Performances, children's art, seminar light up Biennale Day 3

Dated: December 13, 2014

"" Kochi, Dec 13: Children from local schools painted under the guidance of veteran Malayali sculptor Balan Nambiar at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale on Day 3. A two-day international seminar concluded the same day just as Goan artist Nikhil Chopra wound up a 52-hour artistic performance. �Le Perle Noire II� saw 40-year-old Chopra ending his performance at the main Aspinwall House venue with a brief two-member musical act comprising a singer accompanied by a harmonium player. The artist painted, ate, and slept at his waterfront venue, before he sailed off into the sunset in a local boat. Following Chopra�s performance, Artists� Cinema entered its second day with the screening of �Metabolic States: Becoming Image�, a selection of four short documentaries by Berlin-based Natasha Ginwala. Earlier in the afternoon, children sat under a mango tree on the lawns of Aspinwall House, as Day 3 of KMB�14 continued to resonated with youthful creative energy. �We could draw without fear,� said a student as she completed her work under the watchful gaze of Nambiar. "" For the 77-year-old Bangalore-based artist, the exercise was an extension of what he does on a regular basis. �I have conducted classes for 43 years at my home,� said Nambiar, a native of Kannapuram of Kannur district in northen Kerala. �I am a great believer in the Biennale,� he added. �I have participated in a few biennales of the world.� Hundreds of people streamed in to the seven venues at Fort Kochi, where the brand-new Umbrella Pavilion in Aspinwall saw speakers under the �History Now� series linked coastal Kerala�s ancient as well as new-age connections with West Asia. A forenoon session �Global Capital and West Asia� had Delhi-based economist Prabhat Patnaik speaking on the link between oil and capital and its impact on Kerala�s economy. Political scientist Achin Vanaik, in his presentation on �The Tragedy of Palestine�, focused on continued �atrocities unleashed� by Israel. Historian Michael Tharakan moderated the session. ""In the afternoon, �Curating in Troubled Terrain� (speakers: Berlin Museum Director David Eliott and curator Reem Fadda) was moderated by art historian Geeta Kapur who had conceptualised the two-day symposium titled �Terra Trema�. The final session, �Ground Tremor�, dealt with archaeology, and was addressed by Kerala historian P. J. Cherian, who spoke on the recent findings at the Pattanam excavation site in central Kerala, and German writer Anselm Franke. Internationally-known designer Rajeev Sethi started his day almost as soon as the biennale opened doors this morning. �It�s an unbelievable project,� said the Delhi-based Padma Bhushan winner. �The exhibition is in another dimension.� In Mattancherry, near the Pazhayannu Bhagavati temple, a Kalamezhuthu done with traditional techniques but unconventional image of the Nataraja drew visitors to the site of Pune-based Malayali artist P K Nandakumar, who is doing a collateral project with KMB�14. CB

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