Trinipedia, the living arts project presented its carnival series Shak Shak “An acoustic journey into the history of Carnival through Calypso”. The golden age of Calypso is long gone but much like the Griots of West Africa our Calypsonians have preserved our past in their
storytelling and music. Shak-Shak gives tribute to our Calypsonians and takes a tour with them into the past to capture the mood of Carnivals gone by, the golden age of Calypso and the historic events of the time.
Trinipedia is a wise little app that can see and recognize images and objects in the world around us bringing them to life. Trinipedia is the new interface for our culture, enabling you to discover hidden content and interact with the world in a new and exciting way.
Trinipedia uses Augmented reality (AR) – a cutting-edge technology that allows for a digitally enhanced view of the real world, connecting you with more meaningful content in your everyday life. With the camera and sensors in a smartphone or tablet, AR adds layers of digital information – videos, photos, sounds – directly on top of items in the world around us.
Queen’s Park Savannah Installations
13 original visual art banners will be created, one for each of the featured Calypsonian. The banners will be displayed around the perimeter of the Queens Park Savannah. In total 30 – 8ft by 6ft structures will be designed.
13 will be placed in chronological order (representing the decades) from North to South and then repeated from South to North. In addition 4 information banners describing the project will be placed on the four main roundabouts.
Each banner will display the image and profile of one of the selected calypsonians. When a user scans the image they will get pictures, an audio file and scripted content. The entire banner will be scannable with the image recognition technology.
Ministry of Arts and Multiculturalism
Trinbago Unified Calypso Organization – TUCO
National Archives of Trinidad and Tobago
The Artist – Makemba Kunle and Studio 66
Makemba, first showed his work in 1973 at the Art Society’s Annual Exhibition. Since then, he has exhibited on innumerable occasions in solo and collaborative projects throughout the country and internationally. In 1996 he was instrumental in the organization and staging of the historic “The Last Warrior” at the Pamberi Panyard.
Makemba has also been commissioned to execute portraits of personalities, which include Kathy Tyson, George Odlum, Tim Hector, and T.U. B. Butler. He has also brought his talents to a number of even more varied artistic endeavours such as stage and set design, costume design for Carnival and formal theatre: graphic illustrations and cover designs for books by some of the Caribbean’s leading authors and storytellers.
Musical Historian – Edward “Teddy” Pinheiro’s
Edward Pineriro is a Cultural archivist and researcher. He is probably one of the best kept secrets in T&T as far as his vast knowledge and collection of Carnival and calypso material are concerned.
His interest in information and tangible items related to calypso, Carnival and “combo” music, dates back to his time in New York in the mid-1960s.
Tuco and many others find him a useful resource person for hard-to-find music and information. In 2011, Pinheiro was presented with a Sunshine Award for his work, the Friends of the Arts Award for his in-depth study and research of the various art forms.
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