Research and Teaching

My research focus is contemporary public art practice in cities in Southeast Asia, with comparative emphasis on the Philippines, Thailand and Indonesia. I am interested to know the configurations of contemporary art and how best they are mobilized to record, mediate, and reclaim urban space and city life.

I did field work in Thailand and Indonesia for my research about participation and engagement through public art practice in urban contexts. The project is for my Asian Public Intellectuals Fellowship. It examined the roles assigned culture in contemporary urbanization schemes. Presentations of findings were conducted in workshops and conferences in Singapore and Japan.

I teach at the Art Studies Department, University of the Philippines-Diliman facilitating survey courses in Philippine art (sculpture, multidimensional art, architecture), Western traditions in the art (Classicism, Medieval art, the Renaissance and Romantic traditions),  as well as general education courses Art and Society and Art and Everyday Life. In 2011, I developed a course based on the specific focus of my academic research: City Spaces and Public Art.

For a list of writings, please view my Publications page.


3 thoughts on “Research and Teaching

  1. Hi Tessa,

    I hope this email finds you well.

    My name is Jessica Lynne, a Brooklyn based writer and independent curator. This Fall, I am applying for the 2015-2016 National Geographic Fulbright Fellowship. My project proposal will explore the relationship between public art initiatives in three different cities, community engagement, cross-cultural dialogue and urban landscapes.

    If awarded, Fellows will have the opportunity to create content for National Geographic using various methods of digital storytelling including, social media, blog writing, and video reporting. The fellowship would require me to be affiliated with a organization or individual in the “host” country with whom I would work while conducting my reporting.

    Throughout the past few months of my research, I came across your research and organization PLOT. It is extremely dynamic! As I would love to have the opportunity to spend time researching and spotlighting public art in Manila for this fellowship, I am writing to inquire if I may have the opportunity to speak further with you and discuss the possibility of having you ( and/or PLOT) serve as an affiliate for my proposal?

    I am happy and willing to talk further about the fellowship, my work, and pass along my proposal at any time. I sent an email to the PLOT gmail account as well. Thank you for taking the time to read this note. I appreciate your consideration.

    I look forward to hearing from you soon!


    1. Hi Jessica

      Thank you very much for your interest in my work. Some of the links to my academic writing are in the blog’s Publications page.

      PLOT was a project I curated inside the university campus, so for institutional affiliation a better option is to inquire with my department at the University of the Philippines-Diliman. I recently did field work in Thailand and now based in Indonesia for the second leg of research. I will be glad to share ideas with you and will send personal message shortly.

      Regards from Singapore,

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