PechaKucha (Japanese: for
chit-chat) is a presentation style in which 20 slides are shown for 20 seconds each- or 6 minutes and 40 seconds in total. The format, which keeps presentations concise and fast-paced, powers multiple-speaker events called PechaKucha Nights (PKNs).
The essence of Pecha Kucha is to intentionally set limits on speakers using slideware (i.e. PowerPoint or Keynote). Pecha Kucha is the Japanese term for “the sound of conversation” or “chit chat.” This is a great metaphor because it suggests that the purpose of certain kinds of presentations is to encourage dialogue and response, and not merely the delivery of bullet-point information in slideware templates.
PechaKucha Night was devised in February 2003 by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham of Tokyo’s Klein-Dytham Architecture (KDa) to allow young designers to meet, show their work, and exchange ideas. The audience is usually from the design, architecture, photography, art and creative fields, but also from academia. Most presenters are design professionals showing their creative work, but presenters often speak about such topics as their travels, research projects, student projects, hobbies, collections, or other interests. Video art has also been presented at some events. Review the links below to see examples and to understand more about this presentation style:
Upon completion of this week, you should be able to:
· Apply contemporary presentation modes associated with art and design to deliver an effective presentation.
· Develop a compelling and memorable speech using artistic approaches.
· Recognize the importance of simplifying and honing messages in public speaking.
Reading and Resources
Context: Dytham and Klein, turned PowerPoint, that fixture of cubicle life, into both art form and competitive sport. Their innovation, dubbed pecha-kucha (Japanese for “chatter”), applies a simple set of rules to presentations: exactly 20 slides displayed for 20 seconds each. That’s it. Say what you need to say in six minutes and 40 seconds of exquisitely matched words and images and then sit down. The result, in the hands of masters of the form, combines business meeting and poetry slam to transform corporate cliché into surprisingly compelling beat-the-clock performance art. Using PowerPoint in speeches usually falls flat. PowerPoint becomes a teleprompter, which defeats the purpose of giving a speech.
Description: For your final assignment, YOU will create a Pechakucha to inform your audience about a particular topic. The subject matter is to be appropriate for class discussion. Some ideas include topics associated with current events, important social, community and national issues; your education, career, family, etc. Be creative, select topics you will enjoy researching and “speaking” to an audience about. Remember to consider your audience in your topic selection.
The best method is a thematic approach. Try to cluster ideas and images together. Have two or three main points and a series of slides that supports each point, let the slides play like ambient visuals, explaining the important images in sync with the timing.
Here is an example of someone giving a demonstrative speech:
Click on this link to begin making your OWN pechakucha
Post your project to the discussion forum. View 3 other students projects and comment on all 3 of them – 1-2 paragraphs per response.
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