ESCAPE is a bi-annual exhibition in Escolta, Manila. 98B began its ESC Projects as a parallel event with their monthly market. Essentially, “ESCape Projects deal with spatial negotiations, transformations and interventions. It revolves around particular locations, contexts and renditions—whether as flights of the imagination or discharges of the creative spirit.”

It is from this incubator that the notion evolved ESCAPE into a bi-annual exhibition that will run for a week. For 2016, ESCAPE: ILOVEYOU VIRUS, making use of the virus as a launching theme, will feature local and international artists, artworks and projects that will revolve around its different layers. Different viral facets from social, cultural, aesthetic to political representations that have critical and experiential exponents are hoped to be showcased.


May 2000 marked the emergence of the “ILoveYou” virus which was also known as the “Love Letter” and “LoveBug.” Unbeknownst to many, this computer malware was created by a Filipino I.T. student; originating from a small neighborhood at the heart of Manila. It spread worldwide, creating a lot of damage in the process; it reached 45 million users in a single day. While this event created a huge economic impact and security risks in a negative manner, it also gave rise to the power of technology and small individuals affecting the world. Sixteen years after the fact, the word virus from its original meaning yielded various domains, forms and subjects infecting the contemporary world—from viral videos in youtube and other networking sites, the youth culture creating trends in fashion, music, technology, and layers of communication by means of hacking and activism that multiplies once its openly released as contagious agent. ILOVEYOU VIRUS will present works that discuss how things, ideas, phenomena and arguments spread worldwide.

ESCAPE: ILOVEYOU VIRUS will also have workshops, talks and walk-throughs as part of its exhibition programming. Situated at the ground floor of the First United Building, the works in progress provide visitors a setting to immerse themselves in the artistic process. 


The venue for ESCAPE 2016 will be at The First United Building, formerly known and still commonly referred to as Perez-Samanillo Building, is an Art Deco building on Escolta Street in Binondo, Manila, Philippines. It was designed by Andres Luna de San Pedro, the son of renowned painter Juan Luna, and was the tallest building in Manila when it was completed in 1928.




SPAM is a collection of videos selected from an online open call. These moving images revolve, respond or react to the VIRUS.  This video screening complements the other works in the ESCAPE: ILOVEYOU VIRUS exhibition.

SPAM is part of ESCAPE: ILOVEYOU VIRUS and for the first proposition of the ESCAPE exhibition, it will examine, discuss and infuse “ILOVEYOU VIRUS."


The concept of the zentai walk is simply to have fun. It can be an escape from daily life for the participants or a fun transformation with friends. When one wears zentai, it erases the identity of the face and creates new way of communication. The zentai walk can offer a very unique experience, which questions the identities that we are carrying in everyday life. It will also question what simplified life can offer as the experience erases distinctive differences from each other. According to Yuzuru Maeda, the artist bringing the Zentai Walk for ESCAPE: ILOVEYOU VIRUS, “The objective on this walk is to bring the art closer to the public. Anyone can join this zentai walk by just wearing the zentai suits. It presents a full experience to both wearer and the public who will witness the walk. This fun approach will bring art and performance closer to the audience.”


STREAM is the instructive component of ESCAPE: ILOVEYOU VIRUS. Artist talks, presentations of key speakers and significant exchanges are scheduled to give light to meaningful discussions. 

The Curatorial Team


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Marika Constantino

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.



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.



J graduated with a degree of Fine Arts at the University of Sto. Tomas. He is a multimedia artist, an independent curator, and a teacher. As a visual artist, he has participated in solo and group exhibitions both locally and abroad; and his curatorial projects have extended from Manila, to Japan, and Australia. He is an award-winning director of music videos for local artists in the Philippines and has art directed several educational videos for museums. In 2010, he was a grantee of the Jenesys Programme for Creators sponsored by the Japan Foundation. He represented the Philippines in the Travel Study Tour and Symposiums of the Asahi Art Festival Worldwide Network in Japan in 2011. He started a curatorial project entitled “Bliss Market” last 2012 and is currently writing the 1stphase of the project in a catalogue form. He is a member of Tutok Artist Collective, an organization that advocates human rights and he is an industry professor for an independent group called BMLab, in which he also founded as the Creative Director.

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MARK is a visual artist living and working between Manila, Philippines and Osaka, Japan. He graduated cum laude at the University of Santo Tomas College of Fine Arts and Design Manila with a degree in Advertising Arts. 

