Archive for January, 2015

The Great Arc: The Dramatic Tale of How India Was Mapped – A Talk by John Keay

Saturday, January 31st, 2015

Thursday, 5th February 2015 | 7:00 pm

Join us at T2F for a talk by British historian, John Keay as he takes us on a journey through the nineteenth century’s most ambitious scientific endeavor.

The Great Indian Arc of the Meridian, begun in 1800, was the longest measurement of the earth’s surface ever to have been attempted. Its 1,600 miles of inch-perfect survey took nearly fifty years, cost more lives than most contemporary wars, and involved equations more complex than any in the pre-computer age. Hailed as “one of the most stupendous works in the history of science”, it was also one of the most perilous. Snowy mountains and tropical jungles, floods and fevers, tigers and scorpions all took their toll on the band of surveyors as they crossed the Indian subcontinent carrying instruments weighing half a ton.

William Lambton, an endearing genius, had conceived the idea; George Everest, an impossible martinet, completed it. This saga of astounding adventure and gigantic personalities not only resulted in the first accurate measurement of the highest peak in the world but defined India as we know it and significantly advanced our scientific understanding of the planet.

John Keay

About the Speaker

Born in 1941 in Devon, England, John Keay was educated at Ampleforth College, York and Magdalen College, Oxford, where he was a scholar in Modern History. His tutors included the historian A J P Taylor and the playwright Alan Bennet. He first visited India in 1965 and has been returning there about every two years ever since. After a brief spell as a political correspondent, he assisted in the revision of the last edition of John Murray’s Handbook to India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka (1975) and wrote Into India, his first book. A string of acclaimed works followed – and continues. The paperback of his The Honourable Company has been reprinted a dozen times and India: A History went into a new and expanded edition in 2010. The ‘exquisitely written’ (Observer) China: A History has also become a classic. Midnight’s Descendants promises more of the same.

In 2009 the Royal Society for Asian Affairs awarded John Keay its Sir Percy Sykes Memorial Medal for his literary contribution to Asian studies, and in 2009 the Royal Literary Fund appointed him to a Literary Fellowship at the University of Dundee and then (2013) at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He has lectured for the British Council all over India and has frequently accompanied tour groups in South and Southeast Asia.

This event is brought to you in partnership with the British Council.

Date: Thursday, 5th February, 2015
Time: 7:00 pm
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.


Good Clean Fun: Concert featuring Raahi

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

Friday, 30th January 2015 | 7:30 pm

Join us at T2F for an evening of live music featuring the all-new band, Raahi.

We are excited to present the Good Clean Fun series; a one-stop solution for your Friday night. Raahi will be performing live at #GCF1, featuring Omran Shafique, Ahsan Bari, Sameer Ahmed and Gumby. The T2F Concession Stand will be serving finger-licking good party food. Bring your friends and your dancing shoes.

Doors open at 7:30 pm.

Good Clean Fun

Date: Friday, 30th January 2015
Time: 7:30 pm
Entry: Rs. 1000 (tickets available for purchase at T2F now)
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.


Mobile Phone Cinema and the Mega-City

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

Monday, 26th January 2015 | 7:00 pm

Join us at T2F for an evening of short films and conversation featuring Till Passow and Yaminay Nasir Chaudhri.

Award-winning German filmmaker, Till Passow has been in Karachi for a few weeks running a workshop titled ‘Micro Moves: Human-Urban/Surviving Strategies in a Mega-City’. The workshop participants have learned how to produce short films using cell phones and we are excited to be able to showcase them at T2F. The screenings will be followed by a conversation with Till Passow and Yaminay Nasir Chaudhri.

Mobile Phone Cinema and the Mega-City

Till Passow was trained at HFF “Konrad Wolf” Film and Television Academy, Potsdam-Babelsberg Germany and Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute, Kolkata. Till’s documentary films ‘Mast Qalandar’ shot in Sehwan, Pakistan and ‘Howrah’ shot in India have won numerous prestigious awards and honors. His recent work ‘Mor Sahib – The Crocodile Saint’ was shot in Manghopir, Pakistan.

