Creative Dundee

PechaKucha Night Dundee Vol.2

The city’s second Pecha Kucha Night took place on Tuesday 28th February 2012, at Chamber East. Once again there was an incredible turn out – the venue was packed full of really interesting folk keen to hear from people from completely different creative sectors. We’re not sure where else you would get such diversity and an exciting blend of creatives under the one roof!

The 11 PKN Vol 2 presenters were, once again, just brilliant. They covered an impressive range of stuff, from the past – retro gaming, vintage eyewear heroes; to the future – Dundee’s creative spaces and the future of education. The grand finale PKN was a spine-tinglingly beautiful vocal number thanks to My Alice Band and friends – it was stunning.

You can now watch each of the video presentations of the talks below and you can still view the first PKN talks here. Creative Dundee sees it massively important to record and document these events so that there is a permanent archive of the great stuff happening in and around the city, forevermore.

Photography on the night with thanks to the excellent talents of Michael Lambert:

Mike Press PKN

Mike Press is Professor of Design Policy at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, where he also runs the design and craft programme. Author of three books, over 100 articles and contributor to TV programmes on design, he holds committed views on creative education and its value to the wider society. Video from Pecha Kucha Night Dundee Vol 2.

Euan Gray PKN

Euan Gray is an architectural designer and maker of things. At the moment he’s developing and building bespoke handmade shelters that fit into ruined croft houses, forests, gardens and empty spaces. They reconnect people and lost places in an accessible and low impact way. He’s interested in the ideas behind objects as much as the objects themselves. Video from Pecha Kucha Night Dundee Vol 2.

Graeme McGowan PKN

Graeme McGowan started up creative agency JamHot with his friend Craig Laverty just over four years ago. Based in Glasgow, the company works across digital, design & campaigns – mainly for arts, entertainment, leisure & retail clients including the likes of Xscape, Scottish Opera, EventScotland and The Royal Yacht Britannia. Video from Pecha Kucha Night Vol 2.

Maria Maclennan PKN

Maria Maclennan is a contemporary design researcher, sometime lecturer and current Ph.D. student at DJCAD. Her current research into ‘Forensic’ Jewellery Identification is being conducted in partnership with the world-renowned Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification (CAHID), the Institute for Capitalising on Creativity (ICC) at The University of St. Andrews, The British Association for Human Identification (BAHID), and the up-and-coming V&A at Dundee. Video from Pecha Kucha Night Dundee Vol 2.

Lucy Haighton PKN

Lucy Haighton is a student in her final year studying Contemporary Dance Performance at The Space. She has been training in Contemporary Dance for the last four years and is due to graduate in May. Among many performances, she has performed as part of the Company Symposium Productions at the Brighton and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals 2011. Video from Pecha Kucha Night Dundee Vol 2.

Two Dolls PKN

Two Dolls are Writer Zoe Venditozzi and Visual Artist Jill Skulina. Since June 2010 they have worked with Literary Dundee, DCA, The Hilltown Project and N.ILK. They have collaborated on exhibitions for Hannah Maclure Centre, The Outbye Gallery and the Cupar Arts Festival. There are plans for a collaborative book and Zoe’s, novel Anywhere’s Better Than Here, will be published in October. Between them they have 4 children, one husband and a puppy. Video from Pecha Kucha Night Dundee Vol 2.

Spex Pistols PKN

Spex Pistol’s Richard Cook has been a lens maker since 1987 when he was turned down for an apprenticeship by the Construction Industry Training Board. During his 15 years working for many of the leading High Street optical Brands, he found that customers craved good service and individuality. He started Spex Pistols in Dundee’s West Port with a mission to dispel the idea that ‘indie is more expensive’ Video from Pecha Kucha Night Dundee Vol 2.

My Alice Band - Pecha Kucha Night

My Alice Band is an acoustic cover band from Dundee featuring Alice Marra of The Hazey Janes. Covering various styles of music from traditional, folk, country, pop and jazz – they have something for everyone to enjoy. At PKN they were joined by singing friends, Clare Brennan and Rosie Ivins for two songs, Mary and The Soldier (traditional) and Oh My Love (The Staves). Video from Pecha Kucha Night Dundee Vol 2.

Danny Parker PKN

Danny Parker is a Senior Engineer for Proper Games, a games company based in Dundee. Having worked on many titles for many platforms over the years Danny has recently gone back to what made him interested in the games industry in the first place, making great games just for the fun of it. Video from Pecha Kucha Night Dundee Vol 2.

Ged Young PKN

Ged Young is the principle of Aim Design an award winning Dundee based hybrid design company that specialises in Architecture, Interior & Graphic design as well as branding and exhibition work. They practice a studio R&D approach to their work. The District 10 master plan and subsequent development of shipping container buildings has been an exciting initiative for Aim, combining experimental modular building processes on a large community scale. Are containers ever meant to be beautiful? Can we live and work in them? They think you can! Video from Pecha Kucha Night Dundee Vol 2.

What is Pecha Kucha*? 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 460 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 regular PKN Dundee events are organised and hosted by Creative Dundee.


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