PechaKucha Event VOL. 13 FLUX

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Date and Time
Thu, April 14, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location
SITE Santa Fe

VOL. 13 FLUX » Constant undulation is the state of nature. How do you cope, embrace, or experience flux?

Thank you ALL who participated at our inaugural 2022 public event — PechaKucha Night VOL. 13 FLUX. Your curiosity and generosity of spirit electrified the night!

Thunderous applause to all our speakers — Kevin Bowen, Tania Katan, Michelle Katz, Joshua Lance, Richard Lowenberg, Annmarie McLaughlin, Tina Mion, Jesse Roach, Mara Saxer & Alex Streeper, and Namira Shahriar.

Thank you to our co-host SITE Santa Fe for welcoming us into their fabulous space. Deep gratitude to our sponsor the City of Santa Fe Office of Community and Economic Development for supporting the 2022 PechaKucha Night series.

Enormous thanks to our invaluable event volunteers: designer/artist Christine Sullivan, sound designer/composer Brooks William, graphic designer Chico Goler, and nurse Steph Bonzek. Special thanks to our PechaKucha Theme Team: art and environment educator Lynn Grimesexperiential designer Max Neutraintern architect Charlotte McKernan, artist Chantel Foretich, architect Shawn Evans, and composer Chris Jonas for coming together to develop our PechaKucha themes. View all 2022–2023 themes here.

Meet Our Speakers

Headshot of Alex Streeper and Mara Saxer

Mara Saxer and Alex Streeper  |  ArtWalk Santa Fe: Creating Pathways for Emerging Artists

Emerging local artists Alex Streeper and Mara Saxer share their collaborative project, which has added vibrancy throughout Santa Fe year-round, in their presentation Artwalk Santa Fe: Creating Pathways for Emerging Artists.

Bio

Stained glass artist and jewelry maker Mara Saxer was raised in Santa Fe. Currently she’s the preservation program manager at the Historic Santa Fe Foundation, the artist and vendor relations manager for ArtWalk Santa Fe, and is the owner of Bitterbrush Workshop.

Jewelry maker and embroidery artist Alex Streeper was born and raised in Mexico, and moved to Santa Fe in 2016. Her background is in marketing and advertising for brands like T-Mobile, Coffee-Mate and K-Swiss, as well as for local organizations like Creative Santa Fe, Xerb, Hatchform, and the City of Santa Fe. She’s the marketing and outreach manager for ArtWalk Santa Fe and the owner of Alita’s Mexican Curios.

PechaKucha Presenters Alex Streeper and Mara Saxer

Summary

Local Santa Fe artists Alex Streeper and Mara Saxer each took time to focus on their individual crafts during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Tired of always needing to commute to the metropolitan neighboring city Albuquerque to sell their craft, they co-organized Artwalk Santa Fe—a recurring outdoor art market for emerging artists like themselves. Hosted by different businesses and venue spaces around Santa Fe, this organic collaboration is a testament to what creativity, collaboration, and the willingness to embrace a little bit of chaos can produce.
PechaKucha Presenter Joshua Lance

Joshua Lance  |  Full Circle: The Art of Flux and Travel

In Full Circle: the Art of Flux and Travel, oil painter Joshua Lance shares what transpired to help him achieve his dream to become a full-time artist, and how a particular tree stump plays a role in this journey.

Bio

Joshua Lance is an impressionist oil painter whose time spent living and teaching in Asia and Europe has given him countless subjects for his art of visual storytelling. In his work he presents the honest truth and beauty of his subjects, and embraces cultural life and geographic environment as his muse. His work includes painting murals and teaching art in China.

PechaKucha Presenter Joshua Lance

Summary

Joshua Lance learned how to make flux a part of his life—without even knowing it. In Full Circle: The Art of Flux and Travel, he shares how he followed his curiosity on a journey of discovery, and how dealing with the flux has brought him to his spiritual home and his dream of being an artist.
PechaKucha Presenter Michelle Katz

Michelle Katz  |  Cerros Año: A Peak Year Program in Santa Fe

Imagine taking a gap year between high school and college and being guided through the journey from youth to adulthood. In Cerros Año: A Peak Year Program in Santa Fe, trained Rite of Passage Guide and Storyteller Michelle Katz introduces her vision of this formative transition in life.

