Monday, December 1, 2014

Maraming Salamat

A big and heartfelt thank you to everyone who helped out, attended our events, and made Project Glocal's Manila leg a memorable journey. 

Transi(en)t program is now signing off. 

Soundscapes and the City

An upside down city.
Fiona Lee is interested in what cities sound like. She takes early morning walks around Manila, exploring the park by the bay, the jeepneys crawling the streets, the mass held in churches and cathedrals, vendors hawking beauty products in markets. 

All of these paint the soundscape of a living, breathing city--one constantly mutating and changing. And yet, alongside this chaotic urban space of the present, there exists another city, long gone but its ghost lingers in what has been left behind: newspapers from another century, celebrations preserved in exposures made on glass, recordings of a radio broadcast from decades back. 

The cauldron as genie granting us a glimpse of a city long gone. 

Fiona Lee brings all of these things together using upside down projections and radios and cauldrons as speakers that might as well be genies granting a magic wish to be able to experience a city long gone right alongside the city where we are not flesh and blood. The sounds of the cities past and the present sharing the same space, crafting a view of a possible future, if we want it. 

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Red Cloud at the Ruins

A red cloud covers the ruins. 

When spaces are abandoned in the city, they inevitably fall into ruins. How can one transform the dirt and decay into something beautiful?

Architect Takashi Nishibori unraveling the red sheets.
Thai artist Wit Pimkanchanapong, in collaboration with Japanese architect Takashi Nishibori, transforms the blighted space of an abandoned building by blanketing it with sunshade fabric, something commonly utilised in the agricultural industry but now used to revive a dying pocket of urban space. 

Experience this ethereal red cloud at the ruins along Escolta today, during the curator's walk through. 

Yang Yeung at 98B

One more for the road!

Transi(en)t Manila closes this year's edition with a presentation by Yang Yeung on plans for Project Glocal STAMPED! which documents this art journey over its last few iterations. She will also present primer on soundpocket, the first organization in HongKong dedicated to promoting sound art of which she is the founder and executive director.

Catch Yang Yeung at 98B COLLABoratory this Sunday, November 30 at 3:00 PM in Escolta. Admission is free.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

VJ-ing the Storm

Have you ever dreamed of becoming a VJ? Urich Lau transforms the second floor lobby of the Regina Building into an interactive screen where footage from the aftermaths of typhoons Yolanda and Glenda are projected and the viewer must play the video jock. How does one describe the ruins and destruction with the cheerfulness required in front of the blue and green screen? 

Friday, November 28, 2014

Curator's Walk Through

This Saturday, 29 November, do not miss this chance to experience art, technology, heritage and people along Escolta. All artworks/installations made by Transi(en)t Manila artists in their  laboratories and spaces will be open to the public by 10AM. 

You can choose to explore the activated spaces on your own: Check out our logarithm-created loomband Rizal at the Juan Luna building, explore the street with a cellphone-activated robot drone, trade your stories for a drink at the Teoff, surround yourself with sound at the Calvo Building. Experience the "ghost" at First United. 

But it will be a special kind of fun to join Project Glocal founder and lead curator Dayang Yraola in a walk through of all the artist-activated spaces along Escolta. Each stop will allow us to interact with the installation, have a conversation with the artists, have a drink, and experience art in a new light. 

The curator's walk is at 2PM, which starts at the Juan Luna building and ends at the FUB building, where there will be performances. Here is the map which can serve as your guide: 

Map of Escolta's activated spaces.
Walk through begins at the farthest end--there on the tippity top.
Tell everyone. Bring your friends. Share the experience of art in a fun, interactive way. Come and let us all have fun. 

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Workshops at SDA

Talks and workshops are scheduled
at the College of St. Benilde's School of Design and Arts. 

Project Glocal goes to the College of St. Benilde's School of Design and Arts for a day of demonstrations, talks and workshops on Thursday, November 27.

The day opens with demonstrations from two of our Transi(en)t Manila artists at the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MCAD).

From 10:30AM to 12 noon, Filipino Ian Carlo Jaucian will provide a demonstration of DIY robots, which includes his mobile phone-controlled drone.

From 1:30PM to 3:00PM, Yung Ta Chang of Taiwan will show how to take real-world signals like voice, audio, video, temperature and pressure, and then use mathematics to turn them into digital signals. He will then combine these processed digital signals into a performance.

