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PAST VOL 3

Knoxville @ Knoxville Museum of Art
Jun 23, 2011

PAST VOL 4

Knoxville @ Relix Variety Theatre
Nov 11, 2011

PAST VOL 5

Knoxville @ Relix Variety Theatre
Oct 25, 2012

PAST VOL 6

Knoxville @ The Square Room
Jan 24, 2013

PAST VOL 7

Knoxville @ The Square Room
Apr 24, 2013

PAST VOL 8

Knoxville @ Barley's Taproom
Jul 25, 2013

PAST VOL 13

Knoxville @ Relix Variety Theatre
Nov 11, 2014

PAST VOL 14

Knoxville @ Relix Variety Theatre
Feb 12, 2015

PAST VOL 20

Knoxville @ Relix Variety Theatre
Aug 18, 2016

PAST VOL 25

Knoxville @ Mill and Mine
Nov 16, 2017

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A Writers Journey: From Abject Failure to Marginal Success at Inside of Knoxville.com

BY ALAN SIMS
@ VOL 13 ON NOV 11, 2014

Alan Sims focuses on his blog about the culture and life of downtown Knoxville after his failed attempt in pursing song and short story writing. His blog centers around the development, events, business, and issues of his city.

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Addressing our future mobility needs now

BY ALEX PAWLOWSKI
@ VOL 14 ON FEB 12, 2015

Like any city, mobility is key to Knoxville’s future development and its larger success as a strong and diverse community. While increased access to greenways, the Urban Wilderness, and a movement back to downtown have provided alternative options to its automotive centered culture, the automobile looks to serve Knoxville for years to come. But what will that look like? And what are the challenges that exist between serving the needs of Knoxville residents and the environment in which Knoxville works and enjoys?

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The Moon is my Scholar Rock

BY MATTHEW CUMMINGS
@ VOL 18 ON FEB 11, 2016

"I was really interested in the challenge of replicating these textures, patterns, and forms of meteorites."

For Matthew Cummings, artwork has always been personal journey for escape and meditation in both the making process and viewing.  "The Moon is my Scholar Rock" from PechaKucha Night Knoxville Vol. 18 is a look at the work from his last solo exhibition, 'The Moon is my Gongshi'.  This group of work examined the moon as an object of meditation, the tradition of Chinese Scholar Rocks or Gongshi, and the inspiring career of his grandfather-in-law, Charles Bradshaw, who ran the computations department for NASA during the development of Rocket Technology. 

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Tuesday, May 24th, 2016. 

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Authenticity, The Italian Artisan, and Wood

BY KELLEN CATANI
@ VOL 18 ON FEB 11, 2016

Wood speaks for itself. The tree grows for years, learning about the Earth, becoming its own, developing character. Never perfect, but a unique form a life that always seems to mesmerize. Kellen Catani and his company Purebred Wood and Craft Co. cherishes this imperfection. When it is time for the tree to move on, they repurpose its life into functional and beautiful objects, fully embracing the culture of the Italian artisan as they labor. Purebred exposes the persona that resides in the tree and therefrom create their own expression of authenticity, always exemplifying a deep respect for this material that no man can truly comprehend.

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University of Tennessee Governor's Chair for Energy and Urbanism

BY JAMES ROSE
@ VOL 19 ON MAY 12, 2016

What can we do together that we can't do individually? This is the
question that serves to unite the efforts of UT College of Architecture
and Design, Skidmore Owings and Merrill, and ORNL as partners in
the Governor's Chair for Energy and Urbanism. Based in the
downtown FabLab and taught in conjunction with Phil Enquist and
others from SOM and ORNL, the Governor's Chair studios challenge
students to tackle tough design problems. One such challenge is the
architectural application of additive manufacturing or 3D printing. In
the spring of 2015 a graduate architecture studio was tasked with
developing an understanding of the opportunities and limitations of
this new technology. These findings foregrounded the design and
construction of the AMIE prototype. More akin to natural processes
like seashell growth than familiar construction, the process of
designing and building AMIE has created a platform for global
leadership in this emerging field for UT, SOM, and ORNL.

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Revitalizing Knoxville

BY DAVID DEWHIRST
@ VOL 19 ON MAY 12, 2016

David Dewhirst discusses how the revitalization of Knoxville continues to save the city's unique architectural heritage while fostering the growth of a strong, connected and passionate community. 

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Discovering Bangladesh

BY MOHAMMAD MONIRUZZAMAN
@ VOL 21 ON NOV 17, 2016

"Taking pictures in this area made me really humble about my privileges, and broaden my vision about my country."

In "Discovering Bangladesh" from PechaKucha Night Knoxville Vol. 21, Mohammad Moniruzzaman shares about the time when he set out to discover the true face of his motherland, Bangladesh. From 2007 to 2011, he traveled across the country and captured the story of its people. He discovered a Bangladesh which is incredibly resilient – an epitome of undaunted human spirit.

Bangladesh, a small country in the South Asia, makes headlines in the newspapers across the world that emphasize its poverty, overpopulation, natural disasters and political unrest. 

