Cinnamon Colomboscope is a contemporary and multidisciplinary arts festival that takes place in Sri Lanka’s capital, Colombo. This year, the festival will be titled TESTING GROUNDS: Art and Digital Cultures in South Asia and Europe and will be held from 25 August to 1 September.
TESTING GROUNDS will focus on contemporary art that reflects on how digital technologies impact and shape the perception and conception of the world. The festival will take place at the former General Post Office, an iconic Colonial building erected in 1895 and unused for the last 20 years. In this non-conventional space, visitors will be able to engage with audio-visual, responsive and interactive installations as well as image-based artwork in an extensive exhibition.
Over 50 Sri Lankan and international artists and speakers will contribute to this year’s programme including films, audio-visual performances and an online. Through a series of workshops and public conversations, the festival will foster knowledge exchange between Sri Lankan and foreign artists, local and international technology specialists and the audience.
TESTING GROUNDS has been conceived by German curator Susanne Jaschko. Participating artists and speakers include:
Arash Akbari (Iran), Kavan Balasuriya (Sri Lanka), Muvindu Binoy (Sri Lanka), Josephine Bosma (Netherlands), Asvajit Boyle and Lalindra Amarasekara (Sri Lanka), James Bridle (UK), CoCA (Sri Lanka), Dinelka (Sri Lanka), Stéphane Degoutin and Gwenola Wagon (France), Rohini Devasher (India), Malaka Dewapriya (Sri Lanka), Constant Dullaart (Netherlands), Sanjana Hattotuwa (Sri Lanka), Gustav Hellberg (Sweden), Louis Henderson (UK), Fieke Jansen (The Netherlands), Sunara Jayamanne (Sri Lanka), Zihan Karim (Bangladesh), Gihan Karunaratne (Great Britain), Daniel Keller (USA/Germany), Michael Ketigan (USA/Sri Lanka), Subasri Krishnan (India), T. Krishnapriya (Sri Lanka), Marc Lee (Switzerland), Manu Luksch, Tobias Reinhart, Thomas Tode (Austria/Germany/Great Britain), Imaad Majeed (Sri Lanka), Ali Miharbi (Turkey), Mehreen Murtaza (Pakistan), Aamina Nizar (Sri Lanka), Dhanya Pilo (India), Archana Prasad (India), Arun Prematilleke (Sri Lanka), Chamila Priyanka (Sri Lanka), Tobias Revell (United Kingdom), Jocelyn Robert (Canada), Chris and Ali Rodley (Australia), Sebastian Schmieg (Germany), Semiconductor (Great Britain), Sam de Silva (Sri Lanka), Isaac Smith and Sumudi Suraweera (Sri Lanka), Urs Stäheli (Germany), Sunara (Sri Lanka), Tactical Technology Collective (International), Ivar Veermäe (Estonia/Germany), Ansh Ranvir Vohra (India), Arun Welandawe Prematilleke and Isuru Kumarasinghe (Sri Lanka), Yudhanjaya Wijeratne (Sri Lanka), Subha Wijesiriwardena (Sri Lanka).