Chulie de Silva:The power of black & white Originally posted on Art Blart: Exhibition dates: 2nd May – 2nd November 2014 Curator: National Portrait Gallery Senior Curator of Photographs Ann Shumard Decisive exposure Whether there was, or he understood there to be, a “decisive” moment when Eugène Atget took a photograph is unknown… but I think that what he was trying to achieve ...

ALL ABOUT THE COLOMBO DANCE PLATFORM Björn Ketels – Director Goethe Institut Colombo : Q | What is the aim of the third edition of the Dance platform and what kind of impact does it hope to have on the participants? A | In this years’ dance platform the artists are given funds and support to produce new work. The dance platform can be seen as ...

FASHION WITH PERSISTENCE; CRAFTING A LIVELIHOOD It is no secret that Sri Lanka has a rich history in arts and crafts. Dating back to over two thousand years, crafts such as beeralu, handloom, lace making, batik and jewellery to name a few, have evolved through times of the aborigines and also with the governance of the Dutch and English. The unique creative measures and skills Sri ...

PALA POTHUPITIYA’S LATEST WORK In a statement in 2010 Pala said “‘Motherland’ and the idea of safeguarding the motherland, and being proud of it, create a veil of ignorance”. This was the year after the 30-year war in Sri Lanka had ended. And today, things have evolved and taken new form; His latest works are on Sri Lanka’s current post-war situations and focus on ...

SUSTAINABLE GLASS DESIGN IN SRI LANKA BY ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR JULIE ROSS. GLASS ARTIST “Design thinking is increasingly being used to address our biggest societal challenges; as such design can be a powerful driver of action for sustainable change.” (Design for Sustainable Change. Chick, A. and Micklethwaite, P. 2011) Sustainability is becoming the ‘language’ of many politicians, large corporations and society as a whole where debates to find long term solutions to secure a ...

WHAT’S ARTIST’S TABLE? ARTRA Magazine is proud to be the Official Art Magazine for the Artist Table, organized by Trekurious together with the Saskia Fernando Gallery . This is a series of quarterly private dinners, which will provide art enthusiasts and collectors an opportunity to dine inside the intimacy of the Gallery in the company of a leading Artist. These dinners are aimed ...

Chilaw is a town smack dab in the center of Sri Lanka’s west coast–maybe 2 1/2 hours north of Colombo. It’s known for coconut estates and crabs and really any type of seafood since the town sits on a large freshwater lagoon. I have been there several times to see Leela, my aunt’s former cook, and once, I even ...

LIRNEasia seeks to foster evidence-based reform. The evidence, in the countries we work in, points to most of the needed actions having to do with reforming the state, by getting it to pull back from its current role of stifling decentralized innovation. This has caused many on the unthinking “left” plying their trade in the non-profit sector to look at ...

Pusswedilla is the closest thing to a politically agnostic satire that I’ve seen. For this Gehan Gunatilleke calls it a Trojan Horse, not sufficiently rebellious enough and ‘damaging [to] our political culture’. I’d venture that not rebelling to Gehan’s satisfaction is not the point. I say agnostic because I think Puss, as a piece of theatre, manages to send up ...

The Jaffna IT Week: A Breakdown Of The Program Looks like the next week is going to be pretty interesting. Why, you ask? Well, the answer is simple; Jaffna IT Week. For those unfamiliar with what this is, The Jaffna IT Week is a 4 day event – consisting of a career fair, workshops, and a conference where the heads of some of the largest IT companies and CEOs ...

The development of knowledge workers is obviously important for the emergence of inclusive knowledge economies. We have been working on this, but it has not been front and center of our public communication. This will change in the next little while. The 2015 Budget Speech of the Government of Sri Lanka placed its central emphasis on the development of human ...

Today I posted up something about Kumar Sangakkara and Kieran Read sharing a birthday. And how they are the best players in the world at their sport. Immediately, I was asked whether I was fraped and whether I was being sarcastic. That’s when I realised this whole Kumar Sangakkara thing needs a bit of clearing up. And what better day ...

Let There Be Light on Good Old Grunge As a child I have vivid memories of visiting construction sites. Uninvited I would tag along with my dad, loving to see things freshly built but unfinished. Today my growing fondness of places that are deliberately unfinished can be linked to those days when visiting new building sites felt close to a crazy countryside trip. And am happy to see ...

Over-the-top players like WhatsApp, Facebook and Skype will cost mobile operators an estimated $14 billion in lost revenues this year. And it will be 26% more from 2013, according to a study of Juniper Research. It has detected that in a number of markets the mobile voice revenues had fallen bellow 60% of their value five years’ ago. The combination ...

The affordability of broadband is something many people have been dabbling with. In 2013 the Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI) released a report with composite index that attempts to rank economies based on the affordability of the Internet. Here’s another take on the same, from the World Economic Forum. It is also interesting to note that there are 14 countries where the ...

Taking research to policy is our thing; social science is a means to that, not an end. Yet, we cannot help but think of how weak an instrument social science has become, especially in South Asia. Here is something I wrote in relation to some internal discussions a few months back: Expressed demand for social science may be difficult to ...

What We Saw: The Best Of Infotel 2014 Infotel’s ended – three days of trade-fair-slash-ICT exhibition have come to a halt, the banners have been packed up and the exhibitors gone home. While the highlights of this year didn’t quite reach the jam-packed noise of last year’s Infotel, it was definitely a larger event. Our list of the best stalls starts with the IT Museum – not exactly an ...

Today was one of my Grandma’s death anniversaries so my uncle and aunt had arranged for a meal to be given to a rather poor elders home in Panadura. I took the whole lot and drove them to the place. It broke my heart to see the suffering each one of them go through and they could really use some ...

The politicians of China, Japan, South Korea and Viet Nam have locked horn over the maritime rights in South China Sea. Simultaneously, the telecoms carriers of these countries have been laying optical fiber cables underneath the same disputed water to connect each other. Dubbed as “Asia Pacific Gateway” or APG, this cable lands at Tanah Merah (Singapore), Kuantan (Malaysia), Songkhla ...

A few seconds ago I was reading a book my mum bought me, which is the English version of Maha Rahathun wedimaga osse Part 1 and it’s a real eye opener. I can hear a drunk set of boys outside loudly singing Oba apple malak wagey. So annoying. Insomnia is happy that there’s another reason as to why I can’t ...

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