Showing posts with label art in fort kochi. Show all posts
Showing posts with label art in fort kochi. Show all posts

Saturday, 27 December 2014

Positive energy, Kashi art cafe, Fort Kochi - an update

Kashi art cafe is a very popular hangout in Fort Kochi.
I have already blogged about this amazing spot before, so please consider this post as an update. Kashi incidentally is one of the venues of the Kochi - Muziris Biennale 2014.

A visit to Fort Kochi will never be complete without a visit to Kashi, that is my opinion :)
This is an amazing cafe where art perfectly blends with coffee and the rest of the delicacies. Just sit where you can enjoy art, well...that means practically anywhere here, sip the cappuccino and you are in sync with the universe!

This massive portion of chocolate cake soaked in a golden brown chocolate sauce is a famous dish and is in great demand all the time.
Reasonably priced, of course😊

The old wooden railway sleepers put into use artistically... brilliant!

Art at the entrance...

Creepers, small plants, and trees intermingle with art and we also form a part of the whole thing, all in tune with Mother Nature!

There is no point in shutting ourselves indoors watching telly and munching on unhealthy snacks feeling stressed out avoiding meeting people. It will never make us feel better. Going somewhere where we feel uplifted, where we may get some clues to solve the problem that caused stress or talk to people who can offer some help are positive steps. When we get good vibes our brain will respond positively. Our subconscious mind will pick up all such good cues and make us feel better.

Some places are fabulous; there is positivity everywhere!
  • Anything, anywhere, anytime by anybody in sync with the rhythmic tunes of Nature will always be a success.
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Friday, 26 December 2014

Enjoy art in sync with Nature, Aspinwall house, one of the awesome venues of the Kochi - Muziris biennale 2014

Aspinwall House, a heritage property, is the primary venue of the Kochi - Muziris Biennale 2014.

Cochin (Kochi) was actually the center stage of maritime trade about a century and a half ago. Chinese, Arabs and Egyptians had trade relations with the Malabar coast long before the arrival of the British, Portuguese, and the French. It was the British who paved the way for a well-established trade of spices and condiments involving Kochi port as a major hub of export.

One of such firms was that of the Oughterson & Campbell established in 1844. They sold the business to Finlay Campbell & Co. of London in 1863. Mr. John Hutchison Aspinwall was sent to manage the assets and business in Cochin as a partner. In 1867 when the parent company suffered a stock market crash, the assets at Cochin came into the hands of Mr. J. H. Aspinwall and the enterprise came to be known as the Aspinwall & Co. from 30th June 1867. He was instrumental in developing the Kochi port and was the president of the Cochin Chamber of Commerce.

Bordered by the Arabian sea on one side this beautiful site serves as the perfect location for the Biennale. In the warehouses, buildings and even on the grounds reputed artists from all over the world have showcased their creations.

A swing😊

This is one of the star attractions here. This undulating, curvaceous pavilion was created by Mr. Vinu Daniel. This is the stage of the 'Artists' Cinema' and 'History Now', two parallel programs of this Biennale.

Amazing architecture!

Nice seats, coconut tree logs...:)

The moment we enter some places we feel happier, cooler and uplifted. Those places are said to emit positive vibes all the time. They remain in harmony with Nature resonating with the fluidity of the Universe. It is like undulating waves of soothing energy slowly caressing everything and everyone around. Imagine creative art being portrayed at places like these; it is pure bliss! These are the must-visit places to feel rejuvenated!
  • Some places instill in us wonderful feelings the moment we enter there. Such places get energized by generations of people and the universe also resonate in harmony to each and every element over there. 
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Thursday, 25 December 2014

Fluidity of horizons by Parvathi Nayar, an amazing art, Kochi Muziris biennale 2014

"The starting point of these explorations is the dot, the punctum (the point) whose endless iterations..."  I liked it, very meaningful words!

This brilliant artist has included so many facets of the ancient history of the Malabar coast in this work especially the skillful integration of 'astrolabe', an astronomical instrument widely used by explorers during that time.

Beautiful creation!

A must see art, do not miss it 😊

Pepper, dubbed as the 'black gold' and other condiments and spices attracted many explorers to this part of the world that led to a series of historical events which as you all know finally became a double-edged sword - the story of how the visitors became the rulers!   watch the interview with the artist.

