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What's On

BAP TALKS

Al Valenciano and Len Cabili
7 PM | October 16, 2017 | Bellas Artes Outpost.

Al Valenciano is the founder of Balay ni Atong, an enterprise dedicated to supporting the study and continuation of inabel craftsmanship in Ilocos, Abra, and the Mountain Province.

Len Cabili is the founder of Filip+Inna, a clothing brand, which works with artisans from various ethnolinguistic groups from the T’Boli to the Tausug.

The talk will be focused on the diverse craftsmanship and techniques in textile and weaving, both Al Valenciano and Len Cabili will be discussing the experiences they have encountered in handling and developing their brands. 

WORKSHOP The Archive at Necropolis: Simon Soon and Apparatus22 7 PM | October 18, 2017 | Bellas Artes Outpost Simon Soon will reflect on a ground-up archival initiative on twentieth century visual culture to which he belongs, the Malaysia Design Archive. To him, it is where things come to die and in this sense it remains very much a necropolis, unlike a museum with its constant ceremonies and desire for public engagement. Because things that die are not truly dead, they continue to haunt us with narratives that are untold and they await reanimation. Dwelling in this city of the dead, we are afforded the space to bide in different times, where things are never urgent, topical or relevant. But because it gives the researcher the time to wait for revenants to appear, it is a more generative space for a different kind of research thinking or consciousness-raising not always yoked to public policies or national agendas. New constellations can sometimes appear when we are patient. In this sense, giving grounds to the hauntology of new subject positions. In this workshop, we discuss the possibilities of new research vectors that might be inspired by heterodox approaches to documenting visual modernity. This will be followed by a participatory performance ‘Positive Tension Curator’s Kit’ by the Brussels-based collective Apparatus22, to provoke an informal critical discussion on curating and the curatorial. The Curator’s Kit is part of the Positive Tension series in which Apparatus 22 uses questioning as a strategy in triggering critical thinking.

WORKSHOP

The Archive at Necropolis: Simon Soon and Apparatus22
7 PM | October 18, 2017 | Bellas Artes Outpost

Simon Soon will reflect on a ground-up archival initiative on twentieth century visual culture to which he belongs, the Malaysia Design Archive. To him, it is where things come to die and in this sense it remains very much a necropolis, unlike a museum with its constant ceremonies and desire for public engagement. Because things that die are not truly dead, they continue to haunt us with narratives that are untold and they await reanimation. Dwelling in this city of the dead, we are afforded the space to bide in different times, where things are never urgent, topical or relevant. But because it gives the researcher the time to wait for revenants to appear, it is a more generative space for a different kind of research thinking or consciousness-raising not always yoked to public policies or national agendas. New constellations can sometimes appear when we are patient. In this sense, giving grounds to the hauntology of new subject positions. In this workshop, we discuss the possibilities of new research vectors that might be inspired by heterodox approaches to documenting visual modernity.

This will be followed by a participatory performance ‘Positive Tension Curator’s Kit’ by the Brussels-based collective Apparatus22, to provoke an informal critical discussion on curating and the curatorial. The Curator’s Kit is part of the Positive Tension series in which Apparatus 22 uses questioning as a strategy in triggering critical thinking.

LISTENING SESSION   Poly/Terra/Forming: Similar Objects 7:00 PM | October 20, 2017 | Bellas Artes Outpost Jorge Juan B. Wieneke (b. 1989), also known as similarobjects, is a multi-genre electronic musician whose influences span the range from chill trap to synth funk. Poly/Terra/Forming is a response to the Aquilizan’s High Noon at Cagayan Garden Installation in the form of an improvisational performance by electronic musician and sound artist “similarobjects”. Taking inspiration from High Noon at Cagayan Garden’s theme of displacement, change, memory and community. Similarobjects creates a unique re-contextualization of field recordings and found sounds taken from the same locality in Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, Bataan that inspired the aforementioned piece of Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan. Presenting his “listening” in the form of unique custom digital / software instruments crafted/drafted from the sounds of everyday life in Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar. The sounds of Memory now overlap to create new meaning, in an ever-evolving re-imagination of generative spontaneity.  

