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International Museum Day 2014

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International Museum Day 2014

De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde’s Hotel Benilde opened their doors for the International Museum Day 2014 Forum, which happened last June 27, 2014 and was co-sponsored by ICOM (International Council of Museums), International Federation of Social Sciences Organization (IFSSO), and De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde. The theme of the forum was “Museum Collections make Connections”.

Museum owners and artists gathered for the said forum, and it was truly a great experience to be there as an Arts Management student because I was able to share ideas with those kinds of people who are into the creative industry. Contributing my own concepts and ideas to those people who already gained a lot of experience in the creative industry was really humbling and fascinating. I enjoyed the activity that we did: brainstorming towards the questions with regards to preserving museum collections and their value. It was there that I was able to meet people who were practicing professionals in their own field, particularly in the arts. One was working in the Bantayog Memorial Center (Quezon City), and one is working in a handicrafts store that preserves the Philippine culture. I was able to learn certain terms like ancestral domain and museum collection, terms that I wasn’t familiar of before.

Being in the forum during the afternoon session did not make me feel left out at all because of the construction and unification of the ideas all throughout the forum. True to the International Museum Day’s goal which is “to increase public awareness about the role of museums in the development of society”, I became mindful about museums’ role in the society as an Arts Management student. Museums exist in the country to fulfill their missions and vision. But in fulfilling their missions and vision, they must also reassess their performance and know their standards of success to keep themselves soaring and to accomplish their dreams for the good of the society.


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The Surface of The World: Architecture and The Moving Image

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Our school is having an ongoing exhibition at our very own contemporary art museum, MCAD (Museum of Contemporary Art and Design) called:

the surface of the world

It runs from June 06, 2014 until September 27, 2014. If you are from Manila, Philippines or from abroad, you are very welcome to view the exhibition. It has free admission, too! Click here and here to know more about the details of the exhibit.

(c) Benildean Press Corps Photo by Joaquin Talan

The entrance of the MCAD
(c) Benildean Press Corps
Photo by Joaquin Talan

The exhibit transformed the MCAD into a dark two-floor exhibition space. Every art work was a form of short film and video installation. International artists and a local artist were chosen by the curator of the exhibit, Clare Carolin. Moving on from the important details of the exhibit, there is an art work that I found very interesting among all the other video installations in the exhibit.


Isaac Julien’s “Enigma” (2014)

The first art piece that caught my attention was Isaac Julien’s Enigma (2014). It is a time-lapse composite of 2500 still photographic images shown from an LCD TV on a wall. At first, I was not able to notice that those were a series of photographs. It amazed me to read the art piece definition after staring at it for a couple of minutes. It showed the city of Dubai and the activities that happen to it within 24 hours from a distant point of view. Thinking about how the artist was able to compile thousands of photographs from a semi-bird’s eye view was exemplary. Truly, technology is continuously developing throughout the world, even in the field of the arts. Being included in the exhibition, Enigma was the only time-lapse composite art work that showed a landscape of the city of Dubai. But knowingly, it is not an ordinary landscape time-lapse composite images. It suggests a deeper meaning about Dubai and its economy.

The Surface of The World exhibition suggests that the architecture of structures became part of the environment of us, human beings. Film or the “moving image” has its own boundaries within the building structures. But does it really mean that the artists can be bounded by these things or will they creatively perceive the world around them? In Isaac Julien’s Enigma, he represented the idea of capitalism (in terms of Economics) at the city of Dubai. Within that not-totally-a-landscape art piece, the city was shown as alive: the people in it and the buildings. What made these buildings among the vast field and ocean in Dubai city were the people who were existing in the photographs of the artist. But most of all, it is the capitalist system that made the city live like this. Isaac grasped the idea of capitalism in his art work, the Enigma which literally means mysterious.