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Am I getting older, or is this just a load of bulls*it?

I’m not the one to usually spit venom on world around me, but this really got me going.

I’m applying to this call for papers (?) and I just had to see what a Pecha Kucha was. And that’s when I asked myself the question: am I getting older or is this a load of bulls*it? Do people actually believe this? I seriously hope that the Academia is not going to encourage such bovine dysentery.

This is taken from the official Pecha Kucha website.

Let me walk you through it:

01. What is PechaKucha 20×20 ?

PechaKucha 20×20 is a simple presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images forward automatically and you talk along to the images.


02. Who invented the format ?

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.

And I thought it was MICROSOFT, how naive!

03. Why invent this format ?

Because architects talk too much! Give a microphone and some images to an architect – or most creative people for that matter – and they’ll go on forever! Give powerpoint to anyone else and they have the same problem.

No, to give a bunch of hipsters something to wank about.

04. What are PechaKucha Nights ?

PechaKucha Nights are informal and fun gatherings where creative people get together and share their ideas, works, thoughts, holiday snaps – just about anything really, in the PechaKucha 20×20 format.

Yes, a get-together with your friends, classmates, chess club, knitting circle, you bring cake, tea and coupla beers. And give a POWERPOINT PRESENTATION to showcase your work.

05. Why have PechaKucha Nights gone viral globally ?

With PechaKucha Nights now happening in over 230 cities around the world 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 20×20 is the perfect platform to show and share your work.

Pecha Kuchas have gone globally viral because people are retarded and will like anything that sparkle. Other than that, people (especially creative people) have been organising meetings to showcase their work for years. YEARS.

06. Where are PechaKucha Nights held ?

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!

No way! You mean, like – anywhere you can connect a laptop and a projector?

07. Who can present ?

Anyone can present – this is the beauty of PechaKucha Nights. Astrid’s daughter presented when she was 5 (about her artwork ;- ) and Mark’s mother presented when she was 69 (about her elaborate wedding cake creations).

Oh, the beauty of getting together with the other members of Baking Society and be able to tell them how make my muffins with a simple slide-show.

08. What can people present?

The key to a great presentation is to present something you love. Most people use PechaKucha Night to present their latest creative projects or work. Some people share their passion and show their prized collections of Nana Mouskuri records, other share photos of their latest site visit to a construction site or their recent holiday snaps. We always recommend people go and see a PechaKucha Night before they apply to present to get a good feel of what it is all about.

I always recommend people to go and attend a POWERPOINT PRESENTATION before actually giving one. It’s well complicated.

09. What makes a good PechaKucha?

Good PechaKucha presentation are the ones that uncover the unexpected, unexpected talent, unexpected ideas. Some PechaKuchas tell great stories about a project or a trip. Some are incredibly personal, some are incredibly funny, but all are very different making each PechaKucha Night like ‘a box of chocolates’.

OR: What makes a good POWERPOINT PRESENTATION? Answer is here.

[By the way, there is no point n.10. Maybe are they thinking of trademarking that one too]

11. Who runs PechaKucha Nights?

Each PechaKucha Night is run by a city organizer. Well, they are more like stewards really who look after the PechaKucha spirit in each city. All PKN organizers must have a regular day job and they run PechaKucha Nights only for the inspiration, love and fun of it. 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.

Only, those who managed to bring the ring back to Mordor, the Jedi Grand Master and all those people who have vowed to restrain from bad company, sexual relations, exhaustion and very cold baths, because only the pure of heart can chair a POWERPOINT PRESENTATION.

12. How can I run a PechaKucha Night?

We have never asked anyone to run a PechaKucha Night, people ask us. We only planned this as a one off event, people asked to run it again – and again – and we were 3 years and 30 events into it, just in Tokyo, before people started thinking it would be cool to have one in their city. Check to see if there is one in your city first – if not and you think you have what it takes to run one in your city get in read the ‘start one in your city’ section.

The Punk in me is seriously tempted to run one without asking. Naughty, naughty girl!

13. What’s a PechaKucha Night Handshake Agreement?

We have a very simple Handshake agreement with each city basically to ensure there is only one event series per city and people are not treading in one another toes or pulling the rug out from under there feet. PechaKucha Nights take quite a bit of organizing and the more networks the better so we think it is better for cities to focus on one event. We run an event every month in Tokyo and believe us it is quite an undertaking! The handshake agreements are free, and renewed each year. Cities must organize a minimum of 4 events a year to qualify as an active city.

Cities are active EVERY – FUCKING – WHERE. People organise this kind of events ALL-THE-TIME. Anyone with a crumble of initiative can organize a POWERPOINT PRESENTATION. Especially nowadays.

14. Why is PechaKucha Night trademarked?

PechaKucha Night is trademarked to protect all the effort and hard work of our PKN city organizers and network. PechaKucha Night is for CONTENT and not profit.

MMMMMHHHHHkk…  Getting suspicious, but.. tell me more about it…

15. Why are we setting up a global foundation?

PechaKucha was devised and by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham and their office Klein Dytham architecture has supported the movement and global network for the past 7 years covering all cost for staff and web development. To keep the project sustainable and viable going forward as the network expands we are setting up a foundation. The foundation will also support creative projects such as the Mark Hoekstra PechaKucha Night Award.

Oh no way, you setting up a foundation?? I guess in the future the money for this will fall from the sky? Or possibly from the trademark you have established for-content-not-for-profit?
But I agree, staff development is paramount when you need to learn how to deliver a POWERPOINT PRESENTATION.

18. Was PechaKucha the first format like this?

That’s a good question. We have all heard of elevator pitches, a presentation so short you could pitch it to someone in an elevator, well 20 seconds x 20 is a bit longer than that, but the idea is the same short concise presentations. As far as we know PechaKucha was the first to put a limit on the number or images, number of seconds – and the all important auto forward. No ‘next slide’ or ‘go back one please’ at PechaKucha Nights. There have been several, rather sly – and not so sly imitators including Talk20 and Ignite – but PechaKucha was there first, seven years ago!

Ok, first of all, nobody gives a shit.

Second, every time I had to deliver a POWERPOINT PRESENTATION, whether at Uni during a tutorial or down the pub with ma’ mates, I had complete control on my slides. Learning to time each slide during a presentation does not constitute ‘inventing a format’.

And third, sorry to burst your bubble, people are still impudently imitating PechaKucha all over the planet. They call it, giving POWERPOINT PRESENTATIONS.

19. Is PechaKucha Night a social network?

No because there is nothing social about social networks, get out from behind your screen and get to a live event, with real people, real communication, real beer and real creative fun.

Like we all have been doing for years before someone came up with the idea of giving a POWERPOINT PRESENTATION  a ‘fancy’ name.

You see, now I’m thinking of taking 60 seconds and show 60 frames at each second and then call it a short movie.

Like, 60 x 60 or ショートムービー



One thought on “Am I getting older, or is this just a load of bulls*it?

  1. I love you Alice!

    Posted by dildomerchant | June 4, 2012, 10:27 pm

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