He is a recipient of the 13 Artists Award from the Cultural Center of the Philippines (2012) and Ateneo Art Awards (2010).  Mark is also the co-founder of Pilipinas Street Plan, a community of street artists based in Manila and in 2012 he co-founded and the current Artistic Director of  98B COLLABoratory, a multi-disciplinary site for creative sharing, discussion and collaboration.

He has participated in international biennales and triennales including Singapore, Guangzhou, Jakarta and Honolulu.

Participating Artists

Mars bugaoan PH

Mars Bugaoan graduated cum laude at the University of Santo Tomas College of Fine Arts and Design. His creative outputs include fine prints, photographs, mixed media works, and installations. He is currently pursuing his Master of Fine Arts degree at the College of Fine Arts of the University of the Philippines, Diliman.

Joseph Gabriel PH

Joseph Gabriel obtained his BFA in Painting from the University of the Philippines in 2013. Prior to his degree, he studied Sculpture at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, through an exchange program under the auspices of the French Government. He was part of the Philippine delegation to the ASEAN Youth Camp Singapore in 2013, representing for Visual Arts. Most recently, he was chosen to take part in an artist residency program in Yokohama, Japan for Koganecho Bazaar 2015. He is currently based in Quezon City and has exhibited his works in France, Italy, Japan, Vietnam, Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines.

miro kasama JP

Miro Kasama is an artist based in Kyoto, Japan. She studied sculpture at TAMA Art University in Tokyo, Ecoles Nationale Supérieur des Beaux Arts de Paris, France as an exchange student and finished her MFA at Kyoto City University of Arts. Her works have been shown in several art venues including @KCUA (Kyoto City University of Arts Gallery); 3331Arts Chiyoda, Tokyo, Antenna Media, Kyoto; ASYL, Osaka; Gallery 301, Kobe; Figya, Osaka and Gallery≠Gallery, Tokyo.

yuzuru maeda JP

Yuzuru Maeda received her Music BA from LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore in 2009 and is currently residing in Singapore. Yuzuru has been making video-based music works with ‘Zentai Art Project’ (yuzuru.weebly.com). These are visual explorations extended from her practice as a contemporary musician. In her art projects Yuzuru uses Zentai, the Japanese sub-culture to investigate the human conditions of identity, spiritual connections with cosmic energy in the universe and as a means to come to terms with one’s living environment. She currently organizes Zentai Art Festival (zentaiart.com) in Singapore and around Asia.

jong pairez PH

Jong Pairez is a media artist based between Manila and Tokyo. He is the founder of Civilisation Laboratory (CIV:LAB), a tactical space dedicated to the research and design of sustainable and alternative living, a site to engage civilization and find ways to survive through shared experiences of man-made and eco disasters. He is interested in understanding topics on Migration, Displacement, Geography and Cross-cultural boundaries. His works make use of digital and analog technologies that deal with logic and irrationality of space. Pairez has produced short digital video documentaries and 8mm film productions that try to simulate the environment where sound and images are crucial in re-creating imposed geographies. Since coming to Tokyo he now categorically considers himself as a foreign migrant worker in the lost decade generation.

rasel trinidad PH

Ako si Doktor Karayom, nabuhay dahil sa kaduwagan ni Russel Trinidad, tinuruan nya itong maging matapang, mapagmasid, mapanuri at maging sensitibo sa mga bagay bagay, iminulat nya ito sa nakakatakot na mundo ng katotohan at nakakaakit na amoy ng panaginip at pangarap, nagkukwento sya ng mga istorya base sa mga pangayayri sa paligid, opinyon, relihiyon, panaginip, kasalanan, ugali ng tao, komedya at dasal sa pamamagitan ng pag guhit gamit ang tintang pula, pag hulma at pag ukit, pagpipinta sa pader at mga instulasyon sa kalye… pinapahiram ko sya ng tapang… at tinutulungan nya akong mabuhay sa totoong mundo...

gerome soriano PH

Gerome Soriano lives and works in Manila, Philippines. He graduated Best Thesis in the College of Fine Arts and Design major in Advertising in the University of Santo Tomas. He works primarily with photography exploring techniques such as kite aerial photography, kaleidscope photographs, and refractography. He participated in 98B's ESC Projects with his solo installation in Escolta, Manila and in a group installation in Intramuros, Manila. He has been featured in Manila Bulletin's Picture Perfect and Panorama, Camera Geek TV, Solar's Artist of the Week and ABS-CBN's Matang Lawin.

bjorn calleja PH

Bjorn Calleja (b. 1981) lives and works in Manila, Philippines. He graduated at the Far Eastern University in Manila with a degree in Advertising. His works draws on identity, popular culture, art, everyday politics, history and his own life – where no subject remains sacred. Bjorn constantly reinvents his art through various media from paintings, drawings, sculpture, installations, video and design. His works are influenced by 80’s and 90’s popular culture, Manila’s landscape, the internet, kitsch, design, advertising and other artists, playing on the irony of aesthetics, visual narratives and human experience.

