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Welcome to 98B


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Welcome to 98B


98B COLLABoratory is an artist-run initiative and space in Manila, Philippines. We are a community + network + library + kitchen + shop. The idea is to have a setting where artists and creative individuals from other disciplines can interact and work together while presenting art, design and creativity in different ways; be it a talk, a bazaar, a publication, a meal or a simple gathering.  It is a multi-disciplinary art laboratory that seeks to establish a convergence with artists, designers, curators, writers, musicians, film makers, activists, educators, researchers, cultural workers, performers, architects and students together with the general public.

 

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Brief Background


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Brief Background


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98B was established in January 2012 by Mark Salvatus (visual artist) and Mayumi Hirano (curator and researcher) as a response to the need for alternative venues in Manila. Salvatus opened up his studio and residence to respond to this dearth; 98B is his address. July of 2012 provided us with an opportune playground to frolic in – Escolta, Manila.  Anjo Bolarda (visual artist and illustrator), Marika Constantino (visual artist and curator), Gabriel Villegas (magazine art director) together with 98B’s Founders, direct the team’s various programs and activities towards creative sharing, discussion and collaboration.  The 98B Team has ten founding members and is currently run by seven members aside from its five Directors.

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Our Space


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Our Space


 

We are currently located at the mezzanine floor of the First United Building (formerly known as the Perez-Samanillo Building which is along Escolta Street in the heart of old Manila and a stone-throw away from the world’s oldest Chinatown.  The elegant six story art deco building was built in 1928 and designed by Andres Luna de San Pedro (son of Juan Luna, a world-renowned Filipino painter during the late 1800s).   

The area itself is considered as a business heritage district.  It was the commercial hub of Manila during the early 1900s and was a witness to many “firsts” in the country: first ice cream parlor, first movie house, first electric tram among others.  It is less than a kilometre in length but it is replete of magnificent post-colonial architecture designed by highly respected Filipino architects.  Significant businesses, fashionable items and imported merchandise were sourced in the street during that period. Since we moved to Escolta, its history and heritage have been part of 98B’s backdrop.  

We have a modest multi-functional space. Depending on the need, it can serve as a studio, office, library, shop or kitchen. The space itself can comfortably accommodate a maximum of 20 people. Through the years, we were able to slowly upgrade the facilities and equipment within it. It is also available for rent for intimate activities and meetings. The 98B Space is a quiet and creative respite from Manila’s din.

 The 98B library is an aggregate of art books, journals, magazines, exhibition catalogues, brochures, posters, invitations, audio recordings and videos donated by friends, colleagues, galleries and institutions from here and abroad. These art-related documentations aspire to establish a free and open repository of art references for individuals looking for more information on specific concepts, designs and works of local and foreign artists. It is open to anyone who may wish to browse through our collection. It is also geared towards sharing references from our other networks around the globe.  

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Mission and Vision


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Mission and Vision


98B is a platform for critical discourse, experimentation, exchange, information and presentation of contemporary art in the Philippines.

98B seeks to establish convergence with creatives from diverse disciplines together with the general public.

98B aims to present local and international contemporary art through our various programs, projects and research, outside the confines of the white cube.

98B presents art in multiple layers and perspectives to a broad and diverse audience while contributing to the contemporary art scene.

98B is stimulated with ideas, projects and explorations that ask pertinent questions, stretch boundaries and more importantly, provide unintimidating access to art and creativity.

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The 98B Team


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The 98B Team


The Directors


Mark Salvatus

Artistic director / Co-founder

MARK is a full-time visual artist who lives and works between Manila and Osaka.  He graduated cum laude at the University of Santo Tomas College of Fine Arts and Design with a degree in Advertising Arts.  His works has been exhibited in different museums, galleries in the Philippines and abroad. He has participated in international biennales and triennales including Singapore, Guangzhou, Jakarta and Honolulu. He was a recipient of the Cultural Center of the Philippines 13 Artists Award (2012), Ateneo Art Award (2010) and Sovereign-Schoeni Asian Art Prize, Hong Kong (2013). In 2006 he co-founded Pilipinas Street Plan (PSP), a community of street artists in Manila and in 2012 he co-founded 98B COLLABoratory, a multidisciplinary site for creative sharing, discussion and collaboration.

