A multi-tiered project that consists of a series of creative workshops, a collection of commissioned artworks and a book, all inspired by The Guggenheim Effect, which essentially states that contemporary art can be used to regenerate a city in political and economic conflict.
Each invited speaker agrees to hold a 5-day practical workshop for the third and fourth year Mass Communication students at Western Mindanao State University. The students are encouraged to think critically and creatively while tackling issues that to them are important. They are are also taught to express themselves by using the power of imagery. This way, we create a much needed space for the development of lateral thinking, a necessary prerequisite for solving any conflict. This project is more about imparting core values needed for change than teaching art or design.
Image from the commissioned art series by Biel Capllonch. Participants of the Zamboanga Hermosa festival, celebrated each year during the month of October, were photographed in an ancestral home. The compositions were inspired by classical paintings. In this picture, Little Miss Zamboanga pageant contestants and their parents. Their placement in the photograph is loosely inspired by the iconic Las Meninas painting by Velázquez.
Capllonch's photographs were taken in an ancestral home within Zamboanga City. In this picture, winners of a fundraiser marathon.
In this picture, a group of folk singers who perform Chavacano language numbers. Chavacano is the local dialect spoken in Zamboanga. It is a mix of Spanish and Bisaya languages.
#2 Folk Typography
Commissioned editorial project. Mar. 2011
Miquel Polidano reviews handmade type samples created by his student. Students were asked to create their own handmade fonts and work them into a poster.
#3 Independent Film
Commissioned short film. Sept. 2011
Workshop #3 teacher with the student awarded as Best Director, who received a digital camera.
#4 Performance & Public Art
Institute for Infinitely Small Things
Commissioned installation and research piece. Dec. 2012
Workshop #4 classroom view. For one of their activities—mapping and performance art activism—students for Workshop #4 were given micro-research grants in order to conduct art and politics research around the city. Their mission was to create touristic routes for atypical art and political landmarks.
Students were asked, during workshop # 4, to incorporate performance art elements in their classroom activities.
The Institute for Infinitely Small things divided their students into 6 groups and ask each of them to come to class in some sort of identifiable costume.
This student group in particular had a curious mixture of minority and majority social groups (LGBT, muslim, christian, straight). Though the city is famous for its strife between muslim and christian factions, we saw no tensions whatsoever within the WMSU classrooms.