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Lyrics, Letters, and the Forgotten Lives of Ben Irving

BY TYLER SONNICHSEN
@ VOL 21 ON NOV 17, 2016

Ben Irving (born Irving Hurwitz in Hartford, CT in 1901) hit the road as a salesman when the Great Depression cut short his promising musical career. Throughout the 1920s, he led several musical combos and toured the Northeastern Vaudeville circuit. Throughout the Depression, he travelled all 48 states, 3 Canadian Provinces, and 3 Mexican states in search of income to send home to his family. Though he would eventually resume his entertainment career upon retirement, he unwittingly left a legacy in postcards he sent from the road. Here, his great-grandson Tyler Sonnichsen unlocks the visual counter-narrative of America as Irving saw it.

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Big Ears – Listening and Changing the Conversation

BY ASHLEY CAPPS
@ VOL 21 ON NOV 17, 2016

The Big Ears Festival has become one of the most anticipated cultural gatherings in the world.  Bringing thousands of visitors to town, Big Ears not only hosts many of the world’s leading artists, but showcases Knoxville’s symphony, jazz orchestra, local music scene, poets, theaters, clubs, churches, museums, galleries, restaurants, shops…the texture and character of the city. It brings the world to Knoxville and it showcases Knoxville to the world. In this presentation Ashley Capps discusses how Big Ears is changing the conversation about Knoxville - how the world sees the city as well as how Knoxvillians see themselves and their possibilities as a community.

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How the American South Transformed the World

BY TORE OLSSON
@ VOL 21 ON NOV 17, 2016

The American South – and particularly our corner of it in East Tennessee – is commonly imagined as insular, isolated, and disconnected from the larger world. In fact, this is far from true. In this presentation, Tore Olsson demonstrate how twentieth-century efforts to overcome poverty in the region – particularly through the Tennessee Valley Authority – came to serve as a model for accomplishing similar goals in places as far-flung as Mexico, India, and Afghanistan. East Tennessee, it turns out, has a global footprint far greater than you may expect! 

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Poster for PKN Knoxville Vol. 1

Knoxville is about to host its very first PechaKucha Night, happening this coming Friday (February 11) at West Jackson Workshops. The full list of presenters with links appears on the official event page.

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Poster for PKN Knoxville Vol. 2

PechaKucha Night in Knoxville Vol. 2 is set for tomorrow (April 29), at the Relix Variety Theatre -- you'll find the full list of presenters with links on the official event page. Please note that donations will be accepted towards our Inspire Japan efforts.

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Poster for PKN Knoxville Vol. 3

PechaKucha Night in Knoxville Vol. 3 is happening later this month, set for June 23 at the Knoxville Museum of Art, in the south garden -- you'll find the full list of presenters with links on the official event page.

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Poster for PKN Knoxville Vol. 4

As you can tell from the poster above, PechaKucha Night in Knoxville Vol. 4 is taking place this Friday, on 11/11/11, at the Relix Variety Theatre. You'll find the full list of presenters with links on the official event page.

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PKN Posters: Knoxville Vol. 7

Artist Amos Oaks discusses his thoughts on the poster he cooked up for PKN Knoxville Vol. 7: "...The snake handlers of our region have a deep passion that takes them beyond what some may see as normal.  Their devotion moves them to take a scripture literally, face death, and come out unscathed.  In my opinion this gives them vision to take on another day. That's what anyone's vision does.  It propels them to live another day - to grab death by the neck and hang on for dear life." Check out the full explanation on PKN Knoxville's blog. Volume 7 will be held this coming Wednesday, April 24th at 6pm.  To see more great posters from PechaKucha Nights all over the world, check out our Tumblr blog.

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City Focus: Knoxville

For our "City Focus" this week we head to Knoxville, Tennessee, a city that will hold its PechaKucha Night Vol. 10 on February 6. For more details and a look at the full lineup of presenters, please visit the official event page.

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Possibilities

Standing on the edge of the cliff, looking at the possibilities. Jump, live with the boundaries you land in. Painter Nichole McMinn shares stories of facing fears and pushing herself to do what she loves. In “Possibilities” from PKN Knoxville Vol. 12, she discusses the trials of creativity, the struggles she’s faced as an up-and-coming artist, and realisations she’s reached while in pursuit of her dreams.

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City Focus: Knoxville

This week for the City Focus we visit Knoxville, a city that has started sharing its presentations online, the first batch coming from its Vol. 12 -- and the city's Vol. 13 is happening this week, on November 11.

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Skyscrapers to Corn Fields, A Quest for KiloWatts

"I think there is probably a better way to better use this monetary and land resource that the U.S. is gifted with."In Skyscrapers to Corn Fields, A Quest for KiloWatts from Knoxville Vol. 15, Hoi Chun Ho, shares the story of moving from his native Hong Kong megapolis city to rural Fort Scott, Kansas, a town with a population of 8000, when he was 16, adding that to call his experience cultural shock would have been an understatement  Goodbye skyscrapers, busy sidewalks fulll of pedestrians, and the fast pace of the city. Hello open plains, wide roads, big skies, and corn fields. Aside from feeling lonely and bored, he also felt immensely excited. In the open fields in America, he saw opportunities to learn about a rural way and a chance for a Hong Kong city boy to boost America’s clean, reliable, domestic, base-load, renewable energy production.

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PKN Poster Spotlight: Knoxville

In the this week’s PKN Poster Spotlight we look at Knoxville’s esoteric Poster. The painting was created by local artist Gwen Pevonka, using many layers both physical and metaphorical. She creates this mysterious floral design, making us all wonder what it all means. Perhaps you can find out at PechaKucha Night Knoxville, Vol. 30 on February 21st.  Check out more thought provoking posters on our Instagram and Tumblr!