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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Manila Biennale 2018: The First Open City Festival | February 21-25, 2018

 

Bring Back the Soul of the City! Give an offering to the spirits of Intramuros by witnessing The Open City Performance Festival of the first Manila Biennale on February 21-25, 2018. Participate in live artistic rituals, art interventions with local and international artists in the forms of music, dance, fashion, street art, installation, performance, sound, and film over a four-day extravaganza, the likes of which have not been seen before in Old Manila.

HIGHLIGHTS:

 FEBRUARY 21, 2018 WEDNESDAY 
THE OPENING OF THE STREET ART PROGRAM
Tram tours of Street Art Program curated by Adrian Alfonso
3:00PM Baluarte San Diego (Starting Point)

THE OPENING OF THE OPEN CITY FESTIVAL
Vernissage of OPEN CITY FESTIVAL
3:00PM Baluarte San Diego
MODELAB
JOL3NA
5:30PM Plaza San Luis (Cocktails by Don Papa)
Performances:
TINA HAVELOCK STEVENS
MALE GAZE
BT4A

 

 FEBRUARY 22, 2018 THURSDAY 
LIVIN' LA VIDA IMELDA by CARLOS CELDRAN
4:30PM
Teatrillo at Plaza San Luis

OPENCITY FESTIVAL AT THE PLAZA SAN LUIS
7:30PM
Featuring
M.O.B. (USA)
CAROLINE GARCIA (AUSTRALIA)
RAQUEL DE LOYOLA (PHILIPPINES)
JEF CARNAY (PHILIPPINES)
VIM NADERA (PHILIPPINES)
KHAN OF FINLAND + JOTA (GERMANY/BOLIVIA)


 FEBRUARY 23, 2018 (FRIDAY) 
DON PAPA INTRAMUROS ARTISTS BALL
6:00PM
Plaza San Luis
Dress Code: Be creative. Artists go free.
Performances:
#VIVAMANILA PASYAL AND CREATIVE OPEN MARKET
HENRI LAMY
THIRD WORLD IMPROV
RHOSAM PRUDENCIADO
MIA CABALFIN
VIC Co.Lab
MAYLEE TODD
SHIGEKI FUKUDA
ATSUKO SATORI
DEX FERNANDEZ

 FEBRUARY 24, 2018 (SATURDAY) 
PINK SHORTS: Manila Biennale Queer Performance Program by Short + Sweet
A TWO DAY FESTIVAL
February 24 and 25, 2018
Separate ticketing: Cost: Php300.00 / Php500.00 / Php600.00
7:00PM
Teatrillo
Text Rhadem Morados +63 9150211768

TOQA: MANILA, LUZON SEASON ONE:
Fashion show/Art Intervention and Dance Party by Toqa
Please RSVP AT www.toqa.tv
3:00PM
Puerta Real Gardens


 FEBRUARY 25, 2018 SUNDAY 
MANILA TRANSITIO MEMORIAL CONCERT AND COMMUNITY RITUAL
PRE TRANSITIO RITUAL
Ioana Georgescu
Neo-Angono
3:00PM
Fort Santiago

PROCESSION TO TRANSITIO FROM FORT SANTIAGO TO PUERTA REAL
4:00PM

COMMUNITY RITUAL
6:00PM
Featuring:
Carlos Celdran
Goldie Soon

MUSIC
Bayang Barrios
The Executives Band


 MARCH 4, 2O18 
ART+ MANILA BIENNALE 2018 FINISSAGE
3:00PM
Plaza San Luis (Meeting Point)
A final tram tour of the Manila Biennale 2018 by Art+ Magazine

Description:
Much like the Glastonbury Festival in England or the Burning Man of Nevada, the Open City Festival is envisioned as a new tradition for Intramuros, an international art festival which promotes self-expression as a means of activating a sacred space. Under the umbrella of the first Manila Biennale, Open City provides the ephemeral component to the Biennale's critically acclaimed visual art installations that were unveiled on 02 February.

Curator Carlos Celdran says, “This festival caps a month long celebration using art to activate, commemorate, and reinvigorate the City of Intramuros. We want to foster a community which will keep the City alive, not only during biennales but beyond. Proceeds from the event will benefit the succeeding Manila Biennales and will ensure that this new tradition in Philippine arts will be passed on to future generations."

