Portia Placino

teaching, blogging and researching on art and culture, viewing the world through the camera's eyes, continually contemplating on the world of aesthetics and art theory and expressing it in art criticism and discourse…

About Portia

Hi, I’m Portia Placino, instructor at the Department of Art Studies at the University of the Philippines, Diliman. I am currently writing my thesis entitled Poleteismo’s Contemporaneity: Moments of Public Discourse in Art in the Philippines for her Master of Art in Art Studies under the Art Theory and Criticism Program. I am part of the research team of the Tutok Art Core Inc. and an Associate Editor for The Shakespeare Standard.

My current research focus in on contemporary art and criticism and public art discourse. I recently participated in the Former West Congress: Documents, Constellations, Prospects, a contemporary art research and education project in Berlin. My recent publication for Plaridel, a refereed journal of the College of Mass Communication focuses on media discourse on contemporary art while my paper presentation for Museum 2012 in Taipei focuses on contemporary art and institutional criticism.

Walking around Tiergarten at the break of springtimeOn the lighter side, I enjoy reading fantasy and young adult fiction along with my diverse literary library. I am also a lover of traveling. Much of my posts lately are on travels I have done, most of which are due to the art conferences that I have attended. I mostly enjoy exploring galleries and museums, theaters, sights and ruins, and climbing panoramic viewpoints. For a repository of my travel photos and random everyday stuff, you can check out my Instagram.

If you want to contact me, you can comment on this blog and leave me your contact information. I am consistently working for or looking for art and cultural projects. I have my professional profile at LinkedIn.

I look forward to conversing more on art, culture, theater, digital technology and various other discourses that you care to engage in. As for my current students, I’ll see you in class :)

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14 comments on “About Portia

  1. .ecai
    August 4, 2009

    ..miss portia, i cant find ur facebook ac.

    check this: http://www.imeem.com/people/9EenD3H/playlist/nDh_Q2Kc/string-quartets-music-playlist/. that’s just some of the songs that they covered. they actually covered a lot of songs in diff. genres. if you like it, help yourself in finding them. (madme prin akong wala sa playlist ko.)

    ..im still thinking of how i can forward to you the picture of the goddesses to u.

    ..and, oh.. i just wanna share.. check out ANDY MCKEE in you tube. grbe, i went LOKA.! he’s really good. i mean great.!

    hope you enjoy it.!

  2. cassiopeia88cassiedy
    November 2, 2009

    Mom, look I have a wordpress account now. hihi…

    Thanks for putting up our grades. And I wanna thank you also for putting up with all the noise and clamor the class makes. I’m going to miss Hum 101 with you mama. Thanks also for all the time you talked with me during my illegal stay at the faculty on your desk. I can’t put all my thoughts into words so I will just leave it at that.

    Thanks mama. Thanks for being my mom.

  3. cassiopeia88cassiedy
    November 4, 2009

    I will scream my mind through printed words and no one will stop me. I will have Freedom!!!

  4. cassiopeia88cassiedy
    November 13, 2009

    Mom read my new entry…I kinda feels like you’re reading a short story than a journal entry… XD

  5. cassiopeia88cassiedy
    November 17, 2009

    I know were not allowed but still, can you keep a heart from going to a place where it feels safe no matter how unsafe others say it is.

  6. cassiopeia88cassiedy
    November 29, 2010

    Hi, mom. Been more than a year since I last went here. Miss you.

    • portiaplacino
      February 1, 2011

      hi dear,

      i miss you too.
      if you happen to visit this site again, i posted some papers and researches that i have done last year for my master’s class. i’m not yet done though. you might enjoy them :)

  7. Leigh
    August 3, 2011

    hi porsh. leigh here. really nice to find your blog. i will enjoy it here. makes me remember college days of arts, literature and other stuffs. this is not my major, but arts is quite interesting. consider me as a student here, would love to learn. you go gurl!

    • portiaplacino
      August 3, 2011

      Hi dear, thanks so much for the support! You can subscribe to the site as well so you can get notifications if there are new posts. I don’t post something everyday, but there’s usually something new every week or every other week. Miss you girl! :)

  8. Nikki Roque
    August 5, 2011

    finally found the site :)) yeay

    • portiaplacino
      August 5, 2011

      it really is pretty easy if you’re paying attention :)

  9. maria criselda santos
    January 2, 2012

    Hi Portia! I love your blog and your article re: Rizal. Thanks for citing our blogs as well. It’s an honor :) Btw, I’m interested to be part of The Shakespeare Standard. How do I go about it?

    • Portia Placino
      January 3, 2012

      Hi! Thank you for visiting the blog. It really makes me happy when someone reads and appreciate what I write. Your own blog is interesting as well :)

      We are always looking for new Editors/ Writers/ Contributors for The Shakespeare Standard. You can visit the site at http://theshakespearestandard.com for instructions, e-mail the Editor at editor@theshakespearestandard.com or can tweet the Editor @shakesstandard and state your interest. If you’re a student, there are also internships available, all the work we do are online.

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