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Genève @ UOG
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Cheongju @ Old Tobacco Processing Plant
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Miami @ Florida International University--College of Architecture + the Arts' Miami Beach Urban Studios (MBUS)
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Batavia @ Island View Banquets (at Batavia VFW)
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Orlando @ Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
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Inspired by Mozart & Slayer

BY BOUDEWIJN BONEBAKKER
@ VOL 7 ON OCT 01, 2013

Boudewijn Bonebakker (born April 16, 1968) was born and raised in the town of Goes but moved to Breda at the age of 18. He is best known as the guitarist of Gorefest. He bought his first guitar at the age of sixteen. His father told him "if you want to keep that stringed instrument, you had better learn to make some angry sound noise out of it."

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Quilts for Nepal

BY KAREN MCAULAY
ON AUG 05, 2015

"This is not a slow intricate work of art. It's a quick way of making a warm cover for someone who has lost everything and needs the basics of existence."

Unsuspecting librarian by weekday, vigilante heroine seamstress by weekend, Scotswoman Karen McAulay takes the Inspire Nepal stage by sharing her story of a unique volunteer project that aims to provide disaster-struck Nepal with something we can all appreciate, the warmth of a hand-made quilt.

McAulay doesn't wait for her city's next PKN, rather putting her slides and audio together for a PechaKucha Night of one, in her own home in front of her computer. Listen to her presentation and be moved to share YOUR story of Nepal, inspiring the country back to it's vibrant self!

To learn how to contribute to the PechaKucha Inspire Nepal Channel, have a look at our recent newsletter or send us a mail at inspire@pechakucha.org a with your story!

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Manet’s Déjeuner sur L’Herbe: A sustainable breakfast

BY CHRISTIANE STEFFENS
@ VOL 27 ON NOV 23, 2015

Inspired by a pivotal work in French painting, Édouard Manet’s Le Déjeuner sur l’herbeChristiane Steffens embarked on an artistic inquiry into sustainability challenges. The result will amaze you.

Christiane's presentation is about an artistic inquiry into sustainability challenges. Her project is a sustainable reenactment of the tableau as depicted in Édouard Manet’s Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe, a pivotal work in French painting. The imagery is well-known and caused a scandal when first exhibited. The painting features a nude woman lunching with two wholly dressed men – a contrast unseen. She stares directly at the viewer, which was considered to be another provocation. The men are dressed as dandies. The women is sitting on her clothes. Next to these clothes we see a bread and a fruit basket, as in a still life. To Émile Zola, Manet’s Déjeuner is his greatest work, one in which he succeeds to place figures of natural grandeur in a landscape.

Christiane shows the display of a patchwork quilt of reused pieces of cloth. This quilt has the same measures of the original Manet canvas (208 by 264.5 centimeters). The linen patches embrace the same color spectrum as the Déjeuner. Each patch has one of the dominant colors of Manet’s painting, and the ensemble of patches reflects the color impression the painting makes on the spectator, with green, blue and black overtones. In that respect, the quilt has a pixel-like quality. Who has seen the Déjeuner will recognize it instantly.

The quilt is a creative example of sustainability – not only sustainability in the sense of reused cloth, but also sustainability of ideas and motives as they are expressed in major works of art. Manet’s masterpiece itself echoed existing pictorial patterns – as the theme of the pick-nick was to be abundantly found in older gravures.

The quilt may serve as a lieu d’innovation – a place where people can sit together – either on the quilt or around it – to exchange views, ideas, and stories. The quilt can also be ‘visited’, or ‘occupied’, by individuals allowing them for meditation and prayer possibly offering  inspiration. 

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The United Nations of Food

BY CHARLES BIBILOS
@ VOL 7 ON DEC 04, 2015

Hear Charles Bibilos, writer of the United Nations of Food blog, talk about his quest to eat food from every country in the world (160 countries), without ever leaving New York City. Yum!

