Pecha Kucha Night Dundee Volume 7 was back with a bang, after a long six months off, on Thursday 21st November! In partnership with Dundee Rep, we took PKN to a fantastic new venue, seating an audience of 300 people, the Bonar Hall.
PKNs are an opportunity to hear from a range of totally diverse individuals who speak about whatever they want – things they like/loathe/their geeky habits/their work. You get to sit back, listen, laugh and enjoy… PKN is part of a massive global network, which you can find out more about here: Pecha Kucha Nights. Photos and videos from the night coming soon.
Thanks to designer Louise Kirby for the excellent PKN Dundee Vol 7 artwork above.
Stewart Murdoch – Prior to the UK City of Culture bid taking over life, Stewart was Director, Leisure and Communities, Dundee City Council, and Managing Director for Leisure & Culture Dundee. He left Glasgow in 1990 during European Year of Culture to come to Tayside and would like to be here for the full year in 2017. Stewart has requested that we do not mention his professional background in Planning, Community Education and Management. Video from Pecha Kucha Night Vol 7.
Kristina Johansen-Seznec is a maker and writer who lives and works in Scotland. She has worked on a variety of art, craft and fashion projects and shown her work in places like Edinburgh International Film Festival, Edinburgh International Fashion Festival and V&A London and is fascinated by the intersection between art, technology and fashion. She believes that art and technology can be both uncompromising and accessible, and sees depth and beauty in everyday creativity. Kristina also works in PR and Marketing for DCA. @krissiej. Video from Pecha Kucha Night Dundee Vol 7.
Philip Howard trained at the Royal Court Theatre under Max Stafford-Clark on the Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme, 1988-90. He was Associate Director at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, from 1993-6, before becoming the Traverse’s longest-serving Artistic Director between 1996-2008. He joined the Rep as Chief Executive and joint Artistic Director in February of this year. @DundeeRep. Video from Pecha Kucha Night Dundee Vol 7.
Kevin Parr is a voiceover artist based in Dundee. His voice has been heard on many different things from radio ads, documentaries, audio books, iPad apps, X-Box games, radio plays and much more. Recently, he voiced the part of an American newsreader on “The Endless Winter” – a history of surfing in the UK, that was shown on Channel 4. He’s also voiced 5 characters in a BAFTA award winning game. Kevin’s vocal talents were also used for various other things in the game including a clown, a crow, a frog and a dolphin! @dddelta. Video from Pecha Kucha Night Dundee Vol 7.
Tom Carlile is an artist who’s work explores the human condition. Interested in what drives us individually, collectively and in the corporeality of the human body his sculptures examine what it means to be human; our faults our follies and the unifying elements that connect us all. He is continually involved with the local arts scene and is an active member and studio holder with Dundee arts collective Tin Roof. @Tom_Carlile. Video from Pecha Kucha Night Dundee Vol 7.
Chris Wilson is Communications Manager at Abertay University and is passionate about games and storytelling in all their wonderful forms. He leads Abertay’s computer games media work and is actively involved in bringing games companies and other creative organisations together. This year he promoted both the appointment of the V&A’s first ever Game Designer in Residence, reaching over 10 million people on one day, and the National Theatre of Scotland’s first game. Chris has secured media coverage across six continents – and he still wonders about the seventh. @chrisjhwilson. Video from Pecha Kucha Night Dundee Vol 7.
Sandy Thomson is Artistic Director of Poorboy Theatre Company. She creates interactive live adventures in unlikely places, reinvents Shakespeare and other classics and encourages audiences and performers to create unique, unrepeatable experiences together. Since graduating from RADA a long time ago she has written, produced and directed for the National Theatre of Scotland, The Royal Scottish Conservatoire and dozens of projects for theatres across the country. She leads the Poorboy Playrooms – cross disciplinary collaborative spaces that use Poorboy’s ‘more fun, less fear’ methodology to put playfulness back at the heart of the creative process. @Poorboy_theatre. Video from Pecha Kucha Night Dundee Vol 7.
Peter Ananin is a maker and inventor with a relentless passion for learning skills to help him and others live a more self reliant and low impact life. He recently graduated from Interaction Design at Dundee University where he learned how products are designed and now runs a project called Skill Share Dundee, teaching practical, sustainable skills and traditional crafts using waste materials. @skillsharednd. Video from Pecha Kucha Night Dundee Vol 7.
Sonny Carntyne are an alternative rock group from between Dundee, Fife and Edinburgh. Lead writer and performer Dominic Venditozzi’s writing is influenced by literature, nature, childhood, religion and mental health, making songs intimate, powerful and affecting. Dominic is a Dundee Musicians Award winner for 2013 for his musical development work with Dundee’s Fleet Collective. @SonnyCarntyne. Video from Pecha Kucha Night Dundee Vol 7.
Sharon Dickie got lost in Dundee about 16 years ago while travelling the world and is originally from New Zealand. Despite doing a sailing race to move away, Sharon found herself completely enveloped by Dundee. As well as running her own company, lecturing on occasion at the University, consulting and fundraising for play-parks, she is now married to a Dundonian and has two Scottish/Kiwi children. Sharon loves watching the city grow, though her thoughts often turn to her home city in New Zealand, Christchurch, which is going through its own massive changes after being hit by multiple damaging and fatal earthquakes. While in Dundee Sharon has written a book on her experiences of being so far away during this time. @SharonDickie. Video from Pecha Kucha Night Dundee Vol 7.
Janine Matheson is a creative producer & visual art curator based in Edinburgh. She is also Director of Creative Edinburgh, a not for profit organisation that unites, inspires and promotes the creative community of Edinburgh. Over the summer she was a resident on the Make Works tour and is currently tipping her toes back into making @janinematheson. Video from Pecha Kucha Night Dundee Vol 7.
Rick Curran is a web designer / developer at wideopenspace ltd, since the mid-1980s he has been involved in the skateboarding scene in Dundee starting with the infamous DIY Factory skatepark in Stobswell through to the current outdoor facility in Dudhope Park. He is also currently chairperson of the Friends of Dudhope Park Group (2) and also vice-secretary of the Scottish governing body for skateboarding, Skateboard Scotland. @rickcurran. Video from Pecha Kucha Night Dundee Vol 7.
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!