Yaminay Nasir Chaudhri is a visual artist and founder of the Tentative Collective, an organization that interrogates ideas of public space. Yaminay has a degree in architecture from Cornell University and an MFA in combined media studio arts from State University of New York at Albany. She has taught Contemporary Art and Visual Theory at Karachi University, Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, SZABIST and the Aga Khan University. Her independent work explores ideas of home, belonging, separation and loss.

This event is part of our Creative Innovation series, in collaboration with SZABIST Media Sciences.

Date: Monday, 26th January, 2015
Time: 7:00 pm
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.


Mining Karachi’s Datafields

Monday, January 19th, 2015

Tuesday, 20th January 2015 | 7:00 pm

Join us at T2F for the inaugural meetup of Hacks/Hackers Pakistan as we talk about data gathering and visualization in the newsroom.

The Express Tribune’s former city editor Mahim Maher and creative editor Amna Iqbal will present data-driven stories about violence in Karachi, its constituency boundaries and dangerous traffic arteries that they have worked on together. They will share the challenges they faced in collecting and visualizing data for storytelling.

Evidence-based journalism need not end at storytelling any more. Come join us to start talking about what more can be done with data and how data and visualization can be used to create even better journalism and tools for citizens.

Mining Karachi's Datafields

Amna Iqbal is a graphic designer and a visual journalist. She headed the creative department at The Express Tribune from 2009 to 2014 and currently teaches at The Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture.

Mahim Maher was the city editor at The Express Tribune from 2009 to 2013. She has worked at The Friday Times, Dawn, Herald and Daily Times. She writes about Karachi and is interested in urban planning and violence.

h/hPakistan meets once a month at The Second Floor, Karachi where we network and learn to create data-driven projects, tools and media. h/hPakistan meetups are a combination of talks, trainings, demos and hackathons. If you are a journalist, designer, developer, social scientist who wants to learn data management and visualization skills or to find a partner to work with on a data-driven story, tool or visualization, then this is for you.

The event is free and open for all. Register here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/13XCEppT9jX4Nqd3kfoEN7Y_DSy-7BWepDyGi9xgKvoM/viewform

Hacks/Hackers
Hacks/Hackers Pakistan is part of the global Hacks/Hackers network, “a rapidly expanding international grassroots journalism organization with dozens of chapters (and counting) and thousands of members across four continents (and counting). Hacks/Hackers’ mission is to create a network of journalists (“hacks”) and technologists (“hackers”) who rethink the future of news and information.

Date: Tuesday, 20th January 2015
Time: 7:00 pm
Entry: Free! Contribute #3K4T2F and help us keep our doors open
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.


Jazz Fusion featuring Yousuf Kerai and Thomas Bergeron

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Saturday 17th January 2015 | 7:30 pm

Join us at T2F this Saturday for an evening of Jazz Fusion featuring Yousuf Kerai and Thomas Bergeron.

Yousuf Kerai and his ensemble, Tarz Group, will collaborate with trumpet player, Thomas Bergeron, fusing rich melodies from Jazz and South Asian classical music.

Yousuf and Thomas

Musicians

Thomas Bergeron – Trumpet
Islamuddin Meer – Violin
Kishwar Allah Ditta – Bass
Asif Imam – Keyboard
Yousuf Kerai – Tabla
Shehroze Hussain – Sitar

Tarz Group: https://www.facebook.com/Tarzgroup
Thomas Bergeron: http://thomasbergeronmusic.com

Date: Saturday, 17th January 2015
Time: 7:30 pm
Entry: Rs. 400
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.


The Craft of Breaking Conventions: Performance & Screenings featuring Fawzia Mirza

Friday, January 9th, 2015

Tuesday, 13th January 2015 | 7:00 pm

Join us at T2F for an evening with Fawzia Mirza; an actor, writer, producer and storyteller from Los Angeles and Chicago.

A lawyer turned performer, Fawzia Mirza’s work explores breaking down the myth of the ‘model minority’, spanning across race, religion, orientation and gender. Fawzia creates and writes web series, has produced documentaries, and has performed in many stage plays and short films in the US.

