On view at the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, “Re-Enactments” is a multimedia group show featuring works by Erick Beltran, Yason Banal, Liz Magic Laser, Silvana and Gabriella Mangano, Michelle Lopez, and Francis Alÿs. The show takes its name from a groundbreaking project of Alÿs, a Belgian-born performance artist now based in Mexico. In 2000, the artist walked into a gun shop in Mexico City and illegally purchased a firearm. He loaded the gun and then walked around the city with the weapon visibly in hand. It took a full 12 minutes before Alÿs was chased and arrested by the police. The whole process is recorded on video by the artist’s collaborator, Rafael Ortega. After somehow convincing them to release him, Alÿs further persuades them to participate in the recreation of his criminal activity. The recreation, though, is slightly different—the most important deviation, perhaps, is the use of a fake gun the second time around. “I wanted to address the practice of the ‘performance’ which is characterized by something that is quite unique: its underlying condition of immediacy. I wanted to question the rapport we have today with the practice of the performance, which is usually transmitted by way of another medium, mediated exactly, and thus ‘delayed’ by the document,” revealed Alÿs in a 2004 interview with Swiss art scholar Corinne Diserens. In MCAD’s exhibit, similar issues are addressed, taking up “the issue of situations, whether constructed, instruction-based, documentorientated or those positioned as gestures, within the parameters of a traditional exhibition format.” Ongoing until September 10, Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, School of Design and Arts Campus, Dominga Street, Malate; 230.5100 loc. 3897; mcadmanila.org.ph.
REPEAT, REwIND From top: Invisible Object, by Michelle Lopez; There Is No There, by Silvana Mangano and Gabriella Mangano; and Primal Speech, by Liz Magic Laser.