Bio

Michelle Katz is a big smile, a huge heart, and the laugh you hear from the other room. Her passion for social emotional learning and emotional intelligence is grounded in the foundation of self-awareness. During her career, she has developed and coordinated various programs for teens and adult learners, and loves developing meaningful experiences for personal growth. Her background in psychology, Native American Studies, and counseling inspired her to train as Rite of Passage guide through the School of Lost Borders and to study Eco-psychology through the Pacifica Graduate Institute. She has studied the art of storytelling, the practice of “white awake-ness" and is a certified yoga instructor.

PechaKucha Presenter Michelle Katz

Summary

Michelle Katz presents "Cerros Año: A Peak Year Program in Santa Fe," a three-part experience she has developed to open a world of opportunities to young adults taking a "gap year" between high school and college. Encompassing self-reflection, leadership development, and global citizenship, Michelle discusses the rite of passage experience that marks the transition from youth to an adulthood which contributes to the greater world.
PechaKucha Presenter Namira Shahriar

Namira Shahriar  |  Rage Against Rape: A Belated #MeToo Outcry

UWC-USA student Namira Shahriar reflects on her country’s response to a 2020 gender-based violence case that may have shifted, however slight, the Bangladesh political landscape in Rage Against Rape: A Belated #MeToo Outcry.

Bio

Namira Shahriar, a student at United World College-USA, has been a witness to gender violence in her home country of Bangladesh, and has been a proponent for systemic change in how the country responded to rape cases. After Bangladesh made rape a crime punishable by death—a sentence that would never be carried out—Namira has been inspired to fight for something much larger and more powerful: a national shift of consciousness of how women are viewed by society.

PechaKucha Presenter Namira Shahriar

Summary

Complex transformation is perhaps one of the most frustrating things to observe. In Namira Shahriar's presentation, Rage Against Rape: A Belated #MeToo Outcry, Namira witnessed how her home country responded to a 2020 gender-based violence case that exemplifies Bangladeshi societal views on the female’s body. What Namira shares about what transpired during a series of nationwide protests evokes both inspiration and exasperation.
PechaKucha Presenter Kevin Bowen

Kevin Bowen  |  Santa Fe Human Rights Alliance: Moving Into Our Fourth Decade

As an Accessibility Advocate and President of the Santa Fe Human Rights Alliance, Kevin Bowen’s focus is to ensure everyone has the ability to lead a healthy life. Join Kevin as he shares his vision, Santa Fe Human Rights Alliance: Moving Into Our Fourth Decade.

Bio

Kevin Bowen is a progressive leader who was instrumental in establishing Pilates as a profession in the US through the creation of the Nationally Certified Pilates Teacher (NCPT) Credential. He is an advocate for accessibility for all to have the ability to enjoy a healthy lifestyle. Kevin took over as the president of the Santa Fe Human Rights Alliance (HRA) in 2019 and has begun to reestablish the organization through a year-round emphasis on PRIDE, a history timeline for the LGBTQIA community in New Mexico and Santa Fe ‘The Shoulders We Stand On — Our Proud History’, and a vocal and supportive ally for the LGBTQIA & BIPOC communities and their rights.

PechaKucha Presentation Kevin Bowen

Summary

In his presentation—Santa Fe Human Rights Alliance: Moving Into Our Fourth Decade—Kevin Bowen shares with his vision of how his organization is heading to better serve the needs for Santa Fe.
PechaKucha Presenter Jesse Roach

Jesse Roach  |  Do We Have Water to Support This Growth?

As new developments are erected around Santa Fe a logical question arises: “Where will the water come from?” Jesse Roach, Director of City of Santa Fe Water, has the answers in Do We Have the Water to Support This Growth?

