Pecha Kucha · poetry · spoken word

The Art of Pecha Kucha 20 X 20

I was approached last spring by the Dallas Museum of Art with the task of writing a spoken word piece in a Pecha Kucha format. The goal was to write 20 short poems based on 20 pieces of art in the DMA’s summer exhibits and string them together into one (somewhat coherent) spoken word piece. It was a unique experience and challenged me to think outside my comfort zone and let the art mend together the poem you can find below.

But first, let’s talk a little bit about what the heck Pecha Kucha even is.

20 Slides X 20 Seconds Each

PechaKucha 20×20 is a simple and concise presentation format where the presenter shows 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically on a timer as you talk along to the images playing on the screen behind you. It’s fast and it’s challenging.

People Talk Way Too Much

Why this format? PEOPLE TEND TO TALK WAY TO MUCH! The goal of this unique presentation format is to inspire speakers to be short, concise, and to the point. Otherwise, they’ll run the risk of missing a slide and being unable to go back.

The Best Ideas Are the Unexpected Ones

The ultimate goal of Pecha Kucha is to inspire creatives from around the world to engage in sharing their ideas and works with a community of go-getting innovative individuals. The key to a successful Pecha Kucha 20X20 is simply creating a presentation that exhibits your passion and excitement for a topic. Pecha Kucha believes that the best ideas are the unexpected ones.

Be bold.

Be creative.

Expect the unexpected.

At the end of the day, Pecha Kucha is something everyone should try to participate in at least once. It’s fast, innovative, and challenging. However, I promise it will help you grow both as an individual and as a creative. Don’t forget to check out my own Pecha Kucha presentation below!



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