PechaKucha Night

Yesterday opened the Global PechaKucha 20×20 for Haiti, a series of presentations organised by PechaKucha and the Architecture for Humanity to help raise awareness, support and money to rebuild Haiti.

For those of you who don’t know, PechaKucha (derived from the Japanese term for ‘chit-chat’) was conceived in Tokyo in 2003 by architects Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham, as an informal event for creative people to meet, network, and share their works in public in the form of presentations- 20 slides for 20 seconds each, with no ‘back’, ‘forward please’ control. That’s 6 minutes and 40 seconds of fame for each presenter. The strict format means the presentations will run smoothly with no over-runs on time or technical faults. Since 20003, the concept had spread virally to 230 cities in the world.

This time on Saturday 20th February, the PechaKucha events were held around the world with all the participating cities connected by 24-hour PechaKucha presentation wave that  gradually moved westwards city by city across the globe. All the money raised will be used for building facilities in Haiti.

You can read more about the event here

Last night, PechaKucha was back in London for its 3rd time and participated in the event. It took place in a large underground hall of the University of Westminister- the space was huge! It would have been a good place for art exhibitions but was too big for presenting; the presenters’ voices bounced off the walls and muffled at times.

The talk kicked off with an interesting talk by Alastair Humphreys of his journey around the M25 on foot, more presentations, 2 free-pitching presentations (2 members of the audience volunteer to present using 20 random images projected onto the screen behind them), and a live-skype session with Astrid and Mark in Tokyo!

My favourite presentation had to be the one by Giles and Cecilie Studio, an illustration based design and art direction studio based in London, with their colourful and vibrant show of works projected onto their screens – it looked so lovely! They really sounded that they loved what they were doing.

All in all, a good networking event to go to.

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