Thursday, November 15, 2007

Pecha Kucha - Nov. 15, 2007

Tonight I had the pleasure of going to a Pecha Kucha event. It was my first, and I was plesantly surprised at the depth of subjects presented.

For the whole history of Pecha Kucha, go to http://www.pecha-kucha.org/. Basically, the nuts and bolts are these...

"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."

There were presentations by architects, designers, artists, and maybe even a sociologist (at least she spoke with great precision on social dimensions of urban planning & renewal).

Unfortunately, I left my handy notebook at home & was not able to take notes. However, I really enjoyed how each presenter brought their own unique vision to thinking about art, society, business, and various types relationships.

All of the speakers made an impression on me. However, the two that seem to have stuck in my mind were an architect & a photographer (Rainer). The architect took construction paper to build his presentation. He was able to drive home how the physical act of positive creation can & should be shared.

The photographer I had met just a few days before for my company's bio headshots. He specifically seeks out locations & cultures that would take him out of his comfort zone. Even more interesting, he chooses shoots on places/cultures/etc. that he really has no true foreknowledge of, and he specifically avoides researching the shoot. His presentation focused on Nazarenos (penitents) during Holy Week in Spain. In his presentation, he really drove home the fact that there is so much in the world that we Americans typically do not have a clue about or pay attention to. The Nazarenos date back to the 15th century. Yet, I'd never heard about them until his presentation.

For images, check out my Flickr set.

For video of the evening's MC & Rainer (to be added Friday night), go to http://www.youtube.com/bryanloar


1 comment:

Bryan Loar said...

Rainer's video is up. If the main page doesn't have it up yet, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4ZX70Av_70