I have written a post some time ago about the 'Ibn Battuta mall' in Dubai where I have posted a picture of Islamic astrolabe

Artists are creative people. They express ideas in a creative manner stimulating us to think, enjoy and smile :) Art can become powerful tools to convey messages, and it may trigger many complex emotions. It is a powerful medium. 
  • Only art can reflect certain delicate aspects of life.
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Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Awesome graffiti being created...Kochi - Muziris biennale 2014

It was really exciting to watch such an awesome graffiti being created!
A group of talented art students of RLV College of Music and fine arts, Tripunithura, Kerala are working to realize this art. Off Jew town road, on the wall in a narrow alley, we also could add some strokes on this magnificent art. Thank you, guys😊

Bright colors, superb drawing...!

Very interesting to watch them painting😊

The entrance of the Jew town street...walk just ten yards ahead, turn left and enjoy this wonderful creation!

Art is cool, powerful, uplifting, refreshing. Enjoy it, love it and be cool with it. It is a powerful tool for personal development, enlightenment, and soul nourishment. 
  • Graffiti is an art form that stirs souls.  Try doing it at least once...and enjoy the feeling :)
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Sunday, 21 December 2014

Ryota kuwakubo, Lost # 12, play of light and shadow, electronic art installation

A fascinating electronic art installation by Ryota Kuwakubo at the Aspinwall House, the main venue of the Kochi Muziris Biennale 2014😊

An LED light attached to a moving toy train on rails creates shadows on the walls of the dark room as it passes through and alongside numerous objects most of which were collected from the shops in Kochi. Brilliant!

Well, the interpretation of the shadows is purely personal. I listened to the comments of the people who were there along with me. 

Different perceptions, same spectacle! After all, it is a familiar scenario in real life too...!

It was exciting to watch the shadows when the train entered the red basket top!

Thumbs up, Ryota😊

If you browse my blogs you will find more posts regarding some of the awesome artworks depicted in the Kochi - Muziris Biennale 2014.
  • Art in any form, anywhere by anybody is beautiful.
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Friday, 19 December 2014

'Sea power', a beautiful art by Hew Locke at the Kochi - Muziris Biennale 2014

Wow, what a beautiful creation!
This art, named as 'Seapower', is created by the British artist Hew Locke at the Kochi - Muziris Biennale, currently taking place at Fort Kochi in Ernakulam, Kerala, India.

Vasco da Gama, his fleet and the explorations by him into the then-unknown places in the world are known to all of us. His arrival in India initiated a series of events in this part of the world that marked the beginning of globalization with trade and developments and also initiated many serious problems peppered by greed and cruelty that led to wars, invasion and subsequent colonization.

Vasco da Gama, died in Kochi in 1524 while on his third visit to India. His body was initially buried St. Francis CSI Church, Kochi. His mortal remains were taken back to Portugal later on.

The quest of the unknown, eagerness to know what lies far away in the horizon, and the journey into the vastness of the endless ocean by this man is always a topic of interest not only to history enthusiasts but also to artists as well. What better place than Fort Kochi to create a remarkable portrait as a tribute to this great explorer!

An awesome creation! Hats off to the artist 😊

Beautifully crafted with black beads and cord on the walls in one of the rooms in Aspinwall House, a centuries-old monument, this is a visual treat to the visitors and is simply magnificent! No wonder visitors spend quality time here immersed in the beauty of this wonderful portrait.

Kochi - Muziris Biennale 2014 is a wonderful event!

The first ever Biennale in India took place at Fort Kochi in 2012. It was a huge success. The current event is already a success with scores of people from all over the world visiting.

Aspinwall house is one of the main venues of this historic event. This is the view of this heritage building from the seaside.

Muziris is mentioned in many historical records and is thought to be in the vicinity of the present-day Kodungalloor, near Kochi. The popular version of the history says this ancient port disappeared during a flood in the river Periyar and then the new port, Kochi emerged.

Let this biennale bring it out from its mythical state to such immortal artistic forms that would never disappear. However, memories blossomed here will remain alive forever!

How to reach?
Fort Kochi is well connected by road, rail and ferry. Just get into a boat from the Boat jetty at off Marine drive opposite BSNL Office and within twenty minutes you can reach there. There are plenty of buses too.            ,_Kochi
  • Art is powerful. Art is therapeutic. Art is soothing.
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