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Hong Kong @ Fabrik Gallery
Apr 24, 2012


New Haven
Aug 28, 2013


Memphis, TN @ Crosstown Arts
Oct 30, 2014


Bangor, ME @ Bangor Opera House
May 20, 2016


Atlanta @ Brother Moto
Oct 07, 2018

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Roleplaying: Monsters, Mayhem and Memories

@ VOL 4 ON MAR 09, 2012

A Bangor native with a passion for weird and creative things, Chris Pierce has been a star "Dungeon Master" -- the person who directs a session of a role-playing game -- at the annual SnowCon Gaming Convention in Orono for the past 4 years. His enthusiasm and love of tabletop gaming is addictive, and he’s been known to convince many a "noob" to sit in on a game of Werewolves of Miller’s Hollow. (in English)

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How to Survive a Kappa Attack


Matt Alt is the author of the "Attack!" series of books that so far have introduced the West to the world of yokai, yurei, and ninjas. In this presentation, we learn all about the traditional green creature known as the kappa.

"Presentation of the Day" on May 24, 2013.

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What is Sofubi?

@ VOL 110 ON JAN 22, 2014

The prolific international figure researcher Don "Datadub" Kratzer does it once again -- an in-depth discussion on the history and creation of sofubi or soft-vinyl toys. Perk up your ears as he offers sweet, colorful nuggets of information on the fascinating mid-20th century products. 

"Presentation of the Day" on February 7, 2014.

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A MONSTER of an Exhibition

@ VOL 110 ON JAN 22, 2014

Miyuki Shoji tells us of a day not too long ago in the north-eastern Tohoku region of Japan, when a beast opened its gaping mouth and tore the landscape of the coastal region to pieces. She speaks of the charity exhibition, "MONSTER" which seeks to remind us of this day while raising funds for the recovery effort.  (in Japanese)

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When Rice Attacks!

@ コメ展 X PECHAKUCHA ON APR 19, 2014

Resident yokai expert Matt Alt comes at us with yet another fascinating look into the world of Japanese monsters. This time he elaborates on the creatures that lurk between lines of planted rice paddies. 

"Presentation of the Day" on May 2, 2014.

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Spirited Figures

@ VOL 116 ON JUL 30, 2014

Graphic designer and character designer Cesc Grané speaks about his amazing creations inspired by Japanese aesthetics and myth. Cesc began by taking cues from yokai (old Japanese monsters and spirits) and putting his own unique spin on their appearance and how they are connected. He tells us how the ethos of Japan has inspired him daily, and recounts stories of his fantastical daydreams involving monsters, heroes, and mischievous creatures of all sorts.

"Presentation of the Day" on August 8, 2014. 

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Monsters of the Deep:Big and Small

@ VOL 5 ON OCT 28, 2014

Flagler professor Ed McGinley gives us a little insight at what we can find at the bottom of the ocean. From Dumbo octopus to bottom dwellers, there are more species at the bottom of the ocean than we can count. However, because of how we treat our trash, that ends up killing these uniqu looking creatures before we even get to discover them. 

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Fighting Gods and Monsters

@ VOL 18 ON OCT 22, 2015

Dylan Tete is the Executive Director and founder of Bastion Community of Resilience, an innovative housing program for returning warriors with lifelong rehabilitative needs. Dylan earned a Bachelors of Science in Economics and Systems Engineering at West Point, as well as an MPH at the LSU School of Public Health. During a combat tour in Iraq as second-in-command of an Infantry company, Dylan established multiple recovery projects in collaboration with the Department of State. He moved to New Orleans in 2005 where he managed the construction of several FEMA housing facilities after Hurricane Katrina.

In this presentation, Dylan shares his path of finding redemption and discovering that the only way around something is through it.

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Mom’s Japanese Monsters

@ VOL 5 ON JUN 07, 2016

In the 50s and 60s Pamela Wesson and her family lived in Japan. Her mother fell for antique woodblock prints of ghosts, demons and monsters, which Pamela presenter here tonight. Some of these creatures from centuries ago can be recognised today in Studio Ghibli and other animated films.

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Monsters, Robots and Flying Tanks

@ VOL 25 ON OCT 20, 2016

Tommy Young tells us a story of how a bunch of baby guerillas (sly & stealthy) failed to launch, and somehow turned into baby gorillas (cute & huggable) while working on revitalization of Del Paso Boulevard in Sacramento. 

