We launch a three-essay post for the Tutok research project. All deal with art world issues, the more controversial in the Philippine contemporary art world in recent years. The first for the series is Portia Placino’s ideas on the publics of contemporary art, looking back to Poleteismo, Mideo Cruz’s piece for the Kulo exhibition.
She writes “Art discourse has recently been overpowered by various media, with minimal critical engagement. Art institutions should be present to strengthen and support the art and art discourse in various encounters. This does not mean various publics and media should be silenced and restricted. Critical engagement from these various vantage should be encouraged. Instead of frowning upon and fighting against technology and the power of new media, it should be taken as a discursive development in the furtherance of public engagement.” Read more