CRE­AT­ING EX­PE­RI­ENCES IN SPA­CES: MOUNT­ING EX­HI­BI­TIONS TO SPARK AND STOKE IN­TER­EST IN THE VIS­UAL, AU­DI­TORY, AND PRINT STORY OF THE FILIPINO

Mar­i­anne G. Bug­nosen

PLAI Congress 2018 Program - - PARALLEL SESSION -

Filip­inas Her­itage Li­brary Email ad­dress: bug­[email protected]­alafoun­da­tion.org Ab­stract

This pa­per uses Filip­inas Her­itage Li­brary’s (FHL) ex­hi­bi­tions as a case study to show that mount­ing ex­hi­bi­tions can be an ef­fec­tive strat­egy in cre­at­ing lit­er­ate, in­formed, and par­tic­i­pa­tive so­ci­eties.

Es­tab­lished in 1996, the Filip­inas Her­itage Li­brary (FHL) is the other half of Ayala Foun­da­tion’s Arts and Cul­ture Di­vi­sion. The li­brary’s col­lec­tion in­cludes over 13,000 vol­umes of con­tem­po­rary ma­te­ri­als (print and non-print), 5,000 dig­i­tized Filipino songs from 1900’s to 1990’s, 35,000 dig­i­tized images, and around 2,000 rare ti­tles. Aside from its li­brary, FHL con­ducts dif­fer­ent pub­lic ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing mount­ing ex­hi­bi­tions.

FHL mounts, at most, three ex­hi­bi­tions an­nu­ally with themes on Philip­pine art, cul­ture, and his­tory. The li­brary’s lo­ca­tion at the Ayala Mu­seum in Makati City gives it an ad­van­tage to pro­mote the li­brary and its col­lec­tion to both lo­cal and for­eign au­di­ences. On av­er­age, FHL’s ex­hi­bi­tions get 1,527 vis­i­tors per week.

Mount­ing ex­hi­bi­tions pro­vides op­por­tu­nity for FHL to col­lab­o­rate with dif­fer­ent in­di­vid­u­als and/or in­sti­tu­tions who bring their knowl­edge, ex­pe­ri­ence, and ex­per­tise into the devel­op­ment of the ex­hi­bi­tion’s con­cept and de­sign. Aside from hav­ing in­ter­ac­tive com­po­nents to en­gage its au­di­ences, the ex­hi­bi­tions are sup­ported by other col­lat­eral ac­tiv­i­ties such as lec­tures, work­shops, talks, fo­rums, film screen­ings, con­certs, etc. that pro­vide vis­i­tors an en­vi­ron­ment where they could par­tic­i­pate in the dis­cus­sion of the topic pre­sented in the ex­hi­bi­tion. As a re­sult of these con­nected ac­tions and ac­tiv­i­ties, the ex­hi­bi­tions pro­vide dy­namic ex­pe­ri­ences geared to­ward FHL’s mis­sion to spark and stoke in­ter­est in the vis­ual, au­ral, and printed story of the Filipino.

Key­words: ex­hi­bi­tions; col­lab­o­ra­tions; li­braries; con­nected ac­tions

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