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‘Api’- I am because we are

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During CAB 2016 on the December 16th, 17th and 18th CoCA, collective contemporary artists will continue their ongoing solution focus community engaging Art project ‘Api’ at the Vajira Sri Children’sDevelopment Center,Kotte.

The First stage of the project was initiated two years ago focused on improving and enhancing Vajira Home’s educational, social and ecological environment. For this CoCA engaged with Vajira Home’s community, artists, along with friends and supporters of CoCA.

With the children from the center, CoCAinitiated an idea to develop an educational and interactive community play-garden. It is for play, to educate and connect communities around Art work. It is to ‘grow’.

Creative play and design ideas for the play-garden was initially developed with the children, taking into consideration children’s own imaginative ideas and needs. The interactive play-garden emphasize on holistic education, life experiences and learning beyond the confines of the classroom and the formal educational environment. This ongoing project provide a platform for children and adults alike to learn subjects such as Math, Science, Languages etc while engaging with physical and arts base activities. The interactive play garden will provide a platform to connect communities with recycling processes and practices.

We, the CoCA, are open to network with various organizations and individuals who are interested in engaging with this process, in the spirit of mutual exchange of skills and resources.

The project is designed to focus and develop the personal growth in multi- cultural communities by supporting each other and to promote the interconnection between nature, culture and society as sources of knowledge, meanings, values and identity for sustainable development of diverse communities through creative activities. ‘Api’ is a sub project of the ‘SYMBIOSIS’ project. 

 

ACTIVITY SCHEDULE

WHEN: 16th December 2016

TIME: 9.00 A.M – 12.00 PM

WHERE: Vajira Sri Children’s Development Center,

21/25 AnandaBalikaMawatha,Sri JayawardenepuraKotte

ORION EXPERIENCE WORKSHOP

For children at the Vajira Center, conduct by ThilinaHeenatigala

Project:

Orion Experience is a tactile astronomy-art installation which promotes education through art as its key ingredient. Exploring the astronomical distances between the stars, it shows a thought-provoking space conceived between the stars, the light years, and our view from the Earth. Orion Experience further allows people with vision impairment to ‘see’ the stars through a tactile observation.Cube Out Of the Box – mobile multifunctional space will be used as a workshop space at the event

Profile:

ThilinaHeenatigala is an astronomy communicator working in astronomy education and interdisciplinary science for development. His focus is on using astronomy as a tool for the development, specially students in developing countries and underprivileged communities at a global scale. In 2010 he co-created the ‘AstroArts’ programme with Astronomers Without Borders to support artists inspired by science, particularly astronomy. He works with Leiden Observatory (The Netherlands), Science Office (Portugal), Europlanet (UK) and NúcleoInteractivo de Astronomia (Portugal), supporting educational programmes.

WHEN: 17th December 2016

TIME: 9.00 A.M –4.30 PM

WHERE: Vajira Sri Children’s Development Center,

21/25 AnandaBalikaMawatha,Sri JayawardenepuraKotte

ORGANIC GARDENING

Continue building the organic garden and creating  ongoing educational play areas with the children at the Center.

WHEN: 18th December 2016

TIME: 9.00 A.M –12.00 PM

WHERE: Vajira Sri Children’s Development Center,

Orion Experience workshop

for Vajira home Children Conduct by ThilinaHeenatigala

ORION EXPERIENCE WORKSHOP

For children at the Vajira Center, conduct by ThilinaHeenatigala

Project:

Orion Experience is a tactile astronomy-art installation which promotes education through art as its key ingredient. Exploring the astronomical distances between the stars, it shows a thought-provoking space conceived between the stars, the light years, and our view from the Earth. Orion Experience further allows people with vision impairment to ‘see’ the stars through a tactile observation.

Profile:

ThilinaHeenatigala is an astronomy communicator working in astronomy education and interdisciplinary science for development. His focus is on using astronomy as a tool for the development, specially students in developing countries and underprivileged communities at a global scale. In 2010 he co-created the ‘AstroArts’ programme with Astronomers Without Borders to support artists inspired by science, particularly astronomy. He works with Leiden Observatory (The Netherlands), Science Office (Portugal), Europlanet (UK) and NúcleoInteractivo de Astronomia (Portugal), supporting educational programmes

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The Face in Your Place I & II

Saskia Pintelon 2014

On the occasion of Saskia Pintelon’s solo exhibition at Saskia Fernando Gallery and her participation in the CAB a publication was made. The book entitled ‘The Face in Your Place I & II’ is a rendering of the work on display at JDA gallery during the CAB 2016.

An official launch and signing by the artist is programmed at Saskia Fernando Gallery on 3rd Dec 6:30 – 8:30 pm.

In the period of 2005-07 Saskia Pintelon, Belgian artist residing in Sri Lanka made a series of large graphic works called the ‘Faces’ This series of paintings resulted in a book in the form of a leporello entitled ‘The book of Faces.’

In 2012 Pintelon began revisiting her own work in this printed publication. The original ‘Faces’ become ‘Other Faces’ as she relentlessly – at first delicately, later more radically reworked, altered, camouflaged, transfigured, disfigured and sometimes destroyed or obliterated the images of the original ‘Faces’. Pintelon used the images of her own work as a base and intervened with collage and mixed media. This resulted in more than 35 unique artist books that are artworks in themselves.

Two of these customized leporellos stand apart from all the others, they are entitled ‘The Face in Your Place I & II’ and are exhibited as part of the CAB 2016, displayed in vitrines.

