Border Movement proudly presents: Pettah Interchange Marketplace
You might remember last year’s Pettah Interchange, a watershed episode of the Lankan music underground. Border Movement Sri Lanka’s signature calendar event of the year returns to Colombo on Saturday, 10th August at the Old Town Hall of Pettah. The multidisciplinary gig will feature German electronic duo Skinnerbox, Gaurav of Delhi’s BLOT!, Mumbai’s future garage specialist Sandunes and Colombo’s Asvajit, Kinesthetics 0800, Music Matters Collective, Geve and Sunara.
The venue for the event is an iconic auction hall presently used by Colombo’s incense sellers. The Market Place will allow Border Movement to continue its (pioneering) quest to not only unearth raw talent in the region, but to reform, reshape and reignite unique venues across South Asia in the process. The music will center around the Minilogues live jamming of Skinnerbox, the audiovisual trickery of BLOT! and the experimental soundscapes of Sandunes. Sri Lanka will be (re)presented by its house and techno mainstays Asvajit (fresh off a breakthrough European tour), Geve and Sunara, together with Musicmatters supergroup Kinesthetics 0800 and street jazz by Sumudi Suraweera & John White, Hania Luthufi & Joel as well as Mars Madness on MPC.
The event will feature a multidisciplinary VJing workshop (“VJ Interchange”) by Avinash of BLOT!, aimed at building a visual vocabulary to engage with and explore the coalition of the old city and the new. Historic film and illustrations by young artists centered around Pettah will form part of the raw material for the workshop. The session plans to encourage young Lankan talent to explore the possibilities of VJing, by rendering, remixing and re-contextualizing visual reels with contemporary art within the spaces of the venue. This is in the belief that projecting new and historical visual textures back onto old architecture, will allow them to re-engage with the past via a new medium.
The plot will thicken further through an exhibition by CoCA on “interactive art in the form of furniture”, with the eventual aim of giving something back to the venue (whose time-honoured floor on which the music of the night will stand) by restoring some of the market carts and furniture to remain in Pettah for the everyday use of local communities.
Written By Kettanka Russulle