A com­mon thread binds this poly­math’s ca­reer

Northern Living - - FRONT PAGE - TEXT LEX CEL­ERA

A mod­ern and min­i­mal­ist aes­thetic guides Mica Bene­dicto’s projects. The band Outer­hope, which she and her brother Mike co-founded in 2004, uti­lizes in­tri­cate ar­range­ments of en­tranc­ing vo­cals and elec­tronic drum­beats. In 2007, Mica de­signed the Fully Booked flag­ship store in Boni­fa­cio Global City, fea­tur­ing wooden floor­ing and large win­dows that let in sun­light. She also has a num­ber of solo and group ex­hibits un­der her belt, with “Struc­tures of Un­re­mem­ber­ing,” a se­ries of pho­togrammed im­ages on mir­rored steel ex­plor­ing the con­cept of mem­ory, be­ing her most re­cent. Her mod­est ap­proach to de­sign and wist­ful choices in mu­sic are in tune with who she is: saun­ter­ing and straight­for­ward.

Gal­leries you keep com­ing back to here in Manila.

Sil­ver­lens, Blanc, Fi­nale, West, Art In­for­mal.

Lo­cal prod­ucts that you buy.

Stuff from Rit­ual, books from some lo­cal au­thors, in­die and ex­per­i­men­tal mu­sic, and lo­cal art… also bags and other hand­made things from the lo­cal scene— Wall­flower Party, Dex Fer­nan­dez.

What’s on your read­ing list right now?

Va­ca­tion by Deb Olin Un­ferth, the “Lit” is­sue of Aper­ture mag­a­zine, Con­struct­ing an Avant-Garde: Art in

Brazil 1949-1979 by Ser­gio Martins, and Un­der Bright Lights by my brother Bobby Bene­dicto (his first book, crit­i­cally ac­claimed and ab­so­lutely bril­liant).

Where do you go for a late-night snack?

To­dayXFu­ture. To hang out with friends and not worry about any­thing. It’s also near me, and the food is ac­tu­ally good.

Lo­cal artist you look up to?

My fa­vorites are Bea Ca­ma­cho and Ni­cole Co­son.

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