Pecha Kucha Night Dundee Vol.25 will happen on the main stage of Dundee Rep Theatre, hosted by Creative Dundee in collaboration with NEoN Digital Arts Festival. Creative Dundee has hosted PKNs in the city since 2011, which now run in over 1,000 cities around the world!
It’s a simple quick-fire format – speakers show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. Each person chooses a topic – their work, loves, hates, hobbies or holidays! The night is a great way for people to meet and hear about interesting activities happening across the city and beyond.
The night that has become a stable of creative events in Dundee over the last 8 years will also have some amazing speakers including DCA’s Head of Cinema, Alice Black; Resident Composer at Dundee Rep Theatre, Cassie Kinoshi; Director of Hot Chocolate Trust, Dave Close; Project Coordinator at Gate Church Carbon Saving Project, who has developed Dundee’s Community Fridge, Lynsey Penny; storyteller Lynne Campbell and many more.
NEoNs invited speakers:
Martin Zeilinger is a new media researcher, curator, and practitioner. With a background in experimental film and comparative literature, his focus is now primarily on the intersections between digital art, emerging technology, critical theory, and activism. Martin is particularly interested in activist art in the financial, political, and environmental realms. He has just taken up a position as Senior Lecturer in Computational Arts & Technology in the Division of Games & Art at Abertay University. Since 2013, he has curated the Toronto-based Vector New Media Arts Festival, and he is now also a member of the curatorial collective for the Dundee-based NEoN Festival.
John Butler studied Drawing, Painting, and Electronic Imaging at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art. He works and lives in Glasgow as a freelance 3D artist/animator. His work has been regularly screened at media art festivals worldwide since 1989. Motion capture and 3D are central to the work, which focuses on “Human Utility in an age of Artificial Indifference”.
Ellie Harrison is an artist and activist based in Glasgow. She has been teaching on the Contemporary Art Practice programme at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design in Dundee since 2012. She creates playful installations, performance / events, writing and political campaigns aimed at investigating, exposing and challenging the absurd consequences of our capitalist system: from over-consumption, inequality and alienation, to privatisation and climate change. In 2010, she became the first visual artist to publish an Environmental Policy. In 2016, she slashed her carbon footprint for transport to zero and made headlines with her ‘controversial’ project The Glasgow Effect, for which she refused to leave Glasgow’s city limits, or use any vehicles except her bike, for the whole calendar year. Her book about The Glasgow Effect launched at the Edinburgh International Book Festival this summer and will be on general release from 4 November 2019.
Lenna Cumberbatch BA MBA FRSA is a Diversity & Inclusion Strategist. Early evidence of Lenna’s interest in equality saw her nine-year-old self running onto the boys football pitch to score a goal in protest that girls weren’t allowed to play football (evidenced by the lack of a girls football pitch). Her ongoing passion for equality, diversity & inclusion has led her into roles across the diversity spectrum in the USA and UK, across corporate, education and public sector environments. Her exploits have included the creation of King of the Castle, a drag king competition and invitations to speak including at the Women of the World (WOW) Festival at the London Southbank Centre and at the European Commission in Brussels. She is enrolled in a PhD, is a Patron of Switchboard and a volunteer for Diversity Role Models.
Image Credit: Victoria Sanches