SOAS University of London

Philippine Studies at SOAS

Motions of this Kind Colloquium

MOTK Colloquium

Date: 12 April 2019Time: 9:00 AM

Finishes: 13 April 2019Time: 6:00 PM

Venue: Paul Webley Wing (Senate House) Room: Wolfson Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Colloquium

Motions of this Kind is a two-day interdisciplinary colloquium and performance programme taking place alongside an attendant exhibition of the same name, the first institutional exhibition in the UK dedicated to recent contemporary art practices from the Philippines. Join us for a day of talks, roundtables, and lecture performances with our artists, curators and invited academics and speakers.

Programme: Day 1

Time Description
9.30-9.45 Introduction
Merv Espina, Renan Laru-an
9.45-11.00 Keynote
Michelle Dizon
11.30-13.00 Panel 1: Chronopolitics and Contemporary Art
Tessa Maria Guazon, Rafael Schacter, Khadija Zinnenburg Carroll
14.00-15.00 Artist Roundtable
Yason Banal, Jon Cuyson, Eisa Jocson, Renan Laru-an, Kat Medina, Stephen Wilson
15.15-16.15 Lecture The Angry Christ
Amy Lien & Enzo Camacho
16.30-18.00 Panel 2: Archipelago Mountain
Cristina Juan, Anjeline de Dios, Stephanie Misa

Programme: Day 2

Time Description
15.00-18.00 Performative Workshop “Closer to Home”                                                          
Lizza May David and Gabriel Rossell Santillán
18.00-19.00 Performance “Princess Studies”
Eisa Jocson


“Closer to Home”
Lizza May David and Gabriel Rossell Santillán 
The dialog between the fifteen participants and artists Lizza May David and Gabriel Rossell Santillán will be focusing in multiple approaches surrounding the subject of the Pacific Ocean as a spatial dimension of trade routes between continents.

The workshop focuses on the many different languages of knowledge; using chants and myths as a landscape. The main purpose is to show hidden paths and relationships in our day to day discourse. The conversation will start with the reading of fragments from the book "In Meeting the Universe Halfway" by Karen Barad. This theoretical physicist and feminist theorist will help the conversation towards our quest. Questioning the text while talking about the exchange between Philippines, Mexico and London during pre-invasion time until present time.

“Princess Studies”
Eisa Jocson
The shining Disney princess waves to us from films, resort parks, and now, here, from the stage. Snow White has turned into a global synonym for the happy girl. Manila-based artist and choreographer Eisa Jocson examines this seeming universal promise of happiness together with dancer Joshua Serafin: They take Snow White’s place. Between honest meticulousness and shrill exaggeration, they make the overly happy princessdom skit. The production of the character, her movements and speech formula are learned by heart, conversation with the princess rehearsed: The princess appears highly artificial, strangely familiar at the same time. Yet, what conditions bring about such a princess?

With Princess Studies, Jocson focuses her gaze on the entertainment industry that is far from being all glitter and glory. Functioning through a constant balance of perfect imitation and subtle deconstruction, Jocson explores patterns of migration, labour opportunities and the daily performance of happiness of Filipino workers in the service industry – from professional dancers in Disneyland Hong Kong to nurses, nannies, and domestic workers elsewhere.

Organiser: Philippine Studies at SOAS

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