Cinnamon Colomboscope: TESTING GROUNDS

EUNIC Sri Lanka

In the context of its violent past, Sri Lanka seeks to recover from it by finding its own position in the global world dominated by advances in digital technologies. As digital art is still little known in the country, EUNIC Sri Lanka organised the fourth edition of the multidisciplinary art festival: Cinnamon Colomboscope 2016, focusing for the first time on the impact of digitization on people’s lives and identities. The festival brought Sri Lankan artists to produce works that explore digitization and use of new technologies and international artists recognized for their work in electronic and media art. The programme consisted of an exhibition, art film screenings, workshops for local and international artists, expert talks and video mapping onto the Façade of the National Archive. The Cluster Fund was used to support the participation of all local artists who had submitted proposals and to achieve high quality of technical presentation. The festival originally started in 2013, as a joint initiative between Alliance française, the British Council and the Goethe-Institut, but over the past years its reputation has grown and it attracts Sri Lankan artists as well as those from the South Asia region and Europe, it has been also widely supported by local sponsors. The cluster aims to hand over its Colomboscope festival concept and management to the local sponsors and festival team in the future editions of the festival.

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Cluster Fund Call 2016 contribution: €5,000 TOTAL Budget of the project: €130,000

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