BUNGA – The 6th Tupada International Visual Performance Festival

Bunga - The 6th TUPADA International Visual PErformance Festival
Bunga - The 6th TUPADA International Visual PErformance Festival

BUNGA – TAMA ’09, the Tupada Action and Media Art 6th Tupada International Visual Performance Festival, kicks off on December 7, 2009 at the Samba-Likhaan, Quezon City. The annual live art event will commence with a performance from Bumbo Villanueva and an art talk/discussions of art practices by foreign participants. The next day, December 8, TAMA ’09 goes to the Ateneo Art Gallery for a short workshop/symposium, while December 9 brings the event to the Jorge B. Vargas Museum in UP Diliman. Performances by local and international artists will be held right after forums on live art practice for the three consecutive days.

Baler, Aurora hosts this year’s provincial leg from December 10 to 13, with artist talks, video presentations, workshops and performances at the Museo ng Baler and Ermita Park. Yuan Mor ‘O Ocampo, pioneering organizer of live art festival PIPAF, will host the artist discussion. True to Tupada Action and Media Art’s thrust for grassroots art education by siting performance in public space, there will be plenty of indoor, outdoor and even beachside performances for the duration of TAMA ’09.

With a pre-event exhibition opening at the Big & Small Art Co. located at the 4th floor of SM Megamall Building A on December 5 showcasing paintings from TAMA artists and supporters, BUNGA – TAMA ’09 brings fruition to individual concepts and collective visions of body, time, space, action, and sound performance as an ever-expanding and dynamic art genre. All exhibitions, art talks and performances are free and open to the public, and everyone is encouraged to attend.

Tupada started in 2002 with ambush performances by artists from diverse disciplines in various public spaces, exposing the masses to the artists’ creative expression where they themselves were on an overpass, in open parks, streets, cafes and alternative art spaces. It has since grown into an art collective holding international art events, establishing connections with local and foreign artists in the spirit of cultural and information exchange and getting together in creating an independent ground for art expressing concerns. TAMA aims to bring performance art in the Philippines further, involving new media and technology as currently available material and equipment to tackle issues, articulating them in today’s language.

International performance artists Cai Qing (China), Xing Xin (China), Sally Ng (Hongkong), Adina Bar-On (Israel), Midori Kadokura (Japan), Tanaka Teruyuki (Japan), Aye Ko (Myanmar), Barbara Sturm (Switzerland) and Aor Nopawan (Thailand) have been invited to participate in this year’s event, along with Filipino artists Patrick “Kinigtot” Bacolor, Sherwin Carrillo, Patrick Chong, Jhay Colis, Thom Daquioag, Boyet De Mesa, Rommel Espinosa, EXIST Sound Art Group (Erick Calilan, PJ Soliven, Cris Garcino and Roger Lopez, Jon Romero), Bunch Garcia, Mitch Garcia, Ceej Gomera, Ian Madrigal, Marlon Magbanua, Vim Nadera, Yuan Mor’O Ocampo, Kaye O’Yek, Sam Penaso, Trix Syjuco, Wire Tuazon, Bumbo Villanueva and Mannet Villariba. The event will also showcase video presentations of performances from SORO Performance Unit, South Korea, and Ronaldo Ruiz of the Philippines.

BUNGA – TAMA ’09 is supported by the Japan Foundation Manila, Samba-Likhaan Foundation, Ateneo Art Gallery, Jorge B. Vargas Museum, the Governor’s Office – Province of Aurora, House of Representatives – Congressman Juan Edgardo J. Angara, the Embassy of Switzerland, Embassy of Israel, Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Center for Community and Cultural Development, Heinrich Boell Stiftung, Ayala Museum, Museo de Baler, Baler Municipal Office – Mayor Arthur Angara, Aurora State College of Technology (ASCOT), Aurora Nationals Science High School (ANSHS), AHAC.

For more details, please call the TAMA’09 Secretariat at +6327104045, +639157706859 (Thom) and +639208603048 (Rommel). You may also email tupada.ph@gmail.com and view TAMA on the web via www.tamatupada.multiply.com.


12/07/09 10:00 AM Sambalikhaan Opening/Orientation
Symposium – Foreigners
12:00 NN Lunch Break
2:00 PM Performances
7:00 PM Dinner/Open Discussion

12/08/09 9:00 AM Ateneo Gallery Workshop/Symposium
12:00 NN Lunch Break
2:00:00 PM Performances
7:00 PM Dinner/Open Discussion

12/09/09 9:00 AM Ayala Museum Cultural Immersion
12:00 NN Thoms Place Lunch Break
2:00 PM Vargas Museum Symposium – Locals
4:00:00 PM Performances
7:00 PM Dinner/Open Discussion

12/10/09 5:00 AM Bus Station Travel to Baler
1:00 PM Baler, Aurora Arrival in Baler
5:00 PM Museo de Baler Orientation/Welcome
Part 1Artists Talk
7:00 PM Dinner
8:00 PM Video Showing
Part 2 Artists Talk

12/11/09  10:00 AM ASCOT Workshop
12:00 NN Lunchbreak
2:00 PM Workshop (ASCOT)
4:00 PM Performances (ASCOT)

12/11/09 10:00 AM Aurora National Science High School Workshop
12:00 NN Lunchbreak
4:00 PM Baler Beach 1st Batch Performances
7:00 PM Dinner
8:00 PM Museo de Baler 2nd Batch Performances

12/13/09 7:00 AM Nature Tour
12:00 NN Lunchbreak
3:00 PM Baler Park Performances
8:00 PM Solidarity Night

12/14/09 5:00 AM Back to Manila

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Joseph T. Gonzales, aka Kidlat is the creator of Batangbaler, the website and online community of all the scattered Balereños and Aurorans on Earth. He is based in Baler.

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