Pablo X Part 2 Opening on August 15 double with Selecter FM Session : Modified Signals

IMG_0823Now on the halfway mark of this 2-month stretch of celebrating Pablo’s 10 Year anniversary with a video art show curated by Shireen Seno and Merv Espina called Instructions. and a special Selecter FM set curated by Caliph8.

A week-long all-nighter of preparations for a show that will run for only a week.

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and it opens with a bang and some shots of lambanog


One of the works is an interactive piece by Poklong Anading where he enjoins participants to submit their 15-second video explaining their unrealized project and uploading it on the Instagram page of #AVoidWork

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shirts were also sold with a QR code that one can scan and direct them to the Instagram page of the project. The shirts are produced and distributed by Limitado shirts.

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another interactive piece by Mannet Villariba riffing on Tad Ermitanio’s Hulikotekan work. Viewers can make their own music by producing sounds from objects on the table. A computer program records and manipulates the produced video and audio from such.

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Excerpts from the video piece by Ivan and Pauline Despi where they have deconstructed the process by which they have made their collaborative video piece Babel.  Audio is from Ivan’s instructions for the performers of the video.



and for the soundtrack of the night – Modified Signals

First to perform were Richard Tuason  and Roger Lopez who was joined later on by Caliph8.

Richard Tuason’s prepared guitar.

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more photos on Post FB page


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.

Selecter Pablo X

Builders Depot at Post

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.




the inside of a sound gadget he’s currently building for Pow Martinez




a former skater, Roger upcycled his old board into an improvised Koto



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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.

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IC Jaucian demonstrates his drawing-generating automaton (Drawback) running on arduino and from parts of mechanical and battery operated toys.

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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.

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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.

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Tengal Drilon started his presentation with the sound cabinet work he did for the Maceda Project exhibited at Vargas Museum in 2013.

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The wires used for the sound cabinet

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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.

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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 

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Gif Junkie Slumber Party

On a balmy Saturday afternoon of  August 23, a forum on gif art and internet art was held in conjunction with the show #Destroy 3000 Years of Culture which recent Ateneo Art Award winner Jeona Zoleta curated.  Multi-media Arts and Fine Arts students from Kalayaan College, Mapua Institute of Technology and the UP College of Fine Arts came to hear about the discussion on this new art medium and platform that’s uniquely conceived out of this digital-media saturated generation.  I do hope they’ve learned something from this discussion. Much thanks to teachers Ms. Drea Peralejo, Ms. Con Cabrera, and Ms. Teta Tulay for herding their students to this talk. Post and Pablo hope to conduct more forums like this in the future.


Artist Maria Cruz had an exhibit at CCP last June titled Psychology Today. She is wearing a shirt she bought from a gig by the indie band Young Liars who refashions 2nd -hand clothes.



Ringo Bunoan, co-curator of an upcoming homage show for Roberto Chabet at CCP this August 30, is also currently setting up a small bookshop that focuses on art books and locally published books with Katya Guerrero. Pow Martinez will be opening a show with Jeona Zoleta at Now Gallery this August 25.


a nourished body for a nourished mind : scrumptious home-baked treats from Pablo gallerist Osie Tiangco.


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Jeona Zoleta giving an introduction to the talk, explaining how the show came about : the title of the show being taken from an Atari Teenage Riot Song (Destroy 2000 Years of Culture), and originally inviting mostly women artists she’s worked with from an earlier show she’s curated at Finale Art File (Y2K Babes), eventually she’s included some artists who prior to this show have not really made gif clips.


Alden Santiago explaining his work Remodern Guilt. He accepted the challenge of doing a gif for the first time for this show as he’s mostly doing installation work. Forgot to ask if the work references 2001 Space Odyssey in any way.


Martin De Mesa sneaks in some prepping for his performance during the talk.


Kat Medina’s turn. She confessed that the work she did for the show may not be strictly considered a gif as its frame rate of 60 already borders on being an animation of 2 of her existing paintings. She also added that working with technology is somehow a form of craft practice.


Teta Tulay with her students from Kalayaan College, is also a core member of the Anino Shadowplay Collective, and a recipient of numerous recognition such as Gawad CCP para sa Alternatibong Pelikula at Video, Animation Council of the Phil. and PPBY for her works on animation and illustration.


Catalina Africa, back from her art residency from Maine, USA, explains how she came up with her own gif work, employing green screening techniques to her collage-paintings, and incorporating performance too.


Mark Sanchez narrates a rather funny anecdote about an asylum inmate who thinks he’s a casette tape (lying supine as side A, lying prone as side B) He relates this anecdote to his work where he translated an image of white noise into an ASCII code. Transcribing it manually, he correlates the physicality of this task as working in an analogue mode to get to a digital image.


