Art, Lecture, Main Gallery (Kawilihan), Museum, UP Vargas Museum, Workshop

Art Beyond Appearances – Physics Looks Into Painting Project Workshops

In line with the exhibit Art Beyond Appearances: Caring for Amorsolo’s Legacy at the UP Vargas Museum, project proponents from the National Institute of Physics (NIP) and Electrical and Electronics Engineering Institute (EEEI) will facilitate a workshop on Advanced Digital Archiving Techniques and Indoor Microclimate Monitoring.

Advanced digital archiving techniques: Capturing color and texture

16 April 2009, 8:30 AM-5:30 PM
Conservation Research Laboratory, UPVM
Facilitator: Dr. Maricor Soriano, NIP

Cultural heritage objects are traditionally archived using photography. However, images captured by a digital camera are influenced by the light source, the camera sensitivity and camera white balance settings. Furthermore, paintings are not only characterized by color but also by the texture of brushstrokes while 3D heritage objects such as sculptures are never fully captured by a 2D image. This workshop will orient the participants on the basic optics for spectral and 3D imaging of heritage objects. It will demonstrate that quite advanced digital archiving can be achieved at low cost. The workshop will be delivered through a series of lecture demonstrations and hands-on activities involving artworks. Participants are required to bring their own digital cameras.

8:30-10:00       Introduction to the Workshops; Color and spectra; Lighting for heritage objects
10:00-10:30     Coffee Break
10:30-12:00      Spectroradiometry and spectral imaging techniques
12:00-1:30        Lunch Break
1:30-3:00         3-D visualization
3:00-3:30         Coffee Break
3:30-5:00         Fringe projection and photometric stereometry

Indoor Microclimate Monitoring

17 April 2009, 8:30 AM-5:30 PM
Conservation Research Laboratory, UPVM
Facilitator: Engr. Marc Talampas, EEEI

The levels and fluctuations of temperature and relative humidity (RH) greatly influence the rate of deterioration of artwork. In order to conserve artwork, the microclimate of art spaces must be carefully controlled and continuously monitored. While it is relatively easy to take measurements of temperature and RH, this task becomes tedious when an increased number and frequency of measurements have to be made. Traditional methods of measurement also use a limited number of sensors, decreasing the spatial resolution of microclimate data. This workshop introduces the participants to various tools to automate the monitoring and collection of temperature and RH data in art spaces. Locally manufactured alternatives to expensive, imported tools will be demonstrated.

8:30-10:00      RH and temperature as agents of destruction; Monitoring tools-analog vs. digital, manual vs. automated
10:00-10:30    Coffee Break
10:30-12:00    Exercise – measuring the temperature and RH at different points in a room
12:00-1:30       Lunch Break
1:30-3:00         Sensor networks-increasing the spatial and temporal resolution of measurements; Observing the conditions at the Kawilihan Gallery using the sensor network and the gradient map, identifying heat sources and heat sinks
3:00-3:30         Coffee Break
3:30-5:00         Fringe projection and photometric stereometry


About Jorge B. Vargas Museum

It aims to preserve its collection donated by Jorge B. Vargas and conducts research, exhibitions, publications, and educational programs. The Vargas Museum and Filipiniana Research Center houses a museum, archives, and library devoted to the Philippine history, art, and culture from the late 19th century until the post-war era. Its main beneficiaries are students, faculty, researchers and scholars of the Philippines and Asia.

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Session Advisory: The Art Workshops of Fernando B. Sena at the Vargas Basement concluded last 2 December. Sessions and registration will resume on 20 January 2018. More than a hundred guests gather at the public reception of Place of Region in the Contemporary on 8 December 2017, Friday. 
UP Vargas Museum opens this first project of the Philippine Contemporary Art Network (PCAN) built through three nodes in a network: Knowledge Production and Circulation; Exhibition and Curatorial Analysis; Public Engagement and Artistic Formation. The project endeavors to activate a network to coordinate a range of interventions in contemporary art in the Philippines and to cast a sharper profile for it on an inter-local and trans-regional scale. It is keen to confront the requirements of research and discourse; curate art and subject the curatorial gesture to critique; and propose modes of catalyzing the public sphere of art and in the process harness the energies of its agents. The project at the UP Vargas Museum will run until 27 January 2018. Public programs for the project will happen next year. The Philippine Contemporary Art Network (PCAN) will open its initial project at the Vargas Museum on 8 December 2017 at 4pm. For more information, visit or the Facebook event page of the project: Place of Region in the Contemporary DEVOUR will close today at 5pm at the 3F Galleries.  We thank all who visited the show. Place of Region in the Contemporary will open next Friday, 8 December 2017 at 4pm. Please take note of our schedule until 08 December 2017:

30 November (Thursday)
Non-working Holiday (Bonifacio Day)

01 December (Friday)
Last day of DEVOUR show at the 3F Galleries

02-07 December (Saturday-Thursday)
Galleries are closed for ingress of new show. Offices are open as usual. 
08 December (Friday) at 4pm
Opening reception of Place of Region in the Contemporary FINAL WEEK: Katti Sta Ana's Devour is on view until 1 December 2017, Friday. We are closed on Thursday for public holiday.

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