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CAB14 – Making History


From 30th January to 9th February 2014 @ 29 Galle Face Court, 0300 Colombo

For the third time, Colombo will open his Contemporary Art Biennale in January 2014 (CAB 14). During the 10 day long CAB14 festival, more than 8 000 visitors are awaited to admire works produced by Sri Lanka’s most recognized and emerging artists, as well as artists from Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, England, France, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Scotland.


In a post civil conflict context, Sri Lankan creation and dissemination framework is now literally exploding: Art is more than ever a mean of action and dialog, promoting reconciliation. “Making History”, the theme chosen, is aim to lead an enquiry into contemporary aesthetic experience from a time span point of view.


“History is inescapable. As human beings, our bodies are inscribed with connotations that in many ways defy temporality, and in our modernity, refers to parallel representations of cultures, events, moments and emotions. Our bodies are historically marked, while emotionally ‘present’ with a desire to invent the future. Do we make history or does history makes us what we are today? This is a question often asked, and an answer to this could take us on a deep and nuanced exploration of the implications of history on the human being as well as the human condition.” Anoli Perera, Artist.


                                                           Olivier Grossetête


Participatory Art & Monumental installation

 Poetry, Dreams, Childhood, Diversion, Recovery, Derision are key words of Olivier Grossetête art. cab14-history5

As he did once during its last project “Metamorphosis” in the European Capital of Culture 2013, Marseille, it will use Colombo city for experimentation and creations.

His work is built around recovery and diversion of cardboard, papers, letters, and tries to switch these petty materials into a world of fiction and dreams.
thanks to a monumental installation. By inviting public to participate to the genesis of the art piece, Olivier Grossetête makes contemporary visual art accessible to a large number.


Olivier Grossetête est artiste plasticien français né en 1973. Il vit et travaille à Marseille en France. Diplômé en 1998 de l’École des Beaux-arts de Valence, dès ses débuts, il engage une réflexion sur les rapports entre l’idée et l’action, l’œuvre et son contexte, le volume et sa matière et commence à explorer l’espace urbain avec le désir d’interroger l’architecture et sa symbolique. En 2000, il réalise un court-métrage qui met en scène un bateau en papier faisant référence à des scènes célèbres du cinéma. À la fois performance, film, objet, ce court-métrage fonde la démarche poétique d’Olivier Grossetête autour de la dimension éphémère de la performance et de ses traces.


À partir de 2002, Olivier Grossetête développe des constructions monumentales collectives avec la volonté qu’elles deviennent autonomes par rapport à l’architecture existante, qu’elles soient autoportées. Les ateliers de préparation des constructions où des amateurs viennent prêter main forte deviennent alors une partie intégrante de l’œuvre, créant une énergie collective qui contamine le public présent. Plusieurs constructions monumentales en carton s’élèvent ainsi à la force des bras de centaines de participants. À partir de 2011, Olivier Grossetête est invité pour ses constructions éphémères dans de nombreuses villes en France et d’Europe (Manchester, Glasgow, Kosice).



From 30th January to 2nd February 2014


Standard Chartered Colomboscope Festival is organized for the second consecutive year in collaboration with Goethe Institute, British Council.

A framework for open discourse and broaden perspectives, artistic thoughts and intellectual analysis, through roundtables, panel conversations, expert discussions, presentations and lectures, readings, poetry and music performances, the festival aims to create spaces for expression and creation and reflect the current trend of interdisciplinary exploration in the arts.

2014’s theme “Making History” is shared with the Colombo Art Biennale. This central concept will not only focus on Sri Lanka will draw parallels and will allude to it occasionally. Some of the broad topics under consideration are: language and history; social media and real-time history making; physical spaces and myth building; presentation, representation and re-presentation; differences between memory and remembrance; music, poetry, film and historical, socio-political epics; insider/outsider narratives; lost narratives, forgotten voices.

Contemporary literature, film, dance, theatre, gourmet breakfasts, art exhibitions and many other musical and cinematographic activities are meant to attract various levels of visitors, generally connected to other scenes. In 2012, with the theme of “Identities”, the festival attracted 2,200 visitors.


The Alliance Française de Kotte invites Mr. SERGE NOIRET. He is born in Belgium. He works as History Information Specialist to sustain the scholarly activities of the History & Civilization Department at the European University Institute, Florence, Italy.


From fifteen years now he is involved with teaching and researching in the field of Digital & Public History. He is studying the impact of the web and new media on the History Profession as far as primary sources, scholarly publishing and new digital methods are concerned. His present research interests are dealing with the epistemology of (Public) History, Digital (Public) History, Memory and Commemorations, Museums, Media and Communication (Photography, Social Media) and Digital Libraries.

His debate will be about : History in the Age of Social Media:  Does the evolution of media and the various possibilities of recording history in real-time, aid or supress revisionism? What are the ethics, integrity, validity (and therefore ‘truth’) that govern such ‘new’ methods of recording histories? What editorial impact or the lack thereof exists in creating these histories?

 It’s scheduled on Sunday 2nd in February at 10:30am at Old Town Hall.