Vargas Museum Education Guide
Revisit accounts of several typhoons in the Philippines by asking the students their experiences ofMilenyo and Ondoy.a.
Where were you during the time of the typhoon?b.
Were you greatly affected? What were your first actions with your family and/or friendsduring the time of disaster? What were the things you did to surpass the calamity?c.
How did you cope with the experience after? What were the lessons you learned from thattragedy?
Actual visit activities:
The following activities and guide questions can be used to facilitate discussions while viewing the exhibit.1.
List down the items that were used for the rafts. Use another sheet of paper for this if necessary.2.
Initiate “looking” and “feeling” at the installation of different rafts in the exhibit.a.
Describe the installations. What do you see?b.
Do you also see the objects used for the rafts in your own home? What are the original usesof these items? What happens now that they are part of the exhibit?c.
What do you feel? Does it remind you of the typhoons and flooding in the Philippines?What are the past experiences that cross your mind upon seeing the installations?d.
Do you think other people can also relate with the installations? Why?e.
Or do you see them as objects in a secluded space alienated from how they are supposed tofunction?3.
Bricolage is the practice of making use available materials for creating artworks and installations. Italso refers to the process of using consumer products and commodities and altering their use andmeaning.
Review the list of materials from no. 1.a.
How were the materials selected?b.
Where do you think the artist got them?c.
Do you think they are readily available?d.
As former items of commodity, how do these objects now question consumerism? Ponderpeople’s urge to buy and consume unnecessary goods and its consequences. How do thesegoods upon disposal add to the problem of flooding especially in Metro Manila areas?e.
What are the new meanings of these objects now that they are part of the rafts?4.
Reflect on the process of creating the rafts and how dialogue is achieved.a.
How did the artist build the rafts?b.
Do the rafts need to actually float or not? Which is more important, the idea that these raftsrepresent or the ability to physically imitate the objects that these represent? Pursue yourpoint.c.
Why do you think the exhibit was titled
? How did the wordplay on “crafts” and“rafts” emphasize the idea of crafts as a process and creation? What does “_” symbolize?Does it visually evoke the floating rafts?