LISTENING SESSION
 

Poly/Terra/Forming: Similar Objects
7:00 PM | October 20, 2017 | Bellas Artes Outpost

Jorge Juan B. Wieneke (b. 1989), also known as similarobjects, is a multi-genre electronic musician whose influences span the range from chill trap to synth funk.

Poly/Terra/Forming is a response to the Aquilizan’s High Noon at Cagayan Garden Installation in the form of an improvisational performance by electronic musician and sound artist “similarobjects”.

Taking inspiration from High Noon at Cagayan Garden’s theme of displacement, change, memory and community. Similarobjects creates a unique re-contextualization of field recordings and found sounds taken from the same locality in Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, Bataan that inspired the aforementioned piece of Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan.

Presenting his “listening” in the form of unique custom digital / software instruments crafted/drafted from the sounds of everyday life in Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar. The sounds of Memory now overlap to create new meaning, in an ever-evolving re-imagination of generative spontaneity.

 

ONGOING exhibition

High Noon at Cagayan Garden: Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan
August 15, 2017 - November 14, 2017 | Bellas Artes Outpost

Cagayan Garden (2017) takes inspiration from Alfredo Aquilizan's personal history growing up in Cagayan and his and Isabel's artistic concerns with displacement, change, memory and community. During their residency in Bataan, Isabel, Alfredo, and their children collected posts of antique Filipino houses that had been relocated to Bataan as part of the Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar's collection of heritage houses. Together with other materials they gathered from the workshops, the result is an exquisite zen inspired garden where one can contemplate the journeys that the houses, and the families who once lived inside them, underwent in order for the garden to come into existence.

At noon in the garden, something magical happens. The light shining from above flows through the floorboards of the houses, creating ephemeral geometric stripes across the installation below. Noon is also the time when the craftsmen and women on site have an hour-long lunch break, and many of them come into the garden to take an afternoon nap. Taking this meditative space for labour and migration a step further, High Noon at Cagayan Garden displaces Cagayan Garden from its base in Bataan and moves it into Bellas Artes Outpost in Manila.

Through the exhibition and lighting design, visitors will be suspended in a perpetual state of noon within the Outpost. Complimenting this installation is a second installation, Thrones (2017), comprised of the sculptural wooden chairs that the craftsmen at Bellas Artes Projects create for themselves as custom platforms that allow their bodies to best work. At noon in Bataan, these chairs are empty, and during the exhibition in the Outpost, we invite writers, artists, craftsmen and women, to sit in these chairs and to share their ideas on labour and its value in society. A public programme compliments the exhibition with lectures and workshops by craftsmen and women from across the Philippines as well as artists and curators who collaborate with craft in their practice. 


 

about us

Founded in 2013 by Manila based patron Jam Acuzar, Bellas Artes Projects is a registered non-profit foundation that draws inspiration from the Rafael Enriquez y Villanueva mansion built in 1867. An artist himself, Enriquez y Villanueva donated this building, transforming it into Escuela de Bellas Artes, then by 1908it became the first campus of the University of the Philippines - School of Fine Arts located along Hidalgo Street, Quiapo. Since 2007, the mansion has been moved to Bagac, Bataan as part of Jose Acuzar's collection of antique houses called Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar.

Bellas Artes Projects is a not-for profit, non-collecting institution that supports and engages with art that is experimental, educational, and as accessible as possible to all audiences. In this regard, BAP opened in early 2017 a Manila space called Bellas Artes Outpost that produces four exhibitions a year with a free public programme and a reading room to inspire creative thinking and engagement with the arts. The Outpost aims to build a new audience of art enthusiasts by engaging them with the artistic process of BAP’s artists and artisans in residence.   

 
 
 
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Artist in Residence

In this spirit, and with a headquarters in the historical building from which its name is derived, Bellas Artes Projects is centered on supporting the production of contemporary artists, providing a space of experimentation and interdisciplinary collaboration with Filipino heritage building and craft techniques, largely through residencies on its campus at Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar. Past artists in residence include Hugo McCloud (USA), John C. Gonzales (USA) and Alwin Reamilo (Philippines). The foundation regularly collaborates with Filipino institutions such as the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MCAD), supporting the production of leading international artists such as Paul Pfeiffer and Michael Lin. 

Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan

Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan

John C. Gonzales

John C. Gonzales

 
 
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