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Prepping for Pecha Kucha

For one not terribly verbose, I can buy into the concept of Pecha Kucha. I’m still not sure of the correct pronunciation, but I dig the 20 seconds at twenty slide rule of presenting. I’ve never been to one, but I have been researching and watching examples of good and bad approaches to PK. The IMA hosted one a few months ago and plans to hold another event in The Toby later this year. Pecha Kucha events occur all over the world. They’re like viral videos. But real. They’re so big, even the mighty WIRED Magazine wrote about them a couple of years ago. 6 minutes and 40 seconds of creativity.

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So, when I got asked if I would present in this format, I did not hesitate.  Twenty slides where I could showcase 20 second versions of wit, humor, experiences and more?  Sign me up.

But in all honesty, it’s now moving a little slowly.  I am most creative under pressure and against tough odds, so the ideas for my PK presentation have been varied, scattered and disconnected = FAIL.  The process for developing a PK presentation is beginning to feel very similar to the new media projects we create at the museum.  It’s not much different from a good blog post (not this one), an exhibition website or a short documentary.  Ultimately, it comes down to a good story, creativity, research, investment and a sense of humor.  I realized, in prepping for this presentation, I need to dig a bit deeper and apply the same methodology – maybe even channel some inspiration from the founders Mark Dytham and Astrid Klein.  Oh, by the way, the theme of this presentation is museums and technology!

I have a pretty good idea of what I’m going to say.  I’ve got some jokes planned, some embarrassing images selected and decent idea of the story I hope to tell.  In previous posts, I always try to be honest about how we initiate and execute our content.  Sometimes, there is a very detailed plan.  Sometimes, there is a rough sketch of a plan and we just go for it.  I thought I would apply these same principles in processing the story for PK.  It’s okay to deviate from the original plan or idea when developing digital content. I’m figuring the same  goes for PK.

So, how would you fill in an IMA-themed museum/technology Pecha Kucha talk?

  • Are there specific areas you would want covered?
  • Why aren’t we on Twitter?
  • Are you putting another camera on artwork anytime soon?
  • What’s up with ArtBabble?
  • Will this post be used as a slide in the presentation (probably)?
  • And much more…

So please, comment away, and help change, influence, destroy or inspire my presentation.  If your comment is that powerful, you may even make it on to a slide.

And, if you happen to be in London next Thursday, pop by the British Museum to hear me and a variety of more-talented museum professionals – details, here.

Comment away…

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4 Responses to “Prepping for Pecha Kucha”

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    Phil Says:

    You’re going to do great. In addition to channeling the founders, I suggest Hugh Grant and Top Gear. Check the combo at

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    Main thing is to have fun – be passionate about something you love –

    Mark, PechaKucha Night Co-Founder, Tokyo

    Architect by day –

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    Emily Says:

    Everybody loves hearing the truth, and appreciates frankness when it comes to vulnerability. I think this is especially true for museums just entering new media and web projects who are feeling overwhelmed. You could talk about where you/IMA struggle or have not found answers to difficult questions pertaining to the IMA’s site and ArtBabble.

    Also, I know the blog post said pre-record it or read from a script, but I always think that sounds very canned. Practice, yes, but keep it loose. Why would anyone go to see it in person if it is pre-recorded?

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    Beth Says:

    I personally have never seen a Pecha Kucha presentation, so while the concept seems simple enough, I’m sure the task of preparing one is not. To me, the key seems to be letting the image silently “speak” with the speaker – not in place of the speaker. This may be a stretch, but perhaps the images you choose could be related to the notes that appear on -They act as a guide to create conversation and further thinking, while not really disrupting the original message (unless you want them to!) Good luck and have fun!

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