And then PK into my life…I didn’t find it, it found me. I was participating in an online faculty learning community, and through this community… The way they described it sounded interesting, up my alley – sharing design work in a small theater, very intimate, quick pace. Lots of design professionals. I was look for connections with other design professionals – architecture, digital design, graphic artists, and so on – so when they invited me I went.
Explanation of history: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. PK 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.Currently, PK Nights are held in 252 cities. – Could ask audience to share where they are from, look it up to see if it is on the list.
How the formula worksHow many in an evening?Totally engaged audience. Amazing energy in the room. Lots of ideas and inspiration, and cross-fertilization and connecting. And, 10 presentations went by in a blink. Although it was 10pm at night when I left – after a full work day – I was energized. I went home and wrote about the experience immediately.
Talk about the community of like-minded folks, inspired by the talksDesign professions represented that first night: architects, digital and graphic designers, fabric designers, sculpters, photographers, clothes and purse designers, writers, dancers.
I was hooked, and kept going back. Besides the experience itself, and how it made me feel and think, I was impressed with the process involved in having to create a PK experience. The thoughtfulness applied to the compiling of images, what to say, and what to let say for itself. In terms of delivering the presentation, I notice the use of silence, props. At least in this theater space, there was an intimacy, with the presenter – although on a rise – part of the audience. The presenters sprang up from the audience when they were called. People sitting on chairs, cushions, blankets.
The structure holds the informality together. This informality means there is more room for presenter creativity.
Using computer-based tools to tell stories Focus on specific topic, point of view Mixture of visuals, text, narration, video clips, music Typically 2-10 minutesPersonal tales, recounting historical events, exploring life, etc.
“Putting on stage” Everything on screen, and the arrangementSets, props, actors, costumes, lighting, blocking Establishes emotional tone, meaning
elements of PechaKucha• visuals rule• “surprisingly compelling beat-the-clock performance art”• informal• space and time considerations• power of silence• use of props• audience-owned, operated and valued