University students propose ideas for IT enabled future Biennales

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Kochi: Travelling exhibitions, digital artworks at ferry and metro stations, and venues linked through IT network could all be part of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, according to a futuristic vision for the contemporary art event presented by visiting architecture students from Columbia University in the US.

A group of 12 students from the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) at Columbia University, led by Adjunct Assistant Professor Christine Jia-Ning Chen, visited Kochi to see how the Biennale has helped transform the cultural and urban landscape of the city.

At a presentation at the Biennale’s Aspinwall House venue, they showcased masterplans and ideas on how events the Kochi Biennale could be staged in the future – by taking advantage of the existing urban infrastructure and improving public accessibility. The proposals included linking the art event with the tourism and transport infrastructure of Kochi. An interesting concept was ‘Backwater Biennale’, a mobile exhibition using the famed houseboats of Kerala.

One group of students presented a plan incorporating ferry terminals and stations on the upcoming Metro network, especially for exhibition of digital art that would give people a taste of the Biennale on the move.

Another team presented a project rooted in the context of the creative economy and the fact that you need cultural planning for creative cities. Their idea was to leverage Kochi’s growing might as an IT hub; to use the data centres spread around the city to support Biennale venues and spaces.

The Kochi-Muziris Biennale, the country’s first ever biennial contemporary art event, concludes on March 17.

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