PechaKucha Night Charlotte, the winner of Charlotte Magazine’s 2010 Best of the Best (BoB) Award for Best Creative Gathering, will stage a special 7th installment of its presentation series on Friday, Oct. 1, 2010, as part of the Mint Museum‘s 24-hour grand opening of its new Uptown location.
PKN Charlotte Volume 7 (“Midnight at the Mint”) will be held in the Main Atrium of The Mint Museum’s new Uptown location at 500 South Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC. The event will begin at 11:59pm and run approximately two hours.
Covering a broad range of topics and media, the evening will place emphasis on performance/entertainment-oriented presentations appropriate for this momentous occasion and the later-than-usual timing of the event. Featuring a carefully crafted lineup of exceptional individuals/groups from the region and around the country, this special PKN Charlotte presentation will include the following artists from Charlotte, Atlanta, Charleston, Raleigh, and even Scotland.
Jonathan Brilliant is a spatial artist from Columbia, SC, who has exhibited nationally and received numerous international fellowships. He is currently executing a series of site-specific installations in 13 galleries over two continents, concluding with as an Artist in Residence at The McColl Center in Charlotte.
Ahmer Inam is an engineer, strategy consultant, and photographer born in New Delhi and currently based in Charlotte. He shoots with a Fujifilm F30 P&S, Nikon D300, and 35mm and medium format film. His presentation will also feature Alla Prima (Emily Higgins & Kirsten Carrell Osborne).
Hardin Minor is a mime in Charlotte who has been entertaining audiences at parties, fundraisers, and Fortune 500 events for over 25 years, including 15 different comedic personas with make-up, wardrobe, props, and a custom written script for each event.
Dimeji Onafuwa is the Founder and Creative Director of Charlotte-based visual communications firm Casajulie. He is also a painter represented by RedSky Gallery in Charlotte and 5ive & 40rty Gallery in Winston-Salem, NC. His paintings are in private and public collections.
Fahamu Pecou is a painter based in Atlanta, GA, who has been featured in several solo and group exhibitions in the US and abroad. His work has been reviewed and featured in numerous publications, including Art in America, Harper’s Magazine, NY Arts Magazine, and Mass Appeal Magazine.
Carlos Salum is the President of Salum International Resources, a management consulting firm based in Charlotte that focuses on Performance Architecture that aligns knowledge, skills, attitudes, and habits to improve executive training and corporate events for clients in the US and abroad.
Anthony Schrag is a visual artist from Glasgow, Scotland, who creates interactive installations and performances to manipulate the expected experience of a space. He has exhibited internationally and is currently an Artist in Residence at The McColl Center in Charlotte. Schrag’s presentation will also feature various other artists.
Ce Scott is a nationally exhibited visual artist as well as the recently named Creative Director of The McColl Center for Visual Art and Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture. She will present along with Mitchell Kearney, a Charlotte-based portrait photographer.
George Smart is the Founder of Triangle Modernist Houses, a 501c3 historical archive of modernist houses in the Triad area. He is also Managing Partner of Strategic Development Incorporated, a Raleigh, NC-based leadership development and executive coaching firm.
Quentin “Q” Talley is a Charlotte slam poet who placed 12th at the Individual World Poetry Slam, 2nd with team Slam Charlotte at the National Poetry Slam, and twice as the Southern Fried Regional Champion. He also founded On Q Productions to produce performance works that reflect the minority experience.
Born in Tokyo in 2003, PechaKucha – Japanese for the sound of conversation – is a unique show-and-tell social event where local creatives from all disciplines present 20 slides for 20 seconds each – an exhilarating kaleidoscope of inspirations, ideas, and work. It is an opportunity for people in their communities to express their opinions, share their observations, and work out ideas to a diverse and broad audience in a casual supportive social environment. Akin to an intellectual happy hour, worldwide in around 350 cities, the local Charlotte-region series was founded in September 2008.
Admission to PKN is free. However there is a $10 entry to the museum, which also allows access to all the galleries, shows, as well as all the other 24-hour events/entertainment of the Grand Opening Night. The museum opens to the public at 5:30pm on Oct. 1, 2010, and will remain open for the next 24 hours. A cash-only bar will be available.
For more details and updates, please visit (www.point8.org/pecha-kucha).