(SPOT.ph) Aside from being a culinary hub in Luzon, the province of Pampanga is also known for its parol-making industry, which is celebrated through the annual Giant Lantern Festival every December. But you don't have to wait for Christmas or go all the way to San Fernando as Ayala Museum brings a piece of Ligligan Parul to Makati City. In partnership with Art Fair Philippines and Silverlens Galleries, the newly renovated museum reopens OpenSpace with a large-scale installation by media artist James Clar. The outdoor exhibition runs until April 1 with a lights show on March 26, 27, 31, and April 1 every half hour from 6 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
Art Fair Philippines at the Ayala Museum
I Can’t Tell You What I Don’t Know, Only That I Don’t Know, as it is called, is an interesting take on what it means to be a Filipino and the process of understanding our language and culture through art. Clar, a Filipino-American who moved to the Philippines in 2021, uses his expertise in light-based technology to play around with the colors of an award-winning giant parol from Barangay Santa Lucia.
The parol, which is 20 feet in diameter, is connected to a complex system of rotating cylinders developed by Clar. These cylinders are programmed to process information, which in this case is a written version of the Philippine national anthem that was relayed to the artist over the phone. Clar wrote down the dictation (with notes, errors, and all) based on how he understood and interpreted it; then, it was sent to the curators of the Ayala Museum, who also amended the letter.
This physical transfer of words from one Filipino to a Filipino-American is metaphorically showcased in I Can’t Tell You What I Don’t Know, Only That I Don’t Know. The processing of the information then triggers the many colorful light bulbs of the parol.
Watch a preview of I Can’t Tell You What I Don’t Know, Only That I Don’t Know:
I Can’t Tell You What I Don’t Know, Only That I Don’t Know runs until April 1 right in front of the Ayala Museum at Greenbelt Park, Makati Avenue corner Dela Rosa Street, Ayala Center, Makati City. It is free to view with a lights show on March 26, 27, 31, and April 1 every half hour from 6 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
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