The fourth edition of Cinema Rehiyon, the annual Philippine regional film festival of the National Commission of Culture and the Arts, presents a special project on video art, an art form which crosses the fields of both the visual arts and cinema. Curated by Clarissa Chikiamco, the video art contribution to Cinema Rehiyon 2012 includes two exhibitions, Killing Time and Gilubong ang Akong Pusod sa Dagat, which open during the festival's run in Bacolod from 8 to 11 February 2012.
Killing Time, a group exhibition which opens at Negros Museum on 8 February at 6 pm, features a selection of videos of Philippine artists which directly transact with time, as either the subject of the video itself or as method. Through featuring, extending, repeating, rupturing or reversing time, the artworks of this exhibition, ranging from 1994 to 2011/2012, focus on this essential element of video art practice. The exhibition attempts to show how artists implement time in their video work through different means and objectives. It also aims to concentrate on time as one of the most important topics of contemporary art, relevant particularly due to the unfolding of cinematic culture and the increasing technological progression which has reshaped the thoughts and experience of time in the past century. Artists whose works are included in Killing Time include Tad Ermitaño, Yason Banal, Bea Camacho, Kiri Dalena, Kaloy Olavides, Gerry Tan and Maria Taniguchi. The exhibit runs until 26 February.
Gilubong ang Akong Pusod sa Dagat (My Navel is Buried in the Sea) opens in Gallery Orange’s Gallery B, on 9 February at 8 pm with a Cine de Barrio screening the following evening with shorts from Mindanao at 6 pm in Barangay Punta Taytay. The solo exhibition is a video installation by artist Martha Atienza which focuses on fishermen and seafarers from Madridejos, Cebu. It explores the relevance of the sea and its relationship and impact on those who use it as a source of livelihood. First shown in August 2011, its showing in Cinema Rehiyon 4 in Bacolod marks its first exhibition and screening in the Philippines outside of Madridejos. The artist will also be giving a talk at Gallery Orange on 10 February at 2 pm and the show runs until 29 February.
Negros Museum is located at the Former Agricultural Building, Gastulao Street, and Gallery Orange is at Art District, Lopue's Mandalagan Annex Building, Mandalagan, both located in Bacolod City. The schedule for Cinema Rehiyon 4, which includes free admission to all films, may be found in the Cinema Rehiyon website: http://www.cinemarehiyon.com.