4 events to check out this week of May 3 to 9

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This year, Art Fair Philippines goes online with a focus on digital art. The fair will be open for all through the artfairphilippines.com. Photo courtesy of ART FAIR PHILIPPINES

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines Life, May 3) — This week, as we move into another community quarantine status, visit an art exhibit, watch lectures on Philippine history, and experience Art Fair Philippines as it goes online.

Art Fair Philippines 2021

Art Fair Philippines is going online for their ninth edition and will be free of charge. From May 6 to 15, exhibitors from across the country and around the globe will showcase works through their respective viewing rooms online (and, quarantine status permitting, in their physical galleries as well) and through videos produced in collaboration with Globe Studios.

This year’s Art Fair focuses on digital art, boosted by the rise of the controversial NFTs or Non-Fungible Tokens. There’s an NFT 101 Showcase with Tropical Futures Institute and Narra Art Gallery, a Filipino digital art gallery; and an ArtFairPH/Film focus on high quality digital films made in collaboration with Daata, a platform for streaming digital works that has worked with fairs such as Frieze and Art Cologne.

The fair is also introducing ArtFairPH/Residencies made in collaboration with Bleeding Heart Rum, open to Filipino artists. The selected artists will be sent to residencies in different galleries and spaces around the country such as in Cavite, La Union, Negros Occidental and Palawan.

Other Art Fair Philippines staples such as the photography exhibit, talks, tours, open studios, and 10 Days of Art will also be back for this year’s edition.

Visit artfairphilippines.com for more information.

A Webinar Series on Archaeology

The Ateneo Manila University Department of Sociology and Anthropology-Anthropological and Sociological Initiatives of the Ateneo (DSA-ASIA) and Deep Time Archaeological Collaboratory and Cultural Resource Management Space at the Areté (TRACES-ASIA) recently started a series of lectures on sociology and anthropology.

This May 6, the lecture “The Dawn of Culture: Sociality, Thinking in Loops, and an Extended Resource Space” will be by Dr. Miriam Haidle, Professor at the University of Tübingen and Heidelberg Academy of Sciences, GER; with respondents Dr. Fernando N. Zialcita and Dr. Alfred F. Pawlik of the Ateneo de Manila University.

Click here to register.

Isabel Santos "Over and Over and Over and"

View artist Isabel Santos’ latest works at the West Gallery on West Avenue, Quezon City. In “Over and Over and Over and,” Santos creates meditations on repetition, with resulting images originally conceived in repose and linked with the ideas of unplanned works that were driving Santos insane. The exhibition notes emphasizes on this: “The inescapability of repetition has been linked to a particular kind of loss of sanity. Cabin fever sweeping across the country has made dull Jacks out of all of us.”

Visitors are welcome by appointment only. Schedule your visit through +63 2 3411-0336.

Visit westgallery.ph for more details.

Zonazine documental el Espanol

Starting May 8, Instituto Cervantes de Manila will be screening Spanish and Latin American documentaries.

On May 8, you can watch El cuarto reino (The Fourth Kingdom) for free the whole weekend. The film documents the life of René, an illegal immigrant from Mexico and his life in a can collection and recycling center in New York. The film has received several awards such as the 2020 Gaudí Award for Best Documentary and the Grand Jury Award at the 2019 Atlanta Film Festival.

The films will be screened through Vimeo. Visit the Instituto Cervantes de Manila Facebook page for more information.