Protest Against Forgetting
WHAT IS A PECHA KUCHA?
For the uninitiated, Pecha Kucha is a presentation format with strict parameters. The format is 20 PowerPoint slides with 20 seconds allocated per slide. 6 minutes and 20 seconds in total to pitch an idea.
WHO INVENTED IT?
Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham of Klein Dytham architecture devised the format to stem the tide of art-spea,k and because in general, both believed that architects talk too much! The first Pecha Kucha night was held in their bar/lounge in Tokyo in 2013. The format has since become a global phenomenon powering multiple-speaker, face-paced events where ideas are exchanged around the world.
PECHA KUCHA MEETS YARRA
I met with Ammon and Phillipa from Herestudio, who are responsible for the Melbourne branch of Pecha Kucha, and we all agreed to do a Yarra event. The idea was to set up a communal debate about us, the local, and what had passed on the streets, neighborhoods and could not be forgotten.
It was a refusal to forget the past!
For our event, we decided to hold "a protest against forgetting."
The theme read as follows:
In our culture, the process of forgetting is systematic. Indigenous histories and the basic human right of refuge are denied. Keep cups are carried, while we practice collective amnesia about what science predicts for our planet. At the local level, we forget the buildings and hangout spots that once defined us, the activists that fought for us, and the stories that shaped us.
In this campaign against forgetting, what must be remembered?
Nic Low // Writer, Artist & Arts Organiser
Katrina Lolicato // The Good Room
Arnold Zable // Writer, Storyteller, Educator & Advocate
David Nichols // Melbourne School of Design
Jason Tamiru // Malthouse Theatre
Liz Connor // Monash University
Volume #30 – 4 October 2017
Bargoonga Nganjin North Fitzroy Library, 182 St Georges Road, North Fitzroy, VIC 3068
Wednesday 4th October 2017, 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm.
Listen to the event here: https://soundcloud.com/yarralibraries/pecha-kuchas-protest-against-forgetting
Link to online event: https://www.yarracity.vic.gov.au/events/2017/10/04/pecha-kucha-night