Kochi: Film director Aashiq Abu and his wife and actor Rima Kallingal on Friday jointly launched a mobile app which will make the entire range of information about Kochi-Muziris Biennale'14 available to visitors literally at their fingertips.
Launching the app, which is a first-of-its-kind, Aashiq Abu said: "Artists like us were very much excited to watch the first edition of the biennale. The second edition seems more innovative and this application is one such innovation." He said he was so impressed with the idea of such an app which brings information about each exhibit even as one views it.
Rima Kallingal congratulated Biennale president Bose Krishnamachari and programmes director Riyas Komu for their relentless efforts to make the event better with innovative ideas. She said the biennale is an exception to Keralites' habit of frowning at changes.
KMB'14 curator Jitish Kallat said that the application gets relevance as smartphones have become common. "It is like carrying a catalogue on the biennale with you. You can accumulate information and send it to your friends and people can get updates on the event even after the biennale is over," he said.
The app will democratise the biennale which is already known as a people's biennale, programmes director Riyas Komu said.
Kochi Biennale Foundation trustee and former RAW chief Hormis Tharakan was present at the function.
Designed by Sinergia Media Labs, the free app can be downloaded from the biennale website (kochimuzirisbiennale.org), iTunes or Google Play Store, and is available on iOS and Android.
The details scroll on the screen corresponding to the visitor’s route, with the artwork nearest the visitor appearing on top. Visitors can share details via Facebook from the venues, with personalised messages. Photos and selfies can be uploaded on a ‘Gallery’, a selection of which can be viewed by everyone who has downloaded the app.