They began as a kind of a joke whereby Pintelon wished to prove that her work fits in any place or environment. She set about making collages in the ‘The Book of Faces’ with found material of spaces.The results are tongue in cheek images where her ‘faces’ appear in the most diverse spaces from cozy home interiors, to museums, galleries, libraries. These fractured parts of the faces appear in a wide array of forms. Certain are just an eye peering through or hanging in a space, others look like real artworks hung amongst others, still others are like in-situ installations, whilst others seem naturally part of a wall or décor.

The effect looks strikingly natural as it looks as if the fractured ‘Faces’ have always been part of the décor or setting. Some give a voyeuristic impression, giving the eery feeling that someone is looking into the space. Others are more intimistic. The part of the Face, is a foreign element, a dissonant in the image and yet often it merges seamlessly with the space and the other elements.

It is Pintelon’s way of conceiving space with her customary humor. She intervenes in the images of an existing space to make it her own and simultaneously intervenes in her existing work and thereby gives both a whole new life and meaning. Like someone once said that no home in Sri Lanka was complete without a painting by Saskia Pintelon she wanted to show that she is able to appropriate any space. She enters given spaces and through her intervention alters not just the physical, visual reality of them but gives them another soul.

A publication of the exhibited work ‘The Face in Your Place I & II is on view and for sale at CAB info and ticketing point. A book – signing by the artist is programmed at Saskia Fernando Gallery on 3rd Dec 6 30 – 8 30PM.

All the proceeds to the artist from the sale of her work or publications go directly to BAFF, a Sri Lanka based non-profit organization.

 

 

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From Artist To Artiste

The Sooriya Village is honored to be part of The Colombo Art Biennale 2016 to present a unique dining experience, coupling its love for the world of art with comfort food created by renowned chef Koluu. The Sooriya Village is a facility that breaks the boundaries between galleries and restaurants, with its vast spaces which are constantly redesigned by non-auditioned and non-curated individuals. The duty of the artist/artiste then becomes to create a relationship between the space, the tables, the food, and the audience, allowing for mixed reactions from the diner according to their experience. This way we allow the audience to decide whether the art is a complementary good to the restaurant or if it is an added feature.

The days proceedings include Musical Performances, Live Paintings, Mehendi Collections, SFX Make Up tutorials, and Knitting & Designing, all taking place simultaneously allowing the diner to enjoy their meal whilst being exposed to the creators in their work-in-progress mode.

Location:- The Sooriya Village located at No. 49 Skelton Road, Colombo 05
Date:- 4th of December 2016
Time:- 11:00am to 3:00pm
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Moving out: An initiative by UZ Arts

You are invited to Moving Out 2016 on Saturday 26th November at Sunbeach Hotel, Galle Road, Hikkaduwa : www.sunbeachsurf.com

Agenda

1 pm – 4 pm – Exhibition of sound works, land art, installation, print work and video

By the Sura Medura Artists:

Natasha Russell – Artist & Illustrator based in Edinburgh www.natasharussell.com

Sumit Sarkar – Visual Artist based in Manchester http://www.kriksix.com/

Nichola Scrutton – Composer and Sound Artist based in Glasgow www.nicholascrutton.co.uk

Stephen Hurrel – Video and Text Artist from Glasgow http://www.hurrelvisualarts.com/

Samson Ogiamien – Sculptor and Performer based in Graz, Austria http://www.ogiamien.at/

Martin Janicek – Sound Artist, Sculptor, Musician and Sound Designer from Czech Republic http://www.m-janicek.eu/

 

Special Guest Act

Rose Staff www.vjradiance.com

5 pm onwards – Reception

Meet and greet Sura Medura Director Neil Butler, Colombo Art Biennale Founder and Director Annoushka Hempel, Colombo Art Biennale Curator Alnoor Mitha and the Artists

7pm – Sunbeach’s Famous Sri Lankan Dinner Feast of Rice and 12 curries at Rs. 1,500 nett

Due to limited seat availability advance reservation are required. Reserve through info@sunbeachsurf.com before Thursday 24 November 2016.

Make a weekend of it : Sunbeach Hotel is offering special rates on room reservations over the weekend of the event contact info@sunbeachsurf.com for further details.

About Moving Out 2016

‘Moving Out’, an initiative by UZ Arts, was brought to life in 2014 by the Sura Medura International Artist Residency Program where participants presented their individual and collaborative work by way of a performing art festival.

The debut festival was executed in two phases: six artists from the disciplines of digital art, audio production and performance, street and theatre performance, sculpturing, set and costume design and architecture, in collaboration with the undergraduates of the Visual and Performing Arts University in Colombo, together with the Dodanduwa community exhibited their artistic knowledge exchange through a series of events held in Hikkaduwa and Colombo.

This year Moving Out will feature an exhibition of sound works, land art ,installation, print work and video by Artists from Edin & illustrator based in Edinburgh  – Natasha Russel, Visual Artist based in Manchester – Sumit Sarkar, Composer and Sound Artist based in Glasgow – Nichola Scrutton and special guest artist from Australia Rose Staff.

For further details and dinner reservations send in your inquiries to info@sunbeachsurf.com

 

About Sura Medura

The programme supports artists from all disciplines of art whose work can be enhanced by being made in Sri Lanka. Sura Medura has close contacts with the local and national artistic community. It provides mentorship in advance of the visit and support during the residency with introductions to their peers locally and in Colombo, Sri Lanka’s capital city.

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