As part of my 2009 ANT 372 class on analyzing media and producing ethnographic film, one of the first exercises I had my students do is to produce a pecha kucha – 20 slides, 20 seconds. A pecha kucha is an alternative media presentation style, a way to avoid death by powerpoint. It has spread globally through “pecha kucha nights,” events that have been described as “thinking and drinking” or “poor person’s TED.” Anyway, I had never made a pecha kucha, and to be fair to the students, I made one simultaneous to their making one, and presented it when they had to. I was rushed, as you can tell by the poor sound quality.
This will be one of the first projects that I will have you do in this class as well.