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Goethe's interest in alternate spaces extended into another project – CoCA or the Collective of Contemporary Artists had been formed earlier around the notion of creating art in public spaces. In the spirit of collaboration, CoCA and Pettah Interchange have partnered up, sharing venues as each brought something unique to the party. CoCA is the result of Goethe-Institut's Art Needs Space program, initiated in conjunction with Colombo Art Biennale (CAB) 2011. Florian Waldvogel, curator at the world renowned Kunstverein in Hamburg, kicked off the project with a workshop. Subsequent collaborations with visiting artists like Nomad have propelled CoCA further along their chosen route.
Now that the Goethe-Institut's Art Needs Space project is complete, Björn Ketels is pleased to see CoCA's continuing progress. "Presenting art in odd venues and bringing art to areas in town which are not usually known for hosting art events is something that has really begun to catch on," he says, illustrating his point with a reference to Pettah Exposé, CoCA's most recent exhibition at the Old Town Hall.