Art festivals such as the Manila Biennale and its Open City Festival are a key aspect of art tourism, social development, and urban transformation. The art and artists are on show as much as the city.

This program is OPEN to all Art Passport Holders and Day Pass Holders.


BE A PATRON OF THE ARTS!
Purchase an art patron passport for Php 5,300 and support the next Manila Biennale in 2020! This passport not only gives you an all-access pass to the exhibitions, performances, talks, and film showings, but also places you as a patron of Intramuros’ revival. Each passport holder will be credited in the soon-to-published Manila Biennale 2018 catalogue.

#MNLBNL2018 ART PATRON PASSPORT: Php5,300.00
Inclusives:
- Access to MNLBNL lounge at the Plaza San Luis.
- Access to privately planned picnics and tours.
- Bespoke access to exhibitions.
- Unlimited access to all 3 Manila Biennale exhibition sites inside Intramuros
- Transportation to exhibition sites via kalesa ride
- Entrance to the OPENCITY Festival Performance Art Series February 21 to 25, 2018
- Entrance to the Artists Ball on February 23, 2018, Friday.
- Entrance to Manila Transitio Memorial Concert February 25, 2018, Sunday.
- Priority reservations for all lectures, movies, programs, and performances of the OPENCITY FESTIVAL 21-25 February 2018.
- Discounts and special deals with Manila Biennale partners.
- Priority Reservations of the Manila Biennale Limited Series Art Book Catalogue.
- Valid for one month (February 3, 2018 - March 5, 2018)

For more information, please come to the MNLBNL Lounge in Plaza San Luis (Barbara's), open Tuesdays to Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm,
or message us through our Facebook page: Manila Biennale:Open City.


MODELAB - INSTALLATION/ART INTERVENTION
Exhibition Date: February 21–25, 2018

Collaborators: Brisa Amir (PH), Arca Ceramics (MX), Dulce Chacón (MX), Jose Mari Cuartero (PH), Tad Ermitaño (PH), Indy Paredes (PH).
Baluarte de San Diego Gardens, Manila

MODELAB is an artistic initiative that explores public space attending its past, current dynamics, and the role it plays in society both as environment and architectural materiality. Since 2014, Modelab has organized different projects, in different cities, in close collaboration with artists, scholars and scientists. Modelab is devised by Claudia Arozqueta and Rodrigo Azaola of Mexico City, United States of Mexico.

"WAYS OF SOLITUDE" is a public art project curated by Modelab in the Baluarte de San Diego gardens that explores the role of solitude in the history of Manila. Through a series of interventions involving different media (installation, sound art, painting, gardening, ceramics, stencil art) the project reflects on three periods of Manila’s history in which solitude has a strong presence: the colonial era, the post-war period and the present. An e-publication, including an essay by scholar Jose Mari Cuartero from Ateneo de Manila, will be available for download on the day of the opening at www.modelab.info

Tina Havelock Stevens (Australia) - PERFORMANCE/VIDEO
Performance date: February 21, 2018 Wednesday

TINA HAVELOCK STEVENS is an artist from Sydney, Australia who works across performance, video, sound and experimental documentary. Havelock Stevens’ background as a documentary film maker and drummer in the post punk music scene has a direct influence on the way she practices. She makes portraits exploring the state of the contemporary world and works in a spontaneous open-ended way that allows for unexpected outcomes. Havelock Stevens’ works have been exhibited at institutions and festivals worldwide with recent shows at Campbelltown Arts Centre, Australia 2017 (Winner Fisher Ghost Prize); Fremantle Biennale 2017; UNSW Galleries, Sydney (John Fries Award Finalist); Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney 2017 (The Big Anxiety Festival); MILL 6 Foundation, Hong Kong, 2016; Performance Space, Carriageworks, Sydney 2017 -2015; Bulletspace,, New York, 2014; Dark Mofo & Mona Foma, MONA, Hobart 2016/2013; Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne 2015/2013; PS 122, New York ,2013; and Artspace, Sydney 2010.

