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Ethos Bathos Pathos

ETHOS 92 x 47 thumbnailThe UP Vargas Museum, Project Bakawan and Planting Rice with The Japan Foundation, Manila present Ethos, Bathos, Pathos at the 1F Galleries of the museum. The exhibit opens on 12 February 2015 at 4pm.

From 12 February to 15 March 2015, the exhibition will also include a public program of music performances and workshops. Concerts composed by Dr. Jonas Baes will be performed by musicians from the UP College of Music every Thursdays of February 12, 19, 26 and March 5 from 4pm to 5pm. Daily to weekly workshops in reference to ecological transition hosted by autonomous collectives, with invited artists, activists, specialists and researchers will take place within the exhibition run. Workshops will include the use of radio for disaster relief, upcycling in design, ecology and economic theory discussions, food politics, alternative energy, creative resistance and more.

The exhibit is part of the Project Bakawan, a collaborative art festival that seeks to establish a network of art practitioners, academics, students, and community organizations in order to secure a sustainable future against the current ecological and global crisis.

Ethos, Bathos, Pathos shows the idea of interconnectivity in the maintenance of life: a system comprises singular entities that affect the larger whole. The exhibit is divided into three sections, each representing a part of a whole: Ethos, the soul; Bathos, the physical body; and Pathos, the interpretation of a pumping heart. Ethos includes Tommy Haffalla’s photographs depicting the everyday life of indigenous people in the mountain province as well as a weekly performance concert of composer Jonas Baes. Bathos presents the installation work of Junyee. His search for a distinct Philippine art form paved the way for his use of indigenous and organic materials in his works, most of which reflect the ideas of the dignity of the human spirit, care for the environment, and struggle against self-destruction. Pathos transforms the museum’s space into a demarcated area which houses various autonomous projects (Onsite Infoshop, Etnikobandido, Marindukanon Studies Center and CIV:LAB) that serve as a meeting point, workshop space (D.I.Y Solar Power, Wi-fi/Radio Station), lounge and bibliotheque.

Ethos Bathos Pathos was inspired by a text made by Marian Pastor Roces that reflects on the condition of contemporary art and discusses activisms that move the process of decolonization forward in the Philippines.

Ethos Bathos Pathos runs until 14 March 2015.

The exhibit is organized by curators Lian Ladia and Sidd Perez of Planting Rice. Planting Rice is an alternative platform aimed at fostering the rise of cross-pollination among artistic communities. It distributes information on vital exhibitions, events, places and influences by art professionals in Southeast Asia, Australia, the United States and Europe who maintain networks and crossovers in the Philippines. The exhibit is also made possible with the support of Japan Foundation Manila.

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.


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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