PechaKucha Buffalo: 10th Anniversary Edition
PechaKucha Buffalo: 10th Anniversary Edition
Thursday, September 15, 2016
6:30 pm: Doors Open (cash bar and DJ in AK Café, free gallery tours)
7:45 pm: Presentations Begin
Albright-Knox Art Gallery
1285 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14222
Admission is $10 (general) or $5 (students with ID) (advance tickets available at albrightknox.org and a limited number of tickets will be available at the door on a first come, first served basis)
BUFFALO, NY — PechaKucha Buffalo, in partnership with the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, is pleased to announce PechaKucha Buffalo: 10th Anniversary Edition. This special evening of fast-paced presentations by ten Western New York-based architects, designers and artists will begin at 6:30 pm on Thursday, September 15, 2016 in the Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s outdoor sculpture garden at 1285 Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo, NY. Admission is $10.00 (general) or $5.00 (students with ID) and also includes optional guided tours of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s current exhibitions, DJ sets by Sherri Miller and Mario Fanone of ABCDJ and a cash bar in the AK Café.
PechaKucha (pronounced in three syllables like “peh-chak-cha”) is a Japanese term for the sound of “chit chat.” PechaKucha Night (PKN), devised by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham of Klein Dytham architecture, began in Tokyo in 2003 as an event for young architects and designers to share their work, but has since grown into a global event held in over 925 cities around the world. PechaKucha Buffalo was one of the early cities, hosting its first event in 2006 as the 30th PechaKucha global satellite.
As PechaKucha spreads geographically, it also expanded in focus and now gathers local creatives from across many fields to share their passions in a unique, concise format: each presenter shows 20 images for 20 seconds each - a 6 minute and 40 second dose of ideas before the next presenter is up. This keeps presentations concise, interest levels up, and allows more artists to show and discuss their work.
PechaKucha Buffalo, now a staple on Buffalo’s creative calendar, hosts fun and informal gatherings about four times a year at local arts venues.
A self-described “pub night for the arts,” PechaKucha Buffalo began hosting events in the basement of the Dunn Building with the now-defunct Soundlab performance space. For later editions, organizers Nick Bruscia (Clinical Assistant Professor at the University at Buffalo School of Architecture & Planning) and Joanna Gillespie (independent art consultant) decided to spread the love and door proceeds to their favorite arts non-profits: WNY Book Arts Center, Artspace, Hallwalls, and now the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.
PechaKucha Buffalo co-founder, Nick Bruscia said, “The PK format is a fun challenge for presenters, but also a chance to make a short, precise, and memorable presentation to a laid back, receptive crowd. The events thrive on the informal exchange of creative ideas, expertise, and interesting stories. The pleasure in organizing PK over the years has been in getting to know over 150 presenters through their work, and having the ability to link our strong local design and art scene to a much larger global network through the PK platform.”
Reflecting on the past ten years of PechaKucha Buffalo, Gillespie stated, “We’re proud to play a role in the creative ecology of Buffalo. PechaKucha provides an occasional financial boost for an arts organization; it provides a venue for creative people who might not normally interact to share ideas and potentially collaborate; and the global website shares videos of the presentations, affording our Buffalo-based presenters a massive international audience and something they can share with their colleagues in return.”
Bruscia added, “We’ve always been grateful to draw a good crowd for these events, and although our projector was duct-taped to a bar stool in the early days (and shook when someone accidentally bumped into it), both the presenters and the audience members continue to absorb the PK spirit by engaging with the work over a drink, a few laughs, and unpretentious conversation.”
This 10th Anniversary installment of PechaKucha Night will be a celebration welcoming a diverse roster of presenters and an equally diverse audience. The confirmed presenters are:
- Brian Carter, Professor, University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning
- Charles Davis, PhD, Assistant Professor of Architectural History and Criticism, University of North Carolina Charlotte
- Joanna Gillespie, Independent Arts Consultant and Co-Organizer of PechaKucha Buffalo
- Matthew Hume, Architect
- Liminal Projects (Omar Khan, Principal, Associate Professor and Chair, University at Buffalo Department of Architecture and Laura Garófalo, Principal, Liminal Projects, Associate Professor, University at Buffalo Department of Architecture)
- Dana Mcknight, Founder, Arts & Performance Director, Dreamland
- Amy Ozay, Founder, Buffalo BookBike
- Jean-Michel Reed, Artist, Designer, Realtor and Retired Paramedic
- Dan Shanahan, Artistic Director and Co-Founder, Torn Space Theater; Assistant Professor, Daemen College
- Paul Vanouse, Professor of Art, Director of Coalesce Center for Biological Art, University at Buffalo
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