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Let's Talk: C M Y K a

Our Current Condition is the second year of Fortuna Circuit, an annual exhibition featuring artists from all around the Philippines.  To give more detail on the artists and their work, we've decided to feature a few interviews with the exhibitors.

1   What art piece(s) are you bringing to the exhibit? What’s the story behind it? 

     runExecuteCommand.mp4 is a glitch piece produced specifically for Fortuna Circuit: Our Current Condition. It’s made up of two components: (1) salvaged audio from a news report of a police chase—hence the title; (2) and a video clip of a random local ‘sexy’ dancer act, both sourced from the internet.

     Process-wise, the video was first broken down into frames, which then were glitched using the audio file. The same was done to the sound clip, but was glitched using the stills. The audio was glitched until it was just noise, and the moving images were glitched until they were completely corrupted.

These were then stitched together with the audio in ‘reverse’, in that the video starts with relatively discernible images of the dancer accompanied by noise in the background, and ends with broken images with the audio most comprehensible.

runExecuteCommand.mp4 is my answer to what I think the current communal condition is: being in a constant state of distraction and being misdirected, and being unable to process the real things that are happening.

2  What school of art do you follow? Who are your influences?

On the spectrum of the things I make, these glitches fall on the opposite end of the things that are formalist, academic, meaningful, relevant, functional, so these days I make it a point not to expose myself to any theory or readings on the subject matter that may shape what I make, in an attempt to keep output raw and the process selfish.

I do however have roots in film criticism so I’m afraid that’s one detail than can’t be divorced from the things I make.

        What’s your art process? Do you have any habits or practices that you do before making a piece (e.g. taking a walk, or drinking beer before painting)?

I have no specific rituals but I do have to remind myself of the things I like, and not what other people like.

And I have to work at night.

     Where do you want your art to take you? Where do you see yourself and your art in the future?

I have no idea.

       Advice to budding artists out there.
      Push yourself to have daily output. Be kind to yourself and set generous parameters but focus on getting something done every day—focus on finishing, not on making everything perfect.

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