E023.2 PKN Pittsburgh vol. 25 – Nina Chase

This is the second interview featuring presenters for Pittsburgh’s 25th Pecha Kucha Night. This one features Nina Chase.

Before we get going, check out the Facebook page for PechaKucha Night Pittsburgh for details about the event. For newcomers to the format, the AIGA YouTube Channel has videos of past events.

And subscribe to the podcast on iTunes so you don’t miss the other interviews.

Nina Chase is a transplanted West Virginian, in Pittsburgh by way of Boston, where she was an associate at Sasaki Associates.

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Image from Sasaki Associates

She’s Senior Project Manager at Riverlife Pittsburgh now, seeing through things like that plan for the Strip District.

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Image from Riverlife Pittsburgh

She’s talking about urban prototyping. Think things like Open Streets Pittsburgh [link will play music].

Here’s a picture of the tackle box game we played.

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And here’s a picture of a least weasel.

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Visit her website, chuckle at the Bruce Springsteen reference, and come see her presentation at PKN on October 6.

E023.1 PKN Pittsburgh vol. 25 – Amanda Gross

This is the first interview featuring presenters for Pittsburgh’s 25th Pecha Kucha Night. This one features Amanda Gross.

Before we get going, check out the Facebook page for PechaKucha Night Pittsburgh for details about the event. For newcomers to the format, the AIGA YouTube Channel has videos of past events.

And subscribe to the podcast on iTunes so you don’t miss the other interviews.

Amanda Gross is a transplanted Atlantan, living and working in Pittsburgh for the last few years. You might know her if you helped knit the bridge.

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Her presentation is on the artwork she’s created for her blog, Mistress Syndrome, which is “part of a lifelong journey of personal and collective healing from the multi-layered, generational trauma of what it means to be a white woman.”

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Amanda Gross | mistresssyndrome.com

Visit her blog, make sure to check out the gallery, and come see her presentation at PKN on October 6.

E019.2 PKN Pittsburgh vol. 23 – Welcoming Pittsburgh

This is the second interview featuring presenters for PKN Pittsburgh vol. 23.

Before we get going, check out the Facebook page for PechaKucha Night Pittsburgh for details about the event. For newcomers to the format, the AIGA YouTube Channel has videos of past events.

And subscribe to the podcast on iTunes so you don’t miss the other interviews.

Welcoming Pittsburgh is a plan by Mayor Bill Peduto to make Pittsburgh more welcoming to refugees and immigrants.

Elizabeth Heidenreich earned a spot as an advisor to the plan through her work with the South Hills Interfaith Movement.

Betty Cruz serves as Deputy Chief of Special Initiatives for the Office of Mayor William Peduto. Welcoming Pittsburgh is just one of the programs she’s working on.

And 30 Neighbors, 30 Days is just one facet of that program. Follow @WelcomingPGH on Twitter and search the hashtag IamPGH for more info, and keep an eye out in the coming months for other Welcoming Pittsburgh projects.

And as always, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes

E019.1 PKN Pittsburgh vol. 23 – Francis Crisafio

This is the first interview featuring presenters for PKN Pittsburgh vol. 23. It’s with local artist Francis Crisafio.

Before we get going, check out the Facebook page for PechaKucha Night Pittsburgh for details about the event. For newcomers to the format, the AIGA YouTube Channel has videos of past events.

And subscribe to the podcast on iTunes so you don’t miss the other interviews.

Francis Crisafio was born and raised in Lawrenceville, where his father was a barber for 80 years. His father, recently deceased, is the subject of Samsons Hair Repaired, a way of looking at him, his neighborhood, and his longtime clientele.

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His PKN presentation will focus on another project, Holdup in the Hood, where children on Pittsburgh’s North Side create self-portraits. The larger body of work that incorporates drawings, re-cycled photographs, print media and body gesture to explore issues of race, class and gender.

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Images from the project have been exhibited since 2006, and most recently the project was a finalist for a 2015 LensCulture Exposure Award. It will be exhibited in London beginning in May 2016, and Francis also hopes to publish a book on the project in the near future.

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Keep an eye out for that.

And as always, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes

S03E02.3 PKN Pittsburgh vol. 20 – Maranie Rae Staab

This is the third of three interviews for Pecha Kucha Night Pittsburgh, vol. 20. It’s with photographer Maranie Rae Staab.

Before we get going, check out the Facebook page for PechaKucha Night Pittsburgh for details about the event.

And subscribe to the podcast on iTunes so you don’t miss the other two interviews.

Maranie Rae is a photojournalist and has been documenting social issues with her camera for the past few years. Here’s a small selection of photos from her website.

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Children of Uganda

A Ugandan Wedding

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Click any of those and find more at maranierae.com.

Contact her on any of these:

Facebook
Instagram
Email

Maranie has several social issues that she is working to raise awareness on including acid attacks on women [graphic image warning] and human trafficking. She is involved with a Pittsburgh-based NGO called “The Project to End Human Trafficking”. Visit their website to find out how you can help.