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PKN Tel Aviv Vol. 7

Another PechaKucha Night for Tel Aviv, another amazing audience of 2,000. Organizers Anat Safran and Itay Mautner send in this report. One night. 9 presenters. 2000 people. Yes, another big success for PechaKucha in Tel Aviv. While people were taking their places, drinking and chatting a stunning graphic presentation of typographic work was projected on the 3 big screens. Right after that, at 20:20, our presenters came up on stage and left us all excited, happy and thoughtful. We had a designer that creates chocolate boxes inspired by local political and social issues. An interactive project that showed us what the average Israeli looks like. A show where actors faces were replaced by huge masks on which videos are projected. Some video-art projects that were made of mixing and mashing famous movies scenes. The lead singer of a virtual band presented her band's stop motion clips, video game and music. A light designer exposed us to the handmade fabrication process of her amazing creations. A Japanese-Israeli dancer has created a special piece involving live dance show, live music and video. A young illustrator showed monsters that wake up at night on the sidewalks of the city. And a brother and sister who created an amazing project of interactive art: a taxi that allows a passenger in one city to experience a live trip in Jerusalem. As if all that wasn't enough, we also made our version of the cell-phone photo. It was really amazing seen from the stage. We're taking 5 minutes to relax and than we'll start working on PechaKucha Tel Aviv Vol.8, set for December. Thank you all, and we hope to see you in Tel Aviv real soon. Below, a few more photos from PKN Tel Aviv Vol. 7.

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PKN Tel Aviv Vol. 8

Another monster PechaKucha Night for Tel Aviv -- something we've all learn to just accept as one of those things that just is -- and here's co-organizer Anat Safran with a report on the evening's festivities. Full house once again at PechaKucha Tel Aviv Vol.8. 2000 people, 9 presenters, 2 hosts and tons of emotions, thoughts and excitement filled the Hangar at the Tel Aviv port last week. Alex Libac, one of the most recognized photographer in Israel, also being referred to as the Paparazzi of the anonymous opened the evening with a series of 20 amazing photos. Dror and Tamir, writer and illustrator, followed with an hilarious manifesto about life, words and illustrations. Tali Krakovsky, on a visit from LA, blew our minds away with her work of experience design. Yair Garbuz, one of the leading artists in Israel, accompanied by accordionist Maya Dunitz, read a sharp testimonial text. Yonil, a young graphic designer with a severe stage fright did a genius presentation about his problem without saying one word. Ziv bar Ilan presented his modular guitar Zoybar and the sharing-open source-let's do it together theory behind it as well as a live demonstration by guitarist Dudi Levy. Assaf Gavron is the first writer ever on our stage, who revealed to us a little about the process and research he leads, while working on a new novel. Merav Shaham, a talented illustrator, has invited a band to play with her live on stage and directed her 6:40 into a poetic musical and visual experience. Last were Merav and Gaston, architects from the northern city of Haifa, who have launched the monsters project in their city, where hundreds of monsters showed up all around the city with one goal only: to make us humans happy... Well, there were many happy people that night, and we are all looking forward to our next event in April! Below, a few more photos from PKN Tel Aviv Vol 8, courtesy of Alma Machnes.

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Poster for PKN New Haven Vol. 6

PechaKucha Night in New Haven Vol. 6 is happening November 3 at Bentara (and as the poster above reveals, Vol. 7 is already scheduled for January 26). You'll find the list of presenters on the official event page. The poster was designed by Design Monsters, who have just moved to New Haven, and as organizer Greta Hotopp tells us, "are enthusiastic PechaKuchies!"

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Poster for PKN New Haven Vol. 9

PechaKucha Night in New Haven Vol. 9 is set for August 24 at the BENTARA -- the event page is not up yet, but check in later for more details. The poster is made up of a shot of past presenter Sabrina Marques by JoAnne Wilcox, and then was put together by George Corsillo (Design Monsters).

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When Rice Attacks!

Sometimes, when the night is dark and the fog rolls in from the paddies, the rice boy rises up... Resident yokai expert Matt Alt comes at us with yet another fascinating look into the world of Japanese monsters. In "When Rice Attacks!" from a special コメ展 x PechaKucha edition of PKN Tokyo, he elaborates on the creatures that lurk between lines of planted rice paddies. 

