Marcus Fairs at Pecha Kucha

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Pecha Kucha at designjunction [LDF2011]

5 Oct , 2011   Gallery

Somewhere in the middle of 22,000 sq ft of designjunction splendour we sat down and listened to the 11 brave souls who stood between us and the free bar at Pecha Kucha. Actually, they did pretty well and we had our beers stashed away under a robust Vitra EA 105 chair anyhow. A big audience in a big space (lots more than can squeeze into Modus!) James Dyson watching from son Jake’s stand near the front, dodgy acoustics, video cameras all over the place. Enough to make even a polished speaker nervous.

Pecha Kucha at LDF2011 poster
The format allows the speakers to use 20 slides for 20 seconds each played mecilessly on a laptop and projected on a large screen. Devised by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham to stop designers and architects from droning on for too long in front of their beautiful presentations. The first one was in 2003 and if you haven’t been to one yet, you should go. Pecha Kucha is Japanese for chit-chat.

We were entertained and educated in equal measure, from rioting prostitutes to overspilled sand-casting. Helen Parton kicked off with a whizzy tour of office interiors but I didn’t get to shoot her due to chat involvements. Sorry Helen. Here are the others:

:: Sam Johnson ::
Sam Johnson at Pecha Kucha
“From a speakers perspective it was a tough audience! PK was designed to stop creatives talking for hours on end and to keep the audience engaged: it’s a resounding success. Next step – politicians?” SamJohnsonDesign.com

:: Barbara Chandler ::
Barbara Chandler at Pecha Kucha
“I don’t think my minutes on stage really qualified as ‘design’ as I was reading out the quotes that go with the photographs in my book, Love London. But the audience took their slugs of poetry and prose pretty well, I thought, though maybe it’s just because they couldn’t hear me properly!” BarbaraChandler.co.uk

:: Joseph Sung ::
Joseph Sung at Pecha Kucha
“The world is over-designed. I want to ‘erase’ design by blending into the environment in which people live, breathe and function. The whole paradigm is changing in the brand design world: expensive does not mean luxury anymore. This is the Apple era – give the people the ability to do things themselves, because they want to.” VonSung.com

:: Shin Azumi ::
Shin Azumi at Pecha Kucha
Shin Azumi Studio ShinAzumi.com

:: Omer Arbel ::
Omer Arbel at Pecha Kucha
“Think about Form” OmerArbel.com

:: Dominic Wilcox ::
Dominic Wilcox at Pecha Kucha, London LDF 2011
DominicWilcox.com

:: Marcus Fairs ::
Marcus Fairs at Pecha Kucha
Dezeen.com

:: Will Hunter ::
Will Hunter at Pecha Kucha
Editor at Architectural Review

:: Beau McClellan ::
Beau McClellan at Pecha Kucha
Beau McClellan

:: Luke Pearson ::
Luke Pearson at Pecha Kucha
PearsonLloyd Design

Brit Leissler was over from Berlin to visit London Design Festival 2011 and do a bit of blogging for Core77 and we both gave designjunction a thumbs up. We kidnapped Beau afterwards and dragged him to the Press Room so that Brit could interview him; I’ll post the video if I can get hold of it.

Congratulations to Deborah Spencer et al for putting together the show and the brand. Looking forward to more shows from this collaboration.

New Post: Pecha Kucha at Clerkenwell Design Week 2012.

Pecha Kucha was hosted by designjunction at Victoria House Basement, 37 – 63 Southampton Row, London WC1B 4DA on Friday 23 September 2011 as part of London Design Festival 2011.
Words & Photos: © 2011 Ken Sparkes.  All Rights Reserved.

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One Response

  1. Brit says:

    nice one ken, really great pictures. and thanks for mentioning/linking.

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