PechaKucha: PowerPoint for Artists

May 5, 2010

Conferences. Symposia. Festivals. Coming together regularly as a community is essential to artists so that we can exchange ideas, share our work, and build relationships.  Whether it be our own rehearsal rooms, communities, countries, or heads; isolation can be a formidable foe for the performing artist.  And although having a killer Facebook page or blog can help, there's nothing like a good old fashion meet-up in real space.

Francesca Sarti: Food Fascination, Tokyo

One part TED talk, one part Facebook, PechaKucha Night was devised in Tokyo in February 2003 as an event for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public.  Pronounced "pe-cha-cha," it draws its name from the Japanese term for the sound of conversation ("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. It has turned into a massive celebration, with events happening in hundreds of cities around the world, inspiring creatives worldwide.

Brian LeBarton & Francesco Valentino: Masses, Tokyo & Los Angeles

With recent events in Haiti, the global community of PechaKucha organizers rallied together on a single day, throwing simultaneous events across 117 cities and have since raised over $75,000 for Architecture for Humanity. Pretty powerful stuff for Powerpoint.

Clifton Alexander: An epic journey to find awesome tacos, Kansas City

If you find yourself looking for a way to socialize and share those big ideas, why not take a page from some forward thinking architects and throw your own PechaKucha night?  Chances are there's already one happening in your city.

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