Pecha Kucha

The next Columbus edition of Pecha Kucha is next Thursday night.  I already have plans to attend the Secret Cinema night at the Wexner Center so I won’t be dropping by the Landmark Gateway to see the presenters.

The presenters are: Matt Carbone, Matt Meindl, Artie Isaac, Zaineb Alani, Reza Reyazi, Walker Evans, Jane Amidon, John Sherman Lathram III, Helen Hoffelt, Corey Aumiller, Kristy Yosick and Cyrus Fire.  Topics include art, short films, poetry, architecture, chocolate and more!

Pecha Kucha Night Part 3

My other posts about Pecha Kucha can be found here and here.

Without further ado here is information on the last half of the presentations:

Lisa Dillman / Food Writer / The Dinner Process – Lisa wasn’t always a waitress.  At one time she used to sit in a cubicle creating PowerPoint presentations.  Her presentation was actually about some of the things she learned about food since becoming a waitress and not about the dinner process.  A tip she shared – almost anything tastes good with olive oil, salt and pepper!  The slides were of different foods she’s photographed and what she learned about each one.  I’ve been following her blog for several years now and it was nice to finally get to meet her.

Randy Sanders / Tree Farmer  Woodworker / Wood Art – Randy used to work for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.  Now he gets to work with wood.  Randy’s slides explained some of the ways his farm is different from a commercial tree farm.  Old and damaged trees are primarily used to create his wood products such as tables, benches, sculptures and picture frames.  He reviewed a few of the characteristics of the different types of wood he uses and it was easy to identify the different wood types by the time he reached the end.  Randy had good slides of plain and quarter sawn wood showing the differences in the cuts.

Michael Suriano / Architect / Simplexity – Michael’s work allows him to look towards nature or simple changes to create natural looking architecture.  One example he used is the very familiar brick.  We’re used to them being placed end to end to create a solid wall.  However, when space is placed between the bricks, it allows the bricks some natural movement and creates an unusual looking wall.  On a recent project he used the cell structure of coral to create an overhead shelter for a park.  The structure allowed for shady areas, bright areas and water areas.

Jerry Ulibarri / Commercial Artist / Portfolio – Have you ever noticed those murals on the wall of your restaurant?  But it doesn’t look like it’s painted…  Jerry works for a company that creates those murals in the studio and places them on the walls.  They also create three dimensional trees for libraries, murals for museum exhibits and special design work (such as sculptures) when requested.  Jerry’s slides were a portfolio of some of the projects he’s worked on at various stages. 

Ryan Hullinger / Architect / Architecture and Birth – Ryan’s presentation was the most moving for me and had me crying before the end.  He’s an architect that specializes in building hospitals and other health care facilities.  Some architects shy away from these types of projects because of the large amount of regulations that must be followed but that’s one of the things Ryan enjoys about his work.  He also likes to ask how to make the design better or more functional.  When he and his wife found out they were to welcome a third child into their family they asked themselves how to make it better and if they were ready to take a risk.  What if something went wrong?  They decided to have a home birth.  Guess what?  The midwife and doula traveled through our March snowstorm when hardly anyone was able to travel anywhere.  Ryan and his wife live two streets over so I can vouch for the determination of the midwife and doula to not let them down!  Ryan’s slides were pictures mostly from that day.  The house became an entity that day due to its role in the birth.  There was wind and snow outside while the house kept the family safe from the elements.  The pictures were beautiful.

It was amazing to learn so much from the presenters about their jobs and interests in such a short amount of time.

Pecha Kucha Night Part 2

The first part of my post about Pecha Kucha Volume 7 in Columbus can be found here.  Soon Part 3 will be posted.

One of the wonderful things about Pecha Kucha Night is the variety in the presenters.  Even people who have the same profession approach similar topics differently.  Some of the presenters seemed more comfortable talking into the microphone and addressing the audience than others.  All appeared to be enthusiastic or passionate about their topics. 

By my estimate, there were at least 100 people in the audience.  It was difficult to determine how many people left after the first set of presenters since many people, myself included, moved to other seats.  All of the presenters provided their slides to the organizers prior to the event to provide cohesiveness and consistency in the presentations.

