Pecha Kucha

20 images x 20 seconds


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About the project Edit

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.

The presentation format was devised by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham of Klein Dytham architecture. The first PechaKucha Night was held in Tokyo in their gallery, lounge, bar, club, creative kitchen SuperDeluxe in February 2003 Klein Dytham architecture still organize and support the global PechaKucha Night network and organise PechaKucha Night Tokyo. PechaKucha Nights are mostly held in fun spaces with a bar similar to the home of PechaKucha Night - SuperDeluxe - which is a space for 'thinking and drinking'. To date PechaKucha Nights have been held in bars, restaurants, clubs, beer gardens, homes, studios, universities, churches, prisons (disused), beaches, swimming pools even a quary.


In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

Many people have compared PechaKucha with TED conference. The two are actually quite different. Whereas TED is top down, PechaKucha is bottom up! Deanne the hooper, Astrid daughter or Marks mum could not present at TED - but they had awesome stories and creativity to at recent PechaKucha's.

What is the social value of this project? Edit

PechaKucha founders claim : «we have discovered that most cities - not just Tokyo have virtually no public spaces where people can show and share their work in relaxed way. If you have just graduated from college and finished your first project in the real world - where can you show it? It probably won't get into a magazine, you don't have enough photos for a gallery show or a lecture - but PechaKucha 20x20 is the perfect platform to show and share your work.»

What is the potential of this project to expand and develop? Edit

PechaKucha Nights are now happening in over 230 cities around the world. Each PechaKucha Night is run by a city organizer. They mostly come from the creative fields. The PKN organizer is usually supported by a big team of volunteers in putting on a PechaKucha Night and the more helping hands come together the better. The global PechaKucha Network is organized and supported by Klein Dytham architecture.

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