Before the much-awaited Manila Biennale: Open City 2018, Viva Manila in partnership with WSK: The Festival of the Recently Possible, The Japan Foundation Asia Center, and De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde School of Design and Arts is bringing the “Yamada Taro” project by Japanese artist Katsuki Nogami to Intramuros, Manila on October 27, Friday.
Carlos Celdran of Viva Manila is known for his unconventional and informative walking tours around Intramuros. For the tour in partnership with WSK, he mapped a special route around the Walled City, starting from General Luna, Muralla St., leading to universities in the vicinity, such as Mapúa University (MU), Colegio de San Juan de Letran (CSJL), Lyceum of the Philppines University (LPU), and Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM).
Katsuki Nogami’s “Yamada Taro” project explores ideas of identity and the anonymity in technology. “Yamada Taro” is a placeholder Japanese name, like “Juan Dela Cruz” in the Philippines. To create “placeholder people,” Nogami attaches iPads to people’s faces. The performers will take photos of strangers they encounter and each photo will appear on the iPad screens, “transferring” one’s identity to the performers. Interesting, right?
This installation is part of WSK Axis 2017 featured exhibition entitled INTERSTICES: Manifolds of the In-between at the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde School of Design and Arts (6th floor, Hallway).
The special tour is happening on October 27, Friday at 4pm. Meeting point is at the Plaza Roma, Intramuros near Manila Cathedral.
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