Kochi: Kerala does host quite a few festivals that lend the its people the opportunity to follow contemporary cinema and theatre across the world, but what has the State to boast of when it comes to showcasing new-age art? The question came today from a set of Malayalam-language bloggers, who said they had now found a way out: the upcoming Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KMB).
At an interaction with KMB organizers and some artists associated with the three-month event starting December 12, 2012, the young publishers of various informational websites noted that Kerala has to its credit the tradition of hosting international film and theatre festivals, but drew an embarrassing blank when it came to providing contemporary-art buffs an idea about global trends in the field. It is here that the KMB, the country’s first-ever such event, gains significance and relevance, they noted at the get-together held at the Kochi Biennale Foundation’s office in Fort Kochi.
The 15-odd bloggers had earlier met artists working on massive installation and painting at various sites in the city and its suburbs, besides at the KMB office. They have already devised ways for massive publicity about the Biennale in the cyber world through social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter.
The cyber-media activists, led by V K Adarsh, Kiran Thomas, Niraksharan and Abru Manoj, had converged in this coastal city, primarily to get a first-hand feel of the Biennale, set to conclude on 13/03/13. KMB Executive Officer Shwetal Patel briefed the delegation on the 117-year history of Biennales across continents, starting from Venice, where the fete was first held in 1895.
The bloggers at the meeting expressed regret that the KMB was not gaining the acceptance and cooperation it deserved, when it came to artists at large in Kerala. Biennale will facilitate close familiarization with the global art scene and help know more about the latest trends, they added.
Kerala IT News