Before reading take a moment to check out the video “The Town That Jell-O Built.”
The video is representative of the Pecha Kucha presentation format. Devised by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham, and debuting in Japan in 2003, the Pecha Kucha presentation format involves twenty images, each shown for a twenty second interval. The images advance automatically, thus stimulating the lecturer to talk their way through the images. The end result is a visually stunning presentation of approximately 6.67 minutes. Unlike TED, of which I am a huge fan, Pecha Kucha nights are intended to let anyone speak.
In thinking about Pecha Kucha’s 20×20 format, I can see how it might integrate into the life of the church. I could envision a Pecha Kucha night in which members of the faith community share a 20 slide, 6.67 minute presentation about their faith journey. A 6.67 minute, visually stunning liturgical presentation would be an option. Children could share. Adults could share. An 20×20 presentation could be utilized as an introduction to the communion table. A pastor might seek to shorten his/her message, electing to employ powerful images and well-crafted prose instead of a lengthy message with numerous points that have equally numerous illustrations.
How do you envision the Pecha Kucha 20×20 presentation format being employed by the church?