Colombo Art Biennale Opening Night

Friday 2nd December 6.30pm-late

ZMAX Fairway Hotel 

We curated a very special Video Jam programme for the opening night of the Colombo Art Biennale. Featuring short films by award winning local Sri-Lankan & international artists, each scored by a different musician/sound artist.


Machine Film by Rowland Hill scored by Martin Janicek

Extract from Light in the Yellow Breathing Space by Vimukthi Jayasundara scored by Nichola Scrutton

God Is A DJ by Hetain Patel scored by Imaad Majeed and Sarani Perera

Añar / அஞர்/ මනෝඝාතය by Cassie Machado scored by Gayathri Khemadasa

Banquet Of Love by Haruka Mitani scored by Music Matters members Rohit Gupta, Isaac Smith and Sumudi Suraweera

The Holy Merchandise by Muvindu Binoy scored by Music Matters members Isuru Kumarasinghe, Sarani Perera and Uvindu Perera

Mot Mouldy's Flea Circus by Tom O'Meara scored by Julius Mitchell 

You Could Sunbathe In This Storm by Alice Dunseath scored by Asvajit Boyle

Special thanks to ZMAX Fairway Hotel, TNL Radio Network & Decibel.

  • Machine Film by Rowland Hill

    Machine Film juxtaposes man made and natural forms in motion sourced from Mechanical Principles (1930) and H20 (1929) by Ralph Steiner. The piece was originally commissioned by Manchester Science and Industry Museum for a three screen installation. Rowland Hill is an artist and curator based in London. She has presented her work - in the form of video screenings, installation and live performance - across the UK and Europe. She is currently studying for an MA in Fine Art at The Slade (London).
  • scored by Martin Janíček

    Martin Janíček is an artist, sculptor, musician, instrument builder and sound designer whose work explores the acoustic qualities of various materials. Born in 1961, Martin originally trained at bronze foundry, Studying Academy of Fine Arts in Prague 1990-97 and later working as assistant of professor Milos Šejn at Conceptual Department of AFA, Prague for 6 years. Since 2000 collaborations include being a core member of mamapapa ngo, numerous site specific projects in CR and abroad exploring unused spaces and social issues such as minorities, homeless and language.
  • Light in the Yellow Breathing Space (extract) by Vimukthi Jayasundara

    Vimukthi is an internationally acclaimed director known for his surreal films that erase the borders between fiction and documentary, cinema and visual art. He made his directorial debut with the Forsaken Land (2005), which won the Camera d’Or for best first feature at Cannes. Jayasundara followed this with Between Two Worlds (2009), which competed at the Venice Film Festival, and has been shown at over 100 festivals internationally. In appreciation of Vimukthi’s contribution to local and international cinema, he was decorated with ‘Kalakeerthi’ – the highest national honour for arts and culture in Sri Lanka.
  • scored by Nichola Scrutton

    Nichola Scrutton is a freelance composer, sound artist and experimental vocalist based in Glasgow, Scotland. Nichola is particularly interested in the voice/body relationship and vocal soundscape composition (live and recorded), evocations of space and place through real and imaginary soundscapes, and improvisational processes. Her work spans a range of self-directed projects, interdisciplinary and participatory collaborations. Nichola pursued practice-based research in electroacoustic composition at the University of Glasgow, funded by the AHRC, and was awarded a PhD for her portfolio Hearing Voices in 2009. She is currently one of the artists-in- residence with UZ Arts at Sura Medura in Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka.
  • God is a DJ by Hetain Patel

    'God is a DJ' (2014) is Hetain Patel's first animation, using the technique of rotoscoping to animate live footage of his mother, Leela, enacting a daily domestic routine. This medium allows for the omission of details such as Leela's skin colour, her race and class, and the specifics of where she is and what she is doing. Patel's interest is to focus the viewer’s attention on the repetition of domestic movements, and the inherited and practiced movements of day-to-day life that often remain hidden; including the association between working with one's hands and working class identity. Patel is an artist based in London who makes photographs, videos, sculptures and live performances, usually for galleries and theatres. They have also appeared on the web, on television, in print, in housing estates, and behind toilet doors. Some of his works are in public and private collections in the U.K, China, India and U.S.A. He is interested in connecting marginalised identities with the mainstream in an effort to destabilise notions of authenticity and promote personal freedom. With an autobiographical starting point he uses humour and the languages of popular culture to highlight familiarity within the exotic, recognition within the unknown.
  • scored by Imaad Majeed

    Imaad Majeed is a 25 year old poet, rapper and singer-songwriter. His work tends to focus on sociopolitical issues, often making commentary on current affairs or picking at the scabs of historical blunders. He is the organizer and curator of Kacha Kacha, an underground gig that features poets, rappers and singer-songwriters performing in Sinhala, English and Tamil.
  • & scored by Sarani Perera

