Thursday, July 26, 2012

After an unexpected delay in the schedule of the opening of the exhibit, Jomike Tejido, opened his second Robotars exhibit last night at the Vinyl On Vinyl gallery in Makati. There's certainly a sense of fun and wonder when you come in through the doors and its hard to feel otherwise with the whimsical idea of a gallery full of creative ways to dress up a stylized vinyl tarsier. The exhibits are set up on black painted pedestals of different heights and while most of the pieces stand solo allowing themselves to be viewed on the basis of the artists' interpretation. A few of them include a tableau (diorama) or, in the case of one piece, included a blown-up custom-made colored comic page to accompany his piece.

The place was already packed when we arrived at the place which was also brightly lit. Guests were milling around the area glancing up around every now and then to see who else has arrived in between close scrutiny of their favorite statue.
Posted on one wall were pictures of contributions by vinyl artists from Singapore and Rome, Italy
On the opposite side was a contest encouraging attendees to come up with their own designs for a Robotar figure
The highlight of the evening came later when Jomike, Juanito "Quiccs" Maiquez and Anjo Bolarda did a live collaboration art demo on a huge blank board hanging on one side of the room.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Edgar Degas, Musicians in the Orchestra

God in Ancient China is a video that was introduced to me by a friend a couple of weeks ago by my friend from college by way of an interesting trivia he showed us. He said that there were certain (ordinary) words when in written in Chinese characters reveal extraordinary origins. Origins that can only be traced to one particular people, place, incident leading to a much older story found in the Bible.

Now the idea of the ancient Chinese being a monotheistic people wasn't new to me, having learned about this episode of Chinese history in the book, Eternity in Their Hearts: Startling Evidence of Belief in the One True God in Hundreds of Cultures Throughout the World (which is highly recommended if you're interested in the subject of apologetics). It was there that I first encountered the name ShangDi:
Shangdi, (Chinese: “Lord-on-High”) Wade-Giles romanization Shang-ti, also called Di,  ancient Chinese deity, the greatest ancestor and deity who controlled victory in battle, harvest, the fate of the capital, and the weather. He had no cultic following, however, and was probably considered too distant and inscrutable to be influenced by mortals. Shangdi was considered to be the supreme deity during the Shang dynasty (1600–1046 century bce), but during the Zhou dynasty (1046–256 bce) he was gradually supplanted by heaven (tian)*. (Encyclopedia Britannica Online)

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(Picture copied from ScreenDaily.com)

 Got to watch the advanced screening of The Dictator earlier this evening thanks to a friend. This is my first time to watch a full length Sacha Baron Cohen movie since I missed Borat and Bruno, though I'm familiar with the controversies that accompanied the previous films. As is my usual practice with watching any movie these days I left all expectations at the door so as not to prejudge anything and to let the movie carry its own weight (barring a rather predictable movie trailer and that incident on the red carpet with Ryan Seacrest months ago). What I saw in the movie though didn't prepare me as to how low Mr. Cohen would go to top his previous movies.

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Monday, July 23, 2012

I'll try to get back to blogging for reasons that I can't express myself much on Facebook or the other media outlets. Right?

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