It had been a while since I had gone to an exhibit, so I was looking forward to catching up with good friends and getting my ‘art-fix’ last Friday, at the opening of a new show curated by Clarissa Chikiamco at the Ateneo Art Gallery. Ito and I crawled through the super-crazy Friday traffic and actually got to Ateneo on time, which meant we were one of the first people there and got first dibs at enjoying the delicious food & cocktails by Via Mare (yum!).

“Modes of Impact: The Inaugural Collection of Video Art” (which runs until November 10) presented highly conceptual, engaging, interactive, thought-provoking and even entertaining work using the modern medium of video. Mixed in with  performance art and installation art, the exhibit of works by Martha Atienza, Yason Banal, Kiri Dalena, Tad Ermitano, Manny Montelibano, Kaloy Olavides, Mark Salvatus, Gerardo Tan and Maria Taniguchi was interesting, dynamic and really expanded the boundaries of contemporary Filipino art. Imagine what can be explored and created in the digital age! Here’s hoping for many more exhibits and the continued support of local art and design 🙂

*As an aside–I was always a fan of, and was fascinated with, video art and often thought it would be great displayed in an unorthodox part of the home…like the garden! What do you think about video as a medium for modern art?

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