Marika Constantino

EXECUTIVE Director

MARIKA is a visual artist who has participated in significant exhibitions in the Philippines and abroad. As a freelance writer, she contributes to a number of globally distributed publications. She shares her various experiences in the art practice to a wider audience as an educator and an independent curator.  Her early exposure to art and her boundless fascination for the creative process resulted with a degree from the UP College of Architecture to further studies at the UP College of Fine Arts, with Art History as her major. Constantino is continually striving to strike the balance between the cerebral, conceptual and experiential aspects of art with life in general, thus, fueling her fervent passion for artistic endeavors. Currently, aside from her individual art practice, she is busy co-directing the programs and activities of 98B COLLABoratory.

Gabriel Villegas

Operations Director

GABRIEL fell in love with the print medium when he was a teenager. He would collect brochures, flyers, magazines, postcards, and anything printed that was well designed. His first crack at the printed medium was through a small column in his grade school paper and then continued on by being part of his high school's paper. His affair with print took a back seat while studying Advertising Arts at the College of Fine Arts and Design at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila and resumed when he worked as a layout artist at a local in-store music magazine. Currently, he is the art director of YES! Magazine, the number one entertainment magazine in the Philippines. During his free time, he is found spending time with his other interests: cooking, technology, gadgets, reading, art, the internet and helping out with the projects of 98B.

 

Mayumi Hirano

Program & research
development Director / co-founder

MAYUMI graduated from Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College (NY, USA). She was part of the curatorial staff for Yokohama Triennale, 2005 and was a researcher for the Asia Art Archive. From 2008 to 2013, she planned, coordinated and organized the art festival Koganecho Bazaar and also curated the international Artist-in-Residence program in Koganecho, Yokohama, Japan. As a Nippon Foundation API Fellow, Hirano is currently researching about artist collectives in the Philippines and Thailand.

ANJO Bolarda

Project Development
Director

ANJO is a self-taught artist whose works have been showcased in several international venues: Japan, Shanghai, Singapore, France, Belgium, Germany, New York,
Spain, London and most recently in Hong Kong. As a co-founder of Designers of Asia, member of 98B COLLABoratory and a contributor of Get Freaky, an illustration magazine based in France, Bolarda has a wide avenue in exploring his creative outlets. His arresting
drawings emanate from personal experiences, narratives shared by others and moments of depression. Bolarda channels his melancholy into inspired and imaginative outputs. His meticulous renderings conjure enormous depth; that which educe a vintage yet current feel.

 

THE members


Members of 98B come from varied backgrounds including musicians, writers, visual artists, educators, undergraduate students, curators, and graphic designers. All of them continue to be part of the team and choose to be active on a year to year basis.

Founding Members 2012

Anjo Bolarda
Con Cabrera
Marika Constantino
Vermont Coronel
Don Dalmacio
Mayumi Hirano
Mik Laborde
Pau Reyes
Mark Salvatus
Gabriel Villegas

2013 

Anjo Bolarda
Con Cabrera
Marika Constantino
Vermont Coronel
Camz Dagal
Don Dalmacio
Zyrael Fortes
Mayumi Hirano
Mik Laborde
Pau Reyes
Mark Salvatus
Gabriel Villegas

2014

Marian Barro
Tammy Bañez
Anjo Bolarda
Con Cabrera
Marika Constantino
Vermont Coronel
Camz Dagal
Don Dalmacio
Zyrael Fortes
Mayumi Hirano
Mik Laborde
Pau Reyes
Mark Salvatus
Gerome Soriano
Gabriel Villegas
Joseph Yap

2015

Marian Barro
Tammy Bañez
Anjo Bolarda
Marika Constantino
Joseph Gabriel
Mayumi Hirano
Miggy Inumerable
Kulay Labitigan
Katherine Nuñez
Julius Redillas
Issay Rodriguez
Mark Salvatus
Gabriel Villegas
Joseph Yap