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BY MARK SHEPARD
@ VOL 15
ON FEB 04, 2016
"Let's get personal."
In False Positive from PechaKucha Night Buffalo Vol. 15, artist, architect and educator Mark Shepard reminds us that it is not just the trust we place in network infrastructure but also our willingness to trade bits of personal data for access to online services that renders us vulnerable. Caught between the ruse and exploit, we find ourselves subject to ever more sophisticated forms of profiling, both online and off. Yet if algorithmically generated data-bodies are our future, they are also prone to error. Sherpard's project FALSE POSITIVE deploys text messaging, stealth infrastructure, street intervention, and data visualization to enact a surveillance conspiracy engaging the public in an intimate, techno-political conversation with the mobile technologies on which they depend.
Politics & Fashion: A History & Commentary
BY JENNY CHEN
@ VOL 1
ON SEP 21, 2018
The history of fashion is extensive and its implications on a society are enormous. In this presentation, we will be focusing not on the artistic and cultural aspect of fashion history, but on its ties to politics. We will be briefly analyzing gender and class through the lens of fashion history in attempt to answer one central question: What does fashion say about who we are in perspective to our society? Does it say anything at all?
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Wakai Politics x PechaKucha
Temple University's Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies (ICAS) is organizing a one-off PechaKucha event on December 4 in Yokohama, "Wakai Politics x PechaKucha." More details on the event can be found here.
Candidates to Use the PechaKucha Format
Who says the 20x20 PechaKucha format can't work for politicians? PechaKucha Night in Aalen organizer Thomas Maile sends word of an interesting use of the format, read more below:In our part of Germany, Baden-Württemberg, we have in a few weeks an election for a new parliament. For our home region, we have five candidates who are vying to become a member of parliament. Through our local newspaper, we are organizing a PechaKucha Night for politics. All the candidates will give a PechaKucha presentation to talk about their views and their party. Following the presentations, we are planning a discussion session with visitors.The event happens this coming Monday (February 28) -- here's the event page, and here are more details in German, as published in the Schwabische Post. And take note that the next regular PKN in Aalen, Vol. 6, will happen on March 25 at Freudenschmaus -- you'll find the full list of presenters with links on the official event page.
Poster for PKN Istanbul Vol. 11
PechaKucha Night in Istanbul Vol. 11 is coming up in September, and here's more on the event from organizer Nurten Meriçer:On September 15, 2011, PechaKucha Night Istanbul will take to the stage for the 11th time. The theme of the night, "Who Rules the World? Games and Politics" was chosen because PKN will be collaborating with two headline events in September. The long-awaited IFCA 12 Istanbul Biennial is "untitled" in 2011, but with a broad subtitle. The Istanbul Biennial, as well as formally innovative and politically outspoken, will this time focus on works of art that examine the relationship between art and politics. The main source of inspiration for artistic production of the Biennial is the Cuban-American artist Felix Gonzalez-Torres (1957-1996) and his works. PKN Istanbul Vol. 11 will be one of the opening activities of the Biennial. During the same period, the PKN Istanbul venue, YEM Building Information Center, will be hosting a dazzling exhibition, "Space Invaders: Video Game Art and Environment." PKN Istanbul will invite artists from this exhibition to speak about the production of video and console games. The PKN Istanbul audience is ready to meet and greet gamers ruling the world and rulers playing games on the very same stage on September 15. Stay tuned!
Watch Your Energy Usage, Take Up Politics, and Enjoy Some Green Urban Environments
Presentations Small changes in our lifestyle can have a rather large impact on energy consumption. In "Human Habitat: The Evolution of Efficiency" (from PKN Bozeman Vol. 2), Chris Dorsi goes through the KWH usage of various countries, to illustrate our energy-heavy habits and raise awareness. How important are politics to you? In "All Colors Together" (in Portuguese, from PKN Curitiba Vol. 1), Renan Molin hopes to show everyone how important it is to participate in the world of politics, and uses the Obama campaign as a point of reference. Terapia Urbana is a technology-based company in Seville that uses nature to solve energy problems caused by buildings in cities where greenery is far from abundant. "More Green in the City" (in Spanish, from PKN Seville Vol. 12) includes a few of their projects, and you'll be introduced to a few vertical gardens -- for both the outside and interior of buildings -- as well as other "green" innovations. Posters Quite a few additions to our Tumblr blog today, including posters/flyers for PKN Williamsburg Vol. 1, PKN Ornskoldsvik Vol. 1, PKN Ekaterinburg Vol. 3 (above), and PKN Vancouver Vol. 22. Photos Here are today's photo galleries, as well as a fun teaser video for PKN Barcelona Vol. 16, which took place this past Friday. The photo above is from the PKN Vienna gallery. PKN Dnipropetrovsk Vol. 1 [Flickr] PKN Dunsborough Vol. 3 [Flickr] A collection of photos from PKN Vienna [Flickr] PKN Sofia Vol. 9 [Flickr] PKN Maastricht Vol. 14 [Flickr] httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O7CEDSw2yGY We also have this fantastic report from PKN Philadelphia organizer Bradley Peniston -- yes, it's a bit old, it had gotten lost somehow and just recovered -- about his experience in introducing PKN to nearby Scranton. Last Saturday, January 28, PechaKucha Night Philadelphia took its show on the road, driving two hours north to