PechaKucha: the Japanese answer to boredom

ALYSSA BURZYNSKI / Montana State News

If you like your presentations short and sweet, you’ll like PechaKucha.

PechaKucha (peh-chak-cha), meaning “chit-chat” in Japanese, limits presenters on a smorgasbord of topics to 20 picture or PowerPoint slides with 20 seconds to explain each – for a total of six minutes and 40 seconds.

PechaKucha began in Japan when architects Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham of Klein and Dytham architecture realized “architects talk too much.”  Give them a microphone and some images and they will go on forever, they observed. To combat this yawn-inducing tendency, Dytham and Klein created the strictly limited PechaKucha format

PechaKucha happens four nights a year locally. The next one is on Wednesday February 6 and will be led by Kent Davis, performer, teacher, comedian and Montana resident. Featured speakers will include Jackie Rainford Corcoran, who will present on her experiences as a personal trainer, and deputy police chiefs who take on the Burning Man Festival.

Two Montana State University professors, John Miller and Gary Strobel will present. Miller, will be presenting on the geometry of hallucinations stimulated by migraines, mushrooms and near-death experiences. While Strobel from the department of Plant Sciences & Plant Pathology has prepared a presentation entitled “Free the Endophytes.”

PechaKuchas have gained popularity since there start in 2003. Bozeman has just one of more than 400 groups that have begun staging PechaKucha presentations.

To be a presenter one must possess a vision or passion and have the desire to share their ideas with the community.

 Other presenters Wednesday will be speaking on things such as “My Left Kidney; Why I Gave a Perfect Organ to a Perfect Stranger,” “A Horseback Pilgrimage in the Heart of Mexico,” “Finding and Pursuing Your Passion” and “Smart, Strong and Innocent: The Grand Teton, 1923.”

The event will start at 7:20 p.m. in The Ellen Theatre. Tickets are $5 for students and $8 for nonstudents, and will be available for purchase before the event at, or at the door, space permitting.

Edited By Codie Wyers

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