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Wednesday, July 04, 2007


Wellington's first Pecha Kucha night is on its way.

NZ Pecha Kucha bannerSay what?

"Pecha Kucha", from a Japanese phrase approximately translating to "chit-chat", is a form of presentation based around allowing each speaker to show 20 images for 20 seconds each. They tend to concentrate on architecture and other creative fields, and this one is no different, featuring architects Julie Stout, Natalie Butts, Sam Kebbell; designers Ross Stevens and Nicola Pennington; filmmaker Gaylene Preston; actor Jeremy Randerson and Cuba Street Carnival director Chris Morley-Hall.

This inaugural event is part of a wider happening, Ctrl Shift 07, an architectural congress with a slickly-designed website and a less-than-conventional agenda (including a public performance from Spartacus R at the Paramount tonight). Some of that energy is expected to spill over into the Pecha Kucha session tomorrow night, which is open to the public for a $7 door charge at Hope Bros from 9pm.


At 9:26 am, July 06, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

pecha kucha rocks !

actually, it kinda sucked too, but that was mainly because there were too many people talking and that MAY have been to do with it being held in a bar, with drunk pool players playing....

anyway: undoubted winner on the night was Ross Stevens - blew the competition away.

At 9:59 am, July 06, 2007, Blogger Tom said...

I agree with you on all counts. I could only make it for the first half (I had a certain party down the street to attend), and Ross was definitely the stand-out. Let's see more container houses with porn theatres!

Where I was (downstairs near the mixing desk), the chattering was noticeable but didn't distract from the talks too much. Some of the people near me suggested that it was up to the presenters to grab the audience's attention, which is exactly what Ross and the woman from Rural Studio (sorry, I didn't catch her name) did. I don't necessarily mind a raucous crowd for this sort of event, but it would be better if some of the hubbub were actually related to the topic in question.

Which other venues do you think would be better? Southern Cross, perhaps?

At 2:51 pm, July 06, 2007, Blogger i_am_sam said...

I missed last night so don't know what sort of audience numbers we are talking about, but I could see Happy working quite well. Or somewhere similar where the attention can be focused on the presenters but still with a bit of a relaxed bar atmosphere?


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