Pechakucha

Posted on April 30, 2014

Victoria Eastburn, Director of Education and Programs, Clyfford Still Museum

On Thursday May 1, the Museum will host its first Pechakucha as part of our program series related to exhibition, 1959:The Albright-Knox Art Gallery Exhibition Recreated. Local scholars and specialists from the fields of architecture and design, graphics, history, archaeology, literature, theater and gender studies will join us to represent key themes of the era in the PechaKucha format.

I interviewed Martha Weidman, Co-Founder and CEO of NINE dot ARTS and chief organizer for PechaKucha to learn a little bit more about PechaKucha.

VE: We’re excited to have a PechaKucha at the Museum.  Tell me about PechaKucha—what is a PechaKucha and how did it get started?

MW: PechaKucha means “chit-chat” in Japanese and PechaKucha nights involve rapid-fire presentations in the format of 20×20: 20 slides, 20 seconds per slide.  The slides advance automatically so presenters must keep up to get through their concept in six minutes and forty seconds even.

PechaKucha started in Tokyo in 2003 at Klein Dytham Architecture when the leading architects were looking for a creative and succinct platform for community members to share their ideas and inspiration.  Rather than have a single headlining speaker or a networking cocktail hour, they decided to feature ten speakers in the 20×20 format, each focused on the speaker’s own unique topic that piqued his energy and interest.  The event was such a resounding success that they decided to host it again and again and again!  PechaKucha Nights are now trademarked events that have spread to over 700 cities in the world.  The events are always free, always unique and always creative.

VE: What other types of PechaKucha’s have you done in Denver?

MW: One of my favorites was our PechaKucha Night in the MCA Denver alley. This event was the a finale to Denver Startup week as well as Global PechaKucha night, which meant that nearly 700 cities around the world hosted PechaKucha Nights in a  back-to-back 24-hour global marathon. Since we are in the Western hemisphere, we were one of the last cities to present. We live streamed 250 Denverites yelling “Yee Haw” to Tokyo, which was quite a spectacle!

VE: That sounds like a lot of fun.  Why are you excited to partner with Clyfford Still Museum?

MW: Because I love the building and I love the architect, Brad Cloepfil. When Brad speaks about designing this museum, he is grounded, humble and intelligent.  For me, this is the most exquisite environment for viewing paintings in the state of Colorado.  The quiet space and ambient light let the giant abstractions take center stage.  The whole design works to highlight the art.  The archive of Still’s personal artifacts provides an excellent historical context for his work.  And I love the benches that look like stone but are actually weirdly soft felt that you melt into. All of this makes the Still Museum is a destination spot for any world traveler.

The event has SOLD OUT!

The venues for our summer PechaKucha Nights are knockout!  To get the latest news and info, check out pechakucha.org/cities/denver

May 1st with Clyfford Still Museum, reception at 6pm and presenters at 7pm.Registration opens Monday, April 14, 2014. Mark your calendar as this event is expected to sell out!

June 19th with City Build in Skyline Park between 16th and 17th on Arapahoe, picnic at 6pm and presenters at 8:20pm

July 24th, with OhHeckYeahon Champa Street, from the 16th Street Mall to 14th Street,gaming and fun at 6pm and presenters at 8:20pm

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