APRIL 20, 2009
PKN Tel Aviv Vol. 6
PechaKucha Night in Tel Aviv sure knows how to attract an audience, with a massive 2,000 attendees packing the Hangar 11 venue for this month's Vol. 6. Organizer Anat Safran files this report.
PechaKucha Tel Aviv Vol. 6 was a huge success and I would be happy to share some of our event's highlights with you. First some figures:
2000 people came to the Tel Aviv port to watch PechaKucha Vol. 6. 9 presenters showed their works. 6 days is the time that it took to sell all the tickets in advance, 2 weeks before the event.
That's Anat on the left.
Our first presenter was Ram Matza, who came up on stage with a curious device hanging behind his shoulders that turned out to be a small camera, one of many that Ram enjoys building and manipulating. He puts them on musical instruments during live shows and VJs the whole thing live on stage.
Later that night for our after-party, DJ Schoolmaster was equipped with small cameras all over him, and the images were projected on the Hangar wall outside.
Our second presenter, Guy Sagie, a talented graphic designer, showed a beautiful project of drawn typography inspired by children tales and historic events.
Didi Vardi, our 3rd presenter, is a 74 year-old junk collector who builds incredible yet useless machines in his workshop. He brought one of his machines onstage, a machine that was built just for the Burning Man festival. It was actually his birthday that very night and we were happy to surprise him with a cake and a "Happy Pecha to You" song.
A very surprising presentation came right after by Dr. Amiki Szold, a surgeon and tai-chi teacher. He showed 400 seconds of a laparoscopy operation accompanied by the sound of his heartbeat, and told us about his job, his feelings, his art... It was interesting to see everyone's reaction to this presentation -- after the first few seconds of shock people were mesmerized and were very touched by Dr Szold's comforting, interesting, and emotional words.
We then had 400 seconds of mind-blowing images by a young graphic designer and illustrator known as Pilpeled. A variety of drawings, collages, and interactive clips with powerful music filled us all with youth energy.
Architect Dr. Yossi Kori went on stage right after and showed us 20 slides of his green ecological architecture projects. You could see side by side sustainable architecture projects and electro-magnetic floating cities. It felt like a short trip to the future.
The next presentation was by an Israeli duo known as Duprass who created a special piece for PechaKucha. It included a video and a soundtrack of an air compressor and girls choir. As you can imagine, it was noisy, and intriguing.
Yonatan Kunda is a spoken word artist, and he created a special smart and touching text of love and anger to our city -- Tel Aviv -- that has just celebrated its 100th anniversary. The text was performed in Hebrew, Arabic, and English.
Our last presenter, Kutiman, is now a very hot star since his project Thru-You got worldwide media coverage and more than 4 million views on YouTube.
This talented musician had found on YouTube home-made videos of various musicians around the world, and remixed them into 7 beautiful songs. He than created a site called www.thru-you.com where you can watch his new creations as well as look at the original videos. It is an amazing revolutionary project, you just have to see it and be blown away just like we were...
Well, it was an amazing evening and we are looking forward to our next one in September. Come visit our blog: www.pechakuchatlv.com