Embrace your five minutes of fame on an international stage in the “mini” 15 × 20 pechakucha presentations.
Pechakucha (Japanese for “chit-chat”) is a fast-paced style of presentation developed in Tōkyō as a way for a community to share their influences and inspirations without getting bogged down by details. Usually a 20 x 20 format in which 20 slides automatically advance at a rate of 20 seconds each while a presenter speaks, the pechakucha format encourages flowing presentations summarizing big ideas so that listeners can enjoy a wide variety of perspectives in a single evening.
At the ISS in Tōkyō, we’re hosting a “mini” 15 x 20 pechakucha (15 slides at 20 seconds each, for a total of five minutes) to allow an opportunity for participants to share their work and ideas engaging with the themes of the symposium. Selected participants will gain the invaluable experience of presenting their work in front of our international community and have an opportunity for networking and feedback after the presentations.
Local industries create foundations for the community and environment upon which we build textile practices. Emphasizing sustainability, regional history, and people and their skills, we showcase the enduring legacy of artisans and craftspeople who support traditions and inspire future generations.
Global economies and trade throughout history have heavily influenced the spread of craft practices, the development of taste and aesthetic, and the innovation of new techniques. We investigate how world regions have shaped each other's textile arts through trade.
Technology & Tradition
The tension between technology and tradition has long influenced textile arts. We explore the ways in which evolving technology and textile traditions have interacted, from the development of the Chinese drawloom to Issey Miyake’s design of kinetic fashions to the creation of NASA's solar sails.
A core identifier of shibori is the transformative process from 2D to 3D which leaves enduring “memories” on cloth. We emphasize the ways in which textile artists transform materials, through folding, fulling, dyeing, coating, stitching, and other creative methods – innovative, imaginative, artistic, and practical.
28 May – Call for Entry closes
04 June – Jury decisions announced
15 June – Submit complete digital presentation
02 July – Presentations in Tōkyō, Japan
Tama Art University Museum
Following opening reception of International Contemporary Art of Shibori exhibition
One presentation per entry. You may submit as many entries as you wish.
Submitters must be attending the symposium in Tōkyō, i.e. registered for either the Full Symposium, Nagoya + Tōkyō, or Tōkyō+ Yonezawa & Yamagata.
Presentations should engage with at least one of the topics of the symposium, e.g. Local Industry, Global Trade, Technology & Tradition, or Material Transformation.
Remember your audience is a group of international artists - images should be compelling and beautiful to look at!
Submitted images must be JPEGs at least 1500x1500px and 300dpi.
Submitted images must be titled with first initial and last name, e.g. ywada-1, ywada-2, etc.
Your slides may be captioned, but we recommend keeping text minimal, and maximum 1 - 2 images per slide. View examples
3 sample slides
Captions for your sample slides
Short, compelling description summarizing the content of your presentation (150 words max)
Short biography statement (60 words max)
$20 submission fee payable by PayPal or credit card
Terms and Conditions
Submitting an entry to this exhibition implies your agreement to all listed conditions. 11 ISS and its affiliates and partners (collectively, "the organizers") may photograph your presentation, and may distribute photographs and images including those you submit for purposes of publicity and accountability. The organizers may sell and distribute catalogs containing images of your work and images you submit. The organizers are not obligated to exhibit presentations which arrive late or differ substantially from the submitted entry.