There will be a talk on art+technology+heritage+people. Transi(en)t Manila's resident artists  Horio Kanta of Japan and Wit Pimkanchanapong of Thailand will be joined by curator and artist J Pacena and heritage conservation architect Dominic Galicia. The talk will be from 3:30-5:00PM also at MCAD.

The day's events will culminate in a workshop on making soup, lead by artists Daiya Aida and Hattori Hiyoruki from Japan. This will take place at the SDA Cafeteria on the 12th floor, from 5:30 to 7:00PM.

All activities are free. Email us at or check the Facebook events page here

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Artist as Bartender

The artist as bartender.

Taiwanese artist Po Chih Huang is interested in two things for his project: to know more about the storied past of the Escolta district, where Transi(en)t Manila finds its home, and to develop a drink made from the local calamansi. 

Tools of the trade. 

His interest in developing a drink made from citrus fruits stems from his award winning Five Hundred Lemon Trees project, where he previously sold wine labels in exchange for funds to buy the said 500 lemon trees, which he then planted and from which he hopes to harvest enough fruit to turn into wine in the next couple of years. Upon arrival in Manila, he first noticed how ubiquitous calamansi is. Filipinos can't seem to live without it. We drink it as juice, we use it in our sawsawan in almost every meal. Po Chih and Chien Yu then chanced upon a locally made calamansi liqueur and found inspiration from it. Po Chih called his calamansi-based drink "Manila Research," which is an apt name for something that combines history, art and alcoholic alchemy. 

Po Chih Huang mixes history and art and turns it into a really nice drink. 

Add this to wanting to find out more about Escolta. Thus was born an idea for his laboratory. Why not ask Manila locals for stories about the districit, and in exchange, he would give them a sample of the drink he's developing based on calamansi? 

It's quite a combination: history and mixology, tales and cocktales. 

The laboratory at TEOFF in Escolta. 

It was happy hour in the middle of the day, in the middle of Escolta. The would be tellers came in, more than happy to tell their tales, but also curious about the strange brew that was promised. It was a happy exchange indeed. 

A first timer leaves his mark on Po Chih's lab wall. 

And we're not done. Come again tomorrow, 26 November, Wednesday, between 12:30-1:30 PM, and again on Saturday, 29 November at 2PM onwards at the TEOFF in Escolta. 

Tell us your stories. We'll give you a drink. 

More photos from Dayang Yraola's Facebook post

Monday, November 24, 2014

Happy Story Hour

Po Chih Huang and Chien-yu's laboratory is ready! 

We are collecting stories about Escolta. For every story you share with us, we will give you a shot of Po Chih's unusual brew. 

Come to the Teoff Center (old Navidad building) along Escolta on November 25 and 26, between 12:30-1:30PM, and on November 29th during the curator's walk through.

Find our Taiwanese artists Po Chih Huang and Chien Yu. Tell them your tales about Manila's queen of streets, and you get a drink that they brewed themselves. 

Cool trade, yeah? You tell us a story. We give you a drink. We'll be waiting for you.  

Preview: IC Jaucian's robot drone for Transi(en)t Manila

Here's a little preview of Philippine artist Ian Carlo Jaucian's work in progress for Transi(en)t Manila. Behold the robot drone! 

The "Gait Creeper" is a cellphone controlled crab drone. IC describes his project as a "4-legged walker. can be remote-controlled by any Android phone with the free mobile app Ardudroid (free from Play Store). Connects via bluetooth. Uses a Gizduino (Arduino clone) microcontroller and a sh**tload of batteries. Various movements/gaits possible in 2 axes. 
Next week, GAIT CREEPER will evolve into LASER CRABBER, a larger quadruped with improved walking ability and equipped with a burning laser, capable of various deeds such as laser-etched graffiti, arson and DIY cataract removals."

IC Jaucian will also be at the College of Saint Benilde's School of Design and Arts on 27 November, at 10:30AM to 12 noon. 

His drone project will be open to the public starting at 10AM, with a curator's walk through at 2PM on 29 November at the Calvo Building in Escolta. 

This project is a part of Transi(en)t Manila in Escolta, the final installment of Project Glocal, hosted by 98B COLLABoratory. 

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Opening: Kok Yoong Lim

Kuala Lumpur based Malaysian artist Kok Yoong Lim works with new technologies to explore and investigate the human dimension of technological development and discourse. Most of his works take the form of (interactive) installation.

Kok Yoong Lim was in Manila last September to give his artist's talk, and also to explore and get inspired by Escolta and its environs.

Check out what he has in store for Manila when his installation for Trasi(en)t Manila opens at the Juan Luna Building in Escolta, Manila on 22 November, Saturday.

