We had an excellent ‘shut up and write’ followed by Pecha Kucha last Friday in Studio 2 and discussed various writing, scheduling and organisation tools, in particular ‘Pomodoro’… or ‘Apple of Gold’ - thanks Diana!
Although there are now numerous mobile apps similar to this, technology is not absolutely essential and it’s a pretty straightforward technique involving:
According to criteria that we each set for ourselves (and declared publicly at the beginning of the session) we all kicked excellent goals. On this happy note, and with an explosion of party crackers, we settled into nibbles and drinks... before being informed and entertained by 4 brilliant Pecha Kuchas.
With 20 slides timed at 20 seconds each, there is no time to get bored or hypercritical. Images win over bullet points and each presenter chose their words carefully so as to synchronise in some way with their visuals.
Emma Maguire gave us ‘Cam Girls in the 90s: causing a rethink of the relationships between Porn Art and Life Narrative. Good luck in your new position in Melbourne at Monash Emma!
Tully charmed us with the ghostly, arcane and accidental scanning processes of Google Books and digitisation of the material.
Patrick gave us a moving and slightly elegiac account of witnessing horrifying murders and assassinations on YouTube. He has an eager list of readers awaiting his novella-in-progress.
Finally Alice provoked thoughts with her probing of shadows, compared with reflections and silhouettes... and particularly the digital traces of our embodied presence in space.
Our next date has been set for Thursday 7th July 1-5pm, location tbc. Keep an eye on the ‘Technologies of Memory and Affect’ blog space for updates on other events, including guest presentations from Lori Emerson and Djon Mundine in the coming week or two.
Our first Writing Lock-In and Pecha Kucha has been scheduled for Friday 20th May, 1-5pm location tbc.
Start planning what you wish to spend 2.5 hours focussing on, planning or writing. Make it something special, something you've really wanted to get to but haven't had time...
Then at 400 or so we'll call it a wrap and celebrate with some nibbles and drinks.
We've had some excellent volunteers for the first round of Pecha Kuchas (chit chat) as follows (in no particular order):
Patrick: Watching Gaddafi's Capture
Emma: Cam Girls in the 90s: Porn, Art or Life Narrative?
Tully: The Digital Abject
Alice: Shadows on the Moon
Also here's a useful Pecha Kucha How To: