Derek Tumala at the WSK AXIS: Festival of the Recently Possible
WSK AXIS: Festival of the Recently Possible
INTERSTICES: Manifolds of the In-Between
“Artists from Japan and the Philippines will come together to showcase critical perspectives on how emerging artforms and innovative applications of new technologies can respond to the cutting edge of cultural and social thought. The exhibition INTERSTICES: Manifolds of the In-between, explores the cracks and crevices of art whose nature falls between, rather than within the familiar boundaries of accepted genres or media, and both the literal and figurative gaps of the Philippine art scene/market. The exhibition, features interdisciplinary forms of media and art such as video, sound, sculpture, painting, computer-generated graphics, and performance. A variety of media that emphasizes various cultural and social issues — (from animist meditations of electricity to performing internet selfies and memes on the street, to fusing traditional art medium, painting with technology by literally using LED monitors as canvases etc.) — framed within the embracing concept of interstices, namely the spaces between disciplines, practices, and cultural phenomena; the fluid gaps where these intervene in each other and pause only to dynamically interact once more.
The works range from Ryoichi Kurokawa’s vision of a molecular cloud data gathered by astrophysicists at the Research Institute in the Fundamental Laws of the Universe (CEA, France) as close as possible to the scientific truth using striking 3D representations of space – data which may hold the secrets behind the birth of stars. Tad Ermitano’s vibrating cylinder of metal is a speaker the size of a small room that vibrates with the sound of the electricity coursing in the world is an animist meditation on electricity. Hisakado’s installation, a collage of hundreds of small, circular mirrors shatter reflections of the gallery interior, offers odd structural soundscapes based on a grammar of the familiar (footsteps, the sound of washing dishes, stammerings of static), to name a few. The exhibition spread all over the hallways, foyers, and classrooms all over CSB-SDA – these ‘interspaces’, act as a sort of ‘pop-up gallery where the traditional methods of exhibiting in galleries and museums are suspended.’ The choice of exhibiting within the crevices of a university building that has a university gallery and a museum are deliberate.”
Festival runs from October 23 – 30, 2017 at The School of Design and Arts, De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde