Philippine Daily Inquirer / 12:04 AM March 24, 2014
The Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center (BNSCWC) of De la Salle University (DLSU) awards 11 fellowships for Kritika 2014: National Workshop on Art and Cultural Criticism, which will be held at the University of St. La Salle (USLS) in Bacolod on April 20-26.
Kritika is a summer workshop in criticism, covering various arts and culture, including architecture, literature, visual arts, multi-art, film and pop culture. It is a one-week live-in workshop where established art critics and talented young scholars gather to form an intellectual community. In line with contemporary critical practice, Kritika retains interdisciplinal and multidisciplinal ways of approaching art and cultural forms as texts. This practice is enriched with the creative integration of concepts and modes from diverse disciplines.
Fellows are: Arbeen Acuña (popular culture), Deborrah Anastacio (visual arts), Mark Anthony Angeles (literature), Laurence Marvin Castillo (literature), Rina Garcia Chua (literature), José Gutierrez III (film), Bernadette Irinco (popular culture), Rogelio Panuelos Jr. (popular culture), Maria Portia Olenka Placino (visual arts), David Michael San Juan (literature) and Jeffrey Yap (architecture).
Rolando B. Tolentino, dean of the University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication and BNSCWC associate director for criticism, is workshop director and lead critic for film. He is supported by a distinguished panel of experts, which includes urban design and landscape architect Paulo Alcazaren, cultural critic and educator Isagani R. Cruz, literature scholar Isidoro M. Cruz, visual art critic and artist Cid Reyes, cultural historian José Victor Torres, and graphic fiction writer-artist Carlo Vergara. Architect Rene Luis Mata also serves as lead specialist on cultural heritage conservation.
Interface activities with the Iyas National Writers Workshop, occurring in USLS on the same week, interactions with local artists, and a Negrense cultural tour will be held throughout the week to supplement the workshop sessions.
This project is co-sponsored by the DLSU Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation, National Commission for Culture and the Arts, and USLS-Bacolod.