Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Eames' "Power of Ten" opens the Second Edition of Kochi-Muziris Biennale (Kerala State, India).

The second edition of the Kochi Biennale here, through March 29, is an exploration of the “Whorled” around us, puzzled over together by 93 artists from around the world.“Whorled Exploration” is spread over eight venues across Kochi, the queen of the Arabian Sea – a city that has a history of expeditions, trade, colonization, suffering and freedom. Aspinwall is the main venue for this year’s biennale and the colonial structure, which is a 150 years old warehouse of spices, has been transformed into a brewery of modern art.Internationally renowned artist Jitish Kallat, Artistic Director Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2014, stated: “Two chronologically overlapping, but perhaps directly unrelated, historical episodes in Kerala during the 14th to 17th Centuries become parallel points of departure for Whorled Explorations. Drawing from them, allusions to the historical and the cosmological recur throughout the exhibition like exaggerated extensions to gestures we make when we try to see or understand something. We either go close to it or move away from it in space, to see it clearly; we also reflect back or forth in time to understand the present. Whorled Explorations draws upon this act of deliberation, across axes of time and space to interlace the bygone with the imminent, the terrestrial with the celestial.”In the words of Bose Krishnamachari, president and director of Kochi Biennale, “the second edition of Kochi Biennale maintains a unique character by yet again choosing an artist as the curator; celebrating its legacy as an artist-initiated project.”At Aspinwall, the visitors are welcomed with a film essay by Charles and Ray Eames titled “Powers of 10” that conveys the basic essence of the Biennale through the famous 9 minute video that throws light on man’s existence in an intensely complex universe that remains as an infinite entity holding thousands of galaxies together.