Pablo X Part 2 : Instructions (On and About Video Art)

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The 2nd leg in the series of Pablo Galleries’ 10th Anniversary show will showcase video works by Poklong Anading, Martha Atienza, Lena Cobangbang, Ivan & Pauline Despi, Kaloy Olavides, Tad Ermitanio with Mannet Villariba. Curated by Shireen Seno and Merv Espina, the exhibit, entitled Instructions, retakes the 2-part process of video work : the production and conceptualization of the work, and the installation of the work in a given space,” inviting artists to  revisit their past video or time-based media works and break them down to a score or set of instructions—distilling old work into a set of instructions from which to generate something new. ”

Quoting further from their curatorial statement :

“In the context of PABLO’s video exhibition on the occasion of their 10th anniversary,  the artists can choose to present their actual processes and investigations, or work them in as they then re-install, re-imagine or re-work their pieces into a given space—this time with a heightened awareness of the limitations of space, time, technology, finances and other logistical constraints—based on the original incarnation or idea of their works and the act of breaking them down.

We liken this process to a performance. Such as in music or dance, an element of indeterminacy is central to the idea of a work being performed. But indeterminacy is not present in the playback of media. It’s present in the act of installing an installation.

In the process of participating in this exhibition, the artists assess their ideas and intentions of creation, and explore alternative ways of understanding authenticity, change and loss in ways that might help guide the conservation of their works of art. ”

“Many of the works in question only exist as memories, rumors, and text on forgotten catalogs and manuscripts, even those as recent as 5 years ago. Perhaps the moving image can in fact bear witness to the instability/precarity of our times, challenging the very structures and dynamics that constitute these works with its audience, whose various acts of witnessing, participation and remembrance is key—and for some works, could now only be its only form of existence.”

Shireen Seno and Merv Espina continue to work on the Kalampag Tracking Agency, an ongoing initiative and screening program exploring alternative notions/visions in moving image practice from the Philippines.

This will open on August 15 and will run until August 22, 2015.  The opening night will be highlighted by a special Selecter FM Session, curated by Caliph8 with performances by Pow Martinez & Kaloy Olavides (with Pastilan Dong), Malek Lopez & Moon Fear Moon, Roger Lopez & Richard Tuason.

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Selecter FM Relaunch March 2015

IMG_9610I cease to eloquently express what transpired on this night so I’ll just let these photos be the better testament to it.  And oh… the music…. ’tis a great or near impossible task to put into words something as abstract and sensorial.

First off was Cardboard Paradise, the solo musical project of Catalina Africa who sometimes pair up with Jeona Zoleta for Jol3na.

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Next up was 2500 Cicadas aka Manny Migrino, who repatriated from NY


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extra bands that night (hehe)


in between sets : beer and pizza and cigarettes and chatting up and plotting for next projects

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Sleepyheads/Sleepyazz lead : eating pizza without a cause



Electric Djinn aka Jen Berklich from NY


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Jayvee’s weapons of mass distraction, definitely more whiplash than whiplash

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Sleepyheads jazz version Sleepyazz, with New Wave undertones still

Rico and Erick





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the ever spirited performance of Jayvee


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More wreck and roll with an open jam with the audience


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This Selecter FM session was recorded and will be available soon for streaming. Watch out for our announcement for such.















Selecter FM is Back this March 25

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Post Gallery is bringing back Selecter FM sessions this March 25 Wednesday at 5PM with chosen Selecters who are visual artists whose practice extends into making music.

Headlined by 2500 Cicadas, the new musical project by Manny Migrino who repatriated to Manila from New York, with :

Cardboard Paradise, the solo musical project of Catalina Africa, Electric Djinn, the solo musical project of NY-based artist Jen Berklich, and Sleepyazz.

Selecter FM Sessions is a monthly event organized and hosted by Post Gallery enjoining artists, designers, film makers, hobbyists, hangers-on, etc. where they will spin, dj, or program a selection of music, or films, or videos downloaded from youtube, vimeo, or vine, or even a “curated” videoke playlist for an afternoon of casual listening, viewing and exchange of ideas.  Previous Selecter FM sessions had been held with Kaloy Olavides, Lourd De Veyra, Albert Sy, Apol Sta. Maria, Mariano Ching, and Yason Banal.