Tech and art collided at the Yaconnect Talk Series at hatch on Sunday, 31st August when six incredible individuals who work with tech and design spoke about their work in less than eight minutes.
What is Yaconnect Wired Design PechaKucha?
PechaKucha in Japanese means ‘chit chat’. With roots in Tokyo since 2003, PechaKucha is a form of storytelling that lets you show 20 images with a talk time of 20 seconds per image. Born out of a collaboration between Saskia Fernando Gallery and hatch Sri Lanka, this debut PechaKucha for art and technology was themed “Wired Design” and is a first in the Sri Lankan startup and co-working sphere.
It also marked the end of the “Artist in Residence” programme in which we house an artist and allow him or her to wreak colourful havoc within our space at hatch. The artist (and filmmaker) in question was Muvindu Binoy and the hatch community enjoyed watching his art come to life in the form of installations such as ‘Garden Of Kids’ and many others.
The idea is greater than the medium — Muvindu Binoy
Muvindu who kicked off the PechaKucha session, began his story from his childhood when he would draw Disney characters on the walls of his bedroom. “It’s not where you take things from, but where you take them to,” says Muvindu who speaks about the concept of originality in art. To him, nothing is really original, but your version of the concept, its impact and how you execute it, is.
Every brilliant product has a magic moment — Mayun Kalutantri
Mayun Kalutantri and Shavin Peiries of Very Bad Wizards presented their journey building a product and service designing agency. “What makes us use a particular app, product or service? What is that defining moment when a user decides that a particular technology will make a difference in their lives and start using it?” asks Mayun as he explores his and Shavin’s journey through human behaviour in technology.
My art is for myself — Charith Wijesundara
Charith who is an architect by profession uses his art to express his perception of the identity of a nation. His art captures many buildings and sculptures that define and question Sri Lanka at the same time. Some of his notable pieces include “Dissolution of Time” which replicates the movement of time during the Easter Attacks and the use of raksha/yaka (devil) mask in particular showcases prosperity and fear both.
Unlearn everything — Anish Wijesinghe
Founder of Motion Miracles and the Wibble app, mobile game developer, TedX speaker, professional tennis player, beatboxer and guitarist Anish told the story of how his childhood of being homeschooled led him to live a life that questions and unlearns everything. “School, teachers or students couldn’t define my boundaries. I lived in solitude, which made me feel safe to be free, to be curious and to be whoever I wanted to be,” said Anish.
Anish who ended up going to school for one year was in shock at how things were done. “I was questioning everything. How is an A+ going to encourage curiosity in kids?” asks Anish who tries to break any and all limitations that he finds himself in.
You don’t have to be serious — Sumudu Atukorale
Architect, sketch artist and filmmaker Sumudu shared some of his sketch art pieces which are inspired by many international and local individuals in the creative industry such as Freida Carlo, Salvador Dali, Mahatma Gandhi, Bodhi Keerthisena and Channa Daswatte. His art is a celebration of the people who have inspired him on his journey to be who he is today.
Break conventions of symmetry and balance — Lalindra Amarasekara
As an audio-visual artist, Lalindra creates motion graphics and multidimensional experiences for his audiences. Merging design with technology, Lalindra and his team at Cyber Illusions have created bold and striking illusions in many architectural heritage sites in Sri Lanka, among other visually stunning experiences.
“I loved watching the PechaKucha at Saskia Fernando Gallery in 2013 and haven’t seen the likes of it being executed in Sri Lanka for the tech and startup scene. And hatch as a place of startups and innovation would be the perfect place to run wild with this collaboration,” says Randhula de SilvaCEO of hatch works Sri Lanka who was thrilled to have facilitated this event.