City Paper Review
November 20, 2008, 9:26 am
Filed under: News

cplogo2008Great PKN review from the City Paper….

On Wednesday night, the Memminger Auditorium was like a black hole, and in the corners shone light. I blinked repeatedly while my eyes adjusted, and JAZ’s cosmic disco music filled my ears. Suddenly my eyes were drawn to everything all at once, and the smell of food reigned over my senses. Nope, I wasn’t having an out-of-body experience — it was just time for Pecha Kucha. It’s a sort of Japanese onomatopoeia for the sound of concise conversation. Interactive stations were set up around the dark room, as cliqued guests giggled in excitement. Seated and attentive, my out-of-body experience was coupled by the stunning mot juste of the nine Pecha Kucha dilettantes. Each had 6 minutes and 40 seconds to slice open their creative brains and do a true show and tell. Each shared pictures, videos, music, and even food as they spoke of urban urgency, lust/love, and exposed ugliness. They reminded us of our roots, brought us back to nature, and taunted death. Images burned into my brain? An overweight woman giving birth in her living room. For all you folks out there that procrastinated, perk your ears for another Pecha Kucha event in January.

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Posting Presentations
November 18, 2008, 7:24 am
Filed under: News, Presentations

We are working to gather and post some of the actual presentations from last Wednesday night…so that everyone can spend more time (more than 6 minutes and 40 seconds) with the great ideas and work. Sorry for the delay….thanks.



Pecha Kucha Night – Recap
November 13, 2008, 10:41 am
Filed under: News, Presentations

Thanks to all who participated in Charleston’s first Pecha Kucha Night…you helped make it a magical night.

Each of the nine presenters inspired the capacity crowd. The diverse performances included a visual tour of urban growth patterns via Google Earth, a photo essay on a unique mountain man, a discussion on inspired green architecture, proof of reggae’s influence on modern hip hop, the story of an insouciant young Charlestonian, a call for “brixel” public art, a moving spoken word performance, French-Asian fusion bouillabaisse prepared live, and a beautiful film created just for this evening. Our sincere thanks go out to each of the presenters…for giving so much of themselves.

Here are some highlights, courtesy of photographer Diana Deaver. We will post more images in the coming week.

See the full portfolio here.

Thanks also goes out to the capacity crowd who cheered on the presenters and created a “connection buzz” of sorts that can keep the energy flowing between PKN sessions.

And finally, this event would not have been possible…or free…without the support of a small army of volunteers and sponsors. They put on quite a show.

For those who couldn’t join us last night…know that we’ll be working to increase the capacity and communications reach to include you in the next round. And contact us if you’re willing to lend a hand…we can use the help.

Here are some highlights and recaps from others…with more to come.

The Digitel (article and short movie)

Charleston Inspired

Patrick Properties

Xark



See You Tomorrow Night
November 11, 2008, 7:21 pm
Filed under: News

The show starts at 6 pm sharp…

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In The News
November 11, 2008, 6:47 pm
Filed under: News

Many thanks to the local media for covering the launch of Pecha Kucha Night Charleston. We’ll post any follow up links…and will post pics and videos for those who could not attend.

Post and Courier – here and here

TheDigitel

Charleston City Paper – City Picks, November 5



Pecha Kucha Profile – Colin Quashie
November 11, 2008, 6:36 pm
Filed under: News, Presenter Profiles

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Colin Quashie is an artist of this time. The controversy that surrounded the Battle Flag of the Confederacy which flew defiantly above South Carolina’s State Capitol building engenders precisely the form of polemic exchange in which he feels most at ease. Quashie’s wry, ironic, and irreverent art works are especially timely, forcing his audience to consider difficult cultural problems which they may often prefer to avoid. In this Post-modern era, Quashie’s highly political art may be categorized as “conceptual” and “journalistic”. Artistically, and aesthetically, much of his work is closely allied to the ideals of the Pop-Art Movement of the 1960s & 70s. However, the subject matter he presents is radically different from the topics explored in the earlier Pop-Art genre.

Quashie was born in London, England and raised in the West Indies. At age six, his parents emigrated to the States and settled in Daytona Beach. The artist briefly attended the University of Florida on a full academic scholarship, but felt ill at ease in academia and left, eventually joining the Navy as a submarine sonarman. It was there that his lifelong love for art re-emerged. After his discharge in 1987, he made the decision to pursue an art career.

Showing steady growth, his art career ended abruptly in 1995 after an exhibition was censored. Frustrated with the art world, he abandoned art, moved West and landed a job as a comedy sketch writer on Mad-Tv. His love for art re-emerged two years later and since then, in between writing gigs (he has written for five other comedy series and in 2001 received an Emmy award for documentary writing), he continues to produce his unique brand of art.

He lives in Charleston, South Carolina where he paints while continuing to write.



Pecha Kucha Night Profile – Justin Nathanson
November 10, 2008, 11:26 pm
Filed under: News, Presenter Profiles
photo courtesy of Charleston City Paper

photo courtesy of Charleston City Paper

Justin Nathanson is an American Independent Filmmaker living and working in the low country. After winning best student filmmaker 3 years in a row, Justin completed his directorial feature film debut at 19 years old, while still at New York’s prestigious School of Visual Arts.

For the past 15 years, Justin has produced, directed or edited 5 critically acclaimed feature films, more than 10 television shows, many award winning short films, and countless nationally broadcast commercials and industrials.

Justin is Executive Director of ChasDOC, a non-profit organization he founded to create documentary films based on local stories. “Bin Yah: There’s No Place Like Home” is the first feature-length project of ChasDOC, premiering on PBS in June of 2007.

In addition to ChasDOC and running The Cut Company, a full service film & TV production company, Justin and partners are launching a new multi-media commercial advertising company early 2009.