"BEATS OF DARKNESS" is a video and sound work produced in the time frame of a week specifically for Manila Biennale:Open City. Made with a methodology of spontaneous response the artist uses a combination of experimental documentary and drumming performance that tunes into the frequencies of specific sites and place. Using the 1979 film ‘Apocalypse Now’ as a departure point BEATS OF DARKNESS features sites that were once locations for the production shot in areas of Baler. When projected at Intramuros the work acts as a double echo to reflect on the Philippines relations with the US economically, politically and culturally. For Open City the artist will perform the soundtrack as an improvised live score in front of the projection in collaboration with local ethnomusicologist and percussionist Tusa Montes.

Khan Oral (Germany) and Jo-ta (Bolivia) - PERFORMANCE / VIDEO
February 22, 2018 Thursday. Plaza San Luis

KHAN OF FINLAND, born of Turkish-Finnish parents in Frankfurt/Germany. 1992-2002 living in New York City, he owned the electronic record shop Temple Records NYC, hosted downtown art events and parties, run three record labels, produced and performed with a variety of artists and projects: Captain Comatose, Tiefschwarz, Air Liquide, Diamanda Galas, Julee Cruise, Kid Congo Powers, Little Annie or Brigitte Fontaine. 2002 he moved to Berlin where he works and lives as a producer, performer, and visual artist. His catalog counts more than 300 physical releases. Group and solo exhibitions worldwide. Theater and soundtrack work for television and feature film including cameos. Khan presented “Angels Of Disguise” photo-book/box-set (Fantome Verlag) at Kassel’s documenta13.

JO-TA, born in Bolivia, he made studies in environmental engineering (BOL) and Master of Arts, Visual and Media Anthropology (DE). In 2009 he started as a Vj working at the Festival LaPazTook, shortly after he joined the collective Oi Mas Bass, with which he organized the Latin American festival Kiebre (2011-2012) in La Paz. He performed with artists like Efecto Mandarina and Bolivia National Symphony Orchestra among others. Also he participated in different audiovisual festivals worldwide. 2014 he was called as Secretary of Culture at the Embassy of Bolivia in Berlin, Germany. Jo-Ta currently works as a Video Artist for Rebeam creating International Networking and he is a partner of VisualCom. His last show was a collaboration with Monom Sound at the opening, founded by 4D Sound in Funkhaus-Berlin.

“PHONE CUE" is a site-specific installation/performance with video projections, sound stream, and light. Artist Statement: "Today we barely see the stars. Bright city lights bleach the skies. We'd rather look at the glow on our cell phones. Today’s stories are told on our Facebook walls. The gods we evoke come as shiny electronic gadgets. We dance in line on eBay sales, we leave our marks on the corner of Instagram and Snapchat. The modern city is the place of our desire. We come to meet our dreams. A dream that seems to expand endlessly and is shared by millions. Still we feel isolated. This project proposes that we have a choice and that there are alternatives to a normative commercial life where citizens are more than mere “purchasing powers”. We do not stand in line for summer sale, we stand in line to dance and celebrate life in the city."

Ioana Georgescu - PERFORMANCE / ART INTERVENTION
February 25, 2018 Thursday. Fort Santiago and Puerta Real

IOANA GEORGESCU is an artist and novelist born in Bucharest, Romania. She lives in Montreal, Canada. Her work is presented worldwide and encompasses performance art, video-installation, photography, drawing, painting and literary fiction. Her projects are often site-specific and process-based, They interrelate and trigger chains of reactions. They address memory, identity and displacement in relation to body and site. Ioana has exhibited and performed in Barcelona, Berlin, Vienna, Novi Sad, Lisbon, Ljubljana, Montreal, Toronto, Quebec City, New York, Cairo, Yogyakarta and Beijing. She has participated in three international action and media arts festivals in Manila : Tupada’05, Tama’06 and Tutok’08. Open City Manila Biennale 2018 is in continuity and marks her fourth return to the Philippines.

"MANILA CITTÀ APERTA" Two parts work with performance and video-installation components. Water Monument, a collaborative art action at Fort Santiago and Dust Monument: a video projection at Puerta Real. The Manila “open sequence” is part of the Mobile Monuments series. Memory and intersecting histories are experienced and expressed through performing bodies and performing sites. Several bodies are at play: human, architectural and even microscopic. They evolve and interact, crossing virtual and real spaces. A dialogue between past, present, life and death takes place and generates a new narrative.

