Archive for October, 2008

Rock the Mic

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

Karachi: 28th October 2008

openmic.jpgIt’s a clear sign – that Karachiites are absolutely starved for entertainment – when what felt like a mad crush of 300 people are squeezed into the cozy space at The Second Floor for Open Mic Night. The revival of the event (which has seen great stand up comedy acts and musical performances in the past) saw over a dozen acts performing in the space of two and a half hours. And it was a perfect dose of musical styles, genres and comedy.

Read the full story by Saba Imtiaz, reporting for The News (PDF – 120KB)



I Photograph to Remember

Monday, October 27th, 2008

I Photograph to Remember: The Art of Storytelling
Thursday, 30th Oct 2008 | 7:00 pm

All photography is “instantly posthumous” Susan Sontag once said. This aphorism seems to beat in each honest scene from life expressed in I Photograph to Remember, which is one of the most significant projects Pedro Meyer has undertaken in his entire career.

toremember.jpgJonathan Green explains the history of this work and brings to memory Pedro’s intimate story. He tells how at the end of the 1990s, he saw Pedro’s material for the first time and was struck by his enthusiasm to transfer it to CD-ROM, “a format that was just starting to have an impact in the new world of multimedia.” Meyer was also beginning to do digital photography – when most photographers in Mexico were still unfamiliar with it or were rejecting it – and therefore, as Green notes, I Photograph to Remember “is a conceptual bridge between his analog work and the digital work that followed,” where “the expressive and panoramic image of his father flying” invites the metaphor of this transition. The depth of emotion is expressed there, but the curator explores further. He signals how the intense Meyerian story opens by using his images as “innocent family photos” to reach a natural climax, although it seems severe to us; the use of black and white creating “tension between the white hospital gowns and darkness ever on the lurk”; the proximity of his voice and images brought in harmony with music by Manuel Rocha; expressing such compassion and tenderness for each fleeting instant; and like a corollary in the last question uttered by Liesel Richheimer to her son Pedro: “Why couldn’t we be this close all our lives?”

I Photograph to Remember will be presented by Zaheer A. Kidvai, followed by an open discussion on story-telling, photography, and new media. This event is part of the “Pedro Meyer’s Heresies” exhibition being held at T2F until 1st Dec 2008.

Date: Thursday 30th October, 2008
Time: 7:00 pm
Minimum Donation: Rs. 100
Venue: The Second Floor (T2F)
Address | Map

Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.


Pedro Meyer’s Heresies Launches at T2F

Friday, October 24th, 2008

Karachi: 21st October 2008

heresieslogo.jpgPedro Meyer’s Heresies is a retrospective comprising four decades of groundbreaking work by one of the world’s most innovative photographers. T2F is proud to be part of the Heresies exhibition – opening simultaneously in 60 museums worldwide in October 2008.

The Heresies exhibition launched at T2F on October 21st 2008 and will continue for 6 weeks.

Dawn | The News | Karachi Metblogs | 3 Quarks Daily | Dawn Gallery



Open Mic Night Returns

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

The Series Is Back With a Bang!
Sunday, 26 Oct 2008 | 7:00 pm

Open Mic Night is the premiere event for amateur and established acts to perform for a live audience. Anyone can do anything!

This month includes performances featuring:

7 on 3rd: high energy rock band
Hamad from Spoonfull: underground rocker gone acoustic
Sami Shah: highly offensive comedian
Sara Memon: ultra-talented songbird
FLAM: awesome new band, not to be confused with PHLEGM
Waqas Jamshed: soulful guitar man
Aunty Disco Project: self promoting bastards
Gunaah: another high energy rock band

openmic.jpgIf you want to perform at future Open Mic Nights, e-mail projectauntydisco@gmail.com and sign up! You can do anything; sing, dance, comedy, acting, poetry, juggling … whatever your talent may be, this is the place to show it!

Text: Omar Bilal Akhtar

Date: Sunday 26 October, 2008
Time: 7:00 pm
Minimum Donation: Rs. 200
Venue: The Second Floor (T2F)
Address | Map

Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.


Awesomest Donation Box E.V.E.R.

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

We took a 512K Mac (yes, kids, there was a time when memory was measured in kilobytes) and converted it into a donation box for PeaceNiche/T2F. This particular Mac shipped in September 1984; thanks Zak for hanging on to it all these years and for donating it to PeaceNiche.

Slip money in through the floppy drive slot and two things will happen:

1. You’ll feel warm and fuzzy inside, having contributed to a non-profit organization that delivers an intelligent alternative to consumption, mindlessness, and television.

2. You’ll get goosebumps being this close to a vintage Mac. In 1982, at a small party, Steve Jobs got his band of renegade developers to sign their names onto a piece of paper. The signatures were then engraved into the Macintosh mold and the team’s autographs were permenantly impressed into the case of every Mac that rolled off the production line. Check out all the signatures …

OK, enough Apple folklore, now cough up some cash and help us keep PeaceNiche/T2F running.

Donate Now


Tunnel Vision

Monday, October 20th, 2008

An Evening with Shandana Minhas, Author of “Tunnel Vision”
Friday, 24th Oct 2008 | 7:00 pm

tunnelvision.jpgTunnel Vision is the story of Ayesha Siddiqui, 31 and independent. She proposes to the man she loves; his silence makes her crash through the windshield of her car. In her comatose state, Ayesha floats between Time Past and Time Present. The narrative meanders through her life, throwing up startling facts about her immediate family, relatives and friends. It is set against the backdrop of Karachi – a city where the past, present and future battle it out on billboards, TV and the backs of rickshaws.

