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Table Matters – A PechaKucha Talk

Spring Reilly Photography

Last week a local art gallery, The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, invited me to participate in a really cool and creative evening of PechaKucha presentations. PechaKucha (good luck pronouncing it “the right way”, I’ve heard it at least 72 unique ways now so who knows??) is a presentation style originating from Tokyo in which 20 slides are shown for 20 seconds each; a format intended to keep presentations concise and fast-paced. This it does — well — but the style also creates certain challenges for the presenter with timing and effectively conveying your message to the crowd as you chase the slides streaming along the screen. Always up for a good creative challenge, especially when it involves time at a podium, I was there with bells on.

The premise for this RMG event was to choose one of the E&Y Historical Collection paintings in their current exhibit as kind of a launching pad for conversation. Speakers were allowed to use the 6 minute and 40 seconds to discuss absolutely any subject of their choice as long as it somehow tied back to a piece in the collection. 

Here’s where a 166 year painting took me:

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Photo credit to Spring Reilly at Life’s Elements Photography.

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  • Reply Dana March 24, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    The actual presentation wasn’t recorded so I should clarify that this was recorded while sitting alone at my desk at home. I’m really excited to share the experience and process with everyone but not fully convinced that this 2D presentation really conveys the creativeness of the live talk; it lacks the animated gestures and pacing that can only be motivated by the adrenaline rush of speaking to a live crowd. I hope everyone still enjoys the creative concept and hope you’ll join me next time for a live (more animated) presentation. xo

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