Pecha Kucha Night returns to Taos for its sixth installment of what has come to be regarded as one of the most visually tantalizing and provocative events around. The buzz is palpable and the air is electric as a talented group of creatives will take center stage and demonstrate just what makes the women of Taos so remarkable.
Pecha Kucha Night returns with Volume Six to honor the Remarkable Women of Taos today (May 17), 7 p.m., at the Taos Community Auditorium, 145 Paseo del Pueblo Norte.
As indicated by the many banners lining the streets of Taos, 2012 marks the year during which local women of extraordinary talents, careers, and creativity are honored for their achievements. Pecha Kucha Night: Volume Six expounds on the Remarkable Women of Taos concept by showcasing 13 of their presentations.
The line-up for the show will include Anouk Ellis, Susan Dilger, Anita Moss and Jean Nichols, Veronica Golos, Pati Martinson and Terrie Bad Hand, Claire Haye, Dorie Hagler, “Runway Vigilantes,” Ruth Fahrbach, Treska Stein, Maria Samora, Krysia Boinis, and the young women of Vista Grande High School.
For those who may not be familiar with what Pecha Kucha Night is, it originated in Japan in 2003 and was devised by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham of Tokyo’s Klein-Dytham Architecture. The concept behind Pecha Kucha Night is simple: Each presenter selects 20 images that are displayed on the screen for 20 seconds. Each image ties into an overall theme of the presentation, which may offer up an overview of ones creative work or career while others can be a commentary pertaining to an issue of relevance to that person.
As each slide passes before the audience, the presenter has the option of explaining why they chose a particular image, what it means, and how it ties in to the overall presentation. The purpose of Pecha Kucha was to create a free and open forum for creative and artistic expression utilizing a format that was accessible to everyone without regard for monetary considerations. Since that time, Pecha Kucha Nights have become a global phenomenon with presentations occurring in hundreds of cities all over the world.
As with previous Pecha Kucha Nights, the evenings presentations will be accompanied by food and drinks provided by The Taos Inn and live music presented by local musician, Melissa Crabtree. A brief intermission will allow audience members to mingle, grab a drink, or simply chat with one of their favorite presenters in the true spirit of Pecha Kucha.
“We’re really excited about this being our first-ever themed event,” explains local Pecha Kucha organizer, Matthew Thomas. “All the presentors are women and we tried to select as diverse a group as possible. We have businesswomen, artists, photographers, and musicians and we feel that we have selected a truly remarkable group of people.”
Entering its sixth show in Taos, Pecha Kucha Night has become a tremendously popular event in town, marked by sold out crowds and constant requests by people who wish to contribute their own presentations to the show. “I still continue to get stopped in the street by people who want to be a part of Pecha Kucha Night and the feedback has been so positive,” says event co-organizer, Richard Spera.
“Each of our previous Pecha Kucha Nights have been filled with remarkable people but it’s truly an honor to be a part of recognizing the many remarkable women of Taos,” Spera says. “We’re one of the smallest communities that participates in Pecha Kucha Night and it really speaks highly of Taos to see so many people enjoy it and want to join in. I’m very happy to be a part of honoring the amazing women of this town.”