Kyle Ezell / City Planning / Changing the Culture, Transforming American Cities – Kyle’s written several books on city planning.  His present focus is on turning what is considered trendy or unusual into the norm.  His slides provided visuals for his contrasts between trendy and normal.  In Columbus we practically live in our cars to travel to the other side of town or do our grocery shopping for the week in one day.  One of the points Kyle made was that by walking more often and carrying our things, we’ll increase our lives and the lives of our cities. 

Tom Hubbard / Digital Artist / Carl Jung Quotes and My Art – Tom’s presentation was probably the most unique.  His slides consisted of his artwork with a quote.  Tom provided some commentary for the titles.  It was mostly a silent presentation that offered a moment of contemplation on the artwork.  The room had the ambiance of a quiet art gallery.

Stasia Czech / Interior Designer / Authenticy – Stasia recently read the first Ziba book about authenticity and shared with the audience some of the points from the book.  Authenticity can refer to a philosophy of living.  In this case, authenticity is what makes one company different from another.  Consumers can often recognize when they are being targeted in a marketing campaign – they are a lot more intelligent about marketing than they were 20 years ago.  Her slides consisted of a timeline and companies she felt followed authenticity.

Catherine Mehrl Bennett / Artist / Kimono Collaboration – I had a preconceived notion that this would be slides of photographs of kimonos.  I was wrong and it wasn’t until I googled her that I found her book.  She collaborated with other artists and poets to design art that fit into the shape of a kimono.  Her slides were of the finished products.

Kevin Bickle / Freestyle Bike Rider  Artist / Freestyle Tricks  Art – Kevin’s first career was a freestyle bike rider.  His book took him on many travels across the country.  When he got a little bit older he gave himself over to Christ and went on one of Stephen Baldwin’s tours.  Somewhere along the way he traveled to Africa too.  Kevin’s in his 30’s now and is getting a little too old for the freestyling so he’s taken up art.  His slides consisted of pictures from both careers; you can see many of them for yourself on his site.  Kevin offered to do some of his tricks in the lobby during the intermission with the caveat that he hadn’t really done anything on it in the last two years.

I spent most of the intermission actually conversing with one of the presenters for the second half of the evening before realizing I shouldn’t monopolize all of her time.

Pecha Kucha Night Part 1

I spent the evening at Landmark’s Gateway Theater for Pecha Kucha Night.  It was my first time at the event and I wasn’t sure what to expect.  It seems the format for the evening is always the same but the venue and presenters change the audience.  Some people were dressed up and others were in shorts and a t-shirt.  It was a good mixture of ages too.

The event itself is two hours long inlcuding an intermission.  Each presenter is allowed 20 images, each shown for 20 seconds, giving the person 6 minutes and 40 seconds of time to talk about the chosen topic.  Greeters at the door welcomed everyone and informed them about signing the guest book if interested in volunteering, presenting or being added to the mailing list.  Audience members then walked into a cloud of techno music!  The DJ did the music before the event and during the intermission.  I didn’t notice if it started up again when the night was done.  People chatted afterwards and were encouraged to pick up cards from the presenters on their way out.

Chairs were setup very nicely in front of a projector screen.  By nicely, I don’t mean rows upon rows of chairs in a sterile straight line.  Five or so chairs were lined up and the next row was lined up hapharzardly behind it.  The middle aisle was large.  Along the perimeter were some taller tables and a bar was available in the back.  Part of the event is geared towards networking and socializing but if you’re shy you don’t have to talk to anyone. 

Here is a list of tonight’s presenters and their topics:

  • Kyle Ezell / City Planning / Changing the Culture, Transforming American Cities
  • Tom Hubbard / Digital Artist / Carl Jung Quotes and My Art
  • Stasia Czech / Interior Designer / Authenticity
  • Catherine Mehrl Bennett / Artist / Kimono Collection
  • Kevin Bickle / Freestyle Bike Rider  Artist /Freestyle Tricks  Art
  • Lisa Dillman / Food Writer / The Dinner Process
  • Randy Sanders / Tree Farmer  Woodworker / Wood Art
  • Michael Suriano / Architect / Simplexity
  • Jerry Ulibarri / Commercial Artist / Portfolio
  • Ryan Hullinger / Architect /Architecture and Birth

My next post will be about the individual presentations.