Read what Kok Yoong Lim has to say about his art and philosophy during his previous artist talk here.
To find out more about the artist and his works, check out his website here.

Friday, November 21, 2014

The Project Glocal Experience

Sounds like a band name. But we really just rock! 

What is it like to mount a project that gathers multiple international artists to participate in lightning residencies creating site-specific art in towns and cities and spanning several years and themes? 

It's definitely not an easy task, but Project Glocal's various iterations prove that it's possible and doable.Listen in on the conversation as Marika Constantino, Fiona Lee and Joey Berenguer share their Project Glocal experience from their own different vantage points. Marika is this year's Project Glocal manager; Fiona is a Hongkong artist participating in Transi(en)t Manila; and Joey Berenguer is the host for Juan Luna Building in Escolta, which is one of the activated spaces in Transi(en)t Manila.

To amplify the experience, the documentation of Transi(en)t Taipei and Penang editions will be screened at 4PM. 

Join them on 22 November, Saturday. The talk starts at 3PM. Screening will be at 4PM. All at the Juan Luna Building. 

Artists Talk: Concepcion + Huang

Doubleheader Friday

It's a doubleheader this coming Friday! 

Two of our Transi(en)t Manila residents are giving their artists talk at 98B COLLABoratory on 21 November, Friday. 

Taiwan-based Po Chih Huang attended graduate school at the Taipei National University of Arts. His past works were mainly paintings and graffiti, but he is now more interested in video works which explore the relationship between enterprise, economic conditions and self-organization. His talk will start at 3PM. 

Ernest Concepcion has a degree in Fine Arts from the University of the Philippines. He has since moved to the US in 2002 and participated in art residencies in New York and Beijing. He is now a full time artist dividing his time between Manila and Brooklyn. Ernest will launch his work for Project Glocal and give his talk at 430PM. 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Activated Spaces Activate!

You know where to find us. 

Project Glocal's theme for Transi(en)t Manila is making art with technology in heritage spaces. And there's nothing more appropriate that making things happen in Manila's Queen of Streets, Escolta. 

So for the duration of the program, most of the installations, talks and activities can be found in the buildings just up and down Escolta district. 

Check out the map to find out where the artist, art work or other art related activities are. Everything in Escolta is just a hop, skip and jump away from each other. 

Bonus tip: If you get tired from walking, you can stop by and have some ice cream to cool you down from all the skipping, hopping and the amazing, amazing art.  

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Curatorial Notes: technology+heritage+people

From Project Glocal founder and lead curator Dayang Yraola's curatorial notes: 

The theme for Transi(en)t Manila is technology+heritage+people. These are three disparate actors in the present urban society. Putting them as theme of Transi(en)t Manila hypothesized that there exists a system of confluence between people, technology and heritage. 

Artists involved in the project are required to create site-specific works employing a technology of their choice (mechanical, electronic, digital, etc.). Site-specificity in this case is defined in two threads: (1) the work has to be built specifically to fit, work with, enhance, challenge the spaces in Escolta, Manila; and (2) the work has to explore, reflect and react to the history, condition and image of Escolta as heritage business district. 

Artists are given 13 days to build his/her project. Specific sites and spaces chosen along Escolta Street will be open to the public during the time of installation and production. This,  on one hand, will allow artists to clearly understand how the site actually operates, and on the other, this will give guests a rare experience in attending an "open studio" and to watch the new media artists at work. 

Outputs will be launched on specific dates as installations, performance, labs and exhibitions spread throughout the thirteen day period. 

There are three expectations on the artists projects: (1) it has to be technologically-telling, which means that it would allow the audience to recognize the technology that was used to build the work and how it adapts to the heritage site; (2) it is culturally relatable, which means that the culture of the artists and that of the audience is reflected on the work; (3) it is aesthetically inclusive, which means that the work should consider different aesthetic competencies of a diverse audience, as broad as something called  the "general public." 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Walking With Ivan

Project Glocal teamed up with Old Manila Walks to give Transi(en)t Manila’s artists not just  a look at what the city streets have to offer, but also to provide inspiration and insight that the artists may infuse into their art. 
In Plaza Miranda
Ivan ManDy lead us from 98B’s headquarters in Escolta down the road to Sta. Cruz Church, situated in the heart of Manila’s downtown. A quick backgrounder of Manila’s (and the country’s) colonial history explained why the heritage areas of Sta. Cruz, Quiapo and Binondo were once important to the country’s social, economic and cultural fabric, but has slowly decayed as the city’s centers migrated elsewhere. 

