Never mind Mercury retrogading this schizo-weather week, cause Selecter FM session is back ! This time time with independent curator Merv Espina who played rare recordings of pop and dance tunes from the golden era of the late 50s to the 70s from Armenia, Cambodia, Republic of Malay, Cameroon, Thailand, India, Rhodesia, Upper Volta, etc.
trippy music & videos & old film stills
The black & white Filipino movie stills were from Cesar Hernando’s collection.
The film that seized the night – the epic film adaptation of one chapter from the Indian epic Mahabharata, this focused mostly on Hanuman the Monkey king.
The Selecter FM session was highlighted by the launch of the Forces At Work catalog, exhibition held at Jorge Vargas Museum in conjunction with The Japan Foundation Manila.
Travel and art guide books produced by Japan Foundation were also exclusively released that night.
A school supplies donation drive for the children of full time workers of Kadamay, as well fundraising shirt sale for Lon Caacbay of The Axel Pinpin Propaganda Machine, who recently passed on was also set-up.
Attendees were co-curators & collaborators from the Forces At Work exhibit, such as Ricky Francisco (curator at Fundacion Sanso ), Con Cabrera (visual artist and co-teacher of Merv at Kalayaan College), Alice Sarmiento (freelance writer & editor of Forces at Work catalog, she’s also looking for forever homes of some kittens she’s currently fostering), Japan Foundation staff, Sidd Perez (co-founder of independent curating platform Planting Rice, off to Singapore to work at NUS), the husband & wife graphic design team of Bru & Marcus (aka Electrolychee who’s also doing book signing tours of their Biyaheng Langit book), Martha Atienza ( one of this year’s recipient of the CCP 13 Artist Awards), Tengal Drilon (of WSK sound artfest, WSK FM, Sabaw Media Kitchen, Bedroom Lab), film maker & visual artists Kiri Dalena , husband & wife film makers Keith Sicat & Sari Dalena, artists Kat Medina & Cos Zicarelli with Nice Buenaventura, Jippy Pascua & John Torres of the film collective Tito & Tita, HK-based artist Arnel Agawin, students of Kalayaan College, and Caliph8 (who will be playing at the next Selecter FM on June 27)
and Andrew Leavold, the Aussie Filipino cinephile behind the docu about pint-sized action star Weng Weng in The Search for Weng Weng. He’s currently busy in production for another film docu about Filipina actresses who starred in bold films.