Maylee Todd - PERFORMANCE / VIDEO / INSTALLATION
February 23, 2018 Friday. Teatrillo at Plaza San Luis

MAYLEE TODD is a Canadian independent musician, performance artist, producer based in Toronto, Canada. She released her first solo album, Choose Your Own Adventure 2010, and her second record Escapology 2013 on the Do Right Music label. "Baby's Got It" reached number 10 on the Billboard charts throughout Japan. Todd has performed on the Billboard Live Stage and CrossOver Jazz Fest. Her music covers a wide variety of genres including pop, indie-rock, soul, jazz, electronica, and bossa nova. She has a taste for exotic instruments, and sequencers such as the Paraguayan harp. She is distinguished as a stage performer by her flair for comedy and the dramatic arts. Maylee Todd's latest project is Virtual Womb.

"VIRTUAL WOMB" is a visual and auditory show, where the audience walks through her work and interacts with video projections. Her work is a place of gestation, rebirth, death, mediation, new ways of thinking and tapping into a collective consciousness; a multimedia show containing interactive therapy, installation, projection mapping and dancing all set to a live musical performance.

Hamish Lang - Sound Art
Exhibition Date:February 21– March 4, 2018. Plaza San Luis

Hamish Lang is a Melbourne based sound artist.

‘Buhat (Since) Broken’ is a reinterpretation of the classic Filipino love song ‘Buhat (Since)’ and a homage to the actor Rosario Moreno through a haunting soundscape. Unfortunately, Rosario’s career came to a tragic end during the Battle of Manila in 1945. Before this, she featured prominently in some of the earliest examples of pre-war Filipino cinema, earning her the title ‘Queen of Tearjerkers’. One of her boldest roles was playing the character Magdalena in the movie Tunay na Ina (or True Mother). The story focuses on Magdalena’s attempt to hide her secret child who was a product of rape from her soon-to-be husband. The story is one of loss, redemption, secrets and, above all, love. The film famously features the song ‘Buhat (Since)’, which is sung multiple times to convey hope and celebration. For the piece ‘Buhat (Since) Broken’, the original song has been reinterpreted into a melancholy soundscape, which stretches and breaks the original song into something familiar yet unsettling. The piece has been eroded using both modern and vintage recording techniques and is broken down, much like the walls of Intramuros were in 1945.

M.O.B - PERFORMANCE / ART INTERVENTION
February 22, 2018 Thursday. Teatrillo at Plaza San Luis

M.O.B. (REANNE ESTRADA, ELIZA BARRIOS, JENIFER K WOFFORD) For over 15 years, these three San Francisco based artists have worked collaboratively as Mail Order Brides/M.O.B., a trio of Filipina-American artists engaged in an ongoing conversation with culture and gender. While other mail order brides are conventionally perceived as ideal obedient domestics, it has not escaped this trio’s attention that, acronymically speaking, “Mail Order Brides” abbreviates down to a more sinister acronym that informs the darker subtext of their operations. Taking matters into their own well-manicured hands, the Brides deploy their innate charm, guile, and fine fashion sense to gently pry open the eyes of the closed-minded. Enforced enlightenment has arrived in the form of karaoke videos and museum makeovers, in photographic psychodramas and parade performances, in bridesmaid entrepreneurships and corporate dominations. M.O.B. “hits” have included the de Young Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco Arts Commission, Southern Exposure (San Francisco, CA), the San Jose Museum of Art, the Triton Museum of Art (San Jose, CA), Drive-By Cinema (San Diego, CA), McColl Center for Visual Art (Charlotte, NC), Green Papaya Art Projects (Manila, Philippines). Their video screenings include the S.F. International Asian American Film Festival, the S.F. International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, the New York Mix Festival and the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery.

“MANANANGGOOGLE" is a dark fantasia of corporate production, "Manananggoogle," in the Teatrillo C-Suite (Dungeon). The founders/chief officers of Manananggoogle Inc. are allowing visitors to the C-Suite a rare window into the machinations of a formidable female future. Lean in, bend over: underground and overseas, an intoxicating and intimidating evening of corporate bloodlust awaits.

