Who's filling up the walls of VOV?
Artist/Type of Exhibit : Kaloy Pangilinan
Date : June 8, 2016
Time : 6PM
More often than not a secret is kept a secret because there’s a certain amount of shame involved. But there’s none quite like the shame one gets from a hidden craving. It’s usually the uniqueness or the social stigma of it that makes it so. Though often resulting in social exile (a slight exaggeration for dramatic effect may occur), everyone has a concealed desire. Because who can resist liking something you’re not supposed to like? Or liking something everyone else hates? Whether it’s loving Bieber before it was socially acceptable to do so, or watching the Kardashians as a past time, everyone has a secret a guilty pleasure.
In Kaloy Pangilinan’s “Hidden Cravings”, he puts people’s secret hankerings under the spotlight and reveals the ugly truth. Taking monstrous forms with more eyes than one would like, everything is left out in the open, raw and real. With caricaturized monsters, glob like entities, and brightly colored hues, Pangilinan takes a playful jab at every one’s private thrills. In this exhibit, no craving is left unturned, no desire is left in hiding.
Artist/Type of Exhibit : Various Artists
Date : May 12, 2016
Time : 7PM
The artists were not selected randomly. They are from a loose group who choose to traverse the city, the urban landscape and its peripheries, by bicycle, once in a while, and some on skateboard. It is a mobility that offers a different perspective of the city in transit. Cycling, to be on two wheels, other than four, to be on wheels rather than on foot, is an engagement with terrain that seemingly verges on psychogeographic, that also teeters on schizophrenic (neither pedestrian nor vehicular), and retro-futurist utopian, in a seeming incongruence with the dystopia that is Metro Manila, that we’re better off keeping track of our commute as stray dogs and cats spraying the pavements with their incontinence .
“Psychogeography is an approach to geography that emphasizes playfulness and “drifting” around urban environments. It has links to the Situationist International. Psychogeography was defined in 1955 by Guy Debord as “the study of the precise laws and specific effects of the geographical environment, consciously organized or not, on the emotions and behavior of individuals.”Another definition is “a whole toy box full of playful, inventive strategies for exploring cities… just about anything that takes pedestrians off their predictable paths and jolts them into a new awareness of the urban landscape.” (Wikipedia)
These artists would articulate in their favored media how they map out their own psychogeographies. And no, this is not a show about bicycles.
Artist/Type of Exhibit : Eko Canlas, John Lawrence Canto, Mr. S, Quatro, Qudo, Rai Cruz
Date : May 12, 2016
Time : 7PM
Bordered by ancient walls and peppered with universities, Muralla is a fusion of the old and the new. Located at the south of Intramuros, Muralla stands at the edge of the walked city. With a wall that oozes both strength and the history that lies in its crevices right at their doorstep, it has served as both a hangout and a muse for the students. From its impenetrable structute to the cannon beds that once lay instruments of war, now lays people looking for a view; from its cultural relevance to the picturesque view of the sunset and the skyline, Muralla is a street of the old world that’ll never die in the past.
“Muralla” is a witness to the magic of the street. Made through the eyes of the students affixed there, the exhibit is a testament to their experiences and observations in the walled city. An ode to the walled city that’ll never be truly put to rest.