on view until November 15.
On September 27 Pow unveiled a new series of paintings in a show called May Cause Profound Mental Retardation at Pablo The Fort. Following from a style reminiscent of Philip Guston, the works unflinchingly flaunt the body in all its contorted glory. How apt at a time of social network and websites being flooded with news of leaked celebrity nude pics and the persistent hypocrisy of the moralizing policing over these things, and of the selfie phenomenon (as can be gleaned on the duck portrait, a visual actually literal illustration of duck-facing), the internet a seeming gateway to an utter trashbin of vanity preening and trolling. We may as well have been living in the instant-gratification dystopia of Idiocracy , the painting of skulls floating in a jar, heads pickling far too long in too deep in these inanities. Interestingly, the contorted bodies in Pow’s paintings draw parallelism in his sound art practice where he circuit bends gadgets and guitar effects to maximize further the aural capabilities of an otherwise limited technology. The human body, in a way, “circuit bends” itself, through surgery, physical exertion, yoga, steroids, and virtually through Photoshop, to either approach the ideal or to even surpass that ideal, resulting in a misanthropic caricature instead, and as probable prototypes for Pow’s idea of the post human body.
Coincidentally later that night, found myself conversing with Merv about humans being robots themselves primarily, the implied meaning of robots as labor, homogenous thinking, that the battle cry of Workers of the World, unite, is really a trap into homogeneity, into rather further submission into servitude. Thanks Jack for that!
Last September 13 Post opened Jed Escueta’s Coprolite Happens to an intimate crowd of friends who’s graced his photographs he’s taken for the last 10-plus years. The exhibit is meant as a culmination of this certain set of his photographic collection to make way for a new series, a new work, a new take on photography/image gathering. Cheers to that and to this awesome cache full of fond crazy poignant memories!
Earlier that afternoon, a BMX competition was held sponsored by the neighboring clothing shop.
Jed’s miniature dinosaurs covered with an exoskeleton of very tiny cut-up photos.
Flora and fauna
this priceless photo album
Post’s 2nd edition of Selecter FM featured projected animations and drawings by artists Mariano Ching and Apol Sta. Maria played to the open beats by Owel Alvero and Pat Sarabia and the unnamed trumpeter that Owel just recently met the day before online.
The self-publishing duo Saturnino Basilia aka Dina Gadia and Allan Balisi also launched their newest zine release Nothing Existed Here,Produced in editions of 60, the zine is a compilation of drawings derived from Jean-Luc Godard’s 1965 film, Alphaville. The text is lifted from the film’s dialogue, specifically from 32:20 to 35:39, and used as a basis and accompanying text for Allan’s 26 drawings.
Apol’s nifty app for video spinning
A builders DIY show-and-tell session was conducted at Post last September 5 at Post, that was attended and conducted by sound artists, noise musicians, electronic dabblers and new media artists such as Tengal Drilon, Tad Ermitaño, IC Jaucian, Roger Lopez, Pow Martinez, Alden Santiago and Caliph8 filling that day with enlightening information about arduino, circuit bending, video mapping, tesla coils, and all the sort of shop talk you’d most probably hear in a science fair. But interestingly presented as to provide possibilities in creating and pushing art further with technology. Too bad, the students missed this. Hopefully, there would be another Builders Depot session, sometime soon.
This is Regiben Romana (filmmaker) and Joee Mejias (musician) trying out Tad Ermitaño’s skinner gadget which operates and produces or a sound’s pitch can be controlled by vapor and touch.
Here is a demonstration of another project by Tad called Sammy and The Sandworms, an interactive work where sound can be manipulated through drawing. This was shown in Media Art Kitchen in Jakarta in 2013.
Noise musician/sound artist Roger Lopez aka inconno ictu ( sound samples here ) presents his built- from -scratch synths, mixers and sound gadgets.
Pow Martinez had been in the indie music and sound art scene since mid 2000, performing and recording as NUN RADAR, Trojan Whores, and currently as Mall Suicide with Jeona Zoleta and playing guitar for Pastilan Dong. These are some of the gadgets and instruments he’s built from cannibalized guitar parts, and guitar effects gadgets and amps, applying circuit bending on some of these.
IC Jaucian demonstrates his drawing-generating automaton (Drawback) running on arduino and from parts of mechanical and battery operated toys.
Here is a demonstration of his Tesla coil wireless energy generator. The bulbs light up when they’re near the coil, since it is low current it doesn’t burn your hands or fingers or not hot to touch.
Here he demonstrates how sound vibrations can create forms dependent on sound frequency, using plaster of paris powder, speaker, etc. Pow suggested to turn up the frequency to 440Hz, the frequency by which the Nazis attempted to standardize western music and to control people as opposed to the previous 432 Hz, the natural frequency of nature.
Tengal Drilon started his presentation with the sound cabinet work he did for the Maceda Project exhibited at Vargas Museum in 2013.
The wires used for the sound cabinet
Here he demonstrates an interactive infrared sensor that enables one to control visual patterns of a sound just by gestures, much like how wii operates.
Then a brief demonstration of how video mapping works, much like keystone adjustment on a video projector, where you just toggle edges of an image to your specified shape. Some programs that can be downloaded for such is video mapper and resolume.
Builders Depot concluded with an open jam session with Caliph8
Post Gallery presents a DIY builders workshop to be conducted by Tengal Drilon, Merv Espina, Tad Ermitanio, IC Jaucian, Roger Lopez, Pow Martinez, Cris Garcimo, Eric Calilan, Alden Santiago andCaliph8 on September 5 at 6PM.
Attendees may bring their own DIY electronics project and exchange tech and build info.
This session is FREE and open to all!
This will coincide with the launch of Saturnino Basilia‘s latest zine Before Us, Nothing Existed Here by Allan Balisi. Produced in editions of 60, the zine is a compilation of drawings derived from Jean-Luc Godard’s 1965 film, Alphaville. The text is lifted from the film’s dialogue, specifically from 32:20 to 35:39, and used as a basis and accompanying text for Allan’s 26 drawings.
On September 13, Jed Escueta will be opening his solo exhibit Coprolite Happens, a sort of accounting/inventory of the photos he has taken over the past years since he started exhibiting and diaristically taking photos since 1999.
His method of taking stock from his personal archive are not chronologically categorized or filed but presented with an introspective distance, yet they’re all linked by a sentient narrative of lives glimpsed in a flash and memories affixed as fossils on paper, purged as image projections, what were once conceived of light are purged back to light, a selection from more than a thousand that he has pooled from negatives, prints and digital files.
Coprolite Happens will be on view until October 25.