Pecha Kucha Night: First Learn How to Pronounce It

WINTER HARBOR — Sailor Steven Callahan, who survived in a life raft for 76 days in 1982, will encapsulate that experience and the resulting creative windfall at Pecha Kucha night on Dec. 2.

The Japanese-inspired Pecha Kucha is sponsored by Schoodic Arts for All and will feature 10 presenters in a highly condensed, slide show format.

Callahan, who wrote about his ordeal in the best-selling “Adrift: 76 Days Lost at Sea” published in 1986, said he will talk about how the experience influenced his creativity.

“If necessity is the mother of invention, then survival is the grandma,” he said. “You’re in an isolated environment with limited resources and you have to stop thinking in a conventional manner. It’s both a physical thing and a mental thing.”

Callahan said key to his survival were a solar still than enabled him to drink water from the Atlantic Ocean; a spear gun; his life raft, and 3-inch-by-5-inch sheets of paper that made it possible to keep a journal.

“The whole idea of creating story out of chaos is an innate human need,” he said.

Callahan added that the Pecha Kucha format is challenging in its brevity, much like writing a well-crafted poem instead of a paragraph.

Mary Laury, executive director of Schoodic Arts for All, said Pecha Kucha affords a snapshot of the “creative equity” that permeates the state.

She said that what takes place before and after the presentations — the connections that are made — is just as important.

“There is no way to leave this event without feeling exhilarated and energized,” said Laury.

Pecha Kucha was initiated by young designers in Tokyo and has, since its inception in 2003, inspired similar events in hundreds of cities around the world.

Schoodic Arts for All is licensed as the Downeast Maine anchor for the international program and sponsored its first Pecha Kucha in August.

The 11 presenters ranged in craft from painting to bell making, inventing and publishing online.

Among the presenters Dec. 2 will be Shep Erhart, a seaweed farmer; Blake Hendrickson, who will speak about sustaining creativity; Gale McCullough, who will discuss citizen based science; Florence Reed on sustainable family farms in Central America and sculptor Mark Herrington on working with stone.

What Is Pecha Kucha?

Pronunciation: Petch-aa Koo-chaa.

Definition: Pecha Kucha in Japanese means the sound of conversation or chit chat.

Genesis: The format was developed by a Tokyo design firm to give young designers a place to meet and show their work and exchange ideas in a six-minute, 40-second presentation.

Format: About one dozen participants present an idea by showing 20 slides for 20 seconds each.


What: Pecha Kucha Night

Where: Hammond Hall, Winter Harbor

When: Dec. 2, social hour begins at 6 p.m., event begins at 7 p.m.

Organizer: Schoodic Arts for All

Cost: None, but donations welcome

Contact: Mary Laury, 963-2569, [email protected]

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Jacqueline Weaver

Jacqueline Weaver

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Jacqueline's beat covers the eastern Hancock County towns of Lamoine through Gouldsboro as well as Steuben in Washington County. She was a reporter for the New York Times, United Press International and Reuters before moving to Maine. She also publicized medical research at Yale School of Medicine and scientific findings at Yale University for nine years.[email protected]
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