“on pins and needles”

Roundtable Discussion

SFAD Gallery (The Philippine Women’s University)

August 15, 2012


Jef Carnay

Noel Soler Cuizon

Karen Ocampo Flores

Myra Beltran

Don Salubayba

Martin De Mesa

Jepren Solis

Opaline Santos

Dante Castillo Jr.

Aj Tolentino

Sam Occeno

Vic Farrio

Kuleng Manzanero

Brendale Asinas Tadeo

Alynnah Macla

Lala Pavilando

Zoren Romero

Gabby Tales

Progress Report: “on pins and needles” project



  • Blog/Web site
    1. components
    2. interactivity
    3. accessibility
  • Scheduled Video Viewing
    1. Local Universities
    2. Art Spaces
    3. Organizations
    4. Artist Collectives
  • Feedback from the viewers
  • International video viewing
    1. BandungIndonesia
    2. SiemReap Cambodia
    3. Phnom PenhCambodia
  • “on pins and needles” Part 2
  • “on pins and needles” as an annual project, new set of videos for the succeeding years.(possibility)
  • “on pins and needles” kit for the participating artists
    1. DVD compilation of the videos
    2. A poster
    3. Catalog (zine type): artist’s bio and statements
    4. a plastic toy chair and a set of pins

Open Discussion


  • “Kumustahan” Portion – updates on artists individual projects: recent activities, festival attended, residency attended, projects being developed. Etc.
  • “chika” Moments – latest news inside the local art community, on going exhibitions, interesting art projects, new collectives, new spaces, possible residencies, local trends, etc.
  • Practice/process/experience
  1. individual’s process of art making
  2. blurring boundaries
  3. discipline breaking discipline
  4. structures and deconstruction of practice from: dance, theater, visual arts, teaching, performance art, etc.
  5. performance art (understanding, appreciation, evolution, realization)
  6. performance vs performative
  7. identifying conceptual practice over performance art practice.
  8. spontaneity : responding on stimuli
  9. personal advocacy
  10. collaborations

tutoK: FOE




  • schedules: time line of the project
  • Workshop schedules for the short-listed project
  • Building Curatorial Guidelines
  • Prince Clause Fund
  • APC involvement: research and web development
  • UP Art Studies involvement: research
  • Public Art
  • Website development / Website component
  • Artists involvement.







is a visual artist and a part-time instructor at the De La Salle College of         St. Benilde – School of Design and Arts. He finished his Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts major in Painting at the University of the Philippines Diliman.  In 2011, he received the UP CFA scholarship grant and an outstanding thesis award for his thesis project “Versus: Video Performative Imagery on Human Behavior”.  De Mesa has been passionate in performance art since during his third year stint in college, which also introduced him to research studies on Japanese Butoh dance. He had his Butoh-performance art “Flight of the Primal Being” at the Liongoren Gallery, and “Cities After Dark” at the Ateneo de Manila University Fine Arts Theater. He became a member of Tupada Action and Media Arts, and has been one of the participating artists in TAMA 2011 International Performance Art Festival. He has participated in group exhibitions at the gallery 1 and 2 of UP Diliman Faculty Center (2007, “Assortment” and “Letras”), Artis Corpus Gallery, Mandaluyong (2008, “Subtle Indiscretion”), Ishmael Bernal Gallery, UP Diliman (2011, “Daily Digest”), Tin-Aw Gallery, Makati (2011, “Xing E. Jacinto”), Finale Art File, Makati, (2012, “Y2K Babes”).