‘Phygital’ art, augmented reality take centerstage at ManilART 2022

The highly anticipated fair is back with groundbreaking art and technology

MANILA, Philippines – Get in line, art lovers! This year, ManilART – the longest-running visual art fair in the Philippines – provides a glimpse into the future, with a particular focus on “phygital” art (a term for art that has physical equivalents and digital) and new media.

Now in its 14th year, the fair opened Wednesday, October 19 at the SMX Convention Center at SM Aura in Taguig City.

In line with their efforts to highlight the position of art in the technological developments of the current century, the fair has partnered with cryptocurrency platform Binance to launch NFT Manila with the aim of “[bridging] the gap between digital and traditional spaces.

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Featuring works by artists such as Romulo Galicano, Ramon Orlina and Bell Sison, the exhibition uses augmented reality by rendering and programming 3D modeled sculptures to “overlay reality”. This creates an “enhanced view” that allows the art to subtly come to life outside the bounds of the frame.

ManilART has also launched virtual galleries that allow viewers to interact with a digital simulation of an art gallery environment.

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Another highlight of the art fair is an interactive installation by German artists Juliana and Andrey Vrady. Titled “Joy United” and described as a “dialogue between man and technology”, the exhibition invites visitors to have their emotions detected by computer sensors, which manage them through software codes and generate them into art via the ‘artificial intelligence. This results in a projection of different colors and patterns corresponding to the detected moods of the person.

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ManilART also features well-known and emerging artists who specialize in traditional art mediums. The Annual Sculpture Review presents the works of Anna Orlina during her gallery debut. Taking after her father Ramon Orlina, Anna’s highly anticipated exhibition showcases her take on her family’s glass-working heritage.

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The Artes Gallery presents exceptional paintings and terracotta sculptures by the expressionist artist Cezar Arro, famous for his mixture of colors and different strokes.

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The Sun Gallery also exhibits intricately carved carabao skulls with North Luzon designs, made by the famous Danny Rayos del Sol.

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Apart from the main exhibition at SM Aura, ManilART also organizes satellite exhibitions through regional exhibitions in Davao, Batangas, Tarlac, Quezon, Bohol and Rizal.

The participating galleries are 371 Art Space, AC 388, Annual Sculpture Review, Art For Space, Artes Orientes, AT Art Gallery, Dry Brush, Espacio Manila, Galerie Artes, Galerie Du Soleil, Galerie Francesca, Galerie Raphael, Galleria Nicolas, G9 Online , Gallery Nine, Historia Arts, M Gallery MNL, Museo de Pacis, Pugad ni Art, Renaissance Gallery, The Artologist, Village Art Gallery and Ysobel Art Gallery.

ManilART will run until Sunday, October 23. Tickets can still be purchased at the Ticketbooth. – Rappler.com

Andrea Ebdane is a Rappler intern.


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