Pecha Kucha Night Vol 8

The first Pecha Kucha Night Dundee of the year, Volume 8, was held on Tuesday 25th February at Chamber East.

A huge thanks to illustrator Andy Herd of PandyLand for the ace Pecha Kucha illustration.

Pecha Kucha is an opportunity to hear from around 12 totally diverse individuals who speak about whatever they want – things they like/loathe/their geeky habits/their work. You get to sit, listen, laugh and enjoy… PKN is part of a massive global network, which you can find out more about here: Pecha Kucha Nights.

PKN presenters included…

Dundee Roller Girls PKN

Dundee Roller Girls is an all-female, flat-track, full-contact, roller derby league, based in Dundee, Scotland. It is for anyone who loves to roller skate and who plays, officiates or supports roller derby. The team was founded in January 2011, arising from Dundee’s original roller derby team, the Dundee Destroyers. @DundeeRG. Video from Pecha Kucha Night Dundee Vol 8.

Andy Herd PKN

Andy Herd is a comic artist and creator of the webcomic PandyLand. He enjoys being alive and you can find him on twitter as @_Pandy. Video from Pecha Kucha Night Dundee Vol 8.

Peggy Hughes PKN

Peggy Hughes – Recently spotted on the List Magazine’s Hot 100 between tomatoes and the Proclaimers, Peggy was appointed programme manager at the Dundee Literary Festival in July 2013. She keeps herself out of trouble with a range of bookish adventures: Trustee for Reel Arts, boss of the West Port Book Festival, one third of Electric Bookshop and Ambassador for the Random Book Club. Specialist interests include Scrabble, tweed, beards and cake. @hughespeg and @literarydundee. Video from Pecha Kucha Night Dundee Vol 8.

Ann Lolley PKN

Ann Lolley is project leader at Dighty Connect: a volunteer-led project enhancing the green spaces along the Dighty burn through creativity and conservation.  Projects start from local peoples interests and passions and have included everything from planting wildflowers, writing poetry, making site-specific mosaic art, community archaeology, and outdoor performances.  Volunteers are currently working on an event in April to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the little-known Longhaugh Racecourse in Whitfield. @DightyConnect. Video from Pecha Kucha Night Vol 8.

Karl Inglott PKN

Karl Inglott is the Director and Designer at Space Budgie, a start up game developer in Dundee. Before graduating from the University of Abertay, he and 5 other Abertay students decided to band together in the shared ambition of creating a new studio, and thus Space Budgie was born. Space Budgie’s aim is to create games that players can take something away from; games that can benefit the player, or others, in more ways than entertainment or escapism alone. So far, Space Budgie has released 9.03m, and more recently Glitchspace (in paid alpha). @kinglott and @SpaceBudgie. Video from Pecha Kucha Night Dundee Vol 8.

Fleur Darkin PKN

Fleur Darkin is the Artistic Director of Scottish Dance Theatre. She has enjoyed choreographic stints at Laban, The Place, and the Royal Opera House. Awards/nominations include Jerwood, The Place Prize, Dance Digital, and the 2011 Jardin D’Europe prize. Residencies include Junges Hundes (Germany), P.A.R.T.S. (Belgium), Theatre Mono (Lebanon) and the Bolzano Festival (Italy). She is currently choreographing a new full-length work as part of ‘SCALE’, a public arts project commissioned as part of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Cultural Programme. @fleurdci and @SDTDance. Video from Pecha Kucha Night Dundee Vol 8.

Michael Findlater PKN

Michael Findlater of Macro Micro Designs graduated from the University of Dundee’s Masters of Architecture course in June 2013.  Since then he has focused on gaining as much knowledge as possible about the architectural industry and his particular area of low energy design solutions. Michael likes to learn by doing and he would like to see a change in architectural education in the future, and if possible be involved in that change. @MMstudio_ . Video from Pecha Kucha Night Dundee Vol 8.

Lucy Gunatillake PKN

Lucy Gunatillake is project manager for Ginsberg, a mental health technology platform being developed by Scottish Government. Lucy works with a team of developers, designers, policymakers and clinicians to try and make Scotland the best place in the world for improving mental health. @lucykrobinson. Video from Pecha Kucha Night Dundee Vol 8.

Kevin Black PKN

Kevin Black, Dundee based musician currently playing in Beta-Male Metal/Scuzz Rock pioneers FAT GOTH, talks about keeping the creative element of  their divisive music true, intact and interesting while avoiding compromise in favour of monetary pursuits. @kevvymetal. Video from Pecha Kucha Night Dundee Vol 8.

Theresa Lynn PKN

Theresa Lynn – having spent a working life, post-Duncan of Jordanstone Sculpture studies, involved in creative engagement, community development and creating / co-creating artworks in the public domain, Theresa now works independently, still producing work through a close relationship to people and the concerns around us. With exciting plans for the coming year, Theresa is still constantly amazed and delighted by the possibilities in life. @TheresaLynn12. Video from Pecha Kucha Night Dundee Vol 8.

Nicola Watson PKN

Nicola Watson is a digital and print designer currently freelancing and lecturing in visual communication design at Aberdeen college and Gray’s School of Art. She also initiated the Aberdeen creative space and student/grad shop ‘Offset57′ @Offset57. Video from Pecha Kucha Night Dundee Vol 8.

What the devil is a Pecha Kucha Night anyway? Pecha Kucha Nights* were originally started back in 2003 in Tokyo, as an event for creatives to meet, network, and talk about their work in public. Since then Pecha Kucha, meaning ‘chit chat’ in Japanese, has spread internationally running in over 700 cities across the world. The much loved and respected format is relaxed, simple and enjoyable, with something for everyone – presenters have 6 minutes 40 seconds to show and talk through their 20 images, each for just 20 seconds – this keeps things fast and fun!

* Pecha Kucha was devised and shared by Klein Dytham architecture. The PKN Dundee event is organised and hosted by Creative Dundee.