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Forces at Work updated calendar for January 2015

FORCES AT WORK FB Cover Forces at Work JAN 2015CALENDAR UPDATES 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 vargasmuseum@gmail.com. You may also check our website at http://vargasmuseum.upd.edu.ph or like us at www.facebook.com/vargasmuseum.upd and follow us @UPVargasMuseum for updates. You may also contact Japan Foundation, Manila at numbers 811-6155 to 58 or visit www.jfmo.org.ph.

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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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25-27 January 2018 | Thursday to Saturday, 3-5pm
An Ecological, The Obligatory Reading Series (Season 1)

Closing the first year of PCAN, the Public Engagement and Artistic Formation introduces an itinerant educational initiative in the form of a reading group, established to explore ideas and accommodate materials collected and discussed by the institution’s ongoing research. The reading group is a bi-monthly meeting, hosted in the last week of a month. 
The initial series of reading proceeds from the use of the term “ecological/ecology” in understanding practices of public engagement and artistic formation. In the first meeting (January 25), we will focus on Isabelle Stengers’ work that qualifies the scientific and political dimensions of the ecological as a method of creating relations and as a mode of understanding these relationships to the world. We will ask how these relations create ‘modern’ practices and their other through conceptual vectors utilized by Stengers, such as pharmakon, factishistic proposition, and constraints. The second meeting (January 26) will be an exercise on reading data and statistics about rice production and supply through Mark Sanchez’s project Rice Food Web (2017). Moderated by the artist, the session releases the interpretation of these articles into an open platform of alternative and multiple readings of information. We will ask the agency and dynamics of artistic research/artist-led research in the economy of ‘scientific’ information and policy-oriented knowledge production. In the final meeting (January 27), we will read into a history of an institution and institution-building through its documentation, collected and archived outside its context in Marawi. This session will be an encounter with the Dansalan Quarterly Journal, a community-based, interdisciplinary publication produced by the Dansalan Junior College (now Dansalan Research Foundation) in 1975. 
Session 1 | 3:30 – 5:00 PM, 25 Jan
Cosmopolitics I
Isabelle Stengers
Moderated by Renan Laru-An

Session 2 | 3:30 – 5:00 PM, 26 Jan
Reading the Web
Moderated by Mark Sanchez

Session 3 | 3:30 – 5:00 PM, 27 Jan
Dansalan Quarterly Journal Traversals/Trajectories: Expansive Localities
Curator’s Walk-through 
and Conversation with Martin Lorenzo De Mesa and Kat Palasi

25 January 2018| Thursday, 2:30-5pm, 1F Lobby

Tessa Maria Guazon, coordinator of the Exhibition and Curatorial Analysis component of PCAN, shares her ideas and processes through a curatorial walk-through of "Traversals/Trajectories: Expansive Localities" at the 1F Lobby of Vargas Museum. The exhibition explores ideas of the region and the different “practices of placeness” in Philippine contemporary art by tracing numerous strains of place making in the works of artists from different localities across the Philippines.

A conversation with two of the thirteen featured artists of Traversals/Trajectories follows the curator’s walk-through; visual storyteller and textile artist Kat Palasi and interdisciplinary artist Martin de Mesa offer insights into their art practice as well as their specific local contexts.

Place of Region in the Contemporary, the initial project of the Philippine Contemporary Art Network (PCAN), closes with several activities on the last week of January 2018. The four exhibitions currently on view at the Place of Region in the Contemporary introduce the four nodes of the network. 
All events are free and open to the public. Pre-registration via vargasmuseum@gmail.com preferred. Contact during office hours: 928-1927

https://pcan.org.ph/
Main event page of project on UP Vargas Museum: https://www.facebook.com/events/585701778427439/ 24 January 2018
Wednesday, 10-11:30am
Art Historiography Series: Jess Ayco in Philippine Art

The Knowledge Production and Circulation component of PCAN, coordinated by Roberto G. Paulino, identifies research themes and topics pertinent to the vision of the proposed network. For its pilot research project, it undertakes archival research on Philippine artists Jess Ayco (1916-1982), Santiago Bose (1949-2002), Abdulmari Imao (1936-2014), and Junyee (Luis Yee Jr) (born 1942). The first lecture of Roberto G. Paulino in the Art Historiography Series of PCAN through the Place of Region in the Contemporary focuses on the study of the Filipino modernist Jess Ayco who lived and worked in Bacolod.

Place of Region in the Contemporary, the initial project of the Philippine Contemporary Art Network (PCAN), closes with several activities on the last week of January 2018. The four exhibitions currently on view at the Place of Region in the Contemporary introduce the four nodes of the network. 
All events are free and open to the public. Pre-registration via vargasmuseum@gmail.com preferred. Contact during office hours: 928-1927

https://pcan.org.ph
Main event page of project on UP Vargas Museum: https://www.facebook.com/events/585701778427439/ The project Place of Region in the Contemporary is closing next week. Activities from 24 to 27 January are free and open to the public. Please check UP Vargas Museum page for full details. **25 January 2018** Thursday, 2:30-5pm
Traversals/Trajectories: Expansive Localities
Curator’s Walk-through and Conversation with Martin Lorenzo De Mesa and Kat Palasi

Tessa Maria Guazon, coordinator of the Exhibition and Curatorial Analysis component of PCAN, shares her ideas and processes through a curatorial walk-through of "Traversals/Trajectories: Expansive Localities" at the 1F Lobby of Vargas Museum. A conversation with two of the thirteen featured artists of Traversals/Trajectories follows the curator’s walk-through; visual storyteller and textile artist Kat Palasi and interdisciplinary artist Martin de Mesa offer insights into their art practice as well as their specific local contexts.  The exhibition explores ideas of the region and the different “practices of placeness” in Philippine contemporary art by tracing numerous strains of place making in the works of artists from different localities across the Philippines. Collateral activities are organized with the exhibition, including a discussion platform to examine impulses underlying the curatorial —those that frame and activate localities in their assertion of claims to place against an overarching globality.

https://www.facebook.com/vargasmuseum.upd/posts/10155899791262667 Roberto G. Paulino coordinates the Knowledge Production and Circulation component of PCAN. For Place of Region in the Contemporary, Paulino initiates an archival research on Philippine artists Jess Ayco (1916-1982), Santiago Bose (1949-2002), Abdulmari Imao (1936-2014), and Junyee (Luis Yee Jr) (born 1942). Born or based in the regions of Bacolod, Baguio, Jolo, and Los Baños, the artists represent the disparate conditions and production in Philippine modern and contemporary art. *****************************************24 January 2018
Wednesday, 10-11:30am
Art Historiography Series: Jess Ayco in Philippine Art

The first lecture of Roberto G. Paulino in the Art Historiography Series of PCAN through the Place of Region in the Contemporary focuses on the study of the Filipino modernist Jess Ayco who lived and worked in Bacolod. Place of Region in the Contemporary is on its last ten days of viewing. At the Sensorium of the museum's third floor, texts about artist-curator Raymundo Albano are displayed alongside his poetry and curatorial and graphic design. Visitors are encouraged to spend time to read at this area. 
Place of Region in the Contemporary is the initial project of the Philippine Contemporary Art Network (PCAN). https://www.pcan.org.ph

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