Pecha Kucha Night Dundee Vol 18 happened at West Ward Works on Thursday 25 May 2017 during Dundee Design Festival.
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 Tommy Perman for the incredible PKN artwork. Check out his website to view more of his designs.
Jaimini Jethwa born in Africa grew up in Scotland, Dundee. Writer, Yoga Instructor, Live music producer, Video Producer, Abertay University, filmmaker, short films screened at Edinburgh fringe festival and playwright with upcoming production Last Queen Of Scotland produced by Stellar Quines and in association with Dundee Rep and National Theatre Scotland. @JaiminiJethwa
THING THING is a manufacturing studio practicing in Detroit. Established in 2012, they design processes to work intuitively with materials and methods usually reserved for industrial production. Thing Thing makes experimental design for exhibitions, collectors, and consumers – oftentimes using recycled plastic and lo-fi industrial machines. Rachel Mulder and Simon Anton are two of the groups founding members.
Dean Brown is a Scottish Designer based in London. He designs and makes objects, installations and visitor experiences that express narrative through materials. His design approach is inspired by his undergraduate studies at Duncan of Jordanstone (2003-07) and as a resident of Fabrica (2010-14) a communication research centre based in Treviso, Italy. @mr_deanbrown
Leanne Fischler – From the wild Orkney islands to bustling Dundee (and now “way-too-big” Glasgow), Leanne is a product designer currently freelancing and working at MAKLab. Throughout her work, Leanne has used design as a tool to to get people thinking critically about how we buy and consume products. Projects include making kits to get you through the apocalypse, and a talking handbag that shouts at you when you try to buy something unnecessary. @leannefischler
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Tommy Perman is an artist, designer and musician who likes to make work that blurs the lines between those three disciplines. Originally from Edinburgh, he’s recently relocated to Dundee to teach graphic design and illustration at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design. @surfacepressure
Prof Niamh Nic Daéid, Professor of Forensic Science at the University of Dundee and co-Director of the Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science – our 10 year mission is to be a force of positive disruption for the forensic science ecosystem, bringing together all of the actors to work together to develop the science base underpinning the use of forensic evidence in our criminal justice system. Chemist, statistician; fire investigator; drug expert; cat lover.
Andy Summers is an architect and a design tutor teaching at Edinburgh College of Art. Andy is also a photographer working under his middle names of Robb Mcrae. His photographic work is currently focussed on the nature and perception of Edinburgh itself. For the past year he has documented the city’s western suburbs to explore architectures within the city outwith the World Heritage Site. Andy is also a co-producer for the Architecture Fringe, a new independent contributor-led platform for the arts to reflect upon the built environment. Originally from Edinburgh Andy has lived in different parts of the world and was based in London for ten years. Whilst there he worked for Zaha Hadid Architects for five years and was a lead architect on site for the £74M Riverside Museum in Glasgow. @robbmcrae, @mrandysummers
Erin Farley is a PhD candidate at the University of Strathclyde on the Collaborative Doctoral Award project “Poetry, Song and Community in the Industrial City: Victorian Dundee,” in partnership with Dundee Central Library. Her research focuses on how the writing and performance of poetry and song related to people’s relationships with place, and she enjoys organising walking tours and performances to bring this material to life. Erin is also a traditional storyteller, and is one of the organisers of Orkney Storytelling Festival, a ‘small festival with a big heart’ which takes place in various Orkney locations every October. @aliasmacalias
Joseph DeLappe – This past January, Joseph DeLappe travelled 4,805 miles with his cat, Pixel, to relocate to Dundee from Reno, Nevada to take on a new position as Professor of Games and Tactical Media at Abertay University. He is an artist and activist. Joseph was recently awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship. Follow him on his road bike as he explores the back roads of Scotland or @josephdelappe.
Veronica Simpson: After over 20 years writing about design, art and architecture, Veronica Simpson took an MSc in Environmental Psychology to see whether science can pin down exactly what the design of the built environment does for or to us? Her conclusion is that design together with culture is what matters: nice buildings are all very well, but finding mechanisms to include and enthuse people is what counts when it comes to place-making. @veronicasimps18
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.