1F Galleries, UP Vargas Museum, West Wing Gallery (Edge)

Lost Paradise | Marta Moreno Muñoz

Lost Paradise
Marta Moreno Muñoz
13 October – 16 November 2018, extended until 30 November
Opening reception: 13 October, Saturday at 6pm
1F West Wing Room
UP Vargas Museum

The Lost Paradise multi-screen video installation will be premiered at UP Vargas Museum in October 2018. A project produced in 2013 under an artist residency at Green Papaya Art Projects, the work was filmed in Mindanao.

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According to Marta Moreno Muñoz, “Lost Paradise deals with the theme of the regression towards our animal condition, approached from a perspective close to pantheism and with a feeling of oneness with nature. The main idea of this project is becoming buffalo; for that, I intended to establish a coexistence with the water buffaloes by bathing daily with them in the water for the duration of one month in which for some extended periods I remained completely silent in a meditative state. In Lost Paradise, becoming buffalo is intended as a journey, an expansion of the being through the dissolution of the self, an attempt at ontological transformation. Mircea Eliade examines identification with the animals in the shamanic world: ‘to learn the language of animals, especially birds, means knowing the secrets of nature’. The dissolution of the human-animal frontier mentioned by many mystics – ‘I am in all beings and all beings are in me’ – has also been approached by Donna Haraway from a radical new perspective in her work. Those above are certainly references for me when conceptualizing Lost Paradise, but it was the time I spent living in India that had the most profound influence, where humans and animals, even in urban areas, are all part of the same ecosystem and where the human-animal ontological border is thinner, due partly to the Hindu and Buddhist beliefs in reincarnation and rebirth present in that cultural context.” The whole process was documented with texts and video, being the main project of the artist´s PhD research ‘Art as an Experience of the Dissolution of the Self.’

Marta Moreno Muñoz (Spain, 1978) is a performance and video artist with a background in experimental theatre and other time-based arts. Graduating in 2002 with a M.A in Fine Arts, her work has focused predominantly on “feminine” subjectivity, dissolution of the ego and the notion of pre-oedipal nostalgia in response to a patriarchal and undesirable reality. She is at present in a transitional stage, shifting towards the conceptualization of larger-scale projects exploring the complex interchange between performance art and the cinematic language. Marta Moreno has lived, produced and engaged in artistic works in Spain, UK, Turkey, India, The Netherlands, Indonesia, Singapore, Philippines and exhibited internationally. Currently nomadic, she is working on personal art projects, researching for her PhD thesis “Art as an Experience of Dissolution of the Self” and directing The Unifiedfield.

Lost Paradise at UP Vargas Museum is supported by The Embassy of Spain in the Philippines, Instituto Cervantes de Manila, and the International Cooperation and Promotion of Culture – Ministry of Culture and Sport. For more information, please contact Vargas Museum at (+632) 981-8500 loc. 4024 (U.P. trunkline), (+632) 928-1927, or send an email to vargasmuseum@gmail.com. You may also check http://vargasmuseum.upd.edu.ph, Facebook and Twitter for updates.

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"Transpersonal, instructions" opens tonight at 6pm! Participants include Oreet Ashery, Revital Cohen & Tuur Van Balen, Merlinda Bobis, Patrick D. Flores, Eisa Jocson, The Karrabing Film Collective, Dana Klisanin, Leslie Kulesh, Andy Lacey, Russ Ligtas, Raquel de Loyola, Elizabeth A. Povinelli, Mark Salvatus, Evelyn Toacheng Wang, and César H. Villanueva. Eisa Jocson performs a new work tonight at 7:30pm. "Transpersonal>Postnormal Times" symposium will happen tomorrow. Registration is already closed. Seats will be given to walk-in visitors should online registrants fail to register before 10am.
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ADVISORY: The museum will be closed tomorrow. Regular operations resume on Tuesday, 11 December 2018.
Advisory for the Closing Event of LAWAS tomorrow, 7 December 2018.
Dr. Elizabeth A. Povinelli of Karrabing Film Collective keynotes “Transpersonal>Postnormal Times” Symposium at the Vargas Museum on 15 December 2018. Registration can be completed online: http://bit.ly/Transpersonal15Dec. The symposium is free and open to the public. Priority seating will be given to those who register early and online. Transpersonal>Postnormal Times is a one-day public symposium to support the exhibition Transpersonal, instructions. The symposium will be held on 15 December from 10am to 5pm and includes public events, lectures, instructions, panel meditations alongside sonic scores in the open exchange of the project. The symposium centers on the changing conditions for artists practising today in Manila and surrounding provinces and those working outside of the Philippines. Dr. Elizabeth A. Povinelli is an esteemed anthropologist and the Franz Boas Professor of Anthropology in Columbia University, New York. Povinelli describes her practice: “My writing has focused on developing a critical theory of late liberalism that would support an anthropology of the otherwise. Informed primarily by the traditions of American pragmatism and continental immanent theory and grounded in the circulation of values, materialities, and socialities. This potential theory has unfolded primarily from within a sustained relationship with Indigenous colleagues in north Australia and across five books, numerous essays, and four films with the Karrabing Film Collective. Geontologies: A Requiem to Late Liberalism was the 2017 recipient of the Lionel Trilling Book Award. Karrabing films were awarded the 2015 Visible Award and the 2015 Cinema Nova Award Best Short Fiction Film, Melbourne International Film Festival and have shown internationally including in the Berlinale Forum Expanded, Sydney Biennale; MIFF, the Tate Modern, documenta-14, and the Contour Biennale.” Her publications include: Geontologies: A Requiem to Late Liberalism; Economies of Abandonment: Social Belonging and Endurance in Late Liberalism; The Empire of Love: Toward a Theory of Intimacy, Genealogy, and Carnality, A Public Planet Book, among others.
The Vargas Permanent Art Collection at the 2F Main Gallery is open for viewing from Tuesday to Saturday, 9am-5pm except holidays. For tours, please e-mail us at vargasmuseum@gmail.com. "Transpersonal, instructions" will open at the 1F and 3F Galleries on 14 December 2018. More information will be posted on the project's Facebook Event Page.

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