In 2013 The Unifiedfield initiated its Nomadic Artist-in-Residence Program in The Philippines; this residency is working in partnership with the Balud Art Network -a program under SwitoTwins, a registered social enterprise.
ONGOING OPEN CALL!: PDF. * This call is for 15 days to 2 months-long residencies in 2017. No deadline. Apply now!
Access to The Unifiedfield’s Nomadic Artist-In-Residence program in The Philippines is open to all artists, filmmakers, musicians, writers and curators without restriction, but priority is given to artists working on environmental and relational, site-specific projects on the experimental and interdisciplinary fringes.
The Unifiedfield will select the most interesting proposals, in terms of social and artistic interest, from the total number of applications. For artists who apply, this is a production-based residency where The Unifiedfield will assist the participants in the development of a new project or the continuation of an existing one in various regions of The Philippines. Please check at the end of this document some of the locations and the communities we have engaged with. We are currently expanding our network and other emplacements can be proposed, depending on the nature of the selected projects.
The Unifiedfield is an independent non-profit artist-run organization with no external funding. To cover the residency expenses we charge a residency fee. The Unifiedfield can assist the artists with letters of invitation to enable to raise funds to cover the residency as well as the artist’s production costs, living and travel expenses, etc. [Some of the participating artists-in-residence have been supported by their national funding bodies: Singapore National Arts Council, Singapore International Foundation, Agency for Cultural Affairs of Japan, Danish Arts Foundation, Stroom Den Haag, Mondriaan Fund, and The Japan Foundation]. The amount will vary depending on the project and travel costs of the nomadic residency. The Unifiedfield will design an itinerary and budget / week / person including: accommodation, meals, transport within The Philippines, interpreter, guide, assistance in the pre-production and realization of the projects, documentation and organization of several events for diffusion of the projects. The residency fees will also contribute to the sustainability and continuation of The Unifiedfield Artist-in-Residence Program in the future since we are planning to grant two local artists a year.
Genuinely attentive to the artists’ needs, The Unifiedfield remains flexible, and if the occasion arises where a larger space is required for a certain event, The Unifiedfield can collaborate locally and internationally with other art spaces and institutions. Eventually, if circumstances allow and under the discretion of The Unifiedfield, we can organize several other presentations for further promotion of the artists.
SELECTED PROJECTS FOR 2016
Terue Yamauchi, one of our artists-in-residence in 2015, will be returning this year for a three months residency in three areas in Mindanao to continue work on her art research project on traditional fishing communities and free diving cultural links in Asia.
As an important part of her second nomadic artist-in-residency project in Mindanao, she will be organizing a workshop entitled “Human Plastic Seascape” to examine, discuss, and creatively think of solutions with the local participants on how to tackle the local and global plastic/marine debris issues together. Each workshop will be organized based on the following contents: 1) Learning and realization of current situation; 2) Community cleanup with garbage segregation; 3) Rethinking waste materials and redesigning waste processing and products from waste materials; 4) Design implementation; and 5) Jumpstarting a community project/s. The conditions and situations unique and specific to each of the locations are expected to impact the contents of the workshop.
After spending a month on a remote island in Surigao del Sur, she will immerse once again with the Sama Bajau, Matina Aplaya community in Davao City for three weeks. She will conduct the last leg of her 2016 Philippine residency in two new sites from June-July. Returning to Davao City in the second week of July, she will finish preparations for her one-week exhibit. After Davao, she will fly to Manila to conduct one presentation about her project and residency experience at Green Papaya Art Projects, before going back to Japan.
Assisted by Angely Chi, co-director of The Unifiedfield Nomadic Artist-in-Residence Program in The Philippines.
*Project funded by The Japan Foundation Asia Center Fellowship Program.
The Unifiedfield Nomadic Artist-in-Residence Program in the Philippines has also selected artists Peter Moosgaard (Austria) and Taguchi Motohide’s (Japan) proposals for residencies in 2016 and 2017 respectively. They are currently pending approvals to grant applications.
‘Supercargo: a Parable of Desire’ is a visual research project by Peter Moosgaard, investigating new cargo cults, consumerist archetypes and global material culture. Peter Moosgaard will work on his project in Siquijor island, and will give a presentation at Silliman University in Dumaguete, before heading to a remote island. In Davao City, he will conduct a series of workshops and will participate at a forum about cultural appropriation co-organized by The Unifiedfield with the Department of Anthropology, University of Philippines Mindanao.