The Black Nazarene attracts believers from all walks of life. 
But more than that, early Sunday morning on the church patio opens one up to what is important to the Philippines as a people: a curious mix of faith and enterprise. At Plaza Miranda, several replicas of the Nazareno draw curious crowds of believers, street urchins bearing religious amulets are quick to wrap them around wrists and limbs and then ask for donations, there are people you can ask to pray for you, or even light a candle for specific blessings one desires. 

The Hidalgo Underpass is now an almost clean but well-lighted place. 
Down the newly renovated Hidalgo underpass, the dinginess has disappeared in the bright lights. There are many things to see and buy and eat. But as one emerges on the other side of Quezon Boulevard, a quick left turn down Bautista Street reveals the dilapidated and sorry states of what used to be grand mansions that once belonged to Manila’s rich and powerful. 

This house is more than a hundred years old. 

The house of the Nakpil-Bautista clan has been converted into a museum that preserves the mementos of its illustrious family members. The Nakpils were intimate to the figures and events that helped shaped the nation. Bonifacio’s widow Gregoria de Jesus later married into the family. A trio of paintings depicting her life with Bonifacio and Julio Nakpil adorned one of the walls. There are mini-exhibits that focused on the Katipunan and its members. There is a set of chairs which have seated Rizal et al during the founding of the La Liga Filipina in 1892. 

The ticket to Bahay Nakpil is in the form of a cedula
to keep up with the Katipunan theme. 
Next door and in a much sorrier state is the Boix House. The heritage house is owned by the Jesuits, and used to be a warren of rooms that nested nearly thirty impoverished families. A small group of artists and conservationist volunteers have been working tirelessly to clean up the over a hundred year old house and get it in a better shape before it all falls apart. 

Students from Adamson University gifted this reconstruction model plan
to the Kapitbahayan sa Kalye Bautista. 

The volunteer we talked to showed us a preservation and reconstruction plan made by students from Adamson University. While they have no money yet to put such refurbishments in place, the groups interested in preserving this heritage house holds  fund raising activities just to manage the upkeep. And yet, they were nice enough to give their visitors some foldable fans to help cool us down. “We’re all neighbors here,” the man from Kapitbahayan sa Kalye Bautista said. “We need to help each other out.” 

This rebulto needs to shape up. 

In that street, there is also a woodcarving workshop where religious sculptures are made. Sometimes, rebultos are also sent by their owners for repairs. We found the father and son team working on a female wooden santo sculpture whose proportions were too big and had to be cut down to make it more female-like--basically, it’s like liposuction for sculptures. It’s fascinating what you find if you only know where to look. 

The tour group crossed the underpass back to Plaza Miranda and made our way to Ongpin for lunch at Ang Tunay Beef House. At one o’clock in the afternoon, it was already last call for orders before they close up for siesta. After eating, we went back to where it all started, at 98B. A closing chat was given by Ivan as to what else can be found in Old Manila that might serve as inspiration for Project Glocal’s artists and allies. 

Project Glocat and Friends thank you. 
Thanks to Ivan ManDy for the perspiring and inspiring walking trip and to BM Lab for the coverage and documentation. Until the next walking trip. 

Saturday, November 15, 2014

How Now, Carabao?

From Dayang Yraola's Facebook. 

Red Carabao doesn't just provide a roof over the heads of backpackers travelling to and through Manila. It's also a growing community and a second home for Team Transient's artists and crew.  Thanks for the warm welcome, Red Carabao! It will be a fun two weeks ahead of us. 

Red Carabao is at 2819 Felix Huertas St., Sta. Cruz, Manila. Check out their Facebook page here

Kwok Hin Tang at Pan///

Transi(en)t Manila kicks off tomorrow with the launch of HongKong artist Kwok Hin Tang's work at the Pan/// space at the Panpisco Building in Escolta tomorrow, 15 November, Saturday at 4PM. 

If you find yourself in the area early enough, there are also other things to check out in Escolta. Drop by 98B's Future Market at the First United Building, which starts at 9AM. Browse what's for sale, check out the art at Esc Project, and then stay for Kwok Hin Tang's opening. We promise it will be a blast. See you there! 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Transi(en)t Manila Calendar

Want to stay updated with the Transi(en)t Manila's comings and goings? Check out the activities calendar posted here. You can also keep posted through the Facebook events page here

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Here we go, Manila!

