Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art

Performance & Events: Bulaklak Ng Paraiso (Flower Of Paradise)


Centre A presents a series of events leading up to the May 7th Closing Reception and Exhibition Catalogue Launch of Patrick Cruz’s Bulaklak ng Paraiso (Flower of Paradise).

Monday, February 29, 2016 | 6:30-8:30pm

Patrick Cruz: Homecoming Artist Talk

at Multipurpose Room, Liu Institute for Global Issues, University of British Columbia

Open to all


The UBC Philippine Studies Series and Centre A is pleased to present a talk by Filipino-Canadian artist Patrick Cruz, winner of the 2015 Annual RBC Painting Competition. Cruz will present a chronology of his works leading to his ongoing project Kamias Triennale, a tri-annual event that fosters dialogues between local and international artists. Dada Docot and Makiko Hara will respond to Cruz’s talk, relating his works to the artistic productions in the Philippines, in the Filipino diaspora, and in Canada. This event is held in conjunction with Cruz’s first solo show since winning the RBC prize that will be held at the Centre A, curated by Makiko Hara, and that will open on March 4, 2016.

Thursday, April 28, 2016 | 8pm

A sound performance by Andrew Lee Perpetual Gong Machine of Peace

at Centre A

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Using Bulaklak ng Paraiso (Flower of Paradise) as a departure point, Andrew Lee deploys multiple cymbals and gongs wired in an automated system to generate a meditative and temporal sonic landscape. Akin to Cruz’s installation, Lee’s auditory and performative intervention materially echoes the symbolic decay and permanence inherent in Cruz’s work. Perpetual Gong Machine of Peace possesses neither a beginning nor an end; instead, it attempts to communicate the interstitial space of constancy and flux.

ANDREW LEE is a Vancouver based artist. His installations, sound compositions, music and photography have been exhibited in Vancouver, Malmo and New York. In 2010 he was a part of the exhibition First Nations/Second Nature at the Audain Gallery and in 2011 was asked by artist group Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries to compose a sound piece that would exhibit formally the characteristics of seeing. In 2012, Lee was invited by the Vancouver Art Gallery to perform new work responding to the monochromatic paintings and photographs of Ian Wallace. Andrew has performed and presented sound works at The Centre for Performance Research in New York (2012), Kunstradio in Vienna (2013), The Vancouver Planetarium (2015), The International Symposium On Electronic Art (2015) and, most recently, a sound installation at Surrey Art Gallery (2015).

Saturday, April 30, 2016 | 6pm

A screening of Lav Diaz’s 2013 film, Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan (Norte, End of History)

at Bestway (21 E Pender St.)

$10 admission

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Visionary Filipino filmmaker Lav Diaz’s films centre around life in rural Philippines. Considered a leader his field, Diaz’s films are audience-testing, running between four to nine hours. In an interview, Diaz commented,

“The concept of time was imposed by the West, the Spanish. Go to work at nine, go home at five… Filipinos don’t actually follow that. People think it’s indolent, or lazy. It’s not. This is our culture.” – Diaz.

Patrick Cruz cites this in the title of his 2015 RBC Canadian Painting Prize-winning work, ‘Time Allergy’,

“We were kind of allergic to this idea of modernity and modernization.” – Cruz.

At a four hour run time, Diaz’s 2013 adaptation of Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment, Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan (Norte, End of History), is his shortest film yet.

Many thanks to Moira Lang and Elisha Burrows.

Saturday, May 7, 2016 | 4pm

Closing Reception and Exhibition Catalogue Launch, Birds of Paradise

at Centre A

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Celebrate with us at the closing reception and the launch of Birds of Paradise, an exhibition catalogue for Patrick Cruz’s Bulaklak ng Paraiso (Flower of Paradise).

Organized by Cruz, Birds of Paradise brings together diverse texts and essays from 12 local cultural producers from Vancouver, Canada. Curators, artists, creative writers, anthropolgists, poets and social workers were invited to generate and contribute a text that loosely responds to our ever pervasive cult of globalization. The texts in the book attempt to grasp the complex, mobius and hybridized nature of globalization. The book serves as a space for inquiry and experimentation as well as a catalogue for the exhibition. Birds of Paradise includes contributions from Allison Collins, Nathan Crompton, Dada Brina Docot, Chaya Ocampo Go, Paul de Guzman, Makiko Hara, Jenn Jackson, Steffanie Ling, Heidi Nagtegaal, Jasmine Reimer, Charlie Satterlee and Jacobo Zambrano, and book design by Jake Lim.