Final PechaKucha of the year to look at Visual Culture

Aspects of our culture that are represented in images will be presented at the University of Aberdeen's final PechaKucha event of the year.

The event will see special PechaKucha presentations about ‘Visual Culture’ on a diverse array of topics including film, contemporary performance and art and design on Tuesday (December 02) at the Belmont Filmhouse.

Devised in Tokyo, the PechaKucha presentations give participants 20 images and 20 seconds to discuss each one. Over 700 cities across the globe now host the nights.

The evening will include presentations from members of the University of Aberdeen’s new Washington Wilson Centre for Visual Culture, discussing the different roles images and vision play in our lives.

Professor Edward Welch will speak about Visions of the City sharing images from France and beyond. The night will also include images and discussion of performance art in Eastern Europe by Dr Amy Bryzgel, and Alan Macpherson, PhD student in English and Visual Culture will also present Strange Places in New Nature Writing.

Dr Ourega-Zoe Ejebu, from the Health Economic Research Unit (HERU), will discuss alcohol minimum unit pricing (MUP), what is a unit, what does it mean to be a moderate drinker and who are the predominant purchasers of cheap alcohol.

Dr Paul Gault, a design researcher with the RCUK Digital Economy dot.rural research hub will speak about celebrating disruption with his current work - understanding how social media can be used to enhance the passenger experience of public transport.

Dr Heather Doran of the University’s Public Engagement with Research Unit said: “PechaKucha is Japanese for chit chat. The concept of these nights was originally devised by two architects, Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham, and the first event was held in 2003 in Toyko as a way for young designers to meet, network and show their work in public.

“These nights are a great opportunity for people to share and learn about great work taking place in Aberdeen and beyond. Each night features a range of speakers from different backgrounds including subjects such as photography, science and art."

The event is free to attend, there is no need to book and starts at 7pm.

Full details of the programme can be found at  and at the series Facebook page

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