Kidlat Tahimik: History Through the Bamboo Camera (Published in ArtAsiaPacific)

Excerpt from AAP Issue 127. Read more here. Conversing with Kidlat Tahimik was as surreal as watching his movies. His narratives unfold in different layers, steadily unraveling stories and perspectives, giving insight into his practice and the world he examines. He described his film practice and aversion to scripts, shared his life story and how... Continue Reading →

Day 7, A conversation between two paintings

My students are always fascinated when I point out that Juan Luna’s Spoliarium isn’t his only work, nor academic painting his only style. Two examples currently hang in the Vargas Museum, right inside campus. One is a study of The Trial of Galileo and the other is Picnic in Normandy. If these two painting could talk,... Continue Reading →

Day 2: A Room with a View, Remembering Gustave Courbet’s The Painter’s Studio

I walked around in a cold, darkened room, and there it was—Gustave Courbet’s The Painter’s Studio. I stood in awe for a moment, taking it in. I walked near it to see the details of the paint. I moved back so I can see its entirety once I again. I sat down on the bench... Continue Reading →

Dancing in a Dream

Finding the Clärchens Ballhaus is one of the most unbelievable experiences in Berlin. I never would have been able to if I didn't join the walk in the city with Nina Fischer and Maroan el Sani. I learned a lot from that walk. But for now, its about finding the Clärchens Ballhaus at Augustraße 24.... Continue Reading →

Walking the Wall, Looking Back and Forward

My first day in Berlin, I wanted to find the East Side Gallery, a kilometer or so of what is left of the former Berlin Wall. It was March 17, 2013, St. Patrick's Day, and David Hasselhoff was supposed to be here in a protest against the destruction of the Berlin Wall. A and I... Continue Reading →

Philippine Digital Game: An Emerging Art Form

by: Maria Portia Olenka C. Placino video games philippines INTRODUCTION Digital games have always been a part of Philippine culture since home video game technology reached the country around the 70s and 80s. Atari as a home video game console is still remembered fondly by those who played them. “Pong” is a commercial success that... Continue Reading →

Pag-Akyat sa Kalbaryo: Evolving Local Voices

by: Maria Portia Olenka C. Placino INTRODUCTION Pag-akyat sa Kalbaryo (Dalitan) is a local community practice of the Lucbanins sponsored by the Dealo Family. The story is centered on the searching for the cross where Jesus Christ was crucified. This practice is a localized story of the crusades wherein the followers of Jesus Christ searched... Continue Reading →

Beyond Virgin Mary: Reclaiming the Female Role in Religious Performance and Imagery

by: Maria Portia Olenka C. Placino Religious imagery and practices have been part of the Philippine way of life from the pre-colonial time to the present. Through this time, various changes have occurred. Many would be unrecognizable to most Filipinos. Yet they still exist. The role of women in pre-colonial religious practices is publicly dominant... Continue Reading →

Mainstream and Independent Cinema Towards New Media: Reflections on film viewing and film making in the Philippines

by: Maria Portia Olenka C. Placino Filipino Film Viewing Culture Cinema in the Philippines started in 1895 right after Manila had its first electric plant installed thus providing an energy source for film projection. Señor Pertierra presented a series of stills and chronophotographs entitled Espetaculo Cientifico de Pertierra at his salon on January 8, 1897.... Continue Reading →

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