Witness the 'Whorled Explorations'

Vidhya Jinesh | Oct 01, 2014 | Vol. 6, Issue 4
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The second edition of Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2014 (Kerala, India) is going to be held from 12th Dec. 2014 to 29th Mar. 2015. The 108 days long panache of art and talent will be a platform for 95 artists from 30 different countries to exhibit their talents to a wide range of audience from around the world.

Deriving confidence from the success of the first edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, the metropolis of Kochi and the historical city of Muzaris is pepping up to host the second edition of Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2014-2015.  This celebration of art and culture is decided to be conducted from 12th December 2014 to 29th March 2015.  The 108 days long panache of art and talent will be a platform for 95 artists from 30 different countries to exhibit their talents to a wide range of audience from around the world.  The event is planned to be organized in different venues like Aspin wall House, Excavation site at Paravoor, Durbar Hall, Pepper House, Kalvathi Jetty, Cabral Yard, David Hall, Parade Ground, Dutch Warehouse and the Kasi Art Gallery.

 Organized by the Kochi Biennale Foundation and Government of Kerala, the event intends to be a international platform for art appreciation, to invoke the new language of cosmopolitanism and modernity of Kochi and to facilitate art and cultural amalgamation. Keeping up the legacy of being an artist- initiated project, this time also, an internationally reputed artist from India, Jithish Kallat will be the curator of the biennale.

This three month long cultural fiesta is envisaged as an innovative and experiential stage for the artists and art appreciators to engage in a meaningful conversation. The major programs planned for the 2014 edition of Kochi-Muziris biennale, named as 'Whorled Explorations' are  Artists' Cinema, Student's Biennale, History Now, Children's Biennale and Cultural Programmes.

Artist's Cinema

Through Artist's cinema program it is intended to showcase the most fascinating international video art to biennale audience. The program is planned to be conducted at the Parade Ground, Fort Kochi using a temporary a 3-channel video projection named 'Biennale Cube'. Artists' Cinema for each week will be curated by different personalities from the field of art and film, which promises to bring a combination of talent and style to the event.

Student's Biennale

This program is envisioned as a part of the Kochi Biennale Foundation's 'Higher Education Programme'. It will serve as a platform for students from Government-run art colleges in India to show case their talent and mettle in art and exhibit their work to a global audience. The Student's Biennale will run parallel to the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2014 and will open on December 13, 2014 at Mohammed Ali Warehouse, Mattanchery.

History Now

A distinctive feature of biennale from other art institutions is its ability to respond to the needs of the era. Through the program History Now, a seminar series, this responsiveness and responsibility to the contemporary society in which we all live is meant to be exhibited. History Now will be the platform for debates, discussion and seminars where thinkers, artists and experts from divergent fields will come together and engage in meaningful interactions. Pavillion at Aspinwall House, Fort Kochi  is the venue for History Now.

Children's Biennale

The Children's Biennale is an inventiveness of the Kochi Biennale Foundation to introduce and engage children in the field of art-making and art appreciation. Finest painting made by school children across Kerala will be and chosen by a panel of judges, and will be exhibited as a part of the program. The display of the paintings will be held at Aspinwall House, Fort Kochi.

Cultural programmes

Traditional art forms of Kerala which are the heart and soul of our culture will be organized throughout the duration of the Biennale. This includes Panchavadyam, Ottanthullal, Chavittunatakam, Daffmuttu, and Oppana together with music concerts and theatre events. This event will be curated by the celebrated performing artist Keli Ramachandran and will be spread across the Muziris region.

For info: www.kochimuzirisbiennale.org

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