Friday, October 26, 2012  

Kochi-Muziris Biennale

Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2012

Aspinwall House, Fort Kochi. 160,000 sq ft of exhibition and event space for Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2012.


Biennale 2012

12 December, 2012–13 March, 2013
Press and professional preview: 11 December, noon
Aspinwall House, Fort Kochi, Kerala, India
Venues in Fort Kochi, Mattancherry,
Ernakulam town and Muziris heritage sites
India’s first biennale, Kochi-Muziris Biennale, will open in 30 days. The three-month-long exhibition and cultural programme, the largest contemporary art event in the country, will take place across a string of venues in the Fort Kochi area.
Curated by co-founders and artists Bose Krishnamachari and Riyas Komu, the first edition of Kochi-Muziris Biennale has nearly 90 artists participating, the large majority of whom are creating new, site-specific works. Half of the artists are Indian, a good number of them from Kerala.
Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2012 will be inaugurated on 12.12.12 at Parade Ground in Fort Kochi.
Kochi Muziris Biennale explores the possibilities of blurring the boundaries, in a geographical region where boundaries are blurred in a local and cosmopolitan way, where the surroundings offer inspiration by way of the character of the place one can exhibit in. It can generate response to something that is already there as a public space in the neighborhoods, where perceived political content has been a major determinant of what survives and of what gets created as art in the first place.
Critical imagery can only have its genesis in a shared space, where celebrations of ethnicity or historical themes can collapse into metonymic utterances that cancel the distinctions between places and boundaries, aesthetics and politics, between life and art.
It is against this backdrop of an earnest enquiry that we propose to make Kochi a repository of emerging ideas and ideologies, an occasion to explore a mechanism to process, reflect and rewrite history, different histories, local, individual and collective that would meet in confluence in Kochi. The Kochi-Muziris Biennale proposes to open a new discourse, one that will explore a new, hitherto unknown language of narration.
Artists working on new commissions for the biennale include Sudarshan Shetty (India), Sanchayan Ghosh (India), Subodh Gupta (India), Hossein Valamanesh (Iran/Australia), Ariel Hassan(Argentina), Amanullah Mojadidi (Afghanistan), Anita Dube (India), Jyothi Basu (India), Tallur LN(India), Vivan Sundaram (India), Sheela Gowda (India), Joseph Semah (Netherlands), Nalini Malani (India), Atul Dodiya (India), UBIK (Dubai), Rigo 23 (Portugal), Jonas Staal (Netherlands),Dylan Martorell (Scotland/Australia), Ernesto Neto (Brazil), Reghunathan (India), PS Jalaja (India) and Mathangi Arulpragasam (M.I.A.) (UK).
The biennale will present an eclectic programme of talks, seminars, screenings, music, workshops and educational activities for students of all ages.
Biennial Foundation and Kochi Biennale Foundation are co-hosting a symposium on emerging platforms for contemporary art in India December 15–16. The two-day programme includes speakersGeeta KapurSarat MaharajRanjit HoskoteGayatri Sinha, Pooja Sood and Nancy Adajania.
‘Let’s Talk,’ Kochi-Muziris Biennale’s daily programme of talks, presentations, performances, conversations and panel discussions featuring artists, academics, curators and critics, will be held at the Outset Carnoustie Pavilion.
A literary/cultural festival, Annual Rings, will be launched on November 12 during an international book festival held at Ernakulam town by DC Books.
The BRICS Project, a collateral exhibition curated by Alfons Hug, director of the Goethe-Institute in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, features artists from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, and Germany.
Ten international films selected by renowned film maker Adoor Gopalakrishnan will be screened as a special programme at the biennale.
Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2012 venues include the 150-year-old Durbar Hall in downtown Kochi, recently renovated by the Kochi Biennale Foundation, and David Hall, a restored Dutch bungalow in Fort Kochi. Spice warehouses, heritage structures, theatres, halls and public spaces are also on the map of this city-wide festival of art.
Aspinwall House is a large sea-facing heritage property at Fort Kochi, which contains a wide variety of structures, including offices, warehouses and a residential bungalow totalling 160,000 square feet of exhibition and event space. Aspinwall House, which will be a primary venue for the biennale, has been loaned to Kochi-Muziris Biennale by DLF Limited in association with the Gujral Foundation.
Pepper House is a historic spice godown with Dutch-style clay roofs and a large courtyard, once used to store goods for loading onto ships anchored in Kochi harbour. Pepper House provides Kochi-Muziris Biennale with 16,000 square feet of exhibition space and artist residency studios.
These grand heritage properties located on the Kochi harbour waterfront have never been open to the public.
Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2012 opening week programme and images are available at
Press are invited to apply for accreditation online.
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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Dylan Martorell / Snawklor /Scratch Orchestra at TWMA

TarraWarra Biennial 2012 Sonic Spheres Performances at TWMA 
First Sunday of the month, from September to December (inclusive) at 2pm
Free with Museum Entry

