Make Your Own Revolution : Art in the Streets
This September, stroll with Kidlat Tahimik, the "grandfather of avant-garde Filipino cinema," for a one-of-kind art and performance experience, summoning the artistic power of resistance to state violence. Experience a SOMA like no other, starting on Market St. at the Luggage Store through 6th Street with site-specific performances along the way.
*Art installation by Kidlat Tahimik, murals and art pieces by Cece Carpio, and sidewalk chalk art by Paolo Salazar
*Site specific performances by Power Struggle
*Staged reading of works by Jessica Hagedorn, Eric Gamalinda, Junot Diaz, Sining Bayan Directed by Sean San Jose directed by Sean San Jose, Allan Manalo and Jason Magabo Perez
*Live music by Aireene Espiritu -folk & roots, Dirty Boots- indie jazzy funk, and Kulintronica- electronic tribal beat
*A performative jam of improvised turntablism and live video mixing by DJ Un-G (Gary Gabisan) and DJ JoelQuiz (Joel Quizon)
Filipino artists converge, creating an experience that transforms incident into myths and creatively usurps state-sponsored lies. Participatory activities such as a writing workshop, arts installation and sidewalk chalk drawings connect artists and non-artists alike to the essence of people-power, the sum of individual rebellions to take down state oppression. Through film, installation, paintings, and performance, "Make Your Own Revolution-Fictions of Dictatorship" reveals the artful ways that dictators make up histories to justify their accumulation of power, and the inventive art of rebellion.
"Make Your Own Revolution" remembers Ferdinand Marcos's declaration of Martial Law over forty years ago on September 21st. This ushered in over two decades of brutal dictatorship, repression, murders (aka "salvaging"), and the subsequent revolution, now known as the "People Power Movement." "Make Your Own Revolution" responds to the terror of the Marcos regime and celebrates the triumph of the Philippine resistance, while acknowledging other struggles against injustice worldwide.
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About the Artists:
Kidlat Tahimik is an idol of iconoclasts worldwide, a pioneer of the postcolonial essay film, and the grandfather of the Philippine New Wave. He has made a career ofas he puts it"straying on track." Born Eric de Guia and educated at the Wharton School of Business, Tahimik renounced both career and name to become Kidlat Tahimik (roughly translated as "Quiet Lighting") and embrace a filmmaking aesthetic unabashedly personal and defiantly political, filled with both warmth and fire. Tahimik has created a string of documentaries, one fiction feature film, and several art installations, all of which demonstrate his love of wordplay both silly and sophisticated and his ability to blend politics and the imagination in surprising and revealing ways. His debut film, Perfumed Nightmare (1977) became an international hit. It investigates neocolonial identity, Philippine culture, and global economies.
Sean San José works as the Program Director of the Performance Program for Intersection for the Arts and resident theatre company Campo Santo. He has created works with more than 500 artists in his time at Intersection, including more than 45 premiere plays for Campo Santo and over 100 new performance pieces with Intersection. For Intersection he also works with long term resident companies Campo Santo, the Erika Chong Shuch Performance Project, the Living Word Project (Youth Speaks' theatre company), Felonious and a host of composers, visual artists, and community groups. San José has overseen, developed, and helped create the first plays of Jimmy Baca, Junot Diaz, Dave Eggers, Chinaka Hodge, Denis Johnson, Dennis Kim, Luis Saguar, Greg Sarris, Vendela Vida, among others; while maintaining ongoing relationships with Philip Gotanda, Jessica Hagedorn, NaomIizuka, Octavio Solis, Erin Cressida Wilson, and many others including projects with Daniel Alarcon, Luis Alfaro, Felonious, Richard Montoya, and Ntozake Shange.
Christine Bacareza Balance was born in West Covina, California in 1976. Growing up in suburban Filipino America, she experienced the Philippines through her parents' stories of growing up during World War II. That is, until 1984, when images of Filipino protesters occupying Epifanio de los Santos Avenida (EDSA) and gleefully ransacking Malacañang Palace filled her TV screen and ignited her imagination. Balance teaches in the Department of Asian American Studies at UC Irvine. A proud Kularts board member, she is currently on a Ford Postdoctoral Fellowship to complete a book on popular music and performance in Filipino America.
Lucy Burns was born in Olongapo City in 1971. She is of the "Martial Law babies" generation. One of her most vivid memories growing up in Olongapo was walking on Magsaysay Drive to and from school, hearing what seemed like an endless loop of "Hotel California" playing out of one of the city's many beer houses. She is an Associate Professor in the Asian American Studies Department at UCLA and recently completed a book titled Puro Arte: Filipinos on the Stages of Empire (NYU Press, 2012).
