And Pecha Kucha Trundles On…

May 1, 2008 at 2:25 pm 2 comments

It’s a promising and much-hyped concept. Presenters create Powerpoints showing 20 images for 20 seconds each — antithesis to the tedium that the medium often encourages. Our host excitedly told us that Pecha Kucha nights were taking place all over the world. I wondered how they maintain the quality of these presentation-performances… which turned out to be a good question. We learned that just because it’s 400 seconds doesn’t make it special, as shown by several ho-hum slideshows overlaid with speedtalking presenters. On a positive note: “genius award” winner Elizabeth Streb was mind-bending, and although Philip Nobel was a no-show, stand-in Annie Choi’s evisceration of Nobel’s supposed “fluemonia” and architecture in general was probably more wickedly fun anyway.

Perhaps I just had the wrong expectations. I wanted to be inspired, challenged and surprised by the content and the usage of PowerPoint as a medium. I hoped for more than quick show-and-tell with booze. –Kat


Entry filed under: Inspiration, Media, Technology.

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  • 1. antnee  |  May 3, 2008 at 4:21 pm

    yes, agreed that most presenter sucked and a few shone out. sorely disappointing given the context–in a *club* where they make you pay nine bucks for the edification and enjoyment of a night hearing/seeing presentations by interesting people in artistic endeavors. except that most of them could barely talk, much less present their work/ideas in an interesting way. i’ve seen ESL students with no artistic talent put on a better show. and that is what it is—a show (or should be, if you are going to charge people at the door).

  • 2. adamdoesit  |  May 7, 2008 at 11:46 am

    Has anyone seen anything exciting in PowerPoint, ever?


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