Creative Dundee

PechaKucha Night Dundee Vol.22

Pecha Kucha Night Dundee Vol. 22 happened on Tuesday 6 November 2018 on the main stage of Dundee Rep Theatre, hosted by Creative Dundee in collaboration with NEoN Digital Arts Festival. Creative Dundee has hosted PKNs in the city since 2011 and they now run in over 1,000 cities around the world!

It’s a simple quick-fire format – speakers show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. Each person chooses their own topic – their work, their loves, hates, hobbies or holidays! The night is a great way for people to meet and hear about interesting activities happening locally across the city and beyond.

Always different, entertaining and inspiring; there is something for everyone at this event night which first started in Tokyo in 2003 and has now grown into a global phenomenon. 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.

Creative Dundee is an organisation which supports creative talent to base, grow and sustain their practice in and around Dundee, by connecting and amplifying the city’s creativity. Be sure to check out the full programme by our partners Dundee Rep and NEoN Digital Arts Festival.

A huge thanks to Chris Hampton, for the incredible PKN artwork. Check out his website for more.

All talks at this event were BSL interpreted by Jennifer Ramsay and Linda Duncan, videos below.

Speakers included:

Sekai Machache is a visual artist based in Dundee. Her work is a deep interrogation of the notion of self. Having been born in Zimbabwe and raised in Scotland, she has a particular interest in W.E.B Dubois’ notion of Double Consciousness, which expresses the psychological challenge of having African heritage whilst living in the West. Sekai works with a wide range of media including but not exclusive to photography. Her photographic practice is mostly formulated through digital studio based compositions utilising body paint and muted lighting conditions to create images that appear to emerge from darkness. Sekai is an artist in residence and associate staff member of Duncan of Jordanstone college of art and Design at the University of Dundee. She is also currently working on a cross-cultural exchange project titled ‘Body of Land’ which is produced and facilitated by Focas Scotland. Body of Land is a new Art new Audiences (nAnA) grantee, funded through the British Council’s East Africa Programme. Sekai is an organising member of the Yon Afro Collective (YAC) in Scotland and also produces a collaborative podcast project titled FFN podcast UK. @sekaimachache

David Martin is Chief Executive of Dundee City Council, a role which takes in everything from protecting our most vulnerable citizens to supporting the city’s internationally-recognised creative and cultural offering.  Among his many hats, he is a non-executive director of Design Dundee Ltd., the organisation which brought V&A Dundee to the banks of the Tay.  When not proudly cheerleading for Scotland’s coolest (and also sunniest) city, he likes to get lost in a world of dahlias, chickens and comedy-sized courgettes. @DundeeCouncilCE

Amy Parent studies clouds and weather in distant stars for her PhD at Abertay University by day. By night, she puts on roller skates to skate fast, fall hard and (lovingly) hit people with her Dundee Roller Derby teammates. From Paris, she moved to Scotland five years ago for university and fell in love with Dundee. In her spare time, she makes small video games, talks (a lot) about rockets, and dreams about going to space. @amyinorbit

Fi Munro (PhD) is an ‘Intuitive Self Care Mentor’. In 2016, while working as a researcher, she was diagnosed with stage four ovarian cancer. She was just 30 years old. In the months that followed, understanding her diagnosis, recovery and health became her full time job as she dedicated her time to uncovering the possible causes of her cancer. Since then Fi has trained in yoga, reiki and crystal therapy; launched her own business; published a book about her journey; been featured in two BBC documentaries; and won multiple awards. Today she is healthier and happier than ever before and believes cancer saved her life. She is currently training to be a shaman and is excited for what the future holds. @fkmunro

Paul Dock is a 4th year Illustration student at DJCAD focussing on creating simple but fun images and communicating his sense of humour through art. At the beginning of the year he begun posting videos on Twitter which generated a bit of attention on social media. This has lead him to using social media as a tool to build a following, share artwork, sell things he’s made, engage the community of online artists and create various interesting opportunities. He’s currently in the midst of merging his art and social media in order to explore possible career paths. @pauldock93

William Galinsky is an theatre artist and curator. He was artistic director of Norfolk & Norwich Festival from 2011-2017 and Cork Midsummer Festival before that. He has spent the last year researching the relationship between art, technology and civil society and is co-curating the National Theatre of Scotland’s Citizen of Nowhere festival in Dundee. He is also curating an artist led travel agency for London Borough of Culture Waltham Forest. He lives on the outskirts of London, on the edge of a forest. @Wgalinsky

