20 slides x 20 seconds.
PechaKucha Night, devised by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham (Klein
Dytham architecture), was conceived in 2003 as a place for young
designers to meet, network, and show their work in public. But as
we all know, give a microphone to a designer (especially an architect)
and you'll be trapped for hours. The key to PechaKucha Night is
its patented system for avoiding this fate. Each presenter is allowed
20 images, each shown for 20 seconds each – giving 6 minutes 40
seconds of fame before the next presenter is up. This keeps presentations
concise, the interest level up, and gives more people the chance
to show. PechaKucha (which is Japanese for the sound of conversation)
has tapped into a demand for a forum in which creative work can
be easily and informally shown, without having to rent a gallery
or chat up a magazine editor. This is a demand that seems to be
global – as PechaKucha Night, without any pushing, has spread virally
to over 650 cities across the world.
PechaKucha Night Frankfurt is organised by the Deutsches Architekturmuseum
(DAM), always in changing locations, since 2006. The first events took place
in a private club (Pure Basement)
or at the Festhalle Frankfurt (The Design Annual),
inside the courtyard of a former police custody)
or in empty clubs.
Subsequently the DAM organized travelling PKNs – to Sao Paulo
for the VII. Architecture Biennal
or to Darmstadt for the 1st Architektursommer and for all Sichten exhibitions at Centralstation.
During the light festival Luminale the first PKN was held
in the DAM itself). Further locations were the Palmengarten, the Weissfrauen Diakoniekirche, the Frankfurt Bookfair and the Frankfurter Kunstverein, the MA*, the MainTor Terrace, the Offenbach Town Hall, the Museum Angewandte Kunst, the Lichter Filmfestival and even the Mannheim Trafowerk, on the occasion of the 7th Bundeskongress Nationale Stadtentwicklungspolitik, the Ölhalle in Offenbach and the Deutsche Ensemble Akademie, the Hochschule Mainz and the Zukunftspavillon Frankfurt.