Teachers are often trained to count to 10 before expecting an answer after asking questions. Those seconds go by like cold honey, but it works every time, netting the good teacher a good answer (making good education). At Pecha Kucha, a design-oriented slideshow open mike, each presentation is strictly limited to 20 images visible for 20 seconds each, on auto-forward. The 20 seconds the audience sits with a single image can stretch into a bizarrely long time, just like the teacher's 10-count we are used to clicking away from tiny images if we don't understand them instantly. But at these events, the image is huge and you can't click away, creating a space for your brain to fill. And it will respond; it's made to. Tonight is Pecha Kucha for Haiti, and the PK global network (events take place in 280 cities) expects to raise a cool million for Architecture for Humanity.
Sat., Feb. 20, 7:30 p.m., 2010