UP College of Fine Arts

The UP College of Fine Arts and PAROLA UP Fine Arts Gallery present
THE LISTENING BIENNIAL 2nd Edition Inter-Asia+

Co-presented by
Alitaptap Artists Community (Philippines), DZUP -UP CMC Department of Broadcast
Communication (Philippines), University Hotel, UP Diliman (Philippines), Multimedia University
Faculty of Creative Media (Malaysia), Silpakorn University Faculty of Fine Arts (Thailand), Camoes
Instituto da Cooperação e da Lingua Portugal (Japan)

Sponsored by
University of the Philippines Diliman Office of the Chancellor, UPD College of Mass
Communication, Goethe Institut Philippines, Japan Foundation Manila

Supported by
Anima Art Space (Philippines), BMLab (Philippines), Drawing Room (Philippines), UP Computer

The Listening Biennial is a string of endeavours, where listening is in the core as a relational capacity,
a philosophical and political proposition, a creative practice and a research framework, which,
although initiated by individual scholars, artists, curators, is global in scope.

The First Edition was held in 2021, curated by Yang Yeung (Hong Kong), Israel Martinez (Mexico),
Budhaditya Chattopadhyay, and its initiator and artistic director Brandon LaBelle.
This Second Edition, happening in July 6 to August 8, 2023, is curated by Luisa Santos (Portugal),
Guely Morato (Bolivia), Rayya Badran (Lebanon), and Dayang Yraola (Philippines).

Yraola developed a range of activities for Asian cities, which proposes that listening be explored as a
discursive act of coming together in moving forward from the ashes of the pandemic and the ills
that it brought upon humanity. But where is forward? And how can listening do what it is assigned
to do?

To find out, it is proposed that we answer two questions:
1. What is it that we hear that we would listen to? In asking this question, we become aware of
what information or issues we are aware of, and therefore, have more tendency to react to.
2. What is it that we do not hear that we should listen to? In asking this question, we try to dig
deeper into our experience to find out what we might have missed, that may or may not be
important for us, which may or may not require a reaction from us.
To respond, there are exhibits, tambayan (listening sessions), performances, sound camp and
symposia that will be held in various locations in Asia, such as the University of the Philippines-
Diliman (Quezon City, Philippines), Alitaptap Artists Community (Cavite, Philippines), Silpakorn
University (Bangkok, Thailand), Multimedia University (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), on the air and
online via DZUP. 

Refer to the Asia website for full calendar and project updates:

Initiator/ Artistic Director: Brandon LaBelle
Curator: Dayang Magdalena Nirvana T. Yraola
Over-all Coordinator Manila: Ian Carlo Jaucian
Coordinator Kuala Lumpur: Dean Lim Kok Yoong, Yuvaraj Kaliaperumal, Suzy Sulaiman
Coordinator Bangkok: Dean Vichaya Mukdamanee
Coordinator Tokyo: Director Tiago Mauricio

Finance Manager: Joan Zamora
Assistant Finance Manager: Marize Rullan, Gilda Sychingiok and Glory Jane Moron
Graphics: Paolo Muncada and Grace Ann Buenaventura
Documentation: Lesley Cao (writing), BMLab (video/ docu)
Lead for Tambayan: Ivy Claudio and Chryl Martinez
Assistant for Tambayan: Kean Barrameda
Technical Assistant: DZUP
Lead for Exhibit and Symposium: Mitch Shivers and Tad Ermitano
Assistant Coordinator: Decca Lumanglas
Technical Assistant: Arianne Macalintal
Lead for Sound Camp: Mary Ann Salvador
Assistant for Sound Camp: Jennelyn Manuel
Technical Assistant: Jon Romero and Deo Jimenez


July 6-August 8

Camoes, Cultural Centre of Portugal, Tokyo

With performance from Takuro Mizzuta Lippit (djsniff) and Makoto Nomura on July 6, 4pm

July 8-Aug 12

UP Fine Arts Gallery

Curators for Audio Exhibit: Brandon LaBelle, Rayya Badran, Guely Morato, Luísa Santos and

Dayang Yraola.

Artists as follows: (from Luísa) Tara Fatehi with Pouya Ehsaei, Igor Jesus,  Ayo Akinwande, Ayumi

Paul, Sara Rodrigues with Rodrigo Camacho (Landra), Rouzbeh Akhbari (Tehran); (from Rayya)

Sary Moussa (Lebanon), Yara Asmar (Lebanon), Aya Atoui (Lebanon), Dirar Kalash (Palestine),

Abdellah M. Hassak (Morocco); (from Guely) Lucia Herbas Cordero (Bolivia), Alejandra Canelas

(Bolivia), Griselda Sánchez (México), Víctor Mazón Gardoqui (Spain); (from Dayang) Teresa

Barrozo (Philippines), Arnont Nongyao (Thailand), Hasan Hujairi (Bahrain/Sharjah), mamoru

(Osaka/Ixelles), The Observatory (Singapore). (from Brandon) Zorka Wollny (Krakow/Berlin),

Nicolas Kisic Aguirre (Peru), Arendse Krabbe (Copenhagen), Jaon Kahn (New York/Zurich),

Alexander St-Onge (Montreal).

SOUND ART EXHIBIT: “there is no sound artist, just sound art”

July 8- Aug 12

UP Fine Arts Gallery

With performance from Anjeline de Dios and Elemento on July 8, 12nn

Curator: Dayang Yraola (for PhD Incentive Award)

Featured artists are: Datu Arellano, Teresa Barrozo, Erick Calilan, Gerecho Iniel Cruz, Tad Ermitaño,

Cris Garcimo, Jett Ilagan, Ian Carlo Jaucian, Benj Meamo, Mitch Shivers, Kyle Rubis, Kean

Barrameda, Jamel Obnamia, Mark Rambo, Marco Ortiga. Restaged works: “Sandata” (Lirio

Salvador); and “Atang, a sound prayer” (Rita Gudiño, Mitch Shivers, Dayang Yraola).

These works will be in conversation with works from the following artists from TLB-Asia partners:

Anis Harod (KL), Dzulhafidz Dzulkifli (KL), Takuro Oshima (Kyoto), Suzy

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