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On its eighth installment, WSK: The Festival of the Recently Possible together with The Japan Foundation Asia Center set to feature contemporary Asian new media art through various exhibitions, workshops, fora, and concerts in a month-long tech arts festival from October 23 to November 4.

In case you’re wondering, WSK is a modern disemvoweled form of “wasak,” which means shattered or destroyed in Filipino. They are the first and only annual international art festival dedicated to contemporary electronic, digital, and experimental art.

“The exhibition spread all over the hallways, foyers, and classrooms all over CSB-SDA, these non-traditional ‘interspaces’, act as a pop-up gallery where the usual exhibition spaces of galleries and museums are suspended. The choice of exhibiting instead within the crevices of a university building which includes a university gallery and a museum are deliberate,” WSK founder and artistic director Tengal Drilon said.

Photo by Demi Barbra Angeles

The main exhibition entitled INTERSTICES: Manifolds of the In-between, will feature works by different artists from Philippines and Japan such as Tad Ermitaño, Ian Carlo Jaucian, Paulina and Ivan Despi, Katsuki Nogami, Ryuichi Kurokawa, and Houxo Que.

De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde School of Design and Arts professor and one of WSK festival directors Joee Mejias revealed that the partnership with CSB was her attempt to expose students to other uses of new media.

“Gerry Torres and I were talking about how we want the students in Benilde to explore possibilities of the medium. Through this event, we want to let the students see that they can make use of the skills that they have learned here to experiment and express themselves and contribute something new to the arts and cultural sector,” Joee said.

WSK Axis 2017 opens this coming October 23 at De La Salle-College of St. Benilde. Check out WSK’s website and Facebook page for more details.


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