A common thread binds this polymath’s career
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.