Tunnel Vision was published in November 2007 by Roli Books and short-listed for the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book.

“The provocative opening to Shandana Minhas‘ debut novel is the perfect introduction to her book – piercingly witty and acutely perceptive, with a strong sense of place and an avid appreciation of the ridiculous … the city is not so much a backdrop but rather an active participant in Minhas’s universe …”
Dawn Books and Authors

“Tunnel Vision is written with zest and verve. Minhas’ character portraits are exceptional, especially that of Ayesha and her scheming, victim-playing mother.”
DNA, Mumbai

About the Author

Shandana Minhas was born in Karachi in 1975 and is not dead yet (apologies to Terry Pratchett). In the years since she dropped out of college she has written for stage, screen and print, taught at a high school and a university, and perfected the art of looking very busy while doing very little. Her column Don’t Shoot the Messenger appears in The News on Sunday, her column Djinn and Tonic appears regularly on www.chowk.com, her novella Rafina is being adapted into a feature film by acclaimed director Sabiha Sumar, and about twice a year someone is stupid enough to give her money to script a documentary or write copy. Shandana’s first collection of poetry will be published by Chowk Press in San Francisco in early 2009 and she is currently working on her second novel. She considers having had a baby without an epidural her biggest accomplishment to date.

Date: Friday 24th October, 2008
Time: 7:00 pm
Minimum Donation: Anything you like
Venue: The Second Floor (T2F)
Address | Map

Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.


Pedro Meyer’s Heresies: A Retrospective – Launches Oct 21

Saturday, October 18th, 2008

Pedro Meyer’s Heresies is a retrospective comprising four decades of groundbreaking work by one of the world’s most innovative photographers.

T2F is proud to be part of the Heresies exhibit – opening simultaneously in 60 museums worldwide in October 2008.

Mexican photographer Pedro Meyer is as renowned for his powerful and provocative photographs as he is for his pioneering work with digital imaging. Meyer’s photographs consistently test the limits of truth, fiction and reality. With the advent of digital photography in the early 1990s, Meyer evolved from a documentary photographer who created so-called “straight photographs” into a digital-documentarian who often combines photographic elements from disparate times and places to arrive at a different or higher truth.

Meyer’s oft-expressed contention that all photographs – digitally manipulated or not – are equally “true” and “untrue” has been labeled “heretical” in the orthodox documentary photography community. Hence the title “Heresies”.

Pedro Meyer - Heresies
Meyer’s personal innovations in the field of digital photography include creating the first CD-ROM to combine sound and images, creating the first digital prints ever made and in 1994, creating his renowned online photography forum, zonezero.com – the most-visited digital photography content site on the web.

In addition to these artistic and technical contributions, Meyer’s trailblazing work on behalf of Latin American photographers, beginning with his establishment of the Mexican Council of Photography in the late 1970s, effectively organized and elevated photography as an art form across an entire continent.

Heresies Events at T2F

  • Heresies Part I: 21st October 2008
  • I Photograph to Remember – The Art of Storytelling: 30th October 2008
  • Heresies Part II: 4th November 2008
  • Cell Phones: A Different Way of Seeing – A workshop conducted by Amean J: 8th November 2008
  • Digital Montage: The Potential to Expand Visual Language – A workshop conducted by Farah Mahbub: Date To Be Announced
  • Heresies Part III: 18th November 2008
  • Screening of Truths and Fictions followed by a panel discussion with Karachi’s leading photographers: 18th November 2008

We are grateful to Sony Center @ Clifton Outlet for partnering with us for the Heresies Exhibition.


Sabeen Mahmud Profiled by DAWN Review

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

Saad Shafqat Interviews PeaceNiche/T2F Founder for DAWN Review – a weekly magazine published by the DAWN Media Group.

The Dawn Review (PDF – 80KB)



Gig Featuring “Bell”

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

Join us for a music performance featuring “Bell”, an up and coming band
Sunday, 19th Oct 2008 | 8:00 pm

bell.jpgThe 4 members of “Bell” met a year ago at a jam session. They connected instantly and decided to form a band, committed to making the “Bell” ring 😉 Their musical influences include Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Ben Harper, The Doors, and Radiohead and the band is currently working on a 2-CD conceptual album with themes of eternity and terror.

This Sunday, “Bell” will perform progressive/classic rock covers and originals.

Zeeshan Lalani on Guitar
Abid Haider on Guitar
Ahmed Nayani on Bass
Shahab Hussain on Vocals

“Bell” dropped by at T2F for an informal jam a few weeks ago and we loved what we heard. Do come and check them out.

Date: Sunday 19th October, 2008
Time: 8:00 pm
Minimum Donation: Rs. 100
Venue: The Second Floor (T2F)
Address | Map

Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.


An NRP’s Impression of Social Changes in Pakistan

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

15th October 2008

wadi.jpgI see people my age very integrated both socially and engaged in purposeful projects. T2F is one example. A social entrepreneurship project it is working on intellectual poverty allevation by providing a community space for dialogue, exposure to art, and the plain and simple hanging out with like minded folks. For those Pakistanis looking for more exposure to culture, art, and discussion this is a great group. Through it I have learned about the Pakistani theater for social change scene in a language I understand. Also for the first time in my life I have heard about the oppression of Zia’s islamicised laws on Pakistani soil as opposed to just reading factual reporting in papers.

Read the Full Post on Wadiwallah’s Blog