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The Times of India | Vikram Vinod | TNN | Dec 14, 2016 |

Students work on a Biennale art project

Students work on a Biennale art project

KOCHI: Norvin T Franklin, a third-year computer science engineering student at Government Polytechnic College in Kothamangalam was surprised to know that his engineering skills were needed at Kochi Biennale 2016. Franklin and five of his batchmates, members of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Centre (IEDC) who came to Kochi on December 7, have been aiding artists to help realize the tech aspect of their projects. “We were informed by Kerala Startup Mission members that we have an opportunity to work at biennale, which is shocking because we have worked on numerous projects before this, but Biennale is an art festival. I was very curious as to what I would work on,” said Franklin, who is working on implementing soundboards for a biennale project. Latvian artist Voldemars Johansons, who has been working with the students said, “They are hardworking and cooperative. And it has to be that way because we are all working on a tight schedule.”  IEDC nodal officer Aiju Thomas, who has been mentoring the students said: “We have been doing several projects, even repairs at school. The whole point is to make them ready for employment.And working on art projects is a bit out of the blue. They will learn the diverse ways in which you apply technology .” At present, students are working alongside members of Kerala Startup Mission, who are technology partners of Biennale.

 Vishnu Eashwaran, a fab lab member at Kerala Startup Mission, termed it a new kind of experience. “We had to deal with several other aspects other than technology . Most of these artists are foreigners, so we helped them deal with authorities in getting permission,” he said.  Members of Kerala Startup Mission said that this project will enhance their outlook on technology as well. “As engineers and technologist, we have a different view on things; we look at how to get things done and what can be done. But, artists have a different point of view. We can really learn from them through interactions,” said technical officer at Kerala Startup Mission Daniel Jeevan, who has been working with students from Srishti Institute of Art, Design & Technology , Bengaluru. Kochi Biennale Foundation secretary Riyas Komu believes that artists are benefiting from such interactions. “Biennale is supposed to be placed where creative people can meet and interact.And in technology , creativity is essential to innovate. This platform allows people to meet and peruse other projects in the future,” he said. –  Courtesy     /      https://www.kochimuzirisbiennale.org/

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