Gasworks presents the first UK screening of The Kalampag Tracking Agency, a curatorial and organisational collaboration between Shireen Seno and Merv Espina that brings together film and video from the Philippines spanning the past 30 years.
Overcoming institutional and personal lapses to give attention to little-seen works - some quite recent, some surviving loss and decomposition - this program collects loose parts in motion, a series of bangs, or kalampag in Tagalog, assembled by their individual strengths and how they might resonate off each other and a contemporary audience.
Featuring some of the most striking films and videos from the Philippines and its diaspora, this initiative continues to navigate the uncharted topographies of Filipino alternative and experimental moving image practice from the past 30 years.
All works in this program are screened with the kind permission of the individual artists, the Mowelfund Film Institute and the Ateneo Art Gallery.
Shireen Seno is a lens-based artist whose work addresses memory, history, and image-making, often in relation to the idea of home. She has had two solo exhibitions in Manila and received international recognition for her feature Big Boy (2012), shot entirely on Super 8. Her photo zine Trunks has been exhibited at MoMA, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, and the Tokyo Art Book Fair.
Merv Espina is an artist and organizer. He is co-founder of the institute of Lower Learning (iLL), an experimental art and education initiative based in Saigon and Manila; program director for Green Papaya Art Projects, the oldest artist-run creative interdisciplinary platform in the Philippines; and cook-janitor of WSK, a media art kitchen and festival for the recently possible.
Program (67 min):
DROGA!, Miko Revereza, 2013. 7:21, Super 8, black and white, sound.
Minsan Isang Panahon (Once Upon a Time), Melchor Bacani III, 1989. 4:00, 16mm transferred to video, colour, sound.
ABCD, Roxlee, 1985. 5:22, Super 8, colour, sound.
Bugtong: Ang Sigaw Ni Lalake (Riddle: Shout of Man), RJ Leyran 1990. 3:20, 16mm transferred to digital, colour, sound.
Very Specific Things at Night, John Torres, 2009. 4:29, video, colour, sound.
Juan Gapang (Johnny Crawl), Roxlee 1986, 7:18, Super 8, colour, sound.
Chop--chopped First Lady + Chop--Chopped First Daughter, Yason Banal 2005. 1:54, video, colour, sound.
The Retrochronological Transfer of Information, Tad Ermitaño. 1994, 9:33, 16mm transferred to VHS transferred to HD, colour, sound.
Ars Colonia, Raya Martin, 2011. 1:13, Hi8 transferred to 35mm transferred to video, colour, silent.
Class Picture, Tito & Tita 2012. 4:41, 16mm, colour, sound.
Anito, Martha Atienza 2012. 8:08, HD video, colour, sound.
hindi sa atin ang buwan (the moon is not ours), Jon Lazam 2011, 3:31, HD video, black and white, silent.
Kalawang (Rust), Cesar Hernando, Eli Guieb III & Jimbo Albano, 1989. 6:33, 16mm transferred to HD, colour, sound.
The full program notes can be downloaded in the resources section below.