Pecha Kucha – Sphere project

The Pecha Kucha presentation takes the format of 20 slides, each of which is 20 seconds long (20X20). The slides progress automatically therefore the presentation has a fixed length. I had to present one of these today at Norwich University of the Arts to my peers and lecturers on the various MA courses.

The Pecha Kucha format ( was created in Tokyo, 2003 as a way for young graphic designers to communicate their ideas (and I would imagine also to avoid epic length and droning Powerpoints full of text). I like the format, it gives you a tight set of constraints to work with and forces you to structure your ideas in a very concise way.

I felt it went really well. I feel that I conveyed the concepts behind the project, the influences, research and my ideas well. A few minor areas for development were suggested; further explanation of VJ history (this should have been 2 slides in hindsight) and an image of work-in-progress would have worked well. I was pretty happy (and relieved) when it was over. I get the feeling it’s not the last time I will encounter Pecha Kucha’s!

You can find mine below. It probably won’t make much sense out of context but I’ve included a rough outline of the presentation below the slides. Check out the Pecha Kucha website where you can find a range of examples and the ethos behind the format.

  1. Intro slide and title for project  – artist statement
  2. Intro to project concepts – as per treatment
  3. Research methodology (how?) and crossover of science/art
  4. What is a VJ?
  5. VJ’s that have influenced the project + examples
  6. What is projection mapping? Show examples and describe
  7. Why a sphere? connotations and examples why
  8. Overview of project and 3 parts
  9. Describe micro part (storyboards and research)
  10. Describe micro part (storyboards and research)
  11. Describe earth part (storyboards and research)
  12. Describe earth part (storyboards and research)
  13. Describe macro element (storyboards and research)
  14. Describe macro element (storyboards and research)
  15. Importance of the music – who is chris weeks?
  16. The ideal aims to exhibit the work
  17. The reality of showing work
  18. Project progress
  19. The future of the project
  20. Website plug

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