Tanya Villanueva on her work – a compilation of found gifs on the internet. She’s part of a group show titled Hand Job which will be opening on Sept 4 at Galerie Anna.


illustrator, vinyl afficionado and part-time actor Fabo came to the talk with his whole brood who are all budding artists as well. Here, he shares his insights and concerns about this new media which seems to define as well the generation of today. The concern centers primarily on how this new media can be beneficially used further, and how it can bypass traditional platforms to present work.


Tatong Torres, who did an entire exhibition in the 3d virtual world platform Second Life and by which he was shortlisted for the Ateneo Art Awards in 2011, raised questions on the technical aspects of mounting the show, and the essential differences between gifs and looped video works.


Martin De Mesa into the 2nd phase of prepping




Y2K meets Gen Z


and on to the show !



prepping up the performance tent for Jol3na, the performance duo of Jeona Zoleta and Catalina Africa


Post program director Manuel Ocampo with Paris-based Gaston Damag back in Manila for a series of shows with Drawing Room

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that guitar is so fun to play, it comes with a very portable mini amp in black and white tiger stripes.


Martin sings-chants in an ethereally choir-boy voice.

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the peripheral performers : Mark playing a vibrating wooden instrument, a paparazzi dedicated on taking photos of Martin, Kat and Tanya dancing to the cacophony of Jol3na’s ambient instrumentations and Martin’s sing-chants.


Destroy 3000 Years of Culture (The Opening Night)

Patrick Cruz recently launched his project space with the 1st Kamias  Triennale, an exhibition that "attempt to address the conditions of art as somewhat temporal and fleeting. From various art spaces, contemporary art trends and artists, the ephemeral qualities of art production are questioned and examined. "

Patrick Cruz recently launched his project space with the 1st Kamias Triennale, an exhibition that “attempt to address the conditions of art as somewhat temporal and fleeting. From various art spaces, contemporary art trends and artists, the ephemeral qualities of art production are questioned and examined. “


Local graffiti art pioneer, DJ and music producer Arvin Nogueras (aka Caliph8) with Pow Martinez who plays for Pastilan Dong and Mall Suicide.


the very young staff of Scout Magazine, a new lifestyle magazine we’ve all yet to see




artists both : Alvin Zafra and Jed Escueta who is next in line at Post Gallery for an exhibition of his photographs this coming September


The Met Museum staff visiting and promoting their upcoming big fundraiser for September of this year


MM Yu with Ateneo Art Gallery angels Thea Carpio Garing and Zeny May Recidoro who is also involved with Transit, a soon to launch literary and art journal


Salad Boy, designer behind the label Salad Days

the curator of the show Jeona Zoleta and Salad Boy in a let’s-just-hang-pajama party mode


the rest of the posse

The Sutton Group


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John Jayvee’s impromptu performance

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Jacob Lindo with Vic Balanon who is currently preparing for a solo exhibit at Art Informal this August


Salad Boy, Jamaica, Marvin Tojos and Dina Gadia who came from a small press expo (BLTX) to sell zines she publishes with Allan Balisi as Saturnino Basilia and with Nine Iron



gif show artists Martin De Mesa, Lou Lim and another costume change from Jeona

Destroy 3000 Years of Culture opens on July 26 at Post Gallery



Opening this 26th of July, Saturday, 6PM at Post Gallery Cubao, is Destroy 3000 Years of Culture,  an exhibit, and it would seemingly be the first of its kind here in Manila, that would showcase gif art and internet-based art. Featuring the works of 20 plus artists who are from the so-called millennial generation, a generation soaked in by the omnipresence of digital technology and its consequential visual overload.

Presented in multiple formats and a wide variety of medium, these artists quintessentially epitomize a bombarded aesthetic rife of appropriated nostalgia, multiple deconstruction and reconstructions of manipulated imagery coursed through the glitches in technological heterotopia as displacements in the virtual netherworld.

Featuring the works of  Catalina Africa, Jan Balquin, Patrick Cruz, Cian Dayrit, Martin De Mesa, Paola Germar, Eleanor Giron, Regina Jardiolin, Gino Javier, Lou Lim, Kat Medina, Aldrin Olaguer, Veronica Pee, Salad Boy, Mark Sanchez, Alden Santiago, Jerome Suplemento, Molly Soda, Gail Vicente, Marija Vicente, Tanya Villanueva.

Curated by artist Jeona Zoleta, Destroy 3000 Years of Culture’s opening will be highlighted by a performance by The Sutton Group.

An artist talk in line with the show will be presented on August 23 at Post Gallery, Cubao.