PhD researcher Syma Tariq is attending the Sri Lankan interdisciplinary arts festival Colomboscope for its current edition Language is Migrant as part of her project A Thousand Channels, a series of soundworks and audio reports that listens across multiple Indian Ocean territories and beyond, crossing diasporic fringes and linguistic and musical enclaves. She is also facilitating several sessions of the Hearing Voices Cafe, an ongoing project by artist Dora García, taking place at the Viharamahadevi Park Cafeteria in Colombo during the festival.
Colomboscope runs from 20 – 30 January 2022 across multiple venues, the full program and visitor information is available here
A Thousand Channels is available to listen to online here
Hearing Voices Cafe runs daily at 4pm throughout the festival in Lak Cafe, Viharamahadevi park – the schedule is available here
The festival brings together intergenerational cultural practices from across Sri Lanka, South Asia and varied international contexts fostering global dialogue. Curated by Anushka Rajendran with artistic director Natasha Ginwala, several commissioned artworks and long-term projects will mobilize acts of transmission that embrace collective synergies and refuse parochial attitudes that are on the rise while dwelling in place. Instead, the channeling of sonic frequencies, live acts and spaces of reading become elemental instruments that sustain the traffic of creative processes, biographical timekeeping, engaged listening and senses of diasporic belonging.