The intersection between the visual and the musical, the industrial and the folk lies at the transdisciplinary talent of the artist who ensures a wider scope of making and making people move. And if we reflect on the process of how material and affect converge, we will inevitably be led to how particles of the alloy usedin plating everyday objects are ingested in our systems through the food we eat and the vessels on which they are served and how the waves of sound pervade the air that becomes our rhythm to which wedream. These subtleties of permeation, of how specks and strings of metal and music come to belong toour substance prove to be Salvador’s sandata. It is translated as weapon of sound constructions in thebellum against monotony. It is defense against the decomposition of modernity. It is reverie against thecynicism of consumption. It is a warrior’s art.
About the Artist
Lirio Salvador was born in 1968. He graduated with a degree in Fine Arts at the Technological Universityof the Philippines. He is an artist working with what art historian and critic Alice Guillermo calls “soundassemblages”.An assemblage is an art form and process that makes use of non-artistic materials, foundobjects, or discards that are pieced together to assemble a new piece.In an assemblage, smaller parts that comprise the whole retain their identity in form and are distinguishable.Salvador creates hisassemblages by using everyday and industrial materials such as bowls, bicycle gears, stainless steel pipes,utensils, and discards. The fusion of these materials results in sound assemblages; or sculptures that alsoproduce sound.Salvador recounts the beginnings of this practice. He said, “Me and my friends we wanted to play, but wedid not have enough money; so we made some string instruments from the discarded materials and junk materials from our school.” This became the impetus that would sustain his lifelong artistic process.Carefully composing elements to craft pieces, the artist distills the notion of the everyday by reconstructing seemingly banalobjects into new forms, translating their meanings. Salvador is the front man and founder of
, a collective playingexperimental music. Sensitive to the visual, auditory, and tactileaspects of a work, Salvador and
opens up possibilitiesfor contemporary artistic expressions through the generation ofmusic that is “raw and unshaven”, especially those producedfrom homemade synthesizers and amplifiers. According to theartist, his work is an “attempt to integrate music, performanceart, sculpture, and audio art, all into one.”From 2006, Salvador works have been shown in internationalart fairs such as Pulse Los Angeles, Scope Basel, Switzerland, India Art Summit, Hong Kong InternationalArt Fair, Beijing Art Fair, Bridge Art Fair New York, Dubai Art Fair among many others. In 2011, Salvadorwas given a grant by the Asian Cultural Council (ACC). In addition, Salvador owns and manages an artspace in his community in Dasmariñas, Cavite called Espasyo Siningdikato.
Image: Elemento’s performance in Verso Contemporanea, Italy, 2009.
To introduce to students the concept of assemblage as a form and process; to discusshow collaboration plays out in this process2.
To invite students to ponder how form, function, and meaning affect one another3.
To allow students to reflect on the role of the artist as an innovator and experimenter ofideas