Bio

Jesse Roach P.E. Ph.D. is Director of City of Santa Fe Water, a position he has held since July 2019. During his tenure Jesse has pushed to more aggressively tell the remarkable story of the past, present, and likely future of water development and use in Santa Fe. He has pushed for data-driven decision making, led development of a Water Resources Indicator to guide seasonal conservation policy, led a strategic planning effort, led development of a long range water resources planning process, and provided leadership in support of new water resources development. Jesse grew up in Santa Fe and holds Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Stanford, and a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in Hydrology and Water Resources. He worked at Sandia National Labs from 2006 to 2014 as a senior member of the technical staff focused on building system level simulation models, and as a Senior Water Resources Engineer at Tetra Tech Inc. from 2014 to 2019.

PechaKucha Presenter Jesse Roach

Summary

With building development cropping up throughout our high desert city, it is only natural to wonder “Do we have enough water to sustain this growth?” In this presentation, environmental engineer Jesse Roach will provide answers to this pressing question by acknowledging our prior challenges, where we are today, and the smart engineering plan the City of Santa Fe has put in place.
PechaKucha Presenter Richard Lowenberg

Richard Lowenberg  |  Info/Eco : An Ecological Practice in the Information Environment

During Info/Eco: an Ecological Practice in the Information Environment, multimedia artist Richard Lowenberg brings to light an enriched examination of ecology and how might we better leverage the information economy through this lens.

Bio

Studying architecture and design at Pratt Institute, and sensing the vitality of the times, Richard Lowenberg began creatively using photography and film in the mid-1960s. Bucky, McLuhan, Zen and early Cybernetic influences naturally led to use of electronic media systems by 1970, including video and audio synthesis, performance and holography. The relevance of arts/sciences collaborations, design and ecological understandings were an early and ongoing part of a personal creative path.

Selected work examples include: founding team of the Kitchen in NYC, NASA-Arts/Sciences Collaborations, Telluride Regional Master Planning and Telluride Institute (InfoZone) Director, TechnoCulture Studies Professor at UC Davis, New Mexico 1st-Mile Broadband Initiative, rural community network planning throughout the US, with First Nations in Canada, in Japan, Tyrolean Alps, Majorca, Corsica, Argentina and for the UN+ITU.

Writings have been widely published and artworks have been exhibited internationally, including at the Whitney Museum, San Francisco MoMA, NTT Tokyo, Santa Fe CCA, Venice Biennale and Centre Pompidou.

Richard lives/works at his studio in La Mesilla, on the edge of San Ildefonso and Santa Clara Pueblo lands, along the Rio Grande.

PechaKucha Presenter Richard Lowenberg

Summary

Richard Lowenberg has spent over 50 years creatively integrating understandings and grounded involvements in nonprofit organization development, architecture, environmental/ecosystems design, interspecies communication, telecommunication, rural community + networked society planning, organic farming, ecological economics, sculpture, performance, technical photography, writing, new media and eco-arts/sciences practices. He has dedicated his creative life to realization of works exploring and setting examples for an ‘ecology of the information environment’ and resulting opportunities for growing a vibrant cultural economy. Highlighted by a few creative project examples, Richard will present and question our social understanding of ecology as a dynamically evolving whole-systems understanding, yet barely being understood as inclusive of life amid the flows, processing and polluting waste generation in the information environment.
PechaKucha Presenter Tina Mion

Tina Mion  |  Transfigurations: Choices and Change in the Art of Tina Mion

Artist Tina Mion engages us with her artwork and her explorations of the human emotions and responses to change—expected and unexpected in Transfigurations: Choices and Change in the Art of Tina Mion.

