Anecdotes and inspiration from working and hitchhiking in Japan including visiting hot springs, working in an enoki mushroom farm, meeting interesting folks proud of their town and hobbies. Plus exploring Japanese culture in Guam, Palau and Yap.
Apparently Pecha Kucha is pronounced anyway you choose – 20 slides for :20 seconds
Held in around 300 cities, Pecha Kucha originated in Tokyo and now spreads like a erstwhile secret society into the creative underbellies of boroughs and urban centers where architects, world changes, artists, poets, musicians and survivors face the audience under pressure to inspire, amuse, inform, and/or educate ~ but mostly inspire ~ through their story. The Vancouver incarnation is wrangled by Cause+Affect.
I am now in the club, April 7th i was 3rd up after rad skateboard/snowboarder/game designer legend and a Scotslady who’d just sung for the attendees and before two hip architects, Gair Williamson and Bing Thom.
I spieled forth a version of my F*ck Stats, Make Art/Greeks to Geeks/Sparking Creativity riffs but added a few new slides and no old-timey suitcase – no time for props to soliloquies. Rapid fire style – hold on because the slides are rocking by – the crowd enjoyed the anecdotes and the time flew by – afterwhich i settled in to check out the rest of the remarkable people with amazing ideas.
Andy Chung writes:
Pecha Kucha 10 in Vancouver is this Thursday, should be fun. I haven’t really heard of anyone in the line up, so it should be fun going into it with no expectations.
update: Pecha Kucha 10 was awesome. The stand out talk for me was by Dave Olson.
Raw Bean recaps PK in the Coke and Count Chocula blog post, Out and Aboot:
Sometimes it’s hard to remember or tell what someone does and that was the case with the next guy Dave Olson. But he was hilarious! I’m pretty sure he was the one that said “don’t be precious” which we wrote down.
… and shared a photo and a video clip:
Give Music blog writes Please Continue Supporting the Arts:
It was great to attend Pecha Kucha Vancouver last night to hear individuals such as Dave Olson on his theories of art, Bing Thom on his theatre design for Washington DC, Stephanie Corker Irwin on nomosolo offline dating, andPamela Masik on her efforts to raise awareness through painting. The format of Pecha Kucha really allows for community sharing at a very personalized level. Arts was featured and culture is what it’s all about, so that’s an inspiring place from which to post about supporting the arts. Thanks Vancouver.
kempedmonds shot a bit of video:
MarkBusse attached a photo:
kk Dave Olson just killed it at Pechu Kucha Night Vancouver 10. Hilarious, poignant & totally inspiring. Fuck stats, make art! #tnmh #pkn 8:20 PM Apr 8th via TweetDeck from Financial District, Vancouver
SimoneKaminsky @uncleweed Haha, you did! I like your perspective. You were funny and motivating, thanks! @shaaarrr: D. Haddow was another fave of mine too! 10:31 AM Apr 9th via HootSuite in reply to uncleweed
Totally, Bob! I kept thinking the same thing throughout the evening. Especially because what was shared by the presenters was so personal and also indicative of the paths they each chose, the choices they made (as Pamela Masik spoke to) that brought them to where they are. I especially loved Dave Olsen’s presentation (how galvanizing!) and Marc Baumgartner’s perspective on “context.”
Great night. Very inspiring.
Dave Olson and Bing Thom had me laughing AND inspired. What a truly awesome night.
Thanks to all the folks who came up afterwards to say thanks and tell me what they are up to and to everyone who chimed in with Twitter/Facebook/SMS/Flickr etc. love – my words are nothing without ya and you now know how i much i value chronicling events with artifacts so thanks for making stuff.
The presenters included: Jay Balmer, Isabelle Dunlop, Dave Olson, Dani Vachon, Gair Williamson, Martha Sturdy, Doug Haddow, Pamela Masik, Bing Thom, Stephanie Corker Irwin, Vanessa Leigh and Marc Baumgartner.
Source: PechaKucha vol 10! | VIAwesome
Pecha Kucha is a global event that has emerged in 299 cities around the world since its inception in Japan in 2003. The format is simple:each presenter speaks on a topic they’re passionate about. They’re allowed 20 images, each shown for 20 seconds. This is six minutes and forty seconds of fame and then the next presenter is up.
I arrived at the Vogue to find a long line of people still waiting to get in. I talked with people about why they had come to Pecha Kucha. The event is about storie and here are theirs:
Next up on my spieling circuit is Pecha Kucha at the Vogue Theatre on Granville St., downtown Vancouver on April 8th, 2010. I’ll be rocking it a little bit analog style but sticking to my fave message of the importance of artistic documentation to create messages for the future.
PK is a unique event: 20 slides for 20 seconds each – that’s it. No “forward” or “back” or “just a second” ~ just keep the train on the tracks in a room full of smart folks. Described thusly:
What is Pecha Kucha Night?
“Each presenter is allowed 20 images, each shown for 20 seconds each – giving 6 minutes 40 seconds of fame before the next presenter is up. This keeps presentations concise, the interest level up, and gives more people the chance to show.
PechaKucha Night was devised in Tokyo in February 2003 as an event for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public. It has turned into a massive celebration, with events happening in hundreds of cities around the world, inspiring creatives worldwide. Drawing its name from the Japanese term for the sound of “chit chat”, it rests on a presentation format that is based on a simple idea: 20 images x 20 seconds. It’s a format that makes presentations concise, and keeps things moving at a rapid pace.”
Roster for Volume 10 Vancouver
Things you need to know about Pecha Kucha Night
01- Pecha Kucha Night is for creativity and not for profit
02 – Pecha Kucha Night presentations are 20 images x 20 seconds each.
03 – The presenter has no control over the images. No ‘forward’ or ‘back please’
04 – In any city there are almost no spaces where designers can share their work
05 – Pecha Kucha Nights are about exposing the hidden creativity in a city
06 – Pecha Kucha Nights are held in social spaces
07 – Pecha Kucha Night is a true social network
08 – Pecha Kucha Night is about thinking and drinking
09 – Pecha Kucha Night is about the live event – not a LCD screen in your home
10 – Pecha Kucha Nights are held in over 283 cities
11 – Everybody who produces a Pecha Kucha Night has a day job