PCI RECAP: Site-visit of PCI Symposium delegates at Casita Aurora, Dingalan

After the 3-day International Symposium on Performance Curation at the Bulwagan ng Dangal, University of the Philippines, Diliman, our delegates went on a 2-day site-visit to Casita Aurora in Dingalan, Aurora from September 30 to October 1, 2017.

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Early morning assembly at the University Hotel lobby was accompanied by freshly baked pan de sal and brewing conversations.

The whole trip was filled with insightful and entertaining conversations. Stopovers also served as photo opportunities for PCI guests to capture the breathtaking view of the North’s countryside.

Upon arriving at Dingalan, the PCI delegates had a courtesy visit at the Mayor’s office–where we also shared a sumptuous lunch with the hospitable Mayor Sherwin Taay.

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(L-R) Kaoru Okada, Eri Karatsu, Paschal Berry, Eryl Torres, Roselle Pineda, Mayor Sherwin Taay, Will Peterson, Dena Davida, Sarah Miller, Dennis Gupa, Angela Lawenko-Baguilat

At the Casita Aurora, Prof. Roselle Pineda toured the delegates at the newly built Aurora Artist Residency Space and Program. The Aurora Artist Residency Program and Space (AARPS), is an independent and non-profit residency program and space, focused on initiating discussion on community empowerment and sustainable environment, through culture and the arts.

AARPS strongly advocate that a community that is entrenched in creativity, creative work and process, yields critical (thinking) communities; and critical communities are empowered and empowering communities.

The residency is located in the quaint property Casita Aurora, Barangay Butas na Bato, Dingalan, Aurora in the cusp of the vast Sierra Madre mountain ranges and the Pacific Ocean; and we partner with local communities such as the Dumagat community, the fisherfolk and upland farmers that reside in the area to work on projects that highlight the essentiality of creativity, art and culture in empowering communities.

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a moment of respite during the rain

Come evening, PCI went to visit the Dumagat Community situated at the neighboring barrio. The gathering was facilitated by Prof. Roselle. With her translating between two languages, the visitors and the locals were able to communicate with each other. Both the Dumagat community and foreign guests expressed their gratitude for the encounter.

Prof. Roselle oriented the delegates about the role of AARPS in forging partnership and collaboration with the Dumagat Community of Dingalan, Aurora in preparation for the very first “Adow ni Dumaget Festival” or “Dumagat Day Festival.” The special day is agreed to be set on May 2018 with the theme “Pagkilala, Makilala, at Pagpapakilala” to foster gatherings and conversations surrounding recognition, education, and presentation of the Dumagat indigenous peoples cultural heritage and tradition.

The meeting was followed by a boodle fight dinner which both parties heartily shared.

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The moment of unwinding came during the night cap–where delegates got the chance to taste the local Malibog Wine. As always, conversations overflowed. The following day was also a fortunate one; the tropical sun momentarily shined and everyone was able to experience the Pacific Ocean.

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Before heading out to Manila, the team visited the Gutter Park to view the works of the “Art in the Hood.” Art in the Hood is curatorial project initiated by PCI and the AARPS, to activate art happenings in various communities and neighborhoods throughout the country. It is in partnership with the Municipality of Dingalan and its surrounding communities. It features works of Leeroy New, Tomas Leonor, Teta Tulay and Ralph Lumbres; and curated by PCI-AARPS director Roselle Pineda. The installations are projected to initiate curiosities and discussions about art, environment, and community in the beautiful town of Dingalan.

After the site-viewing, lunch was held at the local carinderia near the park.

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the team with Leeroy New’s work “Overgrowth”
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at the Casita Aurora
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The Performance Curators Initiatives Works in Partnership With the Aurora Artist Residency Program and Space

The Performance Curators Initiatives (PCI) works in close partnership with the Aurora Artist Residency Program and Space (AARPS) located in Dingalan, Aurora.

Founded by the same founder of PCI, the Aurora Artist Residency Program and Space is an independent and non-profit residency program and space, focused on initiating discussion on community empowerment and sustainable environment, through culture and the arts. It is a combination of research-based and thematic residency, preferably in collaboration with the local municipality of Dingalan, various sectoral communities, or even non-government organisations in the area.

The residency is located in the quaint property Casita Aurora, Barangay Butas na Bato, Dingalan, Aurora in the cusp of the vast Sierra Madre mountain ranges and the Pacific Ocean; and is open to artist events and programs through reservations and artist residencies via application or invitation, throughout the year. We are working hard at being able to support our artists financially, but as our residency is artist and independently run, we can only presently offer accommodation and research coordination assistance with communities or institutions in the area.

For more information about the Aurora Artist Residency Program and Space please check out the website linked below:

https://thebeachhouseproject.wordpress.com/

Featured News: Cultural Mapping Trainer’s Training and Research to be Conducted at the Aurora Artist Residency Program and Space from March 25-27, 2017

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From March 25-27, 2017, community curator and Art Studies professor, Dr. Cecilia Sta.Maria-Dela Paz will bring her masters class on contexts of curatorial practice (AS 284: Contexts of Curatorial Practice) to Dingalan, Aurora, to conduct a two-day cultural mapping projects consisting of a trainer’s training with the LGU of Dingalan, and a preliminary cultural mapping and research throughout the 11 barangays of Dingalan. The project is aimed at developing community and LGU counter-part cultural mappers and researchers to conduct a solid research base to shape a sound, critical and sustainable cultural program for Dingalan, Aurora.

The project is hosted and coordinated by the Aurora Artist Residency Program and is the first outside/partnership of AARPS with other institutions like the Local Government Unit of Dingalan, Aurora and the Department of Art Studies, University of the Philippines, Diliman.

For more details, please visit: thebeachhouseproject.wordpress.com