Cece Carpio, Community Muralist and Educator, paints people and places on the edges of survivalfrom the islands of the Philippines to the streets of San Francisco. Using acrylic, ink, aerosol and installations, her work tells stories of immigration, ancestry, resistance, and resilience. She received her BFA degree from UC Santa Cruz, and has produced and exhibited work in the Philippines, Fiji Islands, Cuba, Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Italy, Norway, and throughout the United States. Carpio's recent accomplishments include: an Immigrant Artist Fellowship with New York Foundation of the Arts; Arts Residency with La Bótica Gallery in Xela, Guatemala; Arts & Environmental Justice Education Residency with the Ironbound Community Conservation at Newark, New Jersey; a mural commissioned by The Filipino American Development Foundation and Kularts at the Filipino Education Center in San Francisco; and commissioned new works by the Multicultural Center of UC Berkeley. In 2010, Carpio served as an assisting instructor for the True Colors Mural Program at Berkeley City College, directed by Juana Alicia. A member of the artists collective, Trust Your Struggle, Carpio has years of experience as a community organizer for social and environmental justice. She currently works as Program Manager at La Peña Cultural Center.
Dirty Boots is a multi-instrumentalist band from San Francisco, CA. Members James Dumlao (Drums), and Rachel Lastimosa (Bass/Piano) met each other through a vocal-jazz ensemble in college. Together they started a band that focused primarily on harmonies and dynamic song-writing. Their musical influences include jazz, hip-hop, indie, and soul, however, it is difficult to generalize their unique sound. They have performed in many San Francisco venues such as The Great American Music Hall, Elbo Room, Red Devil Lounge, Poleng Lounge, Pier 23, Rockit Room, Bruno's, Broadway Studios, Hotel Utah, El Rio, Jack Adams Hall, Amnesia, and many more. Dirty Boots released their self-titled, debut EP in May 2009. In 2011, Dirty Boots served as the house band of the monthly open-mic, In Progress, @ Mama Art Cafe in San Francisco, CA. Their first Full Length Album "Where We Go" was released September 2011.
Aireene Espritu is a singer/songwriter based in San Francisco, playing mostly original songs accompanied by latin/african rhythms, folk, bluegrass pickings and inspirations from gospel music - a mix of stompin', swayin', and timeless Americana. Influenced by Alan Lomax's field recordings from the South and Filipino folk guitar fingerpicking, her lyrics celebrate human foibles, stories from ghosts and the living, and identities of cultures within cultures. She has toured both the US and Europe several times with the U.K. band "The Hobos." Aireene is currently working on her next full length album, due to release in 2014.
Gary Gabisan (DJ Un-G) is a digital media producer, filmmaker and musician. A graduate of the film school at New York University (NYU), he focused his studies on Experimental Film and Documentary Filmmaking. After graduation, Gary worked in the digital media industry, building web sites and producing content for MTV and Walt Disney Studio. He is a founding member and vocalist for the New York-based jazz/funk live hip-hop band known as P.I.C and an ukulele/percussionist for the Jack Lords Orchestra. Currently living in Los Angeles, Gary teaches Eskrima, trains Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and develops transmedia storytelling techniques for non-fiction.
Allan S. Manalo is a Filipino American writer, director, producer, and stand-up comic, who began his stage career in Hawaii where he studied theater. In 1986, he moved back to California to pursue stand-up comedy in San Francisco and has since performed in over 400 colleges and comedy clubs throughout 47 states. Manalo is the former the Artistic & Managing Director of the new Bindlestiff Studio, a black box theater in San Francisco dedicated to the presentation and cultivation of Filipino Americans in the performing arts. As a writer, Manalo was a regular contributor to Filipinas magazine, Manila Times, Manual magazine and has written works published in STAGE PRESENCE: CONVERSATIONS WITH FILIPINO AMERICAN PERFORMING ARTISTS, LIWANAG II, and ZYZZYVA Literary Journal.
Jason Magabo Perez is a writer, performer, and educator. His writings have appeared in TAYO, Witness, and Mission at Tenth. Perez has performed at the National Asian American Theater Festival, the International Conference of the Philippines, and at venues such as the Asian Art Museum and the La Jolla Playhouse. In 2011, Perez wrote and performed in You Will Gonna Go Crazy, a multidisciplinary play which was funded by an NEA Challenge America Grant. For the past several years, Perez has taught writing, performance, and ethnic studies at various community centers, universities and college campuses. Perez earned his MFA in Writing & Consciousness from the now defunct New College of California and is an alumnus of the VONA/Voices Writing Workshop for Writers of Color.
Joel Quizon (aka DJ Joel Quiz) is a filmmaker, community arts organizer, and DJ. A film school graduate from California State University at Northridge (CSUN), Joel has worked in independent films in the US and Philippines as well as in the music industry in Publicity, Promotions and Artist & Repertoire for London-Sire Records and briefly at Thrive and Ryko. In addition, Joel has been part of the programming committee for the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (Visual Communications) and has organized and performed in diverse film, music, and multi-disciplinary events. Most recently, Joel's output in short films and video works can be seen via the film collaborative Form follows Function. He is currently in post-production on "The Cotabato Sessions (Music of Maguindanao)," a documentary film collaboration with drummer Susie Ibarra.
The Luggage Store Gallery (View)
1007 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
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