Archive for June, 2010

PKDH#4 Wrap-Up

So, it’s been a year. A year of thinking, organizing and most of all; enjoying Pecha Kucha Night in Den Haag. Time to look back at the last edition.

We started off with dinner in the sunlight, some relaxing music and with a mixture of speakers, returning visitors and new audience. Thanks to Lucy and Steef, our stomaches were filled with the best soups, quiches and salads one could wish for. Later, we found out, the food served as a base for the most divergent PKDH in history.

After dinner, even though it seemed hard to get everybody inside, the tempo kicked in and it was PechaKucha all over the place. From art with blow-up dolls to spatial design through lighting via extreme sports photography; everywhere it went.  Some of the speakers chose to take the 20×20 format very lightly, while others chose to take the presentation format as a backbone for their stories. In subjects, speakers, presentations, images, colors and even sound, this was a true culinary sequel to the very culinary moment we had before the Night started.

Now it’s time to conclude this season of Pecha Kucha Nights in Den Haag, but not before we thank everybody who contributed to making this Night, a Night to remember;

First, an honorable mention to Dayna Casey and Tanja Busking; Two very talanted graphic designers who without profit, have made sure PKDH has a visual identity which is not only fitting to us as an organization, but also one that lures the eye towards..

Pip! Without these guys, PKDH would have never been possible and by opening up their facilities to us, they also showed Pip is a place able to handle more than just parties. Ofcourse a big hug for Lucy and Steef from De Overkant and Diverso, for coming up with this amazing catering that made everybody happy!

And we shouldn’t forget for taking care of the technicalities, Zapstream for recording all the presentations(will be online soon..) and Dayna Casey for taking pictures throughout the Night. Take a look at the complete set of pictures on our Flickr!

To all the speakers; thank you for your enthusiasm and inspirational talks, without you, we’d be nothing but a bar with people! A list, in order of appearance;

Sander Reijgers

Mariska de Groot

Robert Overweg

Jan Willem Terlouw

Mike Rijnierse

Isabella Rozendaal

Bier en Brood (Michiel&Koen)

Bas Kools

Frans de Leef

Maarten Huisman

Michele Bagaglio

Karin Langeveld

And last, but certainly not least, THANK YOU!

PKDH#5 will be held at TodaysArt on Saturday September 25th, see you there!


Speaker: Bier & Brood

This collective, founded in 2007, focusses on making “vette shit”. Through their work, they strive to make people see the other, non-superficial side to everyday things and situations, opposed to say, make and do weird things for the sake of being weird. The name Bier en Brood has grown out from a group of friends doing “vette shit” together, to a platform with infinite disciplines from which projects can arise sporadically, or through clients.

Mostly known for their visual side, Bier en Brood has mostly focused on live-art at parties and expositions for the last few years. Besides all this they give workshops, eg. graffiti or VJ-ing. They do everything, from small murals to huge containerships. Check out their website for more work, info and “vette shit”.

Speaker: Bas Kools

Bas Kools designs ceramic objects and a chair for new ways of living in a city and the policlinic of the future. Important questions are  ‘what is the function?’ and ‘how can it adapt to an environment or situation?’. He studied at the Arnhem Academy of Arts and Design and The Royal College of Arts in London. He wants designers to play a role in the process of creating a new future together in which the designed product is not the goal but the medium. In his collaboration in The Mobile Workshop Group, scenarios for living together in new ways are created in practical and hand on workshops. Design thinking at its core but always using social interaction to create transparancy and awareness. Beautiful examples are his flexibile ceramic series in which he uses material in a new and adaptive way, but also his involvement in creating a neighbourhood sinage with young kids to introduce them to design and generating ideas. For more highly inspirational stuff, check out Bas’ website.

Speaker: Trapped in Suburbia

Cuby Gerards and Karin Langeveld are the founders of Trapped in Suburbia, a graphic and typographic design agency.  Their agency focuses on total concepts in which they not only create the logo but also the name of the ‘product’, the image, the message, the strategy. They call it smart design and they are known for their use of progressive graphic design. For the third year in a row they won the European Design Award and this year they also won prices at the International Design Awards. Besides their work as designers, they also initiated the Ship of Fools gallery, which is unique because of the main focus on graphic design and illustration.

Speaker: Frans de Leef

Frans de Leef is an interesting resident of The Hague who paints, sings and writes. He makes silkscreen prints and paintings of cityscapes, mostly of The Hague. These works are exposed and showed in De Werkplaats, also his workspace. For ten years, he has played in De Regentes during “het Zwingcafe” where he just said goodbye last Sunday. Besides all this he casually writes columns on his website.

Speaker: Mariska de Groot

Her work is very non-typical, when it comes to graphic design, but besides this, Mariska goes crazy on video. Working as an independent under her own name, she is skilled in silk-screening type-media. But also loves to combine different media types.

My work consists a mosaic of fragments of happy-accidents and my well considered failures. Bringing analog into digital and visa versa keeps my printed matter and silkscreen sweet and raw, my moving pics fast and fluor (quoted from her website)

Have a look at her websiteher blog and the Myspace for her performance-act VIADUKTAPE.

Speaker: Robert Overweg

Overweg dwells through the virtual worlds of first and third person shooter games. He looks into the similarities, differences and borders between the virtual and the physical world. Borders which are being tested and stretched by Overweg.He sees the virtual world as a direct expansion of the “real” world, the virtual places where players come together in multiplayer maps are for Overweg the new public spaces of contemporary society. For him it is logical to document his experiences and research through his photography. While making use of the new possibilities the virtual world give him.

Be sure to check out the other works in this series here