Yep. It’s called Pecha Kucha and we took photos to prove it.
Pecha Kucha is held quarterly throughout the year and is growing in attendance with each event. Stephanie Rond, a feminist artist and curator who has attended most Pecha Kucha events since its inception, said she believes the events have become an essential part of the growth and cultivation of the Columbus creative community.
Rond said it gives the creative class a chance to come together in a lively and entertaining forum and share ideas.
“I love hearing the passion that others have for their craft and I have seen that passion infect an entire room,” Rond said.
Get ready to thrust yourself into a sea of Columbus creative culture. Tonight, Pecha Kucha Columbus will hold its next event at Eartha Limited.
Japanese for “blah blah blah”
Pecha Kucha was founded in Tokyo eight years ago, according to pecha-kucha.org. Named after the Japanese term for “blah blah blah,” it has grown into a massive celebration with events in more than 400 cities around the world.
Pecha Kucha Columbus was formed in 2007, and it thrives on creating multi-sensory experiences that highlight local art, food, music and passion. During each event, a group of speakers follows the international Pecha Kucha format of showing 20 images and speaking about each image for 20 seconds.
“It was very unnerving to be a presenter, but I’m so glad I did it,” Rond said. “As a visual artist, it’s easy to hide behind one’s work and say, ‘I’ll let the work speak for itself,’ but Pecha Kucha gave me the opportunity to come out from behind the canvas and tell my story.”
A proud canvas
Matthew Dyer, one of Pecha Kucha’s biggest fans and the proud canvas for the tattoo, presented “Why I’m a Total Bastard” at the last event.
“I love Columbus PK [Pecha Kucha] so much because at each PK, I get to see the definition of art expand. The presenters aren’t just artists or designers … they’re bakers and librarians. They’re entrepreneurs and storytellers. They’re comic book artists and motorcycle enthusiasts. They’re community gardeners and teachers. They are our mothers and they are our sons,” Dyer said.
Festivities for the event begin at 7 p.m. with local band Earwig and presentations begin at 7:30 p.m. Speakers include food educator Rachel Tayse Baillieul; branding designer Justin Bryant; Kate Dowell and Eric Rausch from ARTillery Ohio; performance artist Heidi Madsen; Mike Minnix with Eartha Limited; animal activist Lynne Petitti; poet Hannah Stephenson; architect Eric Thompson; and chef Magdiale Wolmark.
“Right here in Columbus, Ohio, I get to see our very own music-makers and our very own dreamers of dreams talk about why they get up in the morning and why they keep going,” Dyer said. “I get to hear about how they’ve overcome challenges and why they’ve chosen to stay and fight.”
Chief Johnny Lonesome perform during intermission. Earth’s Crust Pizza, Families Mobile Kitchen, Leslie’s Creperie, Mojo Tago, The Cheesy Truck and Three Babes and a Baker will sell refreshments. Free beer will be available to guests 21 years of age and older. THOUGHTco will screen print T-shirts for guests throughout the evening ($4 for shirts brought from home and $10 to buy a new one). Nash Imaging will provide a free photo booth.
Don’t forget to donate
The suggested donation is $2 per person, benefiting Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), which has sent medical teams to support the government-led earthquake and tsunami response in Japan.
A used book drive will coincide with the event. Used book donations, including children’s books and textbooks, will be redistributed to local schools and libraries or recycled.
Eartha Limited is located at 371 Maier Place, next to the Scioto Audubon Metro Park in the Brewery District. Free parking is available in Eartha Limited’s parking lot. Carpooling and bicycling are encouraged.
Alexandra Kelley (alexandra477.com) helps organize Pecha Kucha Columbus and is a contributing writer for ArtZine.