Underbelly

The work juxtaposes the generic and the specific in the context of the Malate neighbourhood of Manila in which the commissioning institution of Calle Wright is situated.

The area’s street level presents itself as a cultured, textured and somewhat timeless place with distinct elements of life and identity. When the camera rises and the view expands above rooftops, the perception of the city alters dramatically: an anonymous and generic megacity emerges of little cultural clues to help place it in the world. 16 video tableaus follow one another: a still postcard like black and white image is introduced, it moves vertically, revealing its context.

The piece uses the area around Calle Wright as a sample of a global phenomena, where rising population density and an expanding middle class necessitates the vertical stacking of people in traditionally low rise areas, while pockets of village life continue to exist close to the ground. While examining worldwide phenomena taking place in the fourth largest megacity of the world, the film-installation acknowledges the human occupation of the humble street corner.

Calle Wright

DATE

  • March 2019

ART PROJECT BY

  • Tapio Snellman

AERIAL CINEMATOGRAPHY

  • Tapio Snellman

COMMISSIONED BY

  • Calle Wright, Manila, The Philippines

MUSIC BY

  • Robin Daniel Rivera