Pecha Kucha Night Dundee Vol 16 took place at The Bonar Hall on Tuesday 8 November 2016. It was exactly 5 years to the day since PKN Dundee launched, so we joined forces for the fifth year with NEoN Digital Arts Festival + had some birthday treats from KitschnBake!
Pecha Kucha Nights run in over 900 cities around the world, they’re a quick-fire way of hearing from people across the city and beyond, and tickets generally go fast…
At Pecha Kucha Night Dundee we have around 12 diverse individuals who speak about whatever they like, and it’s a speedy format – presenters have 20 images and 20 secs per image – so just under 7 mins, which means you hear a lot of interesting, thought-provoking and inspiring stuff with an audience 300+ people it’s a great night out.
Our regular ‘spread the word’ feature on the night gives anyone the chance to grab the mic and shout out the events and opportunities they have coming up.
A huge thanks to Sam Lyon for the incredible PKN jelly gummies artwork – check out Sam’s site for some impressive/surreal jelly delights!
You can view all images from the night here, thanks to Graham Black for the photography, and Bonnie Brae for the filming.
Neil McGuire designs things, sometimes for cash. Mindless optimist. @offfbrand
Dennis and Debbie Club was established in late 2014 by the German-born and Glasgow-based artists Dennis R. and Debbie M. Dennis graduated from the sculpture course at Edinburgh College of Art in 2013 and Debbie from the medicine course at St Andrews University in the same year. The duo work digitally with open-source software, creating CGI animations, video installations and VR apps. @denisdebbieclub
Ummi Jameel is a recent graphic design graduate from the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design (DJCAD), but you might have seen (or heard) her from various design/entrepreneurship/social media conferences, workshops and events in and around Scotland, and recognise her less-than-formal tweets. She’s a go-get-her with a busy work ethic and loves her cats and drawing pens. This will be her last Pecha Kucha in Dundee, and this is her way of saying goodbye to her Scottish home for the past 4 years. @UmmiJameel
Iain Morrison is a poet with a frequently collaborative practice that dips in and out of Live Literature. He’s currently based in Edinburgh where he works as Enterprise Manager at The Fruitmarket Gallery. He likes drag queens and sometimes writes about them. He blogs here. @iainfruitmarket
Colin Anderson is a veteran computer game developer who specialises in interactive audio design. Before taking on the role of Managing Director at Denki in 2000, Colin headed up the audio teams at DMA Design, Gremlin Interactive, and Rockstar North where he secured numerous accolades for innovative use of sound in computer games – most notably by giving Grand Theft Auto it’s now legendary in-car radio stations. At Denki, Colin and the team have been at the forefront of many new game markets, such as mobile phone gaming, interactive television gaming, casual gaming, etc., and worked with most of the world’s biggest media brands in the process. Throughout this, Denki’s primary aim has always been refining the practical craft of game development by borrowing the most effective methods from other industries and applying them to make their own game development process as efficient, sustainable (and enjoyable) as possible. This process (which they refer to affectionately as “The Denki Difference”) has now been refined over 15 years and nearly 200 commercially released titles including several BAFTA award-nominated original games such as Quarrel and Denki Blocks!. @denkicolin
Gareth Christie is a Digital Artist, Designer and Maker, based at Fleet Collective in Dundee. He is also accomplished at flicking pieces of plastic around a table, and is the 2016 Scottish Table Football champion for that reason. Experiencing the social benefits of competitive play, at home and abroad, since 1989, greatly influences his side-venture, FlickForKicks. Here, the design of digital and handmade analogue products aim to promote real-world interactions, through face-to-face tactile gaming; a break from our ‘always-on’ digital lives. @flickforkicks + @garethchristie
Cully and Owen Daily are both graduates of DJCAD. In 2013 they set up Nomas* Projects – a four window experimental gallery in Dundee with the intention of investigating the role of the artist in society and contributing to the growing cultural life of the visual arts in city. Nomas – ‘roaming in search of pasture’ – resonated with their need as human beings generally and artists particularly who are constantly seeking inspiration. @nomasprojects
J. R. Carpenter is a Canadian-born UK-based artist, writer, performer, postdoctoral researcher, and maker of maps, zines, books, poetry, short fiction, long fiction, non-fiction, and non-linear, intertextual, hypermedia, and computer-generated narratives. Her pioneering works of digital literature have been exhibited, published, performed, and presented in journals, galleries, museums, and festivals around the world. She lives in South Devon. @jr_carpenter
Kirsty Whiten is into humans, and makes highly detailed drawings and paintings of them with a bold clean look and challenging content. After many years in Edinburgh, she’s now based in in Fife in a house she’s built with her partner and two children. Her latest wheeze is a beautiful crowd-funded book of her art on ritual, identity and gender called WRONGER RITES The Quing of the Now People. @kirstywhiten
Sarah Cook is a curator, writer and researcher based in Dundee. She is editor of the book INFORMATION (Documents of Contemporary Art, Whitechapel and MIT Press, 2016) and is co-founder and co-editor of CRUMB, the longstanding online resource for curators of new media art. As Dundee Fellow at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, Sarah curates the programme for LifeSpace Science Art Research Gallery, works as an associate curator with New Media Scotland and with Scotland’s only digital arts festival NEoN Digital Arts. @sarahecook
Paul Gault is a co-design manager at Young Scot and his work focuses on helping to empower young people, create platforms for sharing and activating many different kinds of spaces. He is one-quarter of the studio Esk, who deploy a steady output of sound-based events and physical editions to fuse together a common identity and create a dialogue with the local landscape, architecture, culture and mythology. @peg
Jemma Neville is Director of Voluntary Arts Scotland, the national development agency for all community-led arts practice. A writer and human rights activist, she swapped statutes for stanzas, and the courtroom for the craft-room, and is at home in Leith where she can be found by the Shore with her dog, Bonnie planning creative adventures near and far. @jemma_tweets + @VAScotland
Joe Lafferty’s background was in Engineering and General Management before founding Lifetree organisational consultancy in 2002. Lifetree now has offices in Scotland and Switzerland. Joe’s passion is to support leaders build responsible business. As an executive coach and consultant, he brings a highly creative approach to his years of experience and practical wisdom to his work with clients. Joe’s lived in Dundee since 1997, and loves the city. He’s currently chair of Dundee Contemporary Arts Centre. @joelafferty
Linda Havenstein is a media artist living in Berlin, whose work touches upon ideas of spatial relation, personhood, and the physical/virtual dichotomy. Linda uses GPS in her work for its digital space-ness and transhuman aspects. She is interested in examining ideas and relationships of physical, digital and virtual spaces, and how that relates to the perception of the self: the virtual and physical places, spaces and bodies we are in.
Calum McMillan is a musician, artist and sound tech from Glasgow. Having lived in Dundee, and developed a love for the city, and hopes to involve us a newly developing music scene here, learning from the mistakes of trying to emulate Big Business entertainment, and showing how a local, unpredictable and revitalised music scene can thrive in an online world.
PECHA KUCHA NIGHT DUNDEE VOL 16 Date: TUESDAY 8 November 2016 Time: 7 – 10pm (event will kick off at 7.20pm) Place: The Bonar Hall, Park Place, Dundee, DD1 4HN Tickets: £5 Event hashtag: #PKN_DND What is Pecha Kucha Night? If you’ve not been to Pecha Kucha Night Dundee before, then all we can say is come along and try it out. PKN is part of a massive global network, which you can find out more about here. 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 900 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.