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.