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The theme for CAB 2016 is ‘Conceiving Space.’
As an artistic provocation ‘Conceiving Space’ seeks to open up a paradigm of seeing and possibilities for creative production that engage with explorations and contestations that revolve around diverse senses of space. ‘Conceiving Space’ seeks to reimagine the traditional ‘spatial’ in relation to concept, boundaries and engagement; it demands a foray into space as public and private; space as protest; space as tangible and imagined; space as community, memory and legacy; space as architectural, conceptual, performative, temporal, spiritual, symbolic, intuitive and rhythmic; space as liminal and ritualistic; space as embodied and meditative; space as virtual and transcendent.

Community Engagement
To artistically conceive space – as material environment, historical experience, lived reality, or a sense of place – demands creative interrogation and imagination. It demands multiplicity in perspective and approach and seeks to ask questions of form, seeking to explore the breadth of artistic medium that can be engaged with as a provocation about what constitutes art for artists and art communities. The CAB 2016 will be prioritizing a strong programme based on community engagement and educational programmes.

Sunday 11th of December 2016

Visual arts programme open to public at all venues.

9am – 3pm
Theertha Performance Platform (TPP) Community Workshops. Slave Island, Colombo 02.


10am – 5pm
Ciriacidis Lehnerer Architekten installation
(Aerial Architectural Model of Slave island), Sri Bodhiraja Vihara, 30, Witanage Mawatha, Slave Island, Colombo 02


10am – 5pm
Cecil Balmond Videograph Algorithm installation, Sri Bodhiraja Vihara,
30, Witanage Mawatha, Slave Island, Colombo 02


10am – 5pm
Architecture student’s activity: live mural painting
designed by Will Alsop, 15/53A, Dispensary Lane, Slave Island, Colombo 02


10am – 5pm
Sky Garden installation
by Hirante Welandawe, Stuart Street, Dispensary Lane, Slave Island, Colombo 02


11am-12noon
Presentation on the aerial architectural model of Slave Island
by Sandra Oehy, Sri Bodhiraja Vihara, 30, Witanage Mawatha, Slave Island, Colombo 02


12.30pm
‘The Great Feast’, Celebration at Dispensary Lane, Slave Island (Open invitation)

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