Solo exhibitions include Confessions of an Almost Artist at West Gallery (2013); Bubblegum Stories at Secret Fresh Gallery (2012); Eat my Daddy at The Crucible Gallery (2012); Some Failed Attempts in Creating a Good Image for Painting at West Gallery (2011); The Color Bringer at Secret Fresh Gallery (2011) and Fear Made me Do This at Lost Projects (2011). His works have also been shown in various exhibitions in Giant Robot, Manila Contemporary, Pablo Gallery, Blanc Gallery, Distinction Gallery, The Hive Gallery, 1AM and ISM Community.

In 2012, Bjorn co-founded Design. Other Things., a design studio based in Manila and is currently a part-time lecturer at the Far Eastern University.

Disconnect PH

ESCAPE is a bi-annual exhibition in Escolta, Manila. 98B began its ESC Projects as a parallel event with their monthly market. Essentially, “ESCape Projects deal with spatial negotiations, transformations and interventions. It revolves around particular locations, contexts and renditions—whether as flights of the imagination or discharges of the creative spirit.”

kolown PH

koloWn (established in 2007) in Cebu, Philippines, is a conglomerate that explores the concept of contradictions, dialectics and absurdity through deconstructing everyday objects, popular culture, ideas and beliefs. The term koloWn was derived from Colon, the oldest street in the Philippines and from colonialism. KoloWn works on the streets, indoor spaces, on the internet and explores undiscovered spaces.

Mizutama JP

Born in Okayama Prefecture in 1985, he currently  resides in Osaka City. He started making music during his teens. Since he joined the shared studio “Konohana Media” in Konohana- ku, Osaka in 2011, he has been actively participating in exhibitions. Taking inspirations from daily life, he uses everyday objects as the material of his works by employing the “sampling” method. His recent exhibitions include: “Stolen Names” (2014, Kyoto Art Center), “Mizutama photography exhibition: Wear wa tabenai” (2013, Outenin, Osaka), “HANARART: Aida Karada” (2013, Sakai House, Nara), “Squash Domain” (2013, Gallery Parc, Kyoto), “re_processor” (2012, Konohana Media, Osaka).

Julius redillas PH

Julius Redillas is a new media artist and a painter based in Manila. Through explorations in the use of modern media and the growing availability of information on the internet, his works often investigates the relationship between human behavior and the influence of social media, digital media and modern technology.

Redillas often uses ready-made images and documents as a starting point in creating his works and recreates these familiar and common imagery using traditional media such as drawing, painting and film.

JOnas westlund SE

The artist's major body of work is based around our current pixelated contemporary lives in various shapes and forms, where layers of humor often is used as an entrance to a more fundamental criticality. Video, prints and objects are commonly used, and the collage technique is always prevalent in the process. Jonas Westlund obtained his at the Umeå Academy of Fine Arts in the spring of 2015 and is currently still in Umeå, where he is a board member of the artist run space Verkligheten. A selection of recent group exhibitions includes venues such as Galleri Andersson/Sandström, Stockholm (SE), Galleri CC, Malmo (SE), Sawaman Gallery Room 38, Kochi (JP), Trailer Gallery Art Cinema (SE), Bildmuseet Umeå (SE), National Center for Contemporary Art, Samara (RU), Platform, Stockholm (SE), Künstlerhaus Palais Thurn Und Taxis, Bregenz (AT).

julia nebrija ph/us

Julia is a Filipino-American urban planner. She first moved to the Philippines in 2008 as a Fulbright Scholar and returned in 2012 after finishing her Masters Degree in Urban Design from the City College of New York. She is the Executive Director of Viva Manila, an arts and culture non-profit working to revive neighborhoods of Manila and the Chair of the Inclusive Mobility Network, a non-profit advocating for sustainable transportation. As a consultant she collaborates with communities, civil society organizations, and government agencies to create a more liveable Metro Manila.

leeroy new PH

Leeroy New is an artist-designer whose practice overlaps and intersects with film, theater, product design, and fashion. He has integrated this inclination to move from one mode of creative production to another as the spine of his creative process. He creates large-scale installations using a variety of found objects directly sourced from the immediate material culture of his current environment. Through his collaborations with local performance artists, he is able to transform these same materials into interactive set pieces and even wearable sculptures.

