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Symphony - Kochi-Muziris Biennale


12 December 2016 - 29 March 2017
Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2016
Fort Kochi, Kerala, India

Let's Talk with Martina Seitl
Artist talk, 2:30pm, 15 December 2016
The Pavilion, Cabral Yard

Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2016
Forming in the pupil of an eye

Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2016, curated by eminent Indian artist Sudarshan Shetty, is set to be the largest event of its kind in South Asia. Titled Forming in the pupil of an eye, the Biennale will run for 108 days from December 12, 2016 until March 29, 2017.

For the third edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, a total of 97 artists have been invited to create new work across the city of Kochi. The opening of the biennale will mark the start of over three months of cultural activities in Kochi. 

The Biennale’s main exhibition is supported by an ancillary programme of talks, seminars, workshops, film screenings and music sessions across venues in Fort Kochi-Mattanchery and Ernakulam.

Symphony - Kochi-Muziris Biennale

Responding to the curatorial vision of its host, this artwork turns its gaze inwards to take place in the visitor’s consciousness, existing in parallel with the space it inhabits.

Visitors are given headphones and follow perceptual cues: instructions and suggestions that enhance the space around them. Whiteout goggles prompt visitors to access their own archive of lived physical experience. These deeper layers of personal memory are brought to the surface where they merge with recent impressions of concepts and features signified in Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2016.

The parent work of this composite and immaterial artwork was conceived in 2009 and had its inception at the National Museum, Stockholm. It has since travelled to over 10 major European museums and is reinvented for each site, forming a series of individual works that run parallel to the exhibitions they inhabit. 

Symphony is an exploration of embodied memory that activates several layers of meaning and different forms of seeing all at once. It is a learning machine that absorbs and reconstitutes its own past, reciting the lessons of that past each time it is physically refashioned, and every time it begins again.
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