York City home: collaborating with people to make functional and sustainable concepts—conscious.
BY AVIVA ROWLEY
@ VOL 17
ON MAR 09, 2017
Aviva Rowley and friends founded Keiki Club - an open social community for friends and flora fanatics to come together and grow plants, share knowledge, and trade collections. Attend a Keiki Club meeting in NY or California - more info here.
Aviva is a ceramicist / artist / florist from Brooklyn, New York. She graduated from Cooper Union in 2011 with a BFA. She has been finding nature in Brooklyn her whole life and stubbornly refuses to leave NY - thus forcing her to create an indoor jungle.
How everyone can save the world with one simple act
BY MICHELLE KANTER
@ VOL 4
ON OCT 25, 2017
Environmental disasters. Climate change. Toxic water. Sixth mass extinction. Health crises. Bad air. Hunger. War. Depression. Road maintenance... Michelle Kanter explains how one plant can change it all...
Hope, Happiness and Stars
BY NATHALIE UMMELS
@ VOL 34
ON JAN 30, 2018
Nathalie Ummels is an education innovator, community-activist and world traveller with a passion for sustainability and dark chocolate. In her presentation, Nathalie talks about the unexpected life lessons from a family who hit the road and left everything behind.
BY ANDERS HENNEBERG
@ VOL 36
ON MAR 15, 2018
Pecha Kucha Aarhus-organizer Anders Henneberg once again drags the audience into the heart of the scorching desert, to the bizarre yet wonderful city of Las Vegas. Everybody knows why the House always wins, but very few know why people keep playing. What tricks do they use, that people aren't aware of? Listen on...
Do you feel at home in Maastricht?
BY JULIA REINOLD
@ VOL 36
ON JUN 19, 2018
Why do highly-skilled individuals come to the Maastricht region? Why do they want to stay? Or why do they plan to leave again? And how can we make the Euregio Meuse-Rhine more attractive for them?
These are some of the questions that Julia Reinold tackles in her PhD research at Maastricht University. She also is a true child of this region herself: Julia grew up in the German part of the Euroregion, studied at Maastricht University and is now working there as a researcher.
SITEWIDE BLOG POSTS
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.
For our weekend "Presentation of the Day," we hand over the mic to Eszter Sziksz and Nikkila Carroll, who recount their experience at the Ice Hotel in Sweden. Over 100 miles above the Arctic circle, they joined a group of international artists and designers, who worked in pairs or groups to design rooms for the hotel, which consisted entirely of ice.
To Feel at Home
Most of us can say with certainty that our idea of home is tied to a specific location. Can you? Roshi Givechi spent much of her youth on the move -- even now, she travels about Asia for work; never truly settling on any one place -- and in "To Feel at Home", today's Presentation of the Day (from PKN Tokyo Vol. 104) she defines the elements, experiences, rituals that as a whole form her amoebic idea of this concept we hold so dear.
“Home is not the place you’re born, home is the place you become yourself.” Tamim Al-Kadasi speaks on his conceptual definition of home. In “HOME” from PKN Sana’a Vol. 3 he shows us that where you come from is less important than where you’re going. Tamim discusses feeling homesick in his homeland after living abroad, and the realizations he's come to along the way.
The Gentleman Honey Farmer
Pecha Kucha Volume 1 - Creating A Healthy City Urban beekeeping, along with other urban agriculture practices, has been on the rise in recent years. Drastic declines in honey bee populations over the last decade have severe economic and environmental implications. Honey bee colonies have demonstrated higher survival rates in urban settings. Many world-class cities have adopted policies that allow for reasonable beekeeping practices, while other municipalities maintain policies that are detrimental to the survival of a creature whose existence is critical to a healthy ecosystem. This presentation aims to provide a general overview of urban beekeeping practices. Come hear more from Adam Nelson is the founder of GeoBees, an early-stage software development company dedicated to apicultural research using geospatial analysis.
Honey Money - Sustainable Beekeeping in Africa
"The real solution to the problem is when charity becomes unnecessary!" In Honey Money - Sustainable Beekeeping in Africa from Brooklyn Vol. 4, Mark Gardner tells the story about honey, african bees, social enterprise and social impact . The project pulled together people from several countries and delivered a community bee center complex to support cooperative farmers, locals and empower women.
Hands with Hope
“There are stories after stories of young children who are already missing permanent teeth because their moms had pulled them because the excruciating pain was too much to bear. ” Restless in her day-to-day profession of dental hygienist, Annie Nardone found a way to create more meaningful work for herself while still using her expertise in dentistry. In PechaKucha Night Batavia’s 1st volume, she discusses how she created Hands with Hope, a not-for-profit foundation, to deliver training, dental treatment, equipment, and supplies to impoverished communities in Central America. Currently, Hands with Hope maintains and supports three fully functioning dental clinics in Honduras and Guatemala, which are run and operated by locally trained individuals eager to serve their communities.
PKN 4 in Vientiane!
Vientiane's fourth PechaKucha Night took place on September 15, 2016, with a packed house of OVER 200 people at TimeLine Cafe! This well and truly exceeded our past attendance record - we are overwhelmed with gratitude to our always awesome audiences for their support! The event brought together 10 of the Capital's creative, innovative and talented minds: claymation artist Souliya Phoumivong of Clay House studio, tea sommelier Anna Maria of Kinnari - Tea of Laos, lacquer artist Marie Do Hyman-Boneu of MDO Art Studio and Lacquer Vientiane Laos, writer and Eat Drink Laos blogger Lilani Gonnesena, disability and rehabilitation sector worker Bernard Franck, theatre director Thiane Khamvongsa of A Midmonsoon Night's Dream, artist Bruno le Matelot, teacher Teresa Foard, renewable enery and acroyoga enthusiast Ga Rick Lee, and Emily Koo of Vientiane Green Drinks. Presentations spanned the tea-scapes of Laos, powerful female figures, exploring the stories of persons living with impairment, a life in the theatre, a family's extrodinary battle with a terminal cancer diagnosis, stories from the Mekong riverside, and digging deeper into the oft-asked question "Where are you from?". Many thanks to TimeLine Cafe for hosting us, TOH LAO Coworking Space & Services for technical support, and designer Manilla Chounlamountri for our totally awesome Vol. 4 poster! Photos by Kate Antonas and where noted, My Vientiane. Photo by My Vientiane Photo by My Vientiane Some of the PechaKucha Vientiane Vol. 4 speakers (L-R): Bernard Franck, Emily Koo, Ga Rick Lee, Teresa Foard, Thiane Khamvongsa, Souliya Phoumivong, organiser Kate Antonas, organiser Nami Ishihara, Anna Maria and organiser Catherine O'Brien. Photo by My Vientiane.
PechaKucha People: Honey Dahlia
PechaKucha Night Santander's unsung hero, Organizer Honey Dahlia steals the spotlight in this week's PechaKucha People! As a newcomer to Santander, she went against all odds in a place where she was surrounded by an unknown language and stunned the Santander community with PechaKucha Night Santander Vol. 1 and 2! With hard work and dedication, she was able to overcome adversity and show the world what the spirit of PechaKucha is all about! Keep up the amazing work!
"Our home wasn't the house we were leaving, and it wasn't the house we were moving to, it was the family we were. And now, as an adult, I've gotta redefine home." In "Finding Home" from PechaKucha Night Portsmouth Vol. 28, Nick Girard shares his inspiring journey which took him and his girlfriend across the world. Accompanied by the stunning photography of the beautiful sights he explored, Nick presents to us that home is not a stationary place but a state of mind.