When I was asked to collect images for the upcoming Powerpoint Karaoke event at Dolly Rogers HQ, I had no idea where to start. I began by surfing the internet in search of an aesthetic – an absolutely wrong idea, as Powerpoint Karaoke is about making up stories based on a visual collection of embarrassing and nonsense slides.
It wasn’t the first time that the students from Falmouth University had visited our agency and been introduced to Powerpoint Karaoke. Previous years never tell the next generation of students what’s going to happen, and sure enough when the students finally arrived at our studio, they seemed clueless.
But to see other people sinking in awkwardness was not the only thing I was waiting for. I was also excited to meet young graphic designers from England, to see their work, and to sneak in some conversation. It wasn’t so long ago that I finished my own study at the Royal Academy of Art in the Hague.
After the rules were announced and the show began, I felt quite happy that I was not one of the students because it was fun to sit back and watch. Even though some topics like “Camel Toe” were a mystery to me, up until Powerpoint Karaoke that is! All up I enjoyed the performance, some students were quicker and more inventive with their stories than others, but everyone gave it ‘a good Aussie go’.
I think everyone was inspired by each other that day, and I was very happy to hear back from some of the students after they returned to the UK, sending their gratitude to Dolly Rogers for the nice time they had visiting our studio.
Here’s a short film I shot and edited of the event and some pics to check out.