This exercise will serve to:

  1. help your classmates learn about your particular theoretical and topical interests (which will also help us start generating ideas about potential collaborations);
  2. encourage you to start thinking about the “stuff” of your map – i.e., how you’ll transform your conceptual interests into mappable “things” and arguments that can be shown, rather than simply told (recall our readings on “mulitimodal scholarship” and mapping — and all your classmates’ map critiques!). Your plans are undoubtedly still taking shape at this stage of the semester, and they’ll continue to evolve as you develop partnerships with your colleagues – so, rather than thinking of this presentation as a demonstration of “your work,” I encourage you to approach it more as a preview of what’s possible in your own map; and
  3. allow you to receive some design feedback — about how to “spatialize” your argument — from the designers who’ll be visiting us in class.

Learn about PechaKuchas here. See also Olivia Mitchell’s “Five Presentation Tips for Pecha Kucha or Ignite PresentationSpeaking About Presenting [blog post], and check out some videos of Ignite presentations. As you’ll see, PechaKucha presentations typically involve presentations consisting of 20 slides, with 20 seconds dedicated to each. In the interest of time, we’re going to limit our presentations to 12 slides at 20 seconds each.

Here’s what you need to do: Prepare a 12-slide, automatically advancing (timed) presentation that encapsulates the topics, themes, and arguments that are central to your project, and that previews the breadth of media forms and formats that you’re likely to include in your exhibition. Because our projects are not solely visual, you’re welcome to incorporate audio and video clips – as long as they’re limited to 20-second bites.

Please try to arrive early and load your presentation onto the class computer before class starts!