Island to get its first taste of ‘PechaKucha Nights’ tomorrow

Six minutes — the time it takes to fill the gas in your car or get through a bowl of cereal — doesn’t seem like much time to get your best ideas across.

But a variety of visual artists and creative thinkers will be doing just that at Bermuda’s second PechaKucha Night tomorrow at the Chewstick Lounge on Court Street.

Organisers Nicky Gurret and Aideen Ratteray Pryse have invited eight speakers, who will be given 20 seconds to present their out-of-the-box ideas on the topic of their choice.

The format is a “20x20” whereby 20 images will each be projected onto a screen for 20 seconds, after which the presenter is given the opportunity to discuss each subject.

PechaKucha started in Japan in 2003 as a way to give communities a space to discuss new ideas.

The events have since caught on in popularity and have been held all over the world.

Ms Gurret said one of the best things about PechaKucha Night’s is they are “concise and rapid” and force presenters to think on their feet.

“The presentation is automated, so there is no ‘Can you go back one?’ or ‘Next slide, please’,” she said. “And, with just 20 seconds per slide, each presenter has exactly six minutes and 40 seconds for his or her idea.”

This week’s presenters are social entrepreneur Tiago Garcia, interior designer Colleen Sinclair, building enthusiast Larry Mills, lawyer Alex Potts, urban planner Erica Smith, artist Manual Palacio, filmmaker Robert Zuill and poet Tiffany Paynter.

City planner Ms Pryse said in this day and age when e-mail and social networking reduce the need for face-to-face meetings, a PechaKucha Night forces people out of the home or workplace and “into a social space for stimulation and interaction”.

“PechaKucha Nights were started by a pair of Tokyo-based architects who tackled this problem: How do you get a bunch of visual visionaries — many of them isolated, introverted, self-employed people who tend to hunch all day behind their computers — out into [a meeting] space [for] communicating, drinking, networking?

“The solution: Give them a format and a chance to talk about their current interests and listen to others doing the same.”

The first event was held on Island last November and was very well received, explained Ms Pryse.

She said: “We aim to hold at least four each year. Our agreement with the Tokyo architects calls for us to do that, so if you have a neat idea you’ve been keeping to yourself but you’d like to share it, now is the time.

“PechaKucha is actually Japanese for ‘the sound of casual chatter’ and we are delighted with the presenters who have agreed to share their ideas with us this Thursday.”

The free event is open to everyone and donations will be accepted.

Doors open tomorrow at 6pm and the show starts at 6.30pm.

For more updates or information on future events, you can follow the event on Facebook — PechaKucha Night Bermuda.

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Published Feb 6, 2013 at 8:00 am (Updated Feb 5, 2013 at 2:56 pm)

Island to get its first taste of ‘PechaKucha Nights’ tomorrow

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