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.

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PABLO celebrates 10 Year Anniversary with a series of shows This August

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Cubao X, Quezon City – It makes sense that Pablo X,  a month-long series of shows celebrating the gallery’s tenth anniversary, will be held at Post Gallery. It is after all in Cubao X, the hub of art, music, and vintage finds, where Pablo was born.

Established in 2005, Pablo has been exhibiting works spanning a broad range of disciplines as gleaned from the diverse selection of artists participating in the show. All have had a solo show or joined exhibits at Pablo, be it at the Cubao, Makati, or the Fort galleries. A notable line-up exhibiting and performing artists will be featured from August 1 to September 19, 2015.

Kicking the celebration off is a series of collaborative graffiti art by Okto, Ekis, Drone & Exld Manila on Saturday, August 1. The anniversary’s Illustration exhibit will be curated by Saturnino Basilia (Dina Gadia & Allan Balisi) and will feature works by Wiji Lacsamana, Abi Goy, Liza Flores, Manix Abrera, Nelz Yumul,   Lala Gallardo-Samson, Epjey Pacheco, Bjorn Calleja, Beejay Esber, Eva Yu, Meneer Marcelo, Dex Fernandez, Ramon Bautista, Jun Sabayton, Camy & Patrick Cabral, and Julius Sebastian. The Urban Art and Illustration exhibit is from August 1 to 8, 2015.

The second part of the Pablo Ten anniversary show will open on August 15 and run until August 22, 2015. It will focus on Video Art, and will showcase the works of Ivan & Pauline Despi, Tad Ermitaño, Kaloy Olavides, Martha Atienza, Poklong Anading,  and Lena Cobangbang. 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 & John Sobrepena, Roger Lopez & Richard Tuason.

The third Pablo Ten anniversary event will run from August 29 to September 5, 2015 featuring installation works by Jeona Zoleta. A Photography show opens on the same night, curated by David Griggs and showcasing the works of Mitch Mauricio, Jay Yao, EWWS, Jed Escueta, Brendan Goco, Paolo Ruiz, RA Rivera, and MM YU.

Pablo Ten will end its anniversary celebration with a Painting exhibit by Pow Martinez, Tin Garcia, Jigger Cruz, Jayson Oliveria, CRAJES, Zeus Bascon, Dina Gadia, Allan Balisi, Albert sy,  Romeo Lee, Ranelle Dial, Mike Crisostomo, Katwo Puertollano, Cos Zicarelli, Maria Cruz, Argie Bandoy, Mark Salvatus, Carina Santos, Auggie Fontanilla, and  Neil Arvin Javier

The exhibit opens on September 12 and will be up until September 26, 2015.

To stay updated on the shows, visit and, or Pablo X’s Facebook event page.

For further inquiries and more information, contact Pablo at 63(920) 960.5690    or email



Caliph8 & Merv Espina preparing the tech deck, also the recording device by which we’ll be uploading the audio session on line sometime soon. So watch out for SelecterFM radio


Back from a series of gigs in Japan and Shanghai, Caliph8 has warmly accommodated our invitation to spin for last Saturday’s Selecter FM Session, live mixing from his collection of rare vinyls of Turkiish Psych, Swamp Blues, Pinoy Garage Rock,Polish Free Jazz, Kosmische to Folk and Country. For that night, he was also selling his exclusively Japan released record Realized Patterns & Sequences.

caliph8 record cdsample of his other recordings here and here

The tech deck

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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.

Pow Martinez : May Cause Profound Mental Retardation



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.


The artist with Pablo Gallerist Osie Ocampo all in good cheer


the grub



the beer

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new media curator Merv Espina (behind a series of talks & dialogues on current art practices as research material for a really big project, would also be curating an exhibit at Vargas Museum this November) with Albert Sy, who plays bass for punk band Bad Omen and DIY distro Nine Iron henchmen, will be spinning for Post ‘s third edition of Selecter FM Session on October 4 Saturday.

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!

The boys!


the usual suspects : Mike Crisostomo (the other half of the Weather Bureau, currently preparing for a solo exhibit March next year at Post), part time seaweed farmer Kurt Gloria doing stencils for a solo exhibit at West Gallery, Ferdz Valencia part of a group show opening at Pablo November of this Year, & Jed Escueta who will be doing a walk-through of his exhibit Coprolite Happens at Post on Oct 11


JLC, JO (opening a show at West on Oct 30 and at Finale on November), Esquire EIC Erwin Romulo, Argie Bandoy ( also part of the group show opening at Pablo this Nov)


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new friends living and working in Manila, such as art historian Tina from University of Michigan who is doing a research on art from the 70s of Southeast Asia with a focus on Philippines and Malaysia.

the bikes

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the jam

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Jed Escueta Coprolite Happens opening

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.

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Jed’s miniature dinosaurs covered with an exoskeleton of very tiny cut-up photos.

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Lighted ephemerals

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Flora and fauna




Jed Escueta with Argie Bandoy


Paris-based artist Gaston Damag who’s here in Manila for a series of shows (at Drawing Room which just opened last Sept 6 and at Vargas Museum this October), Australia-based artist Juni Salvador and Post and Pablo gallery director Manuel Ocampo


Mike Crisostomo  (has an upcoming solo exhibit at Post March of next year), MM Yu (currently on an art break) and MJO

this priceless photo album



Jed with Leo Sano furniture designer and sometime seesionist with ska/reggae band Coffeebreak Island


fresh grad from UPFA Brisa and aspiring curator and writer Zeny May Recidoro


Jed with Muckefuck skate graphics designer Ferdz Valencia and graffitti artist Egg Fiasco


with indie film actor and Latin language teacher Ian Lomongo



with  Jayson Oliveria (with upcoming shows at West Gallery and Finale this October and November, and a solo exhibit next year at Pablo), artist and seaweed farmer Kurt Gloria and Pol Mondok who recently came back from an art residency in Koganecho, Japan


Bandoy sharing shop talk with sound artist Roger Lopez who provided aural texture to the projections of Jed Escueta



crowd gathered for Roger’s full aural assault





Roger’s aural arsenal


Pow Martinez pumping up the volume. He’ll be opening a show very soon on Sept 27 at Pablo The Fort.




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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Selecter FM Launch July 19

It was an amazing launch for the 1st Selecter FM Sessions with Kaloy Olavides who was joined by Pow Martinez, Rico of Sleepyheads and Lourd De Veyra.  It drizzled earlier that night but that didn’t put a damper on the guitar-shred-o-rama.

All artists/musicians have their own respective bands, Kaloy with Pow and other artist musicians Alvin Zafra and Cos Zicarelli are part of Pastilan Dong which just recently launched their self-titled debut ep. Rico plays guitars for the three-piece art exhibit regulars Sleepyheads who aim to “create music that would serve as “the soundtrack” for the paintings, sculptures, installations and performances of their fellow Filipinos.”    While Lourd, who is usually heard and seen spinging for the Jazz rock band Radioactive Sago Project, gets to show his guitar chops rarely seen nowadays since his Dead End days in the early 1990s.

It was just awesome that they have all come together to jam, avante-style.  Here’s to future Selecter FM Sessions!!!!! IMG_5542