mount the first PechaKucha Night in the city of Scranton. I thought the event went well for a city's first show: we had eight presenters who spoke to a standing-room-only house of 60 or so. Here's the story: A few months ago, as I was planning a weekend getaway with my brother, a thought occurred: why not plant a PechaKucha seed in a new city? I had already settled on a destination: Scranton, Pennsylvania, once a powerhouse industrial city, now home to a more diversified economy that includes several colleges and design shops. Sitting atop vast deposits of coal and iron ore, the city was the first in the United States to produce iron railroad rails, and the first to build electrically powered trolleys -- lending it the nickname the Electric City. Today, Scranton remains the sixth-largest city in the state of Pennsylvania. The next step was to seek help on the ground. I googled "Scranton and PechaKucha," and made contact with a librarian at the University of Scranton who had once delivered a 20x20 talk at a conference. She wasn't available to speak, but she helped me find a venue (the Vintage Theater and Cafe) and a co-organizer, Mandy Boyle, who works at one of Scranton's web design firms. Together, we rounded up a slate of eight speakers. In early January, we reached out to local media, and hit the jackpot. The Weekender, the leading local arts & entertainment weekly newspaper, put the upcoming PechaKucha Night on its cover. The piece, "What would you say in six minutes and 40 seconds?" came out on Wednesday, January 25. The following day, Scranton's daily newspaper, the Times-Tribune, ran a similar story: "High-speed PowerPoint presentations engage at Vintage Theater's PechaKucha Night." Armed with as much publicity as we could have hoped for, we opened the doors at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 28. People started streaming in, and by showtime, we had about 60 packed into the cafe. This was the lineup: “Life Lessons from the Gateway Cinema” by Mandy Boyle, SEO team lead at Solid Cactus “How to Slow Down Time” by “Welcome To Scranton” author Greg Halpin "#ScrantonMovieNames” by Michelle Davies, an NEPAblogs.org co-contributor “Stained Glass & the Passing of an Old World Art” by NEPAblogs.org founder Harold Jenkins “Restoring the Slope” by Leadership Lackawanna Class of 2012 member Gerard M. Hetman “Library Crimes & Misdemeanors” by newspaper librarian Brian Fulton “In Pursuit of the Light” by professional photographer Brent Pennington “Preparing America to Compete in the 21st-Century Global Economy” by technology trainer Michael J. Murphy The show itself went off well. I was quite proud of the presenters, all of whom did a fine job -- especially given that none of them had even ever seen a PechaKucha presentation before. Everyone at the cafe seemed to have a good time, and there were plenty of people afterward who asked about presenting at a future PKN. The day after the show, the Times-Tribune ran yet another story: "Scranton takes on global phenomenon with slideshow event." Links A few interesting posts and event reports from around the web. "Cultural Chit-Chat: Armenian and Turkish artists share ideas at joint Pecha Kucha in Istanbul" [Armenia Now] "Armenians, Turks hold Pecha Kucha Night in Istanbul (PHOTOS)" [News AM] "PechaKucha VI: 'Ladies, Pick Your Bull Carefully'” [Rivard Report] "PechaKucha: Speed Dating for Presenters" [The Better Presenter] Calendar After last week's very packed calendar, we're starting out slow this week, with PKN Calgary Vol. 12 tonight (May 28) and PKN Saint-Etienne Vol. 9 tomorrow night.
Street Art in Sao Paulo
In our first presentation today, "Street Art in Sao Paulo," Mundano talks about his graffiti street art, all based on criticism towards the politics of Brazil using ironic humor. It was recorded at PechaKucha Night in Sao Paulo Vol. 5, and is in Portuguese.
In design, "we create the physical manifestations of ideas." These are the words of designer/innovator Matthew Waldman. In this edition of Presentation of the Day (from PKN Tokyo Vol. 95) we hear not only of Matthew's theories on techno-progressivism (the idea that all tools, technology, and social/ethical dimensions should progress with the passing of time, i.e. not just computers) but we see a slew of unique and futuristic products he and his company (named Nooka) have developed to exemplify this thought method.
Gender and the General Election
"Politicians do not put enough commitment to the issues that really affect women."In Gender and the General Election, from Huddersfield, Vol. 14, Coco Toma, Vice President Communication and Democracy at the Huddersfield Student Union, looks at developing women's engagement with politics in the 21st century. She takes us back in history to women's suffrage, and on through to the eyes of some of her hero's Rosa Parks, Aung San Suu Kyi, and others, discussing how they have helped been pioneers in many of the political issues woman have faced.
Despite the stormy weather yesterday, we had a great event for our 4th Pecha Kucha Night at the Museum of Northwest Art. Thanks to everyone for having joined to listen to and discuss stories ranging from everyday life, to poetry, politics, science and science fiction. Presentations will be uploaded soon.
PechaKucha People: Monica Basbous
This week's PechaKucha People Spotlight shines on urban researcher, illustrator, and PechaKucha Beirut Organizer, Monica Basbous. When not co-producing one of PK's most active series with her rock-star team, she serves as fellow at the Home Workspace Program in Ashkal Alwanis, collaborating with architects, artists and activists, and commited to social and spatial justice in the politics of public spaces. Find out more about her on her website: www.monicabasbous.com.
Getting Around on Wednesday 25th May
Another exciting mix awaits us next month on the theme of Getting Around. Expect quickfire talks architecture, coffee, cycling, pavement politics, street art and photography... We can't wait Brighton!