Bio

Tina Mion was born in Washington, D.C. She has traveled extensively from India to Kenya. In 1996 Tina staged the first internet election of all the past United States presidents; “Virtual Election” traveled to many museums. Tina has exhibited or lectured at the Riverside Art Museum, Tucson Museum of Art, Nelson Atkins Museum, Albrecht-Kemper Museum, Addison Gallery of American Art, University of Chicago, Phoenix Art Museum, LA County Museum of Art, Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery etc. Tina has been featured on NPR’s Morning Edition, Arizona Highways television, American Public Media, CBS News, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Associated Press, Boston Globe, etc. Her work is in many public collections and museums. Tina's next solo show, “Holy Ghosts,” opens 7 October 2022 at Kouri+Corrao Gallery in Santa Fe. Tina and her husband have resurrected many historic buildings including La Posada Hotel in Winslow AZ, and the Castaneda and Plaza Hotels in Las Vegas NM.

PechaKucha Presenter Tina Mion

Summary

Sometimes change happens to us, sometimes it happens around us. Youth to age, in love and out, defining moments, loss and discovery, courage and cowardice, hard futures or willful blindness, triumph and tragedy, life to death. In Transfigurations: Choices and Change in the Art of Tina Mion, the artist touches on these moments.
PechaKucha Presenter Annmarie McLaughlin

Annmarie McLaughlin  |  The Ultimate Flux: Showing Up After You’re Gone

Writer Annmarie McLaughlin has added her voice to an array of projects. In her PechaKucha presentation, The Ultimate Flux: Showing Up After You’re Gone, Annmarie inspires us to make sure our voices reach the ones we cherish, when they need us the most.

Bio

Annmarie McLaughlin’s writing portfolio includes drama, fiction, personal essay, and creating ceremony. She has lived many lives, including ones as a filmmaker, a grantwriter, a dishwasher, a truck driver, a bartender, a peace facilitator, a mentor for the PEN Prison Writing Project, and a team member with the Alternatives to Violence Project in Northern New Mexico. Her favorite adventure, by far, is being a mom to her sons—Harlan and Ryan.

Her mission in life is to inspire people to love fiercely and share our stories with the people we cherish.

PechaKucha Presenter Annmarie McLaughlin

Summary

This presentation is about the Ultimate Flux. The return to the stars, the final passage, your death. And how you can show up for the people you love after you’re gone. The worst part of dying, especially unexpectedly, is that you can’t be there. In this presentation, Annmarie McLauglin shares how she plans to navigate this. She's made a book for her sons that is practical, comforting, and genuine. Annmarie encourages us to do the same. “It can be anything you want it to be,” Annmarie tells us, “and by creating it you will have shown up for the people you love when they need you the most.”
PechaKucha Presenter Tania Katan

Tania Katan  |  Auditioning for the Part of Me

Creative trespasser Tania Katan is quite familiar with swimming upstream. In Auditioning for the Part of Me, Tania serves up unbelievable-but-true-stories that will inspire you to embrace the notion that going against the flow is the only way to go!

Bio

Tania Katan is a storytelling savant, bestselling author, and co-creator of the globally viral social impact campaign #ItWasNeverADress; a social movement that has inspired over 100 million people to see, hear and celebrate women for the superheroes they are. Her visionary way of formulating ideas led to her bestselling book, "Creative Trespassing: How to Put the Spark and Joy Back into Your Work and Life" (Penguin Random House, 2019). As an inspirational storyteller, Katan has been on some of the biggest stages in the world, including CiscoLive!, Talks at Google, TED Talks, Comedy Central Live, and more.

PechaKucha Presenter Tania Katan

Summary

From pretending to be ‘straight’ in order to date a cis male CPA around tax time, to surviving a category 4 hurricane on a lesbian cruise ship only to get punched in the gut by everyone’s favorite TV mom, Meredith Baxter Birney, in front of a chocolate fountain, to LITERALLY auditioning for the part of herself, a ‘Real Life Cancer Survivor,’ and not getting the role, Tania has made a career out of swimming upstream! But now, for one night/20slides/20 seconds-per-slide ONLY, Tania will share the weird images and unbelievable-but-true-stories that will make YOU feel like going against the flow is the ONLY way to go!