Motions of this Kind: A Roundtable Discussion

20 February, Thursday
2:30-5:00 pm

1/F West Wing, UP Vargas Museum

The UP Vargas Museum invites everyone to Motions of this Kind: A Roundtable Discussion, by the British Council Philippines on 20 February, Thursday at the 1/F West Wing, UP Vargas Museum.

Motions of this Kind: Propositions and Problems of Belatedness was the first institutional exhibition in the UK dedicated to recent contemporary art practices from the Philippines. The project explored the historical and contemporary forces linking the Philippine archipelago with other key global spheres of social, political and economic power.

Following the successful show in London, there will be a Roundtable Discussion this 20 February, 2.30 to 5.00 PM. The activity will allow curators and artists to share reflections and insights from their experience working together in London. In attendance will be Yason Banal, Jon Cuyson, Cian Dayrit, Renan Laru-an, Kat Medina and Rafael Schacter.
About the exhibition
Continuing its mission to build trust and cultural relations between the Philippines and the UK, the British Council is pleased to support Motions of this Kind: Propositions and Problems of Belatedness, the first institutional exhibition in the UK dedicated to recent contemporary art practices from the Philippines.
Eleven contemporary artists from the Philippines will be on spotlight at the exhibition, featuring newly commissioned work, as well as materials from the never before exhibited, Ifor B. Powell archive.
Motions of this Kind explores the ebb and flow of images, the surge and sweep of concepts and bodies alike. A title taken from Sir Isaac Newton’s Principia, the expression considers the literal rise and fall of tides as much as the metaphorical fluctuation of ideas. The project explores the historical and contemporary forces linking this archipelago with other key global spheres of social, political, and economic power.
With belatedness as the central theme, Motions of this Kind examines the ways in which time and contemporaneity move through turbulent eddies rather than smooth flowing rivers, creating, as Homi Bhabha termed it, “ambivalent”, “disjunctive” temporalities. It explores the way that time and space are drawn together into tidal currents that can both hasten and delay circulation, disrupt or enable new pathways to emerge. It attempts to diagram the relationships of movement, and the politics of speed, from, within and between the Philippine Islands.

Motions of this Kind is co-curated by practitioners from the UK and Philippines, namely Rafael Schacter, Renan Laru-an, and Merv Espina. The Foyle Special Collections Gallery is curated by Cristina Juan with support from Delphine Mercier.

The exhibit incorporates a range of public programming, including a performance by artist Eisa Jocson in her first performance in the UK; a range of experimental film screenings; as well as a one-day colloquium at SOAS on 12 April 2019.
To join the discussion, register here: https://www.britishcouncil.ph/programmes/arts/visual/motions-of-this-kind

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: February 18, 2020 15:08