Posts Tagged ‘pecha kucha’

July Mashup

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

jamble_product_imageOkay, don’t shoot me. I know it’s been awhile since my last post but I’ll make it up to you as this post is called the July Mashup as it features a number of bits (and bobs) that you’ll find groovy, cool, and creative gosh darnit.

First up – the mashup theme of this post has a not-so-hidden meaning. About 5 weeks ago we joined in the celebration of the launch of CREATIVEMIX’s very own Steve Rechtschaffner’s latest project Jamble – an entirely new way to create and experience music on your iPhone or iPod Touch. Steve, and his No Robots Interactive team have knocked this little app out of the park!

The scoop is this: Jamble makes it super easy to whip-up wicked music mashups making you sound like a pro-DJ. Seriously – it’s really fun! At the launch party Eileen and I test drove Jamble and had an absolute riot! I stunk, Eileen’s got the skills though. If it wasn’t for the big 200-watt speakers I think I could have gotten the hang of it but I was way to self conscious. I was having the hardest time “spinning” The Pussycat Dolls and David Bowie without getting side tracked by Vanilla Ice (you know the song I’m talkin’ about) and my Gr.8 homeboy M.C. Hammer. Anywho – get the app – it’s crazy fun.

Next in line, in case you missed it, David duChemin’s new book Within the Frame is selling like crazy! His second book: Vision Mongers is set to come out this Fall. David’s wildly popular Pixelated Image Blog is a great addition to your RSS feed if you haven’t done so already.

If you’re a foodie, or an “eatie” then you’ll want to check-out The Dirty Apron Cooking School. The school opens August 12, 2009 and will be a premier culinary facility accessable to the average person. Here’s a little taste of what to expect:

The Dirty Apron Cooking School is Vancouver’s most exciting culinary playground.

It’s a place for amateur cooks, the curious and professionals alike to learn, explore, and unleash their inner chef.

It’s a joint venture between Karri and Nico Schuermans and former Chambar Sous-Chef David Robertson.

Two styles of classes are offered: hands-on and demonstration.

The demonstration classes are guided over two hours offering students a chance to watch, follow along, and then taste the results with the chef.

Both classes will be followed by a group dinner in the cooking school’s private dining room.

Some creative peeps of ours get a serious shout-out. Eoin Finn, Insiya Rasiwala, Karen Robertson, Judy Chambers, Saul Brown, Joan deVerteuil, and Jodi Carter gave rockin’ leadership and creative energy to the 7th annual Camp Moomba Yogathon & Blissfest. Eileen and I proudly produce Canada’s largest outdoor yoga event with these amazing people all in the name of raising awareness and support for the Western Canadian Pediatric AIDS Society. Oh… and big blessings to our charity main-man Luke Balson (Exec. Director).

Our friends (and fellow creative mixers) Stephen and Jane Cox are cookin’ up Volume #7 of Pecha Kucha Night Vancouver. The skinny is that they’re aiming for late August or early September. So keep an eye on the site for the details.

Be sure to swing by the Jennifer Kostuik Gallery July 27 — August 9 to see Concepts to Draw Upon (drawings by Laura Bell, Aron Hill, Marianne Lovink, Jennifer Stead, and Reece Terris). This amazing gallery is in Yaletown (on Homer Street, between Helmecken and Nelson). The exhibition offers a fresh look at birds, microscopic organisms and large scale forests. Of special interest is a collection of Terris’s architectural renderings of scaled apartments from the decade of the 1960s to the year 2000. It’s a great space and continually has great exhibits. A must see.

Posted by: Corwin Hiebert

Droppin’ the Creative Bomb

Friday, May 29th, 2009

booooooom_logoNo, don’t run for cover. There’s no immediate threat – unless you don’t have a creative bone in your body, which we seriously doubt. Just be sure to keep an eye on the creative bomb of a blog called BOOOOOOOM.

Vancouver’s Jeff Hamada, designer and creative cheerleader, curates an amazing blog full of dangerously cool and creative people, images, ideas, projects, and stories. When speaking at Pecha Kucha Night Vancouver – Volume #6 he revealed his own art (mostly from his childhood – the Stegosaurus wearing jeans playing the saxophone was our favourite) and told some great stories about connecting and collaborating with creative people all over the world through his blog.

BOOOOOOOM is truly an inspiring site to click through but one shouldn’t stop there. Participating in the creative mayhem is highly encouraged and is a ton of fun, so don’t click and run – join in! Our recommendation is: haul out the RSS artillery and sign-up for duty. So, here’s a shout out to Jeff and his WMC (Weapon of Mass Creativity) BOOOOOOOM.

Shout Out to Jesse Savath

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

salazar_logoIn case you missed it, which many did because it sold out two weeks prior, Pecha Kucha Vancouver – Volume #6 was last week and it was a home run! The line-up was amazing; great talks, powerful stories, and as always a lot of laughs and clanking beer bottles. A presenter that caught our attention was Jesse Savath of SALAZAR.

Jesse, a director and photographer, told of his traveling videographer days with Ben Harper (his cousin actually) and it was great to be reminded that committing to a creative endeavor in haste is always the right move. He had never used a video camera before. Ever. From the moment he committed to shooting the video to the first day on set he had one week. Wow. He bought the gear, flew to California, unpacked, and quickly read the manual (thank goodness Ben was late). In short, here’s a CREATIVEMIX shout out to Jesse and his passion for living the life of a creative regardless of the risk.

When it comes to his work it’s hard not to be impressed. Jesse is the producer of SALAZAR – a motion picture collective, a Vancouver-based film crew, and they produce some killer stuff. Don’t take our word for it, check-out a music video they did – it’s groovy:

Circlesquare – Dancers from Bienvenido Cruz on Vimeo.

Pecha Kucha Night Vancouver

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

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Pecha Kucha Night, is a world-wide phenomenon and it happens right here in Vancouver. It’s an evening filled with inspiration, creativity, and artistic passion. Volume #6 is happening May 21, 2009 (7:00pm) at the Park Theatre (3440 Cambie Street) – it’s only $10 and it sells out so purchase your tickets online ASAP.

Never heard of Pecha Kucha before? Here’s how it works: each presenter is allowed 20 images, each shown for 20 seconds each – giving 6 minutes 40 seconds of fame before the next presenter is up. This keeps presentations concise, the interest level up, and gives more people the chance to show. It’s kinda like show and tell for creatives (but don’t worry, it’s not commercial).

Pecha Kucha (which is Japanese for the sound of conversation) has tapped into a demand for a forum in which creative work can be easily and informally shown, without having to rent a gallery or chat up a magazine editor. This is a† demand that seems to be global – as Pecha Kucha Night, without any pushing, has spread virally to over 100 cities across the world.

The presenters for Volume #6 are:

Michael Green > Architect > McFarlane Green Biggar Architecture & Design
Marian Bantjes > Graphic Designer > Marian Bantjes
Chris Bentzen > Freelance print designer, artist > This Is Plan B
Julia Kwan > Filmmaker > Fire Horse Productions
Toby Barratt> Designer/ Owner> Propellor Design
Jonathan Kassian > Economist > VED
Linus Lam & Denise Liu > Creator / Editor > Artsy-Dartsy.com
Erin Boniferro > Artist + Educator > Western Front Society, Collage Collage
Jesse Savath> Director/Photographer > SALAZAR
Julie Gendron > Designer > Desiring Productions
Bill Pechet > Principal > Pechet and Robb Art and Architecture Ltd.
Jeff Hamada > Designer/ Editor > Booooooom.com

Learn more at: Pecha-Kucha Vancouver