Visual Pond Artspace, Inc. is a non-profit organization committed to the visual arts. Based in Manila, Visual Pond aims to be a dynamic player in the Philippine contemporary art scene through projects that engage and promote local artists both here and abroad.

We at Visual Pond envision a contemporary art scene that is vibrant, open to experimentation and supported by the community. By taking initiatives and creating opportunities for Filipino artists, we work towards this realization for the visual arts locale.

Asides from Manila-based projects, we are also interested in regional and international exchanges on ideas, concepts and possible collaborations with definite end products.


Wednesday, April 14, 2010

End Frame Video Art Project II: Daily Disclosures

End Frame Video Art Project II: Daily Disclosures, a Philippine video art festival, took place on 12 – 16 October 2007 at The Fifth, 5F, Shangri-la Plaza, EDSA corner Shaw Blvd., Mandaluyong. Presented by Visual Pond, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Listening in Style, Shangri-la Plaza and Rodriguez de Alba Foundation for Creative Advocacy in partnership with Pablo, Festival do Minuto, The One Minutes and Metro Home magazine and with support by the Ateneo Art Gallery, the End Frame Video Art Project aims to call attention to and create discussion on video art done by Filipino artists and experimental filmmakers, both here and abroad.

The theme of the second edition of the video art festival, Daily Disclosures, calls attention to art in the everyday, particularly the increasing relevance of video art in the face of the constant bombardment of heightened technology in people's daily activities. Adding an international dimension to the project was the collaboration with The One Minutes, an organization based in the Netherlands that collects one minute video artworks all over the world. As the Philippine partner, Visual Pond collected Philippine one minutes through End Frame to enter in The One Minutes Awards in November 2007. All one minutes entered in End Frame will also be eligible for a screening of Philippine one minutes for the Olympic One Minutes exhibit to take place in Beijing in 2008 right before the Summer Olympics. End Frame also partnered with Festival do Minuto in Brazil where the Philippine one minutes submissions for this year's festival will be exhibited in December.

54 video works answered the call for entries last August and were screened by a selection committee composed of Peque Gallaga, Fatima Lasay, Eileen Legaspi-Ramirez, Jun Sabayton and Kidlat Tahimik. The exhibition showed 33 video artworks by the following artists/experimental filmmakers: Ivy Baldoza, Elvert de la Cruz Bañares, Romeo Candido, Antonni Cuesta, Ivan Despi, Tad Ermitaño, Nelson Florentino, Mitch Garcia, Gabriel Gomez, Lea Lim, Ian Madrigal, Jemille Maog, James Mayo, J. Pacena, Jet Pascua, Claudine Rodriguez, Dohna Sarmiento, Rosevie Sevilla, Christina Tulay, Josemaria Lorenzo Valdez, Leo Valencia, Pauline Vicencio, JJ Christine Villamarin, Mannet Villariba, Jevijoe Vitug and Angelo Suarez & Costantino Zicarelli.

As part of the festival's activities, talks were held at the Home Theater of Listening in Style. On 13 October 2007, Atty. Louie Calvario of Intellectual Property-Philippines discussed copyright issues of the video art form while an open forum on video art particularly in the Philippine context, featuring as panelists artist Tad Ermitaño, End Frame Selection Committee Member Jun Sabayton and National Commission for Culture and the Arts Film Committee member Teddy Co, was held on 16 October 2007.

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