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Gabby Barredo’s Opera: Nightmare laboratory

February 19, 2015 By: jessicazafra Category: Art No Comments →

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We made sure to see Gabby Barredo’s exhibit Opera at Silverlens before it closed. Barredo’s work is always a blast, like fairy tales run amok. This show reminded us of cinematic nightmares. Like the giant with eyes on its hands in Pan’s Labyrinth.

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This one could be a dentist’s chair from Marathon Man. Dr. Zell will see you now. Is it safe? Is it safe?

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The arty serial killers on the Hannibal TV series would plotz over this.

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The wallpaper has eyes.

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The suspension tanks from Alien or the human batteries from The Matrix.

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Frankenstein.

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Dead Ringers: Gynecological instruments for mutants.

Opera is on view until Saturday, 21 February 2015 at Silverlens on Pasong Tamo Extension, Makati.

The second Euro-Pinoy Jazz Festival is happening this weekend

February 17, 2015 By: jessicazafra Category: Art, Music No Comments →

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This goes out to the 5 people who read our Whiplash review.

There’s a lot going on this month, including several plays we must watch (Dangerous Liaisons, Jean Genet’s Prisoner of Love, and Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard in Filipino). We asked Rody Vera why everything has to be crammed in the same four weekends, straining our powers of bilocation. He says it’s because it’s Arts Month.

We propose that the NCCA make it Arts Quarter, so the audience doesn’t have to do the headless chicken dance to see everything.

Art Fair Philippines 2015: Making, shopping, schmoozing

February 04, 2015 By: jessicazafra Category: Art, Money, Places No Comments →

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NSFW drawings by Jose Legaspi

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Geraldine Javier wants to know what you think art is.

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Alwin Reamillo does stuff with the innards of old pianos.

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They’re like burial plots for the colorful undead.

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Clearly Poklong Anading wants you to ask what the hell that is.

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We forgot to ask gallerist Albert Avellana what this is. It looks itchy.

Art Fair Philippines
5-8 February 2015
The Link (across Landmark), Ayala Center, Makati

In other art news, Picasso’s granddaughter plans to sell art, worrying the market. Because she inherited about 10,000 pieces by Picasso, whom she hated. Ooh, a glut. Can’t have prices dropping.

Evolution of cats in art: Japan

January 27, 2015 By: jessicazafra Category: Art, Cats, Places 1 Comment →

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19th century Japanese art featuring cats doing people stuff.

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Their descendant in the media: Maru.

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From Des Hommes et des Chatons. Of course a cat would be reading Murakami. And we know that Ben Affleck is super-smart, but the cat looks more convincing.

Lydia Barry ponders the Unthinkable Mind

January 20, 2015 By: jessicazafra Category: Art, Books 1 Comment →

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We know Lynda Barry as a writer and cartoonist whose illustrated memoirs of growing up with her Filipino grandmother (with manananggal drawings!) are hilarious and heartbreaking. Ms Barry is also an assistant professor of interdisciplinary creativity in Wisconsin. Syllabus is a collection of class notes, drawings and syllabi from her early years of teaching. It’s a creativity workshop in convenient composition notebook form.

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Argonath not included, we just used them to keep the book open.

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Syllabus is available at National Bookstores, Php1195.

Helping the Hackers: Media should stop doing the Sony hackers’ work for them. Update: Sony, theatres fold completely. Cyberterrorists win.

December 15, 2014 By: jessicazafra Category: Art, Books, Current Events, Movies No Comments →

Update: Sony Pictures cancels holiday release of The Interview after threats.

That’s great, chicken out after weeks of free front-page and viral publicity, when people now want to see The Interview.

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While we enjoyed the confirmation that Hollywood is run by horrible people, the confidential reports of forthcoming projects, and the appreciation of Michael’s Fassbender, that information came from a crime perpetrated by a group that wants to stop the showing of a movie. They want to gag free speech.

The news organizations who used the stolen data claim that they selected only the “newsworthy” stuff–we need a new definition of what is news. They’re invoking free speech to make revelations made possible by people who are against free speech.

Never mind the reputation and income of the corporation, but sensitive personal data of its employees has been made public.

And if we only watch movies made by nice people (and read books, listen to music, look at art, eat food, live in buildings, wear clothes, use gadgets, ride cars by nice people), there would be no culture.

Read about it at the NYT.

Hmm, Haircuts for the Homeless, Helping the Hackers—today’s headlines are brought to you by the letter H.