Saturday, March 12, 2011

Pecha Kucha #8

On March 11th I was one of seven individuals to give a presentation at the Tampa Bay Pecha Kucha event. This was the 8th in a series of Pecha Kucha presentations in the Tampa Bay area.

Pecha Kucha (JapaneseペチャクチャIPA: [pet͡ɕa ku͍̥t͡ɕa][1]chit-chat) is a presentation methodology to organize the presentation order of an event, such as in a Pecha Kucha Night.

Pecha Kucha Night was devised in February 2003[2] by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham of Tokyo's Klein-Dytham Architecture (KDa), as a way to attract people to Super Deluxe, their experimental event space in Roppongi.[3] Pecha Kucha Night events consist of around a dozen presentations, each presenter having 20 slides, each shown for 20 seconds. Each presenter has just 6 minutes 40 seconds to explain their ideas before the next presenter takes the stage. Conceived as a venue through which young designers could meet, show their work, exchange ideas, and network, the format keeps presentations concise, fast-paced and entertaining.

In 2004 PKN began running in a few cities in Europe, and has since become a worldwide phenomenon, now running in more than 260 cities in almost every corner of the globe.[4][5]

The format is 20 slides 20 seconds per slide and I can not stress enough how difficult the format is for the unfortunate presenter who underestimates it. I speak from experience.
My presentation was meant to be on " artwork that defies the established placement in venue '
but because i chose to speak on multiple projects from 1997- 2011 i was left unable to describe most of the content. I was attempting to stuff an hours worth of info into seven minutes.
It must have been amusing in some ways to watch but I was rattled. The Pecha Kucha experience is a good one. I recommend it to anyone who likes a challenge and the audience was great ( even taking great pains to make me feel as if I did a good job presenting my material ).
Thanks to Kenneth Cowart for organizing Pecha Kucha in the Tampa Bay area! We need more
stuff like this and people like him.

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