Sunday, April 10, 2011

High Expectations

We were there for Cleveland's PechaKucha #12 but it quickly became clear that the space and the view were the stars of the program.
"PechaKucha Night was devised in Tokyo in February 2003 as an event for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public. It has turned into a massive celebration, with events happening in hundreds of cities around the world, inspiring creatives worldwide. Drawing its name from the Japanese term for the sound of "chit chat", it rests on a presentation format that is based on a simple idea: 20 images x 20 seconds. It's a format that makes presentations concise, and keeps things moving at a rapid pace." ~
The event took place on the 10th floor of the historic Higbee Building in what was once a dramatic auditorium space but in recent years is rarely shown or opened to the public.  This is what sold me on attending the event.  Most people could not resist but be drawn to the windows and the view.  As the night progressed the changing light drew us back again and again.  Better than TV and funner than texting.

The presenters were a mixed bag.  Many were obviously talented, creative and unique.  And local.  Cool.  Some presentations leaned a bit more towards 400 second infomercials.  Wheat meet chaff.  Anyway, high expectations aside, it was an energetic scene in a terrific location.  Hard to complain when you're up in the sky with your friends, a glass of wine and staring at the view.

For more about the event and the presenters: PechaKucha Cleveland

To see my entire set of photos click here.

Lake Erie Between the Buildings

The May Co. - White Building On Left 

My People

1 comment:

  1. Wow! Wow! I'm absolutely in love with this set! Windows to the soul of the city! Fantastic!