Help Charles finish his quest! Help him eat: East Timor, North Korea, Papua New Guinea, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Botswana, Burundi, Central African Republic, Djibouti, The Gambia, Kenya, Mauritania, Mauritius, Namibia, Republic of the Congo (Congo-Brazzaville), Rwanda, Swaziland, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

If you can help, or want to go out to eat with Charles, email him at unitednationsoffood@gmail.com

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Dumb Movies for Dumb Men

BY MERYL MURMAN
@ VOL 2 ON NOV 20, 2016

What is a dance that is a film? A film that is a dance? How can we use kinesthetic literacy to read and deconstruct popular forms of action-based cinema through a queer and post-colonial lens? Join Meryl Murman in asking 20 questions we know could be asking ourselves, or our bodies, or both, when we look at media images.

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Change in career from banking and selling to entertainments.

BY ANDREY ROMANOVSKOV
@ VOL 2 ON JUN 07, 2017

Владелец компании Квест-Хаус | Волгоград

Попробовал себя во многих сферах: от производства продуктов питания до банковской сферы. 
Андрей расскажет, как перестать сомневаться, делая в жизни такой важный шаг, как смена профессии и как достигать наибольшего результата.

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In Search of Bigfoot

BY CHRISTOPHER MILLIN
@ VOL 10 ON DEC 07, 2017

Christopher Millin's own story is ever-changing. In this chapter he owns and operates Saint-Germain Café Gallery in Penticton. Past chapters have included his adventures in journalism and photography, his time as an editor, copyeditor and graphic designer for several Lower Mainland publications, writing middle-grade children's novels (The King of Arugula, Thistledown Press, 2007) and publishing an arts and literature magazine for children (Crow Toes Quarterly: 2007 – 2011). Since his days with Crow Toes Quarterly, Christopher's motivation has been to support and showcase talented artists who don't have a proper forum to have their work seen, read or heard. Christopher began his life as a troublemaker and a master liar, so he also has plenty of experience crafting tall tales.

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A Transition Story

BY ADRIAN CHEATER
@ VOL 34 ON MAY 31, 2018

Game developer and apprentice synth witch Adrian Cheater shares a personal story on their transition to becoming a transgender woman. Here, Adrian elaborates on their personal struggles with gender, identity, and fitting in, and the lessons learned along the way to discovering the truest and best version of themselves.

Adrian's talk was recorded live at PechaKucha Night Winnipeg Vol. 34, on May 31, 2018, at the Park Theatre. 

For more information on PKN Winnipeg, follow us on Twitter (@pkn_winnipeg), Instagram (@pkn_winnipeg), or Facebook (www.facebook.com/pechakuchanightwinnipeg). PKN Winnipeg is presented by the Manitoba Chapter of the Graphic Designers of Canada.

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The Life of the Black and Queer

BY JAMIE KEATON
IN AKRON

Living in the space of two identities that people want to closet to get to the other identity people want one of them when I live in both.  I walk in the shoes of a black trans person with a death wish and that's something that deserves a toast because my life is a walking testament for liberation and subjugation this is my story get ready to live it

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Queering Art

BY CHRIS TIMMINS
@ VOL 6 ON SEP 27, 2018

Chris Timmins is a young queer artist from Galashiels. Their art focuses on messages of queer acceptance, body positivity, and taking a stand for what you believe in, and there is a strong activist influence on everything that they do. They make art in a variety of mediums, including badge and zine making, as well as painting and screen printing on clothing. Their badges and zines are handcrafted through finding words and images in magazines, meaning that everything they makeis one off and unique.  Chris also runs workshops to teach others about badge and zine making and ensure that art is accessible and inclusive for all, regardless of a person’s status or background.

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A Quest for Adventure

As Alastair Humphreys says, "Go somewhere you've never been. Do something you've never done. See something with fresh eyes, and you'll find that adventures are all around us." In this edition of Presentation of the Day (from PKN London Vol. 1), you'll see that Alastair is certainly one who practices what he preaches -- he has cycled around the world (it took him 4 years), raced a yacht across the Atlantic Ocean, canoed 500 miles down the Yukon River, and walked the length of the holy Kaveri river in India. 

