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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.

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