UP Vargas Museum

Notes from the New World | Mark Salvatus

Salvatus Banner 1 Oct 2015 92 x 47

UP Vargas Museum, in cooperation with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), the Philippine Army Band, BMLab and the Lopez Museum and Library, opens Mark Salvatus’ exhibition titled Notes from the New World on October 6, Tuesday, 4pm at the 3F Galleries.

A multi-media installation, Notes from the New World aims to create a new narrative of history in the contemporary context by overlapping different narratives through videos inspired by the vinyl collection of the artist’s father that piqued Salvatus’ curiosity about The Philippine Army Band.

The Philippine Constabulary Band, formed in 1901 by African-American Lt. Walter Loving of the US Army’s 48th Volunteer Infantry, participated in numerous international competitions and played for political figures such US President William Howard Taft (during his 1909 inauguration), the Japanese Emperor, and the Hawaiian Queen Liliuokalani.The band was disbanded during World War II, where most of its members were killed and instruments were lost. The band was reorganized in 1946, and placed under the service of the Philippine Army. It was led by Col. Antonino Buenaventura, National Artist for Music, for 16 years. The band was later renamed the Philippine Army Band.

Notes from the New World is also composed of objects, photographs, and videos, making the whole 3F Gallery one installation work that references notions of history, music, popular culture, attachment, and nostalgia.

A special performance of the Philippine Army Band will be presented as the institution marks its 113th founding anniversary in October.

The exhibit runs until November 6.

Mark Salvatus (b. 1980) is a contemporary artist living and working between Manila and Osaka. He works across various disciplines and media that deal with chance encounters and everyday politics creating his own narrative, interpretations and visual language. His works have been presented in different exhibitions and venues including Sungdu-An 5 (2009), 3rd Singapore Biennale (2011), 4th Guangzhou Triennale (2011), XIV Jakarta Biennale (2011), Koganecho Bazaar (2011), Hotel Inmigrantes, Manifesta 9, Hasselt, Belgium (2012), Prologue Exhibition: Honolulu Biennale (2014), Survival Kit Festival, Umea (2014); Museum Bärengasse, Zurich; Center for Contemporary Art, Singapore; Arts House, Meat Market, Melbourne, Ateneo Art Gallery, Cultural Center of the Philippines and Metropolitan Museum of Manila. He recently presented a solo exhibition at 1335Mabini in 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 vargasmuseum@gmail.com. You may also check our website at http://vargasmuseum.upd.edu.ph or like us at http://www.facebook.com/vargasmuseum.upd 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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Internship program: We already closed the call for museum interns. We will have another batch in May. For Library Internships (UP Vargas Museum - Library and Archives), please check details posted here. Beyond Myself: Filipino Migrants' Investments in Philippine Futures is on its fifth week of viewing. This Curating Development exhibition is open until 28 March 2018. Books, reports, and other materials about #migration #policy are available for reading at the 3F South Wing, courtesy of colleagues from Goldsmiths - University of London, Scalabrini Migration Center Philippines, Enrich HK, Department of Sociology of The University of Hong Kong - HKU - 香港大學, and Keele University. The Living Architecture Exhibition is on view until 7 April 2018. Here is one of the four Tiyad structures created by Indy Paredes on the porches of the museum. Paredes will be joined by architecture and urban planning specialists on 24 March for the Artkitektura Exhibit Encounters 3: Vargas Conversations - "How can we make our cities more human?" Activity details will soon be posted on our Facebook event page. @artkitekturafestival Beyond Myself: Filipino Migrants' Investments in Philippine Futures at the 3F Galleries is extended until 28 March 2018. For guided tours, please send a message to vargasmuseum@gmail.com.

Image: One of the work journals created by London-based Filipino migrant workers through the Curating Development project with Kanlungan Filipino Consortium and Filipino Domestic Workers Association UK. We are extending the runs of the two shows here at Vargas:
1F - Living Architecture Exhibition: 7 April 2018
3F - Beyond Myself: Filipino Migrants' Investments in Philippine Futures: 28 March 2018 The internship program of the Vargas Museum is a good opportunity to understand and experience museum work. The museum invites undergraduate and graduate students of Art Studies, Humanities, Fine Arts, Curatorial Studies, Museum Studies, Cultural Heritage, History, Library Science, and Archives Studies to apply:

Please send applications to vargasmuseum@gmail.com with subject line “INTERN-Museum APR 2018”. The program is designed to give the intern an overview of museum practices: collections management, curation, exhibition coordination, and educational programming. For March 2018, we need interns to assist with research of objects, manuscripts, and memorabilia for upcoming exhibitions.

Library and Archives INTERNS
Please send applications to vargaslibraryarchives@gmail.com with subject line “INTERNS-Library 2018”. Application is all year round.

Interns will index the serials collection, digitize the archive and memorabilia collection, and contribute to the inventory of the library collection. Applicants are preferably Library Science majors.

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