December 5, 2007
by Canadian Architect
Pecha Kucha Night, devised by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham of Klein Dytham Architecture (www.klein-dytham.com), was conceived in 2003 as a place for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public.
But as we all know, give a mike to a designer (especially an architect) and you’ll be trapped for hours. The key to Pecha Kucha Night is its patented system for avoiding this fate. Each presenter is allowed 20 images, each shown for 20 seconds each giving 6 minutes and 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.
Pecha Kucha (which is Japanese for the sound of conversation) has tapped into a demand for a forum in which creative work can be easily and informally shown, without having to rent a gallery or chat up a magazine editor. This is a demand that seems to be global as Pecha Kucha Night has spread virally to over 80 cities across the world.
Montreal’s version of Pecha Kucha takes place on Wednesday, December 5, 2007 at the Socit des Arts Technologiques located at 1195 boulevard Saint-Laurent in Montreal. Doors open at 8:00pm, and the presentations begin at 8:20pm. Admission is free.
The list of presenters includes:
Melissa Mongiat, winner of the Grafika 2007 grand prize
Stphane Halma-Voisard of multidisciplinary design studio RITA
NIP paysage, landscape architects
Axel Morgenthaler creator of the new Vitrine Culturelle on rue Sainte-Catherine
Benoit Dupuis and Maxime-Alexis Frappier of ACDF architecture
Phil Fish, video game designer
Complexgeometries, fashion design studio
Joey Berzowska, Associate Professor of Design and Computation Arts and Director of the Graduate Certificate Program in Digital Technologies at Concordia University
Marguerite Bromley, textile artist
Vincent Leclerc, new media techologist (interactive artifacts)
Caroline Andrieux, Director of Quartier phmre
For more information on Pecha Kucha Montreal, please visit http://montreal.pecha-kucha.ca. For more information on Pecha Kucha in general, please visit www.pecha-kucha.org.