Artwork presented by Samuel Niruban, via his Deviant Art page.
Went for my first Pecha Kucha tonight. It’s pretty cool. Artists/designers present 20 slides at 20 minutes each. I came in at the end but saw some really great stuff. It’s also cool that Pecha Kucha is now running effectively trilingual, though it could be a bit effective with a bit of live transcription.
I only caught a few artists, but they were quite good and – most importantly – surprising. In a small town you can get the feeling that you know everything, but you really don’t. Events like this are good to break this mindset and grow a new one.
The work above is a by an accountant by day, Samuel Niruban, and it’s not even the best out of what he presented. He also showed a sketch for a typing system for Tamil that would work with the phonetic structure (consonant+vowel=new character). He had it as a hardware device, but I think even a smartphone/tablet keyboard would be useful for phonetic languages like Sinhala and Tamil. These languages are, I think, more elegant in that they combine symbols logically. You can learn how to ‘read’ Sinhala in a day, even if you don’t understand what you’re sounding out. I think Tamil is the same. He presented in English and Tamil.
Another artist, Gayan Prageeth, showed some very sharp and vibrant canvasses. I was struck by the colors and the focus of vision, and I mean that in the literal sense. They were paintings with abstract elements, but everything was in focus. He presented in Sinhala.
Good show all around, and definitely good to have. Colombo is a creative city, but sometimes we don’t see it. Creativity is often corralled into ‘established’ artists and somewhat BS awards, but that’s starting to breakdown with more open forums like Pecha Kucha, like Big Ears (for music), etc. The first Pecha Kucha was in July, this was it for October, perhaps they’ll have another one this year or early next. It’s well organized, well sponsored and well received.
They had live tweets running, but the organizers got spooked by some masturbation and somewhat off-color tweets. I think they were OK, but for any online forum you need to have some sort of moderation. Hopefully they can rejig that and keep the online part active.