    Sarani Perera is an experimental musician and has been a member of Sri Lanka’s first experimental music collective, Musicmatters, since 2010. Sarani’s musical practice focuses on sonic art, free ensemble improvisation and contemporary experimental composition. In 2015 Sarani released his solo sonic art EP "Moss Garden”, an improvisational noise album using only a guitar, amplifier and pedals. Sarai is also a member of several collaborative efforts including the DJ duo Tomcat and Magnum, Thriloka, Colombo 00200 Kinesthetics, Sakwala Chakraya and Serendib Sorcerers. He has performed at numerous festivals including Atman Festival, Galle Music Festival, Pettah Interchange, Jaffna Music Festival, Trincomalee Music Festival, Downtown Pulse, SAARC Bands Festival Delhi, Fête de la Musique and Colomboscope.
  • அஞர்/ මනෝඝාතය (Añar) by Cassie Machado

    Cassie Machado (b.1982, United Kingdom) is an artist of British and Sri Lankan descent. She received her BA in English from King’s College London. In 2011, Cassie was awarded the Fundación Botín Residency Award by Paul Graham and in 2016 held her first solo exhibition at Saskia Fernando Gallery, Colombo. The title of her film, taken from the title of a poem by Cheran means 'trauma' in English but in Tamil and Sinhala the word more specifically denotes a complex trauma resulting from war. The film portrays a Sri Lankan dancer who was abducted and tortured by the Sri Lankan security forces after the end of the war in 2009. The type of dance used is called Bharatanatayam, a form of Indian classical dance that originated in the Hindu temples of Tamil Nadu in Southern India. Although traditionally and most commonly performed by women the male dancer uses the steps from this dance called Thandava. This is a particular dance belonging to Lord Shiva who is one of the main Gods in Hinduism. According to myth, he performs this dance when he furiously fights against evil, destroying injustices and establishing peace in the world. The film was originally scored by Nicolas Jaar c/o Other People and Pete Raeburn c/o Soundtree Music.
  • scored by Gayathri Khemadasa

    Gayathri Khemadasa is a Sri Lankan composer and contemporary classical pianist. She began performing in public in 2005 in order to raise money for the victims of the 2004 Asian Tsunami. In 2011, she was awarded a Fulbright Professional Scholarship and became a visiting scholar at Wesleyan University where she premiered her opera on Phoolan Devi. Khemadasa is the music director of the Khemadasa Foundation, a charity set up by her father to educate the underprivileged youth of Sri Lanka in music and performance. She became the first Sri Lankan woman to win an award for film music when she scored the music to the Nilendra Dishapriya's award winning film 'Thanha Rathi Ranga', for which she won Best Original Score at the 2015 TV Derana Film Awards. This was followed up by recognition in the same category by SIGNIS and Hiru TV in 2016.
  • Banquet Of Love by Haruka Mitani

    Banquet of Love was assembled by Haruka Mitani and Michael Lyons to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Norman McLaren’s birth by scratching and painting directly on overexposed 8mm film. Mitani is an independent filmmaker based in Kyoto. She was raised in a traditional Kyoto lacquer-ware crafts family and received a degree in Image Arts and Science at Ritsumeikan University. The ideas of transformation and abstraction appear to be strong elements in much of her work.
  • scored by Music Matters members Rohit Gupta, Isaac Smith and Sumudi Suraweera

    Musicians Rohit Gupta (keys), Isaac Smith (double bass) and Sumudi Suraweera (drums) are members of The Music Matters Collective, which has created a significant impact in Colombo’s alternative music scene since their establishment in 2010. The collective consists of local and international musicians interested in exploring new musical processes which are relevant to Sri Lanka. In addition to making music, the musicians of Music Matters Collective has established its reputation for successfully introducing an alternative performance based educational method for music education.
  • The Holy Merchandise by Muvindu Binoy

    Muvindu Binoy is an independent filmmaker and artist living and working in Sri Lanka. His debut solo exhibition titled ‘ The Holy Merchandise’ took place at Saskia Fernando Gallery in March 2015. This series of work created both in Sri Lanka and Australia were inspired by his observations of current affairs and personal experiences. Some of his collages from the ‘The Holy Merchandise’ were selected by ‘PIX Magazine’ to be showcased in an exhibition
  • scored by Music Matters

    Performers: Isuru Kumarasinghe (electronics), Sarani Perera (guitars/electronics), Uvindu Perera (bass/percussion)
  • You Could Sunbathe in this Storm by Alice Dunseath

    Alice is a London based filmmaker and animation director. She works with materials, liquids, chemicals, crystals or elements that have a life of their own. Choreographing them around the screen to music or sounds to make visual poetry that encourages viewers to contemplate the bigger picture. She is also an Associate Lecturer in Animation at Goldsmiths College, University of London.
  • scored by Asvajit Boyle

    As part of the first wave of electronic musicians to emerge from post-war Sri Lanka, Asvajit has spent nearly a decade taking charge of dance-floors with his passionate mixing style and often playful blend of funk-laden grooves contrasted by deeper elements of house and techno music. With his productions released on record labels world-wide and performances in London and Berlin at clubs such as KOKO, Kater Holzig, Sisyphos, Suicide Circus and the notorious Golden Gate. Asvajit is also an audio/visual artist and designer as well as the founder and curator of Jambutek Recordings; an independent electronic music imprint and artist collective based in Colombo.