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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Internship program: We already closed the call for museum interns. We will have another batch in May. For Library Internships (UP Vargas Museum - Library and Archives), please check details posted here. Beyond Myself: Filipino Migrants' Investments in Philippine Futures is on its fifth week of viewing. This Curating Development exhibition is open until 28 March 2018. Books, reports, and other materials about #migration #policy are available for reading at the 3F South Wing, courtesy of colleagues from Goldsmiths - University of London, Scalabrini Migration Center Philippines, Enrich HK, Department of Sociology of The University of Hong Kong - HKU - 香港大學, and Keele University. The Living Architecture Exhibition is on view until 7 April 2018. Here is one of the four Tiyad structures created by Indy Paredes on the porches of the museum. Paredes will be joined by architecture and urban planning specialists on 24 March for the Artkitektura Exhibit Encounters 3: Vargas Conversations - "How can we make our cities more human?" Activity details will soon be posted on our Facebook event page. @artkitekturafestival Beyond Myself: Filipino Migrants' Investments in Philippine Futures at the 3F Galleries is extended until 28 March 2018. For guided tours, please send a message to

Image: One of the work journals created by London-based Filipino migrant workers through the Curating Development project with Kanlungan Filipino Consortium and Filipino Domestic Workers Association UK. We are extending the runs of the two shows here at Vargas:
1F - Living Architecture Exhibition: 7 April 2018
3F - Beyond Myself: Filipino Migrants' Investments in Philippine Futures: 28 March 2018 The internship program of the Vargas Museum is a good opportunity to understand and experience museum work. The museum invites undergraduate and graduate students of Art Studies, Humanities, Fine Arts, Curatorial Studies, Museum Studies, Cultural Heritage, History, Library Science, and Archives Studies to apply:

Please send applications to with subject line “INTERN-Museum APR 2018”. The program is designed to give the intern an overview of museum practices: collections management, curation, exhibition coordination, and educational programming. For March 2018, we need interns to assist with research of objects, manuscripts, and memorabilia for upcoming exhibitions.

Library and Archives INTERNS
Please send applications to with subject line “INTERNS-Library 2018”. Application is all year round.

Interns will index the serials collection, digitize the archive and memorabilia collection, and contribute to the inventory of the library collection. Applicants are preferably Library Science majors.
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