What Lies Within: Centre of the Centre

THE Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MCAD) of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde is set to explore speculative and alluring spaces with What Lies Within: Centre of the Centre. The exhibit will feature four artists all of whom will be showing their work in the Philippines for the first time: Mel O’Callaghan (Australia), Laurent Grasso (France), Suzanne Treister (United Kingdom) and Pamela Rosenkranz (Switzerland). Their works encompass all manner of inquiry and examination of contemporary life. The exhibit opens on Sept. 5, at the MCAD, De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde School of Design and Arts Campus, Dominga St., Malate, Manila.

Conversations on Curation

UNDER KWAGO’S publishing and curatorial platform Comma, Roy Voragen and Czyka Tumaliuan started Curator’s Lab to provide a collaborative space to question, investigate, discover and test different approaches to making, showing, experiencing and evaluating exhibitions. On Aug. 29, at De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, Curator’s Lab will hold a forum, Conversations on Curation, discussing the role curators play in contemporary art. The forum aims to understand the curator’s thought processes and creativity, and how these are transformed and translated into exhibitions and ongoing discourses. “Curator’s Lab is an open-ended inquiry about curatorial practices within the context of contemporary art. We are very thankful for MCAD and DLS-CSB for giving our first gathering a home,” Curators Lab co-founder Tumaliuan said. The speakers are Joselina Cruz, Patrick Flores, Tony Godfrey, and Mayumi Hirano who work in institutions and independently to see diverse viewpoints on curating. “The forum is a good way to bring together artists, curators, and those who are curious about the practice to exchange thoughts and learn from one another,” said Voragen, co-founder of Curators Lab. The forum will be held from 8-11 p.m., with the talks at 8:45 p.m., Joselina Cruz; 9:10 p.m., Patrick Flores; 9:35 p.m., Tony Godfrey; and 10 p.m., Mayumi Hirano, followed by a Q&A at 10:20 p.m. To join, sign-up at http://bit.ly/rsvpcuratorslab. There is a door fee of P500 (students) and P750. The forum will be held at The Loop, 12th floor, SDA Bldg., DLS-CSB, Pablo Ocampo St., Malate, Manila.

‘In Harmony with Nature’

THE Metropolitan Museum of Manila launches “In Harmony with Nature,” an art residency in partnership with the Bank of China, and the Chinese Culture and Art Association. This project engages 10 artists from the Philippines and China to participate in a continuous dialogue on current perspectives through a brief residency of historically and culturally significant places that would juxtapose similarities and nuances of people, place and art expressions. This exchange project will culminate with two group exhibitions in both China and the Philippines with corresponding public programs. The participating artists for this residency project are Manuel Baldemor, Norberto Carating, Rico Lascano, Jonahmar Salvosa, Phyllis Zaballero, Bukuk Chai, Zhixin Cai, Jie Ding, Ping Hao, and She Liu.

West Gallery exhibitions

THE WEST GALLERY has several exhibitions which are ongoing until Sept. 21. At Gallery 1 is Arturo Sanchez, Jr.’s Monuments and the Desire for Immortality; at Gallery 2 is Riel Jaramillo Hilario’s Phenomenology of Magical Thinking; at Gallery 3 is a group exhibit, Working Condition, featuring works by Pope Bacay, Indy Paredes, and Miguel Puyat; and at Gallery 4 is WIPO: This Way. West Gallery is at 48 West Ave., Quezon City.