Fawzia will perform an excerpt of her play “Me, My Mom & Sharmila Tagore” which revolves around her relationship with her mother told through the lens of their shared love of iconic Indian film star, Sharmila Tagore. The performance will be followed by screenings of her other short video works, including a spoof of a Fair & Lovely commercial.

Fawzia Mirza

Date: Tuesday, 13th January 2015
Time: 7:00 pm
Entry: Free! Contribute #3K4T2F and help us keep our doors open
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.


Anima State: A Film by Hammad Khan

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

Thursday 15th & Friday 16th January 2015 | 7:00 pm

Join us at T2F for a screening of ‘Anima State’, a film that explores the psychological state of Pakistan and its inhabitants.

A masked gunman goes on a killing spree. Is it real or just an indie filmmaker trapped in a nightmare? In present-day Pakistan, a man wrapped in a bandaged mask embarks upon a random killing spree. After shooting eight people dead, he realizes that nobody seems to care about what he is doing. He decides to go onto a live television show with a plan …

Anima State

Running Time: 80 minutes
Language: Urdu with English Subtitles
Directed by: Hammad Khan
Written by: Hammad Khan
Cast: Uns Mufti, Malika Zafar, Omar Khalid Butt

The screening will be followed by a Q/A session with Hammad Khan and Uns Mufti. Hammad will join us via Skype and Uns will be at T2F.

Date: Thursday 15th & Friday 16th January 2015
Time: 7:00 pm
Entry: Free! Contribute #3K4T2F and help us keep our doors open
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.


Paracosmicdisco Remixed / Needful Things

Monday, January 5th, 2015

FYZ brings you a remix of his installation #paracosmicdisco along with a live open studio and sale of #needfulthings. FYZ is inpired by Miyazaki’s ‘Howl’s Moving Castle’, elements from Steampunk and ZAKOOTA from Ainak Wala Jinn. Artists are welcome to come and collaborate and add to the installation.

Fayez Agariah (FYZ) is a craftsperson. He says his day is not over until he has made an object. He is a graduate of the London College of Fashion, where he studied Theatre and Media Costume Design. ‘Needful Things’ is a series of 365 exhibitions, inspired by the Stephen King novel of the same title. Each new exhibit is a recap of what was there before and new ‘needful’ objects that are created on the spot.

FYZ

Date: Ongoing till Saturday, 10th January, 2015
Time: 12:00 noon – 10:00 pm
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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An Evening with Cat: Performance Poetry and Conversation featuring Catherine Brogan

Monday, January 5th, 2015

Wednesday, 7th January 2015 | 7:00 pm

T2F, Open Letters and Spoken Stage present an evening of performance poetry and conversation featuring acclaimed poet and educator, Catherine Brogan.

Catherine Brogan won the BBC Edinburgh Fringe Poetry Slam in 2011 and has performed at a series of festivals including Latitude, Cheltenham Literary Festival, Edinburgh Book Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Catherine is also a Spoken Word Poetry Educator as part of Peter Kahn’s Groundbreaking Spoken Word Educator Programme.

“Smart, angry, funny and right on the money. What’s not to like about Catherine Brogan?”Giles Fraser, Guardian Columnist

Cat Brogan

Date: Wednesday, 7th January, 2015
Time: 7:00 pm
Entry: Rs. 400 (includes tea)
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.


Interactive Storytelling for Children by Dheere Bolo

Monday, January 5th, 2015

Tuesday, 6th January 2015 | 5:00 pm

Join us at T2F for an evening of interactive storytelling and music for children.

Dheere Bolo’s interactive storytelling sessions are built around original Urdu songs and stories from their collection. Come meet Bahadur Shah Bano and Spaceman Iftikhar, and clap along to happy tunes about fireflies, rainbows, and butterflies.

Dheere Bolo is an activist publishing house, creating stories and content from Pakistan for Pakistani children.

Dheere Bolo

Date: Tuesday, 6th January, 2015
Time: 5:00 pm
Suggested Donation: Anything you like. Please support our vision of intellectual poverty alleviation by donating generously.
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.