“I would have written a shorter letter, but I did not have the time”. Often attributed to the American writer Mark Twain, this quote actually originates from the pen of the 17th century French mathematician, physicist and theologian, Blaise Pascal. The lovely thing about it is the way it encapsulates the idea that summarising is a hard-earned skill because it is so much more difficult to be concise – without loosing substance – than to be expansive. This is what makes the task of planning a Pecha Kucha contribution (seemingly easy at first) unexpectedly tricky.
Organised by Alexandra and Nuno Grande, Joana Couceiro and Pedro Baia, I was invited to participate in the first Porto-based Pecha Kucha which took place at the Casa do Conto on December 11th. The (loose) theme was urban culture and I selected the exhibition series ‘Idioms’ as an appropriate way of approaching the subject. On planning my contribution I decided that they best way of proceeding was to speak ‘over’ the images, allowing them to act as a backdrop rather than trying to speak about them individually. That way I would hopefully never be ‘out of sinc’. I almost made it.
The full list of those participating, including the only other graphic designer, João Faria, were: António Olaio, Filipa Leal, Álvaro Domingues, Gabriela Vaz-Pinheiro, João Faria, Guilherme Machado Vaz, Paulo Mendes, José Pedro Sousa, Pedro Bandeira, Rita Castro Neves, Andrew Howard, André Cepeda, João Mendes Ribeiro, Victor Beiramar Diniz, Cristina Mateus, José Gigante.