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Philippine Macho Academy | Eisa Jocson

The Vargas Museum presents the exhibition of the work of Eisa Jocson. She is an artist in the field of performance. Her research on the practice of macho dancing, or dancing by male performers in a gay bar, had culminated in a performance piece titled “Macho Dancer.” It premiered in Brussels in 2013 and is currently touring in performing arts festivals and spaces in Europe, the United States, and Asia. Jocson elaborates on this project in the exhibition “Philippine Macho Academy,” a fictive structure or institution that serves as a classroom where the principles of macho dancing in the Philippines are fleshed out and conveyed. Every Friday at 6pm, there will be a free macho dancing class session. This exhibition is a documentation of Jocson’s research and an articulation of the macho dance movement vocabulary. It comprises artifacts, texts, drawings, video, installation, and performance. It is a course on the physical principles of macho dancing based on a syllabus designed through a woman artist’s macho dance practice.

machodancer1_eisajocson_loresEisa Jocson is a contemporary choreographer and dancer from the Philippines. Trained as a visual artist, with a background in ballet, she won her first pole-dancing competition in Manila in 2010, and started pole ‘tagging’ and other public interventions in Manhattan and various cities.

Jocson had residencies in Belgium at FoAM, STUK, Nadine, Workspacebrussels, Wpzimmers. She also had works commisioned by In Transit Festival 2011 in Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin and performed in 4 European summer festivals: Impulstanz (Vienna), Nooderzon (Groningen), Tanz im August (Berlin), Theater Spektakel (Zurich). From pole to macho dancing, Eisa investigates the labor and representations of the dancing body in the service industry, and exposes gender formation, seduction politics, and Filipino social mobility.

The exhibit will open on February 17, Monday, 4PM. Jocson will also have a performance on the opening. Philippine Macho Academy runs until March 8, 2014.

 

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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 http://pcan.org.ph 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)
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