CVTY Collective PH

Cavity Collective (CVTY) is group united by a shared interest and passion in public visual art. It started in November 2010 during the first meeting of some of its founding members (Lamok, Qudo, Kariton, Rai Cruz, Blic. After that event, Blic expressed his intention to form a collective with the objective of promoting the scene of graffiti and street art. Cavity is a word play on Cavite, the hometown of most of its members. The early works of the group were on different locations in Cavite; although now its members proliferate their works on various locations in the country. CVTY has works in Metro Manila and specifically visited the cities of Iloilo, Dagupan and Davao.

Jett ilagan PH

Jett Ilagan is a graphic artist, musician and a music producer from Sta. Rosa, Laguna. He finished a Certificate in Digital Arts and Design (2010) and a Bachelor Degree in Multimedia Arts Major in Communication (2014) at the Malayan Colleges Laguna (MAPUA). Even though his background is in graphic design, he is also absorbed in exploring and experimenting with ink, photography and music production. His theme often revolves around Japanese novels, biological creatures and pop-surrealism.

He is a member of Makisining (a group of award-winning artists based in the vicinity of Mt. Makiling, Los Banos, Laguna) and Pixel Collective (a local group of established Digital / Electronic / Analog / Lo-Fi musicians). Currently, he immerses himself in the local music scene and performs as e s c u r i, a solo project that aims to merge and create music that differs from the mainstream sound. Aside from that, he also plays the synthesizer for the band Between Archery and Olympic.

kai lam SG

Kai Lam has proven to be an active innovator since his artistic involvements in 1995 during which he was majoring in Sculpture studies at La Salle-SIA College of the Arts. In 2001, he was awarded a study grant  the Lee Foundation and an education bursary from National Arts Council and has since graduated from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology’s Bachelor of Arts where he majored in sculpture.

Kai Lam specifically practices a form of inter-medium art; the artist believes that the art practice should be diverse in various media. He combines these in his art process, hence, he is versatile, prolific and skillful in drawing, painting, sculpture, mixed-media installation (video & sounds), sonic art and performance art. Lam also collaborates in multi-disciplinary art productions and co-organizes art-related events.

Kai Lam shows leadership by involving others in Singapore as well from the international arts community. As president of the alternative art group The Artists Village (Singapore), he initiated “Artists Investigating Monuments” (AIM) in 2000 by presenting installations and performances in various public sites. AIM was again presented in the Singapore Art Museum, 2004 and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney and at the HKW, Berlin, 2005. In 2003, he started to co-organize “Future Of Imagination”, an international performance art festival that showcased and focused on the performance art practice. In 2009, he initiated “Rooted In The Ephemeral Speak” (R.I.T.E.S.), a platform to explore new ideas and in sonic art, time-based and performance art-related practices. Since 1999, the he has travelled to different countries in Asia, Europe and the USA to present and exhibit his works of art.

Aze Ong PH

Originally from Antipolo and now based in Quezon City, Aze Ong was a volunteer teacher assigned to the mountains of Bukidnon. There she was inspired by the culture of the Talaandig tribe. She creates original artworks combining crochet with metal, wood, fibers and semi-precious stones. Her creations range from sculptural installations to fashion art. She is an advocate of using art as a source of healing and enlightenment.

charles aaron salazar PH

Charles Salazar is a photographer from Cabuyao, Laguna and now based in Manila working as a video production and operations specialist for Rappler.com. His photographic works mainly uses film and mobile phone while playing with collage, cut-outs and appropriation. He is part of the collective Tito and Tita, working mainly with film and photography, which influences a lot of his works. His works deal a lot with humor as part of his creative process. Some of his works are images composed of unorthodox combinations; from mundane life and high fashion that form an off-beat image.

miguel lope inumerable PH

Miguel Lope Inumerable works in different mediums but mostly with traditional drawing and expanded drawing using sculpture, installation and new media. He graduated with a degree Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science. After working as a computer programmer for a few years, he took part in Metafora’s International Workshop for Studio Arts in Barcelona, Spain in 2013. He currently lives and works in Manila, Philippines.



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