Snawklor / Dylan Martorell / Scratch Orchestra 6th October

Northcote Social Club

$10 TarraWarra Museum of Art (TWMA) is presenting a special evening of live sound performances at the celebrated Northcote Social Club on Wednesday October 3, 2012. The event will feature five separate performances by sound artists whose visual art also features in the TarraWarra Biennial 2012: Sonic Spheres exhibition at TWMA.
Tickets $10 at the door; Sounds from 8:00pm to 11:00pm. Northcote Social Club, 301 High St Northcote VIC 3070 Ph: 03 9489 3917 Tickets: 1300 724 867
scratch orchestra 

snawklor      charles ives singers

donkeys tail

marco fusianato

              kochi prototype #2

Friday, September 21, 2012

Dylan Martorell: D'ameublement

Dylan Martorell
Dylan Martorell, Bin Gamelan2012

4 September - 11 October 2012
Switchback Gallery
Monash University Gippsland Campus
Curator: Francis E. Parker
Sound and installation artist Dylan Martorell is MUMA’s artist in residence at the Gippsland Centre for Art & Design for 2012. Martorell undertook the residency in two stages in April and May, building interconnected sound sculptures using waste materials gleaned from the locale. The exhibition restages the studio environment in the Switchback Gallery, animated by projected video documentation of music-making with GCAD students and the robotic percussion instrument workshops that Martorell conducted with Buddhist monks while on a subsequent residency in Chiang Mai Province, Thailand.
Named for French composer Erik Satie’s Musique d’ameublement or ‘furniture music’ – an early twentieth-century precursor to ambient music – D’ameublement transforms discarded remnants of household furnishings into Martorell’s characteristic musical assemblages.

Robotic percussion instruments where created with
Keith Urquhart - programming
Mat Valdman - Engineering
and Wil Campbell

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Tarrawarra Biennale - Sonic Spheres

An assemblage of contemporary Australian visual artworks engaged with music, sound and voice.
Curator: Victoria Lynn
The TarraWarra Biennial was inaugurated in 2006 as a signature exhibition to identify new developments in contemporary art practice. The first Biennial Parallel Lives: Australian Painting Today was held in 2006. The second Biennial, Lost & Found, An Archeology of the Present, was held in 2008. Both exhibitions were opened to coincide with the Melbourne Art Fair.
The TarraWarra Museum of Art will present the third iteration of its Biennial from 5 August to 9 December 2012. Entitled Sonic Spheres the exhibition presents an assemblage of artists who are engaged with sound, music, voice and performance. The exhibition will include drawings, musical scores, sculptures made from musical instruments, paintings and video. These works invite us to listen to art, to find new sounds and melodies. Many of the artists will perform live with their art works during the opening weekend of the exhibition. The exhibition includes the work of both leading and emerging artists, such as Robyn Backen, Lauren Brincat, The Donkey’s Tail, Marco Fusinato, Nathan Gray, Dylan Martorell , Angelica Mesiti and John Nixon.

Robert Nelson on Sonic Spheres

Friday, April 20, 2012

20.04.12 – 26.05.12
Bellowing Echoes takes a piece of Melbourne folklore and uses it as a provocation and a point of exchange between artists who draw on the personal, the political and the relational. The project forms part of the 2012 Next Wave Festival and Gertrude Contemporary’s Emerging Curators Program. Presented by Next Wave in partnership with Gertrude Contemporary, this program provides professional development opportunities for emerging curators, and supports emerging artists in the production, presentation and publication of new work in a significant public context. Involving a formal mentorship with staff at Gertrude Contemporary that covers both the conceptual and practical development of an ambitious exhibition for the Next Wave Festival, the Emerging Curator’s Program enables new artistic viewpoints and curatorial positions to be realised.

Thursday, April 05, 2012

Monash Gippsland Residency April - May.

Dylan Martorell is the 2012 MUMA (Monash University Museum of Art) artist

-in-residence at GCAD.GCAD collaborates with MUMA on a yearly residence by

a major Australian contemporary artist in GCAD's idyllic resident studio

which results in a MUMA exhibition at Switchback Gallery in semester 2.

Dylan's work spans music, instrument-making, intervention, installation and

sculpture and he also collaborates with street musicians and artists in


Thursday, February 09, 2012

PDF Link to Sound Tracks Booklet

Text: Amelia Barikin and Chris L G Hill

Design: Rona Narendra Translation: Antariksa Id



Disco Souvenirs Radio Show coming soon

Monday, January 16, 2012

Utopian Slumps presents 



Masuk Angin 3 piece junk exotica robot band 

SOUND TRACKS, a new publication recently

produced in collaboration with Asialink for the Jakarta Biennale.

Improvisation, movement and sound.

Sound Tracks will be producing a series of street based collaborative

nomadic music events across 3 countries in 2011-12.

Writing by Amelia Barkin and Christopher L G Hill

Thursday ; 6-8pm (w human collaborators)

Friday : 12-5pm

Saturday :  3-8pm (w human collaborators)

Monday, January 09, 2012

Masuk Angin Live after Death Sugar Mountain Festival

Robot band Masuk Angin in support of 

sun raw , yamatsuka eye, shabazz palaces, lost animal and more

will debut this Sunday January 15th Sugar Mountain Festival