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Forces at Work updated calendar for January 2015


Events include talks, roundtable discussions, and workshops among others throughout the exhibition run. Forces at Work is a UP Vargas Museum collaboration with The Japan Foundation, Manila.

14 January 2015
4:00pm Holdings | Artist Talk and Screening of Select Video Works: Selling the Right to Name a Pile of Garbage, UP Film Institute videotheque

On 14 January 2015, 4:00pm, at UP Film Institute videotheque, Yoshinori Niwa will have a talk that introduces his past projects, mostly relating to economics and exchange. The talk, supplemented with select video works, will also tackle how the concept for Selling the Right to Name a Pile of Garbage was formed.

Nominated for Future Greats 2014 by ArtReview, Yoshinori Niwa produced numerous interventionist art projects around the world in order to create socially and historically relevant works that reflect on the ideas of seemingly public systems and national history.

Admission to the talk is free.

21 January 2015
2:00pm Holdings | Condition Reports of Working Artists Group’s Collections Management Service, Vargas Museum
4:00pm Holdings | Press Conference #2: Selling the Right to Name a Pile of Garbage, Vargas Museum

On 21 January at 2:00pm, at the UP Vargas Museum Basement, Working Artists Group’s Buen Calubayan will present the progress of his workshop on basic condition reporting and handling of the unclaimed paintings and artwork of the UP Vargas Museum. This project is in line with Holdings, which is part of the Forces at Work exhibit. The talk will also discuss the bureaucracy and organizational structure of the operations, given that the outsourcing of manpower was seen as supplemental.

Working Artists group began in 2012 through an exhibition curated by Donna Miranda as participation in the Kunstvlaai Festival of Independents. The exhibition showcased artists who shared the commonality of being both producers of art and workers for the creation of a sustainable environment for producing art. What started as an exhibition ended up as a collective of people working towards the idea of the production of artworks as art work itself.

After the talk, Holdings will hold another press conference, 4:00pm, at UP Vargas Museum Lobby, on Yoshinori Niwa’s work titled Selling the Right to Name a Pile of Garbage. The conference will officially announce auction results of the winning bid for the naming rights, in cooperation with WACUMAN Inc. Sanitary Landfill’s site in Norzagaray, Bulacan.

Selling the Right to Name a Pile of Garbage is part of the Holdings project curated by Merv Espina for the group exhibition Forces at Work. The exhibition is a joint project of the UP Vargas Museum and the Japan Foundation that showcases the works of selected participants from the 2014 Curatorial Development Program.

22 January 2015
2:30pm White Noise | Artists talk with Vermont Coronel II, Bru Sim, Derek Tumala, Vargas Museum
Artists from White Noise will have a talk on 22 January, 2:30pm at UP Vargas Museum. Vermont Coronel II, Bru Sim and Derek Tumala will talk about their works in the exhibit. The exhibit, curated by Con Cabrera, draws on the personal experiences of the artists based on their interactive immersion in urban-poor communities. This process of integration is the core with which artists try to reshape their ideologies of class-consciousness and protest.

Admission to the talk is free.

28 January 2015
2:30pm Still | Artist Talk and Film Screening on “Remembering Sendong” and Multi-Site/ Multi-City Performance “Kalig-on”)
Join us on January 28, 2:30pm, at the UP Vargas Museum, for the film screening of “Remembering Sendong” (shown in the 2012 Singapore Biennale) and a multi-site/multi-city performance in solidarity with those affected by Yolanda.

This is in line with Still. The exhibit, curated by Ricky Francisco, focuses on the human spirit in the face of natural disasters. While it could mean a message of hope (as in the calming Bible verse “Be still”), “still” could also connote the pondering moment that would lead to a call for action. Thus, the exhibit aims to unify people into confronting the issues of climate change.

Admission is free.

For more information, please contact Vargas Museum at (+632) 928-1927 (direct line), (+632) 981-8500 loc. 4024 (UP trunkline), (+632) 928-1925 (fax) or send an e-mail to You may also check our website at or like us at and follow us @UPVargasMuseum for updates. You may also contact Japan Foundation, Manila at numbers 811-6155 to 58 or visit


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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