PechaKucha started in Tokyo in the early 2000s as a way for some British architects to get a bunch of creative thinkers together in one room. And then give their presenters exactly 20 slides to talk to for exactly 20 seconds each.
The result is a frenetic evening of people giving their all to show you just how passionate they are about a single topic. Any topic.
I watched people speak about transhumanisn, gorilla gardening and social currency vs. profit among a host of design and artistic endeavors.
The crowd may have been mostly made up of the usual design crowd but the discourse was changed up. The pretentiousness that sometimes follows such a crowd melted away into something bigger.
There’s something infectious about listening to someone who truly loves a topic and wants to share that with you. That’s what PechaKucha meant to me.
The best testament I can make toward the exercise is that I walked away wanting to get up there and present something myself next time.