If you have any plans of visiting Kochi in the near future, then you must see the Kochi Muziris Biennale (KMB), the contemporary art extravaganza starting December 12, 2014. The second edition of KMB is a long 108-day festival. The sprawling Aspinwall House in Fort Kochi has various installations that are getting ready for display in a total of 94 artworks across eight venues of the city. Mumbai-based Kallat, who is the curator of KMB 2014, said cyber-world technology has become vital in dissemination of features and pictures of a global art event like the biennale. “How, for instance, Aspinwall has itself changed its face in the last 60 days is a matter of extreme interest,” he said, noting that KBF has come up with a five-minute video on the transformation and uploaded it on Youtube.
The works of late Malayali child prodigy Edmund Thomas Clint would be a highlight of the Children’s Biennale slated to be inaugurated at the new Cosmopolitan Cult gallery in Mattancherry on December 16.
Painter-activist Surendran Karthyayan expressed optimism that huge installations, which have come as a “positive culture shock for the Kerala art world”, would be the chief attraction for the 2014 biennale as well.
Australian artist Di Ball, who described herself as a “complete fan” of the biennale here, said her organisation based in this city where she has been working on and off since KMB 2012, would organise a cleaning drive in the beach at Fort Kochi and art shows alongside the festival. “We are a network of half-a-dozen artists, including Indians,” said the sexagenarian architect from Brisbane. “We will exhibit our works.”