Caroline Garcia - PERFORMANCE
February 22, 2018 Thursday. Teatrillo at Plaza San Luis

CAROLINE GARCIA is a culturally promiscuous, interdisciplinary artist. She works across live performance and video through a hybridised aesthetic of cross-cultural dance, ritual practice, new media, and the sampling of popular culture and colonial imagery. Caroline’s practice is shaped by alterity. In her work, she centers peripheral bodies by adopting the role of shape shifter - sliding into the gaps between cultures, experiences of otherness, and timeless clichés of exotic femininity. She takes an intersectional approach to contemporary dance (read: twerking), the politics of diasporic identity and notions of cultural piracy. She is concerned with reimagining forgotten choreographies, alternate ways of viewing images of the past that eschew classical myths, and the mimetic capacities of the Filipina. Caroline has presented at The Art Gallery of NSW, The Museum of Contemporary Art, The Institute of Modern Art (QLD), The Art Gallery of Western Australia and Fremantle Arts Centre for Proximity Festival (WA), Underbelly Arts Festival, Channels: The Australian Video Art Festival (VIC), Junction Arts Festival (TAS), and Art Month Sydney, among others. She has exhibited at the ACMI, CCP, The Substation, Firstdraft, Sydney Contemporary, The Sydney Film Festival Hub, BLINDSIDE, Blacktown Arts Centre, Penrith Regional Gallery, and UTS ART. Caroline’s latest work Flygirl, was recently developed at The Curtis R. Priem EMPAC Residency in New York, facilitated by Australia Council for the Arts.

THE BREATH OF DEATH is a new and interdisciplinary work, that will be presented across the platforms of performance, dance, installation and video art. The main performative component of this work will explore the practice of using a ‘blowgun,’ a simple weapon consisting of a narrow, long tube for firing light projectiles or darts. This weapon uses force created by one’s breath to give the projectile momentum, limited by the user’s respiratory muscles. The blowgun, also known as the sumpit is still used by indigenous groups from the Philippines, including natives from Palawan and Sabah (formerly part of Mindanao) for hunting or warfare. This blowgun performance interrogates ethnographic images of ‘the savage’ as well as subverting gendered forms of labour and war, especially in regards to the military.

List of Participating Artists:
brisa AMIR / Philippines
miguel AQUILIZAN & jessica AQUILIZAN / Australia
arca CERAMICS / Mexico
BT4A / Australia
mars BUGAOAN / Philippines
anjo BOLARDA / Philippines
mia CABALFIN / Philippines
jef CARNAY / Philippines
dulce CHACON / Mexico
raquel DE LOYOLA / Philippines
mich DULCE / Philippines
crist ESPIRITU / Philippines
dex FERNANDEZ / Philippines
egg FIASCO / Philippines
auggie FONTANILLA / Philippines
shigeki FUKUDA / Japan
caroline GARCIA / Australia
mitch GARCIA / Philippines
ioana GEORGESCU / Romania / Canada
annatha lilo GUTIERREZ / Philippines / Germany
toym IMAO / Philippines
JOL3NA (Jeona Zoleta, Martin De Mesa & Joee Mejias) / Philippines
JO-TA / Bolivia
denis LAGDAMEO / Philippines
hamish LANG / Australia
henri LAMY / France
sipat LAWIN ENSEMBLE / Philippines
angge LORENTE / Philippines
male GAZE / Philippines
M.O.B. (Eliza Barrios, Reanne Estrada, Jenifer Wofford) / USA & Philippines
ian MADRIGAL / Philippines
jack MERNIN / USA
MODELAB / Mexico
vim NADERA / Philippines
neo-ANGONO / Philippines
KHAN OF FINLAND / Germany
museo PAMBATA / Philippines
indy PAREDES / Philippines
jp PINING / Philippines
rhosam PRUDENCIADO / Philippines
amor PROPIO / Philippines
reza daanesh SOUZAN / Iran
THIRD WORLD IMPROV / Philippines
atsuko SATORI / Japan
tina HAVELOCK STEVENS / australia
Arthur TAVERA / Philippines
maylee TODD / Canada
TOQA (isabel SICAT & aiala AIALA) / USA / Philippines
weeWILLdoodle / Philippines
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