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New Directions in Art Studies

New Directions in Art Studies

The Second Art Studies conference aims to chart emergent directions in art writing, pedagogy, criticism and production of Philippine art. The latter is broadly conceived, from the visual and literary to the architectural and performative and on to the hypermediated. While the 2002 Art Studies conference reflected on discourses that have shaped writing on Philippine art, this conference maps out new disciplinal streams and modes of studying Philippine art. As such, it is seen as a platform of inquiry situating Philippine art studies in a critically interpretive and interrogative space. While the reflexive posture that the conference takes signals the act of looking back, it also intimates possibilities and directions, and aims to form coherent signposts and productive engagements for scholars, researchers and artists alike, in the future.

The conference explores the following themes:
• Production of knowledge about Philippine art

• Systems sustaining dominant knowledge of Philippine art

• Art and the everyday – revisiting the links between art and life

• Spaces of pedagogy and spaces of critique

• Art practice as pedagogical possibility

• Tracing disciplinal orientations in art studies and humanities

• Curriculum building and textbook writing in the Humanities

Curatorial Practice
• Exhibitions as dialogical platforms

• Curatorial models that challenge the notion of an art ‘center’

• Curation and pedagogy

• Curation and aesthetic debates: Variant modes of art reception

• Collaborative curatorial practice

• Curation and the production of contemporary art history

• Curation, institutions, and art markets

Local Art Writing and Criticism

• Local art writing and their specific discourses

• Local criticism and regional, global resonances

• Knowledge production and local art writing in relation to the
question of aesthetics

• Modes of circulation and audience formation

• Is art history global?

• Theory of art in the Philippines

Disciplinal Intersections
• New studies in Philippine art and society

• Formation of disciplinal nodes and networks via
disciplinal intersections

• Mapping creative, multi-disciplinal modes of inquiry
and responses

• Interdisciplinal trajectories
• Methods in global art history or history of global art

• Art and social movements (class, gender, ecology,
ethnicity, spirituality)
Art historians, researchers, curators, artists and art administrators engaged in various art forms and whose works explore these themes and related issues are invited to send proposals for individual presentations. Proposals should include title and abstract of 250 words, contact details and institutional affiliation. Conference fee is P2, 500.00 and includes a copy of conference proceedings, light snacks and dinner. Early bird registration is P1, 800.00 until 15 December 2009.

Inquiries and registrations of interest thru artstudiesnewdirections@gmail.com or the following conference conveners:
Prof. Cecilia S. Dela Paz Prof. Patrick D. Flores, PhD Prof. Tessa Maria T. Guazon

Department of Art Studies, College of Arts and Letters Faculty Center Room 2092 University of the Philippines-Diliman 1101 Quezon City; (+632-9270581 / +632-9818500 local 2115)

15 December 2009 Deadline for submission of proposals

30 December 2009 Notification for accepted proposals

30 December 2009 Deadline for conference registration

30 January 2010 Submission of full papers


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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CANVAS - Center for Art, New Ventures & Sustainable Development and UP Vargas Museum will be holding a storytelling activity on FRIDAY, 20 JULY 2018 at 4pm, together with the Araneta Foundation and Bb. Pilipinas Charities Inc. The first 80 kids to register (for free) at Vargas Museum will receive copies of Karapat-Dapat, a book on the rights of the child. Regular entrance fee for adults/parents apply. Viewing of Tumba Tumba exhibition is extended until 6pm for this event. 21 JULY (SATURDAY) events: 1) Tumba Tumba Free Book Day for first 500 children of U.P. employees, until supply lasts 2) Tumba Tumba activity: The Author's Hour 2 with Genaro Gojo Cruz at 1:30pm
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@tiesofhistory #Artists #Profiles AMANDA HENG (b. 1951) began her practice in the late 1980s, an epochal moment in Singapore art history that saw the beginnings of contemporary art, during which she worked in performance, installation, and other multi-disciplinary projects. Her work deals with tensions between Eastern and Western values, traditions, identity politics, and gender roles in the context of the multi-cultural and fast changing society of Singapore. Her recent work focuses on the issues of history, memory, communication and human relationships in urban condition and information age. Amanda Heng is a full-time practitioner. She curates and organises art events and fora, and has lectured at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), the National Institute of Education (NIE), and the LASALLE College of the Arts. Heng is one of the founding members of the Singapore art collectives The Artists Village and WITAS (Women in the Arts, Singapore). She received the prestigious Cultural Medallion award in 2010. Read the full Ties of History press release here: http://bit.ly/tiesofhistoryPR
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