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Phil, the Quest

See? Games can do good after all! In today's Presentation of the Day, "Phil, the Quest" from PKN Orlando Vol. 11, Phil Zoshak tells us how video games changed his life for the better. Before high school, he was a socially-awkward student with below-average reading skills taking remedial classes. Games gave Phil a safe place to be himself, Dungeons and Dragons helped him improve his reading and writing, and he soon learned to behave in a socially acceptable manner -- most of the time. Now he is launching a program called Play 15 which will utilize the good points about gaming to teach reading, writing, and problem-solving to kids who are in the situation he was once in.

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The Morden Heirloom: Coding Quilts

Who knew auto-generated patterns could turn out to be beautiful?  Elizabeth "Libs" Elliott merges old craft and modern art forms to create beautiful quilts with a technological twist. In "The Morden Heirloom: Coding Quilts" from PKN Toronto Vol. 29 using the Processing visual programming language, Elizabeth generates random patterns for her quilts by altering code to play with colour palettes, geometric shapes, and other variables. She draws out each pattern by hand and then sews them onto quilts. 

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Adrian Hogan + Alex Queen

At Wednesday's PechaKucha Night Vol. 119 we'll be joined by the duo of illustrator Adrian Hogan and Alex Queen, as they talk about a project that involves Tsugaru Folk Tales translated into modern Japanese and English. This will be Adrian's second presentation -- watch Adrian's past presentation.水曜日のペチャクチャナイト Vol. 119 にデュオ_イラストレイターのAdrian Hogan と Alex Queenをご招待。津軽 Folk Tales をモダンな日本語と英語に訳したケースなど話していただきます。Adrianのプレゼンテーションは今回二回目です。

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Queen of Staircases

"I've always liked stairs but these were the ones that turned it into an obsession." In Queen of Staircases, from New Bern, Vol. 1, Beth Ellis shares her self-professed obsession with staircases. From the residence of royalty to nondescript public buidling, Ellis ventures into all kinds of locations, occasionally guerrilla ninja style ("Im not sure if they're technically open to the public but I followed a city employee off the elevator very quietly.") in search of architecturally grand stair cases all over the world.  Watch and be be amazed by some of her finds.   

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Barn Quilts: Art in the Community

"We want our project to be more than pretty. We want to be a positive addition to the community."In Barn Quilts: Art in the Community from Accident Vol. 3, Cheryl DeBerry discusses the Barn Quilt project which started in Ohio and as spread across America. Cheryl and others brought this art movement to Garrett County, Maryland. This project spruces up barns, encourages artists, and brings the community together. Enjoy!

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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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Quilting and I

“There is a human cost to what we wear." In "Quilting and I" from PechaKucha Night Bandar Seri Begawan Vol. 8, Nur Ahmad urges us to reconnect to the forgotten creative skills of sewing through quilting (it's just squares and straight lines - a good place to start!).  She hopes that will eventually lead us to the merrier path of knowing what we wear, understanding the real cost of our fashion choices and hurry us along to finding alternative sustainable textiles.

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Barn Quilts : Art in the Community

"We want our project to be more than pretty. We want to be a positive addition to the community." Barn Quilts: Art in the Community from Accident Vol. 3, Cheryl DeBerry discusses the Barn Quilt project which started in Ohio and has spread across America. Cheryl and others brought this art movement to Garrett County, Maryland. This project spruces up barns, encourages artists, and brings the community together.

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Your PKNCov organisers are superbusy with various projects at the moment. SO busy in fact, that we have found it impossible to get together to plan our next event(s). Partly this is because all the cultural activity in the city has ramped up since Coventry was named UK City of Culture 2021 and, since most of the organisers work in the arts and culture (and at least 2 of them have been organising festivals in the last month or so) we've decided to give ourselves a bit of a break for the rest of 2018 and regroup in the new year. It'd be great to hear from anyone who thinks they might have a bit of time to donate to helping put these events on - we could probably do with a few more people on the committee to give us a bit more capacity. If you're interested, or you have any really great ideas for a theme, or if you'd like to speak at or curate an event - please do get in touch with us. In the meantime, have a browse through our back catalogue of presentations and let us know what your faves are! Cheers, Janet, Richard, Sarah, Dom and Paul