Vagner Mendonça Whitehead is an artist, wordsmith, educator, and arts administrator. Through traditional and newer media art-making, curatorial projects, and creative writing, his practice displays intersections of personal experiences, histories, geo-locations, languages, and found artefacts. His artworks manifest themselves in group and solo exhibitions in galleries and museums, as well as film and video festivals, nationally and internationally. His writings unravel similar media/visual encounters in the form of critical and poetic essays.  As professor and chair of the Department of Visual Arts at Texas Woman’s University, Vagner aims to empower traditionally under-represented art students and scholars in higher education. @vagnerwhitehead

Dawn Hartley is Head of Creative Learning at Scottish Dance Theatre. Here at home in Dundee Rep and all over the world, Dawn’s outreach work has showcased and celebrated this rich art form, challenging notions of who can dance. She recently devised activity with Rachel House Children’s Hospice, and supported St John’s RC High School Dance Hub in their performance at the opening of the V&A, choreographed by Shaper/Caper. @SDTdance

Marius Watz (NO) is a digital artist, designer and educator who has been working with computer code as a creative material since the mid-1990’s. He has shown his work in venues like the V&A Museum, Todaysart in The Hague and Kunstquartier Wien. He creates his bold geometric abstractions in a range of outputs, from animations for large public screens to 3D printing and light installations. @mariuswatz

Julie Freeman is an artist. She explores the relationship between science and nature; questioning the use of technology in how we translate our world. Her work transforms complex processes and data from real-time sources into kinetic sculptures, physical objects, images, sound compositions and animations, and has been exhibited widely. She co-leads the Data as Culture art programme at the Open Data Institute. Julie is co-founder and Creative Director of Fine Acts where her focus is on human rights activism and social change through the intersection of art, data and technology. She is a TED Senior Fellow and holds a PhD from Queen Mary University of London on Defining Data as an Art Material. @jozfreeman

Kirsty Thomson is Founder and CEO of The Circle and ACK. She is a social entrepreneur with a background in psychology and is fascinated by what makes us all tick. She is determined to raise awareness of the importance of business for good and a #MoreThanProfit approach by educating others about the benefits of this.  She wants to see a world where everyone really is included. @kirsty1thomson

Jen Southern is an artist and director of the mobilities lab at the centre for mobilities research at Lancaster University where she creates opportunities for artists and academics through fellowships, workshops and events. Her work is a hybrid of art practice, mobilities research and speculative software design, and has been exhibited internationally for over 25 years. She collaborates with Rod Dillon, an entomologist/microbiologist/artist and senior lecturer at Lancaster University, specialising in Leishmania-sandfly interactions. 

Dr Anthony Schrag was born in Zimbabwe and grew up in the Middle East, UK, Canada and is currently based somewhere in Scotland. He is an artist and researcher based at Queen Margaret University (Edinburgh), and central to his practice is a broader discussion about the place of ‘art’ in a social context. The artist Nathalie De Brie once referred to his practice as ‘Fearless’. The writer Marjorie Celona once said: ‘Anthony, you have a lot of ideas. Not all of them are good.’ @anthonyschrag

Sonja Schwaighofer is a designer and head of GREATVIBES.AT, a Web Design and Online Marketing agency located in Graz, Austria. Supported by a creative collective Sonja is helping their clients to get more power on digital channels. At the moment she’s working and living for 100 days in Dundee UNESCO City of Design. It’s a  networking programme for professionals to widen their horizon and bring the linking of the Design Cities to the next level. Besides her work as a digital designer for mtc in Dundee, she tries to see and explore as much of Dundee and Scotland as possible.


Date: Tuesday 6th November 2018

Time: 7 – 10pm (event will kick off at 7.20pm)

Place: Dundee Rep, Tay Square, Dundee, DD1 1PB



Standard: £7

Amps supporters, students, un-waged, over 60s and under 18s: £5

Find out more about our Amps Supporters Network for discount ticket entry. 

For this event, bookings can only be made by credit/debit cards, and refunds will be made only if the order is cancelled up to 24 hrs in advance of the event, not after. If you have any problems booking a ticket, please contact

Thanks to a generous contribution from someone in the Amps community, we will be able to provide free transport for anyone in Dundee whose disability impedes or makes it harder to attend this event. If that’s you, book a ticket and email us at and we’ll organise an accessible taxi to take you to the event and back!

*This event will be BSL interpreted by Jennifer Ramsay and Linda Duncan. Shoot us an email at if you’d like to be seated in a specific section to see this better.

*This event will be live-streamed, filmed, photographed and eventually shared on the Creative Dundee social media platforms. If you do not wish to appear in any of the images that are made public, please let us know at

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


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