Reflections on Former West Propositions

Former west brown bag from Portia Placino The Former West Congress: Documents, Constellations, and Prospects was participated in by around 150 students form all over the world. The levels of engagement in the Congress differed from the particular research focus and interests of the participants. The Learning Place, as programmed by Boris Buden, was focused … Continue reading Reflections on Former West Propositions

Art Conversations: Ideas and Aesthetics of Modernism

Modern ideas are often applied within the aesthetic imagination of the Filipinos. F. Sionil Jose’s obsession with the significant form and the greatness of the art of the masters echoes Clive Bell in his The Aesthetic Hypothesis, “It is the mark of great art that its appeal is universal and eternal. Significant form stands charged … Continue reading Art Conversations: Ideas and Aesthetics of Modernism

Art Conversations: The Concept and Question of “Beauty” and “Sublime”

As revealed in the discussions on Poleteismo, Filipino people are still looking for beauty in art. Numerous articles are looking, not just for beauty but also for the ennoblement of the soul. It almost appears that the Filipino aesthetic valuation and theory remain still with the “great masters” echoed by F. Sionil Jose. In another … Continue reading Art Conversations: The Concept and Question of “Beauty” and “Sublime”

Art Conversations: What is Art? Problems of Defining Art

The earliest cries on the aesthetic value of Poleteismo is its position as art. It is the root cause of the controversy and debate when the issue of religious offense was set aside. Various definition of art was propositioned from various sectors, including two of the most popular and opposing editorials--F. Sionil Jose’s Hindsight: The … Continue reading Art Conversations: What is Art? Problems of Defining Art

Art Conversations: Critical Art Practices in the Philippines

A hundred and fifty years after Jose Rizal’s death, about a hundred years after Marcel Duchamp’s The Fountain, where do we actually find ourselves? We are still stuck in the conventions of the great masters of the great museums all over the world. At least, it appears that we are. How did we get here? … Continue reading Art Conversations: Critical Art Practices in the Philippines

Marxism at the height of Capitalism

by: Maria Portia Olenka C. Placino "Iskolar ng Bayan, ngayon ay lumalaban!" This is a familiar battle cry. What kind of UP student are you, if you have never heard this chant, everywhere in the university. They even chant it outside of the university--to the senate, the congress, the palace… This often shocks or at least … Continue reading Marxism at the height of Capitalism

Jose Rizal, Mideo Cruz, Kulo and Censorship

150 years. Did the world really change? Most times, I feel like life is spearing ahead too fast. But if you examine our history, our legacy, you may ask, did it really change? 150 years after. We celebrate Rizal’s 150th birthday with exhibits, shows, parades and many other commemorative exercises. We celebrate the hero. Yet, … Continue reading Jose Rizal, Mideo Cruz, Kulo and Censorship

Portia’s Casket (On Censorship) | Voices News for the week of August 10, 2011

(This is a re-post from my weekly column at The Shakespeare Standard for Voices Wednesday. This was first published on August 10, 2011. See the orginal version here.) Censorship. It is one of the worst things that can happen to an artist. It even happened to Shakespeare as he was censored during the Elizabethan times for some of his plays, “Jonson, Marlowe, Kyd … Continue reading Portia’s Casket (On Censorship) | Voices News for the week of August 10, 2011