Tao at Kalawakan Public Programs
1 February, Saturday | 2:30-4:30 pm and 7:00-11: pm

T&K Talks: Contemporary Discourse in Picturing the Cosmos in Philippine Context
2:30-4:30 pm
1F West Wing Video Room | UP Vargas Museum

Tao at Kalawakan: An Urban Astronomy Workshop
7:00-11:00 pm
UP Sunken Garden

The UP Vargas Museum invites everyone to T&K Talks: Contemporary Discourses in Picturing the Cosmos in Philippine Context and Tao at Kalawakan: An Urban Astronomy Workshop, the public programs of Tao at Kalawakan, an exhibition curated by Karl Albais at the Vargas Museum. Both events will be held on 1 February 2020.

T&K Talks will look, in particular, on how our immersion and preoccupation with nature, primarily with the stars, can make us see a glimpse of our own humanity. Speakers Mark Joseph Magallon, Roi Cedric Lichangco, and Joanne Pacis will share their insights on astrophotography, envisioning the Philippine Space Agency architecturally, and astrotourism, respectively. The talk will be held at the 1F West Wing Video Room of the Vargas Museum from 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM on 1 February 2020. Admission is free but seats are limited; register at bit.ly/VMTKTalks.

Tao at Kalawakan: An Urban Astronomy Workshop will introduce interested individuals to astronomy and astronomical equipment. Participants will learn how to identify celestial objects, constellations, and planets in the night sky through an introductory lecture on astronomy. The workshop also includes free telescope viewing and a short lecture on astrophotography. The Urban Astronomy Workshop will be held at the UP Sunken Garden from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM on 1 February 2020. To secure a slot in workshop, register at bit.ly/VMTKWorkshop.

Confirmation emails will be sent to registered participants for each event.

Tao at Kalawakan, an exhibition curated by Karl Albais, is part of the Curatorial Development Workshop Exhibitions which will run at the Vargas Museum until 7 March 2020. The Curatorial Development Workshop Exhibitions is the culmination of the 2018 Curatorial Development Workshop, organized by Japan Foundation, Philippine Contemporary Art Network, and Vargas Museum.

T&K Talks: Contemporary Discourses in Picturing the Cosmos in Philippine Context

T&K Talks will survey, in broad strokes, the act of gazing the cosmos vis-à-vis identifying the connections between architecture, photography, and geographic tourism. The latter are tangential with the locus of Philippine astronomy praxis. It will look, in particular, on how our immersion and preoccupation with nature, primarily with the stars, can make us see a glimpse of our own humanity. Speakers Mark Joseph Magallon, Roi Cedric Lichangco, and Joanne Pacis will share their insights on astrophotography, envisioning the Philippine Space Agency architecturally, and astrotourism, respectively.

T&K Talks is part of Tao at Kalawakan, an exhibition curated by Karl Albais, and is part of the Curatorial Development Workshop Exhibitions which will run at the Vargas Museum until 7 March 2020. The Curatorial Development Workshop Exhibitions is the culmination of the 2018 Curatorial Development Workshop, organized by Japan Foundation, Philippine Contemporary Art Network, and Vargas Museum.

About the Speakers

Mark Joseph Magallon is an alumnus of the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila. A licensed electronics engineer, he currently works for a multinational company. Having started astrophotography since 2017, he has been invited as a resource speaker in various events such as the recently concluded Shutter Street, a promotional program of SM North EDSA. MJ co-founded the social media page AstroPinas. He dreamt of being an astronaut as a child.

Roi Cedric Lichangco is a recent graduate of Far Eastern University with a degree in Architecture. Adept in technical drawing and sketching, he designs houses in his free time and utilizes the architectural art as a creative outlet. Having grown up in Caloocan, he was inspired by his parents to pursue such undertaking. He currently resides in Malabon City.

Joanne Pacis is an alumna of the UP Asian Institute of Tourism. She currently works as an analyst for a local hotel chain. Her pioneering thesis on astrotourism back in 2014 teased out the travel patterns of astronomy enthusiasts in the Philippines. She is an active member of the Philippine Astronomical Society.

Admission to T&K Talks is FREE but seats are limited. To reserve a slot, please accomplish the form in this link: http://bit.ly/VMTKTalks. A confirmation email will be sent to registered participants.

T&K Talks will be followed by Tao at Kalawakan: Urban Astronomy Workshop at the UP Sunken Garden, from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm. Click here https://www.facebook.com/events/188537872538859/ for more information.

For more information, please contact the Vargas Museum at (+632) 8-981-8500 loc. 4024 (UP trunkline) or send an email to vargasmuseum@up.edu.ph. You may also check our website at http://vargasmuseum.upd.edu.ph, Facebook via https://fb.me/vargasmuseum.upd and Twitter via @UPVargasMuseum for updates.

Tao at Kalawakan: An Urban Astronomy Workshop

The Urban Astronomy Workshop concerns itself with the Filipino term lawak (‘spacious’, ‘expanse’, ‘vastness’, ‘range’), which is the root word of kalawakan (or outer space). In partnership with Philippine Astronomical Society, this workshop will introduce interested individuals to astronomy and astronomical equipment. Participants will learn how to identify celestial objects, constellations, and planets in the night sky through an introductory lecture on astronomy. The workshop also includes free telescope viewing and a short lecture on astrophotography.

The Urban Astronomy Workshop is part of Tao at Kalawakan, an exhibition curated by Karl Albais, and is part of the Curatorial Development Workshop Exhibitions which will run at the Vargas Museum until 7 March 2020. The Curatorial Development Workshop Exhibitions is the culmination of the 2018 Curatorial Development Workshop, organized by Japan Foundation, Philippine Contemporary Art Network, and Vargas Museum.

Admission to the Urban Astronomy Workshop is FREE. To sign up, please accomplish the form in this link: http://bit.ly/VMTKWorkshop. A confirmation email will be sent to registered participants.

Assembly for the workshop will be at the area near the UP Sunken Grandstand.

The UP Vargas Museum will also hold T&K Talks: Contemporary Discourses in Picturing the Cosmos in Philippine Context at the 1F West Wing Video Room from 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM, before the Urban Astronomy Workshop. Click here https://www.facebook.com/events/188537872538859/ for more information.

For more information, please contact the Vargas Museum at (+632) 8-981-8500 loc. 4024 (UP trunkline) or send an email to vargasmuseum@up.edu.ph. You may also check our website at http://vargasmuseum.upd.edu.ph, Facebook via https://fb.me/vargasmuseum.upd and Twitter via @UPVargasMuseum for updates.

Posted: January 23, 2020 10:51