Exhibit, Lobby, UP Vargas Museum, West Wing Gallery (Edge)

Bliss Market: Exchange in Time | Space of Transience

Bliss Market
17 May – 09 June 2012
GF Lobby and West Wing Gallery

Bliss Market: Exchange in Time | Space of Transience gathers together a diverse set of artists tasked to intervene in U.P. Bliss as space and community, currently in the throes of neglect, constantly being reimagined by memory and nostalgia.

A project of J Pacena II, Bliss Market takes the central symbol of the old Bliss Mart that used to be grocery and community center of the U.P. Bliss of his childhood. Now just structural ruins, the Bliss Mart is not only memory but also fact: here lies a vestige of a community that could be brought together by common spaces of exchange, both literal and figurative, neighborly and otherwise. That this isn’t true anymore, different as the landscape has become, where childhood leisure has become more about staying in instead of inhabiting the outside, and the individual has rendered community less important, is the current state of U.P. Bliss.

This is the site of the artistic intervention with which the Bliss Market has tasked its 29 participating artists and artist groups. All immersed in the narratives of the past and present of the U.P. Bliss, these artist interventions are premised on an engagement with the community, and a necessarily critical stance about the notions of bliss at this point in time, changing as it is. Envisioned as a breathing art project, Bliss Market will run for two months from May to June 2012, allowing artists to conceptualize projects that will cut across that time frame, and creating venues for the variety of creative interventions from workshops to artist talks, performances and film showings, street art and art installations. Documentation and related events will run at the U.P. Vargas Museum.

The participating artists are Brian Barrios, Aristotle Pollisco (Gloc-9), Rai Cruz, Mark Salvatus, Alma Quinto, Angelo Magno, Jef Carnay, Kiri Dalena, Nonoy Marcelo, Apol Sta. Maria, Buen Calubayan, John Leonard Puso, Angelo Paolo Martin, Paul De Vera, Carlo Holganza, Don Salubayba, Kirby Roxas, Robert Besana, and J. Pacena II. The participating artist groups are Pilipinas Street Plan, Monochrome, 98B, Print Makers Association of the Philippines, Anino Shadow Play Collective, Komikera, Sipat Lawin Ensemble, Ugat Lahi, Arkisens, UP Dance Company, and Tudla Productions.

Bliss Market: Exchange in Time | Space of Transience runs in two venues. Site-specific projects, workshops and artist talks, will be held at the U.P. Bliss from May 17 to June 23, 2012. A related exhibition will run at the U.P. Vargas Museum from May 17 to June 09, 2012.

For more information and complete schedule check out the Bliss Market FB page and the http://www.blissmarket.net/.

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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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