Tessa Maria Guazon
Project TitleCulture in Urbanization Schemes: Art in Public Spaces Across Southeast Asian Cities
Project AbstractThe research project considers the role of culture in globalizing and increasingly urbanizing contexts. It looks at three platforms of cultural production within the locus of the city-state commissioned, corporate-funded and those initiated by artists and artist collective. The project aims to consider the potentials inherent in art for understanding and making better contemporary urban life.
Profession / AffiliationAssistant Professor, Department of Art Studies University of the Philippines-Diliman
Area of Speciality / Topics of InterestsArt history, contemporary public art practice, urbanization
Recent Publications / ActivitiesSelected recent publications:
1) “Creative Mediations of the City: Contemporary public art as compass of Metro Manila urban conditions” April 2013. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 37:3. MA and Oxford: Wiley- Blackwell, 864-878.

2) “Public Art, Urban renewal and the Construction of a National History: The Revive Manila Program and the New Manileno Campaign” in The Transforming Asian City, 2012 edited by Nihal Perera and Wing-Shing Tang. New York and London: Routledge, 52-64.

3) “Sining Publiko at ang Siyudad: Mga kontemporaryong lapit at halimbawa” / Public art and the city: Contemporary approaches and examples Sining at Lipunan (Art and Society), Quezon City: Sentro ng Wikang Filipino, Unibersidad ng Pilipinas-Diliman (forthcoming 2013)

4) “Piety and Place: Terrains of faith in the art of Alfredo Esquillo and Renato Habulan” (catalogue essay) Semblance and Presence exhibition, Singapore: National University of Singapore Museum.


“Ephemeral and Place-less: Emergent public art modalities in Baguio public art festival”

(Public art project review), Culture 360.org (Asia-Europe Foundation) (http://culture360.org/magazine/ephemeral-and-place-less-emergent-public-art-modalities/)

6) “Urban Decay, Redemption and the Feminized City: Cinematic representations of Revive Manila’s renovated parks” Suri Sining: The Art Studies Anthology. 2011. Quezon City: Art Studies Foundation, 227-237.

7) “Dissonant Enchantments: The resonant object and Kawayan de Guia’s Bomba” Humanities Diliman. 2010. 7:2, 132-139.

8) “Invisible States, Peripheral Sites: Artistic Negotiations of the Urban” Agham Tao. 2010. 19, 38-47.

9) “The Publics of Public Art: Premise and Possibility (journal essay) Pananaw 7: A Journal of Visual Arts. 2010, 80-91.

Recent activities:
I recently organized PLOT a public art project at the sculpture garden of the University of the Philippines-Diliman in February 2013 with support from the National Commission of Culture and the Arts and in cooperation with the UP Jorge Vargas Museum and Filipiniana Research Center. I am also research leader for an online criticism site for the FoE (Freedom of Expression) project by TutoK, a collective based in Manila. I regularly write on exhibitions and reviews film as chair of the Young Critics Circle Film Desk.

Other Selected Publications / Activities
E-mailtessa_maria. guazon@up.edu.ph
Homepage / Blog / Websitehttps://wordsmithwoman.wordpress.com/
Last Updated27-May-2015
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