Thursday, June 18, 2009

Inspired By Dickenson and Hauschka

Worcester Volumne 1 speaker John Herman spoke about inspiration through collaboration, and mentioned a one minute film that was inspired by hearing German composer Hauschka.
Here is the result of their collaboration.


Saturday, June 13, 2009

Annoucing our Presenter list for #1!

PechaKucha Night Worcester Vol. 1 is Sunday June 14th at Bocado Tapas Bar 82 Winter Street Worcester Ma
Doors open at 7:20

In completely random order here are our presenters for the evening!

* Andy Fish and Veronica Hebbard /Hebs and Fish/ portfolio and upcoming projects
* John C Herman / new-media guru / Inspiration through Collaboration
* Paul Irish/ Molecular/ Practical Design Solutions from Japan
* Adoniram Sides/ Photographer / Quiet Spaces and the Way of Inspiration
* Andreea Waters / Art Director Expert Satellite / Life By Design
* Megan McIntosh/ Freestyle Slalom Skating / Aspects of Freestyle
* Scott Boilard / Fine Arts Painter and Graphic Artist / Sights Sounds Experiences
* Derek Ring/ Freelance Illustrator / Monsters and Vectors


Thursday, June 11, 2009

Worcester Magazine Article

Pecha Kucha Night
Written by Doreen Manning
Wednesday, 10 June 2009

Cutting through the chatter

By Doreen Manning

When artists get together to mull over their craft, one could call it idle chit chat. But when artists present their work in an organized, fluid and productive way that inspires creative action, that’s called Pecha Kucha Night.

Roughly translated from Japanese for the sound of conversation, this event for creative professionals was started in 2003 by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham of Japan-based Klein Dytham architecture as a place for young designers to meet, network, and show their work.

The Worcester segment kicks off June 14 at Bocado Tapas Wine Bar (82 Winter St.). The format is simple. A select group of creative types is chosen beforehand. Each will present 20 slides of his or her work, with 20 seconds allowed per slide, culminating in 6 minutes 40 seconds. Inspiration and discussion then follow.

When Cynthia Woehrle posted her idea on to host a Pecha Kucha Night here in Worcester, fellow artist Michelle May — who had also expressed interest in hosting a PKN a few months earlier on the same blog — jumped on board. First step for the duo: research. “I was determined to find out as much as I could about this organization,” says Woehrle. Contacting other area cities like Boston and Portland that had already hosted a PKN event, and receiving great feedback, Woehrle then contacted Japan to find out how she and May could bring the event to Worcester. “We were hopeful that we could get approved and invited (Worcester Magazine News Editor) Scott Zoback to collaborate on this project; he loved the idea and signed up to help.” After a six-week wait, approval from Klein Dytham arrived and Worcester was officially added as the 196 cities in the PKN network.

Drinks and greetings begin at 7:20 p.m. followed by artists’ presentations at 8:20 p.m. (“20” is the PKN theme, as if you couldn’t tell). Name tags keep the name-game stress at bay, and a directory of speakers complete with photo profiles will be at the entrance. An MC will keep the presentation flowing, and each presenter will stand with his or her work and guide the viewer quickly through the progression of images.

With four nights committed to PKN in the coming year, the organizers have high hopes. “Not only will it expose Worcester as a cultural center, it will give us a social media voice all over the world, through the PKN website, Twitter and Facebook,” May says. “This will give artists and designers a chance to meet socially, know faces, and hopefully grow the community here in Worcester and surrounding towns. Fine artists have a forum here in town, but other designers, not so much. PKN is a great opportunity to show a little piece of your universe to Worcester, while getting people fired up. Seeing what inspires others is a very powerful tool.”

Pecha Kucha Night offers an opportunity for practitioners of all types of media — writers, filmmakers, painters, graphic designers, musicians and more — to showcase their work. “I am looking to integrate artists of all types,” shares Woehrle, “and bring them to a format where they can share ideas, projects and inspirations on the same playing field, as well as give the community an opportunity to hear perspectives from creative thinkers.”

For Woehrle, Zoback and May, the goal is the same: to promote that sense of community and foster creative ideas. So stop the chit chat, and start the inspiration.

Worcester Volume #1 at Bocado Tapas Bar, 82 Winter St., Worcester. June 14, 7:20 p.m. Free. Learn more at;;

Monday, June 8, 2009

This Week Around the World

(image source from PKN Fresno)

PechaKucha Night happens all around the world, here's a look at the ideas being shared in this week:
Matt Grisby in Providence explores green materials
Scott Willis in Dunedin talks about the Waitati Energy Project
Jiewa says Life is Delicious at Surabaya #1
Mauro Massarotto/Sheriff&Cherry Studio in Zagreb #3 offer up some very colorful design

Upcoming City Events

* 8 June 2009 Fresno #3
* 9 June 2009 Cape Town #6
* 9 June 2009 Wellington #5
* 10 June 2009 Providence #4
* 10 June 2009 Dunedin #2
* 11 June 2009 Los Angeles #20
* 11 June 2009 Aarhus #2
* 11 June 2009 Zagreb #3
* 11 June 2009 Dawson City #2
* 12 June 2009 Oulu #5
* 13 June 2009 Surabaya #1
* 14 June 2009 Worcester #1
* 14 June 2009 Halifax #2

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Worcester calling Tokyo

Last week I received a request to submit a 20 second video saying HELLO to Pecha Kucha Night Tokyo #62.
The world wide event hit a few mile stones last week. Hitting the 200 mark for participating cities and hitting a record turn out for #62 in Tokyo. My greeting from Worcester Ma was played to a packed room of 443 people at SuperDeluxe ( an arts events venue owned by the Pecha Kucha founders Klein Dytham Architecture). As the organization continues to grow the founders help keep everyone connected through introducing new cities at the beginning of their events, posting samples of the worldwide events on the headquarters blog. Posting videos of presentations and linking every city on their mainpage.

Here is a sample presentation from Tokyo #62 given by Mark Cooke

Pecha Kucha Night also got a write up in Culture Magazine you can read it here online on pages 54 and 55.

Very Busy Week!
and did I mention Pecha Kucha Night is non profit? Everyone involved has a day job and is passionate about the Pecha Kucha format for sharing ideas and creativity.

Worcester #1
is coming up quick!
June 14th Bocado Tapas Bar 7:20