Project Glocal and 98B COLLABoratory, in partnership with the Escolta Commercial Association, Inc, present Transi(en)t Manila, a lightning residency program, conceived to provide avenues of involvement for artists and collaborating creatives from different disciplines. The project was launched in April 2014, with satellite programs in Taipei in March and Penang in August. 

Through the lightning residency program Transi(en)t Manila, invited artists from Manila, Japan, HongKong, Singapore, Taiwan, Malaysia and Thailand will produce installations, performances, laboratories, talks, and screenigns to activate selected heritage buildings in Escolta. 

Transi(en)t Manila launches this Saturday, 15 November, in Escolta. See you there! 

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Purrject Glocat is Purrfect

From Marika Constantino's Instagram

Glocat and Roborats. From Jessel Duque's Instagram

Marika Constantino and Anjo Bolarda are working it until the sun goes down. 

Project Glocat with her two robo-rat suitors hanging out and having their photos around Escolta.  Watch out for them in the coming days. 

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Sunday Holiday Prep Day

Curator Dayang Yraola, Yukie Mitomi and artist Umeda Tetsuya at 98B. 
Project Glocal people are so excited for the upcoming Transi(en)t Manila installment that we met up on a holiday weekend to start the preparations.

Of course, no meeting is complete without a hearty lunch. Thanks, Yukie! 

Umeda Tetsuya adds his doodle on the artists' wall at 98B. 

Then we trekked over to 98B to iron out the details of participating artist Umeda Tetsuya's residency.

Meanwhile, Anjo and Marika headed out to take photos of Project Glocal's very lucky cat and her two robot suitors.

Just another day at Project Glocal!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Artist Talk x Kok Yoong Lim: Humans and Digital Footprints

Kok Yoong Lim shows still captures from Super Corridor,
where footprints were recorded at 3AM, when nobody was physically there.

Malaysian artist Kok Yoong Lim delivered his artist's talk last September 12 at 98B COLLABoratory.

Wing explores the relationship of new technologies and human existence, specifically how these technological developments affects how we express our identities.

It was a full house at 98B. 

"When You Are Not Your Body" explored the disembodied culture of chat and e-mail. Wing placed a camera that takes pictures of those which view it. Using a digital video feed, the viewer is then forced to see him or herself as an "other." The viewer is there in the gallery and yet elsewhere. The result is both disconcerting yet comforted by the familiar in a strange space.

Meanwhile, in "Super Corridor," the artist takes a space that is usually ignored: the common hallway where everyone passes and yet barely pays any mind or attention to it. Wing's camera captures the moment in time when a person walks on that corridor and preserves and reinforces that person's presences in a very specific time and space.

Dayang Yraola and Kok Yoong Lim

As existence and the meaning of life are his art's central themes, Wing will continue to work with technology and how everyone's experience of life is mediated and/or drastically altered by cyberspace and other contemporary phenomena related to digital existence.

Wing with the student interns, Marika Constantino of 98B and Dayang Yraola of Project Glocal

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Artist Talk: Kok Yoong Lim

Project Glocal Manila is proud to present Kok Yoong Lim from Malaysia as the fifth artist to give a talk this year at 98B. 

Kok Yoong Lim works with new technologies to explore and investigate the human dimension of technological development and discourse. Most of his works take the form of (interactive) installation. He is currently lecturing at the Global School of Media in Soongsil University, Korea. 

The talk will happen in 98B's Collaboratory on September 12, Friday, at 3PM. Admission is free. 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Anjo Bolarda at The Postcard Shop

Anjo working on The Postcard Shop signage. 

Filipino artist Anjo Bolarda considers The Postcard Shop as his studio in Penang. He's been here in George Town for nearly two weeks for the Project Glocal residency. 

Turn and smile for the camera, bro. 

In the first week, he held an open studio for Portrades. People coming into The Postcard Shop can tell him stories about themselves and in return, he draws their portraits. The next week saw him working on the portraits at 28Bahari or at TPCS.

Artist Marika Constantino needs to step up for Transi(en)t Penang. 

After he has finished all the portraits, he realized that he wanted to leave something behind in his studio--a mark that he, too, was there. 

Ms. Julie's son owns The Postcard Shop,
but is gladly helping us with the work. 

He started working on a signage for The Postcard  Shop. Wooden planks were sawn and nailed to form a frame. He painted it in red and white, minimal and warm and welcoming, and yet at the same time something which still reflects his interest in Oriental and Japanese print and art.