The first Pechakucha night of 2016 in Tokyo was a big hit with several local artists and designers displaying their work. This was actually my first Pechakucha night despite first learning about the event since 2010 or so while doing research in grad school. I really liked the format of the even: 10 designers have 20 slides lasting 20 seconds each to present their work in a casual and welcoming atmosphere. Mark Dytham and Astrid Klein, the founders of Pechakucha and Klein Dytham Architecture, were on hand as the MC's of the night. They have a great rapport and really made the event flow quite nicely. Tonight was vol 132 for Pechakucha in Tokyo.
Here are a few slideshows showcasing the designers on hand.
First up is Vasco Mourao architect and illustrator who makes these intricate urban clusters that convince your eyes to scan the image to pick out the tiny details.
Yoko Shimizu makes living art using photosynthesis and graphic design. Her studio is also a lab as she combines science and art to produce her work.
Shinobu Machida is a collector who has an affinity for Reikyusha a type of decked out car in Japan always showing off a shrine mounted on top of its chassis.
Yorikazu Ozawa makes avant-garde acrylic fashion in his family's business that has been in operation for over 50 years. Yorikazu is a third generation president of his company.
BnA created a new way of sharing art in Japanese homes. Most homes in Japan have white walls covered with a special textured coating. The walls aren't conducive to holding up heavy paintings. This scenario makes it difficult for artists to sell their paintings. BnA decided to paint artwork directly onto walls to bring art into the home. They took their concept one step further by opening an Airbnb listing using art as a way to attract guests. This concept is where BnA gets its name, Bed and Art.