Ten fellowships are awarded for KRITIKA 2015: National Workshop on Art and Cultural Criticism, which will be held at the University of San Agustin (USA) in Iloilo on May 4-7.
KRITIKA is a summer workshop in criticism, covering various arts and culture, including architecture, literature, visual arts, film, theatre, multi-art, popular culture, and gastronomy. In this one-week live-in workshop, established art critics and talented young scholars gather to form an intellectual community. In line with contemporary critical practice, KRITIKA retains interdisciplinal and multidisciplinal ways of approaching art and cultural forms as texts. This practice is enriched with the creative integration of concepts and modes from diverse disciplines.
The 2015 fellows are Vijae Orquia Alquisola (literature/cultural heritage), Jose Santos P. Ardivilla (pop culture), Gregory Mark Del Carmen (pop culture), Olivia Kristine Nieto (theatre), Seneca N. Pellano (literature), Tito R. Quiling, Jr. (film/architecture), Juan Miguel Leandro L. Quizon (cultural studies), Guillermo Ramos, Jr. (gastronomy), Angela Velasco (gastronomy), and Mavreen Jackie Yapchiongco (literature/architecture).
Rolando Tolentino, cultural critic and Dean of the University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication, is workshop director. He is supported by a distinguished panel of experts which includes urban design and landscape architect Paulo Alcazaren, cultural critic and educator Dr. Isagani R. Cruz, literature scholar Isidoro M. Cruz, heritage conservationist Rene Luis Mata, visual art critic and artist Cid Reyes, culinary expert and visual artist Claude Tayag, and cultural historian Jose Victor Torres.
Interactions with local artists, including the USA Little Theater headed by director Eric Divinagracia, and an Ilonggo cultural heritage tour will supplement the workshop sessions.
This project is organized by the De La Salle University (DLSU) Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center, co-hosted by the USA Fray Luis De Leon Creative Writing Center and the USA Graduate School, and supported by the DLSU Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts. The food writing fellowships are sponsored by the DLSU Angelo King Institute for Economics and Business Studies.