Pecha Kucha Night Fort Worth – Volume 6
PechaKucha Night was devised in Tokyo in February 2003 as an event for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public. It has turned into a massive celebration, with events happening in hundreds of cities around the world. Drawing its name from the Japanese term for the sound of “chit chat”, it rests on a presentation format that is based on a simple idea: 20 images x 20 seconds. It’s a format that makes presentations concise, and keeps things moving at a rapid pace
Joe Niedziela, Alesha Niedziela and Wayne Nicholsare the forces behind Pecha Kucha Night in Fort Worth. Volume 1 was held at the Usual on June 30, 2011. I was there…It was a great start to a fascinating event. It was my privilege to be invited to speak at Volume 6, at Art Space 111 last Friday.
I have had the great honor of presenting my work on several occasions, but none has had such a profound impact on me. I presented 3 projects, with the theme of “architecture that speaks”. It started with a whisper, talking about the minimalist cabana I designed north of Lake Lewisville. Then I went into two conceptual solutions for a Louis Vuitton in the Woodlands. There was an audible reaction, and “aha” and “oooh”… I thought ‘they get it.’
Then when I went into the Holocaust Memorial Concept …
To hear gasps and visceral reactions from the audience, as they began to see the figures in the voids, was a surreal experience. I was too worried about my next 20 seconds to reflect, as I went on to talk about the undeniable reality and humanness that is relayed in the Holocaust Memorial Concept, the room became silent. There were several women that approached me immediately after I was done that said they were moved to tears by the presentation and wanted to know more about the design.
It was a profound experience for me. One for which I am very grateful.