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#3 in the SKY

This was good! And it all started with a magnificent concerto of the delicious trio: Limona Jam: Ammalia Podlaszewska + Daniele Agretti + Alex Osipenko. Taste it in a short glimpse! This was an allover dream come true evening! We had local musicians performing together for the first time, we landed on a spectacular venue on a roof top of our city, we reached the magic 10 presentations and our audience keeps on growing! Right after the sunset, we had Rubén Robledo Ibáñez showing us his reportage photos from the Gaza Stripe where he spent several weeks among befriended Palestinians. Geographically not afar, the next was Athina Stefani from Greece who involved us in her story about Ludwig Wittgenstein's house, told by the mean her own drawings authored throughout the nights before Friday: And then it happened: the Italian-Swedish team of laughter monsters (Sara Ferraioli + Carl Ydergård) stretched our cheeks to a high level of pain with their rythmic story on how Daniele, who happened to be the guitarrist at the same evening, made his career instead of playing football. A series of 20 photomontages made us laugh through the whole 400 seconds: This was not all! Sara couldn't stop just at one presentation.. An involving walk through the streets of Naples followed, filled with street art: After a smooth beer brake extended through the stunning views over Weimar: we took off again. This time Rika Tarigan from Indonesia engaged us with her designs of modern applications of the batik textile technique. Filtered through the cultural background of Indonesian fariy tales we were covered up with 20 splendid and very colorful images: Right after some colder recollections of the last winter arrived to us from Sankt Petersburg through Lithuania in the person of the delightful pianist Simona Zajancauskaite. The first musician to present images on PKN in Weimar! Stark congratulations for the courage! We were all touched by the transcontinental message instilled in the 20 slides under the title tandem, nothing is black and white anymore. The message pointing towards a possible European-Russian friendship was carried on by the presentation by Iman Hegazy (Egipt) and Tatiana Reshetnikova - the Urban Sketchers Weimar. In a series of speedy sketches we discovered some beautiful locations from Russia, Egypt and Weimar. Thank you and good luck with engaging more sketchers in your group!  The reportages from cold Russia made a perfect ground for the next story to come - this time by the PKN city-organizer himself. Gall Podlaszewski uncovered his winterly "cultural production": the Weimar Winter Bad - a series of Monday baths in the river of Ilm taking place under winter atmospheric conditions. The involvement of some other participants proved that the idea of swimming in the winter is not Bad at all! Here, the end of first season (photo by Simona Zajancauskaite who got up on a cold morning very early just to take this photo. What a brave daughter!): Right afterwards we had another swap of functions - now Tereza Spindlerova - the second city-organizer came out of her mixxer pult and took over the mic to tell us the development of her Spanish blog - a poetic journey supported by 20 almost abstract urban images: The splendid series of 10 presentations was closed, or rather opened up by the enigmatic Mr. Grüter, who did it just as we like - decided to present just at the same evening, bringing his presentation on a usb stick. Here Mr. Grüter seizes the audience with his magic pencil: Thank you all for the great fun we had that night!! Full photo album is available here: author: Simona Zajancauskaite: on flickr author: Gall Podlaszewski: on facebook

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Spirited Figures

Mythical Japanese monsters inspired this designer to dream up all sorts of mischievous characters. Graphic designer and character designer Cesc Grané speaks about his amazing creations inspired by Japanese aesthetics and myth. Cesc began by taking cues from yokai (old Japanese monsters and spirits) and putting his own unique spin on their appearance and how they are connected. In "Spirited Figures" from PKN Tokyo Vol. 116, he tells us how the ethos of Japan has inspired him daily, and recounts stories of his fantastical daydreams involving monsters, heroes, and mischievous creatures of all sorts.

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Mata is Meta-Data: Mapping the Anthropolithic Age

"Its an ancient god, being awakened, being uploaded, being digitized...along with all the other worldly mythologies." In Mata is Meta-Data: Mapping the Anthropolithic Age from Honolulu Vol. 23 artist Solomon Enos, known for his "Epic Tales of Hi`iakaikapoliopele" interpreted as large scale murals and installations, passionately shares his most recent project, “Polyfantastica”, where evil corporations are personified as grotesque monsters in tales of battles of good over evil. The work is a continuation of his life-long project called “Mata” in which he hopes may unify all the global mythologies and theologies into the final human narrative, hosted as an international public game for children. This is some next level imagination!