And as always, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.

*Updated on 4/3/2016 to include video of PKN v20.

S03E02.2 PKN Pittsburgh vol. 20 – Annie Liu

This is the second of three interviews for Pecha Kucha Night Pittsburgh, vol. 20. It’s with Pitt PhD student Annie Liu.

Before we get going, check out the Facebook page for PechaKucha Night Pittsburgh for details about the event.

And subscribe to the podcast on iTunes so you don’t miss the other two interviews.

Annie is doing experiments to create a model of a mouse’s olfactory system, the part of the brain that processes smell. She uses dye to create these beautiful images of the brain:

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They also happen to be very important to her research.

You can also follow her on Twitter. She has intelligent things to say, so if you’re on Twitter that might not be your thing.

And as always, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes

*Updated on 4/3/16 to include video of PKN v20

S03E02.1 PKN Pittsburgh vol. 20 – Gwyn Cready

This is the first of three interviews for Pecha Kucha Night Pittsburgh, vol. 20. It’s with RITA Award winning author Gwyn Cready.

Before we get going, check out the Facebook page for PechaKucha Night Pittsburgh for details about the event.

And subscribe to the podcast on iTunes so you don’t miss the other two interviews.

Gwyn is working on a memoir of her sister’s life, who died at an early age. At PKN, she will be sharing a “chapter” from that memoir about her mother and stepmother.

She’s also written several romance novels. You can buy her latest, Just in Time for a Highlander, on Amazon, B&N, Indiebound, and others.

Find out more on her website, or on Facebook, or on Twitter, where she will be live-tweeting episodes of Outlander during April and May.

Visit the Women Read, Women Write page to find out more about the next event.

And as always, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes

*Updated on 4/3/16 to include video of PKN v20

S02E07 Clayton Merrell

Clayton Merrell is on the show to talk about, among other things, his ongoing project at the Pittsburgh International Airport.

That project is a piece of public art done in terrazzo and will cover the entire center core when finished.

For reference, the tops of the escalators that bring you into the center core are at the right side of the left-most rectangle.

Intricate patterns are possible with careful workmanship, like the river that runs through the food court.

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The terrazzo is laid out like a paint-by-number, with metal transition strips separating each of the 13 colors. Clayton completed the drawings using a Wacom tablet, which were then cut into full-size pieces of corrugated plastic that fit together like a puzzle.

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Photo Credit: Bob Grubb

 

Then they were painted with orange paint so that the transition strips could be laid out after the plastic was removed.

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Photo Credit: Bob Grubb

 

If you have 1.5 extra acres in your backyard and want to replicate Clayton’s design, maybe you can fish through the airport dumpsters for the next few months, looking for the used plastic templates. I’m sure that won’t get you arrested.

Once the transition strips are laid out, the spaces between are labeled with the color they are to receive …

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… and then filled in.

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Don’t worry, the colors are much more vibrant once the floor is polished:

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Photo Credit: Bob Grubb

 

When finished, you can follow the trails of different flying machines around the airport.

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Photo Credit: Bob Grubb

 

If you visit the airport right now, you’ll see the project in all phases, from the original tile being removed to preparing the concrete underneath to receive the terrazzo and the locating of utilities.

This is Clayton’s biggest public art project and it was partially inspired by his experimentation with covering a sphere with layers of paint, then peeling that paint so that it would lay flat.

And despite an initial avoidance he’s done a lot with landscapes. On the show he talks about using a technique of placing hard-edged “cartoon” objects in otherwise classical scenes.

You can see more of his work on his website, or keep an eye out for exhibitions in the area.

Or take one of his classes at CMU.

And as always, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes (link opens in iTunes)

S02E06 Kahmeela Adams Friedson and the 48 Hour Film Project

Today we hear from Kahmeela Adams Friedson about her work with the 48 Hour Film Project. We also chat with a participant in the project, Andrew Wolf.

Andrew and I go way back. See his entry for the Pittsburgh 2014 48 Hour Film Project here, called Stiff: A Living Statue’s Tale:

He is participating in the horror film project with Cipher Eye Media. Their entry is called Begin the Sanguine and will be screened on October 25. Details below.

Kahmeela is a busy woman. Keep up with her at her website, Rugged Angel, and follow her on Twitter @The_RuggedAngel.

In addition to running the Pittsburgh chapter of the 48 Hour Film Project, she has a day job at MCG Jazz.

And she’s promoting the science fiction movie Coherence:

Like I said. Busy woman.

Here’s the details for the screening of the horror films:

Sat Oct 25 6pm to 10pm
18 short horror films all made in 48 hours.
The Hollywood Theater $10 or 2 for $15
Complimentary beverages provided by Clique Vodka

 

Here’s the short film that we mentioned in the show, it should whet your appetite for Saturday:

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