Taguchi Motohide plans with ‘Creating Ritual on the War Time Memories’ to make a musical piece in the form of a ritual through workshops with young local music groups focusing on the memories of war time during the Japanese occupation period in the Philippines. The number of survivors who have experienced the war and have lived to tell their stories have decreased through the years, hence this is the last term in which younger generations will have a chance to listen to the experiences of these survivors. Mohotide’s project will offer important experiences for thinking about the war to both the artist and local participants through a series of interviews and composing music together.
The Unifiedfield Nomadic Artist-In-Residence Program is glad to annouce the first local artist granted to participate in our residency: Soi Kalinaw. The artist will produce a site-specific performance [dates tbc]. +info coming soon! Updates on The Unifiedfield Nomadic Artist-in-Residence Program in The Philippines’ FB page.
PAST ARTISTS AT THE UNIFIEDFIELD NOMADIC AIR PROGRAM IN THE PHILIPPINES
Eric Peter: Familiar Strangers: Conversations on the Near Future. [November 2015]
Stine Gro: Mechanic.Trans- Natural / Nature.Trans-Mechanic [March – April 2015]
Terue Yamauchi**: An Ongoing Journey Inspired by People of the Seas [Feb -March 2015]
Feliz Lucia Molina & Ben Segal: The Beginning [January 2015]
Sarah Dahnke: A Song in the Wind [December 2014]
Dienke Groenhout: The Make Factory and The Story Landscape [October 2014]
Gene Kogan : Maceda Box [November 2013]
Kristina Guison: Reverb [July, 2013]
Jepoy Garcia, aka Mango Peeler [July, 2013]
*Documentation of the artists’ residency projects on FB.
[PAST] From 2012 till the summer of 2014, The Unifiedfield ran an AIR Programme in Granada, Spain [Zulkifle Mahmod, Kai Lam, Zihan Loo, Harry Chew, Angie Seah, Bani Haykal and Shahila Baharom, Shaun Sankaran and Natasha Noor, Tania De Rozario, Kristina Guison]. For past activities, check this link or visit our ARCHIVE
SOME OF THE COMMUNITIES WE HAVE ENGAGED WITH [PAST PROJECTS, PH]
-Secret island in Surigao del Sur
This small island off the coast of Surigao del Sur (Mindanao, Philippines) is home to a protected marine sanctuary and about a hundred residents. A side of it faces the Pacific Ocean, indeed a natural paradise. The local population live with little electricity, supplied by a few solar panels, and earn their living through fishing, copra production, and banca-making. Life can be hard on the island for the fisherfolk during the monsoon months, and they wait out the days and weeks of heavy rains, strong winds, and huge waves, subsisting on fish caught near shore, shells, kulo (breadfruit), and supplies from the mainland. But during summer, they enjoy the bountiful harvest from the seas including bangsi (flying fish), and bolinaw. Swells from the Pacific Ocean have made some spots on the island ideal for surfing, and have attracted several local and foreign surfers over the years, in the process influencing the island’s youth to take up the sport. The older locals would sometimes spend time watching local and visiting surfers on the waves.
On the island there are no cars, guesthouses, or restaurants. The Unifiedfield arranged a home stay for artists-in-residence with a fisherfolk family. Artists had their private bedroom and some other open communal places shared with the members of the family and The Unifiedfield team.
-Bajau community in Matina Aplaya
Sama-Bajau have sometimes been called the “Sea Gypsies” or “Sea Nomads”. The Bajau settlement in Seaside II, Matina Aplaya, Davao City is home to more than 200 Bajau displaced residents. The Bajaus living in the Matina Aplaya settlement are emigrants from Zamboanga, which they fled from because of the presence of sea pirates in their fishing grounds, and other conflict issues. In Davao, they were adopted by a pastor, who helped them establish a settlement on a patch of beach on the Matina Aplaya coast. A significant number of the Bajaus still practice free diving and spearfishing but only a few now own boats. Others have taken alternative trades to earn a living such as selling second-hand shoes and clothes (to non-Bajaus), and selling food albeit mostly towards their own. This particular Bajau community has a SEC-registered organization called The Bajao Association, which is affiliated with local and international organizations. The community and its association have hosted both local and foreign researchers and language students who are learning the Bajau’s native language Sinama.
Batug is a remote rural barangay in the municipality of Dulag, Leyte in Eastern Visayas. It is home to more than 400 residents whose major source of livelihood are farming and copra production. But the 2013 Typhoon Yolanda destroyed most of their coconut trees, which lessened the production of copra and other coconut-related industries. A concerted effort with local NGOs, the Barangay Local Government Unit (BLGU), and the international organization Earthship Biotecture in 2013-14 led to the building of a disaster resilient Windship in Barangay Batug in 2014. The Windship became the venue of a workshop by The Unifiedfield’s artist-in-residence Stine Gro in April 2015.