Essentially, the keywords that drive and motivate 98B’s programs are: collaboration, experimentation, accessibility and community. These are the connectives that enable us to forge significant partnerships, affiliations and relationships. 98B is a linkage that stimulates communication, promotes diversity and upholds creative engagements within our five major programs which are: Project and Research Residency, Events, Exhibitions, “Talks” and Exchange Program.
We are a work in progress. We allow ourselves elbow room for experimentation and unavoidable missteps from where we gather strength and knowledge. This particular disposition has given us much flexibility and spontaneity to venture into diverse activities to further our vision.
This is an independent residency program geared towards establishing a creative network. It endeavors to assist and collaborate with artists, gallery and art managers, cultural workers and curators in the course of their research, project, presentation or production. The program aims to build a meaningful and multi-layered cultural exchange where an individual can explore his/her practice in a different environment with an uncommon set of resources. The residency is customized to their purposes, needs and requirements.
98B conceptualizes, hosts and takes part in various events to discover and fortify links with other creative individuals, groups, organizations and networks, to experiment on diverse ways of working together and to foster a creative community.
The KITCHEN acts as the physical area where discussions and discourses happen over a meal. Activities around this nook are conceptualized to make way for a more intimate sharing of food for the stomach and the soul. Metaphorically, ideas are cooked and savored here.
It is a bazaar, garage sale, thrift shop, black market and meeting place. Artists, craft makers, designers and hoarders sell their wares: from artworks, limited edition or hand-made clothes, bags, jewelry, accessories, toys, zines, CDs, stickers, second-hand, vintage to unwanted things. It is our response to consumerism and mass-production. The Future Market aims to put the soul and spirit within the commercial exercise. Moreover, supporting this program enables creative individuals and artists to sustain their art practice. The Future Market is a bazaar, garage sale, thrift shop, black market and meeting place. Artists, craft makers, designers and hoarders sell their wares: from artworks, limited edition or hand-made clothes, bags, jewelry, accessories, toys, zines, CDs, stickers, second-hand, vintage to unwanted things. It aims to generate a new audience which may, in the process, produce a different breed of enthusiasts. As our response to mass-production, it aims to put the soul and spirit within the commercial exercise. Moreover, supporting this program enables creative individuals and artists to sustain their art practice.
Since 2012, 98B has been invited to various talks, conferences, presentations and symposiums.
We have projects that help pave avenues where ideas can be shared and actualized.
Her, we try to infuse art, creativity and design into the everyday context. It is an experimental laboratory and platform that aims to share, exchange and explore ideas between, artists, designers, architects and different communities.
98B hosted the very first Behance Portfolio Review in the Philippines. This event gave young creative the opportunity to present and get feedback from respected creative professionals.
Since our inception, 98B has been fortunate to host the following screenings:
We aspire to make art more approachable by involving and incorporating different stakeholders and locales in exhibitions that showcase art and creativity in non-intimidating ways. We try to inculcate a sense of place and identity through cultural resources and responses that are relatable and provocative.
Pan Pacific Industrial Sales Co., Inc. (PANPISCO), a company that sells personal protective equipment, collaborates with 98B in transforming their old store front along Escolta into a project space mainly for exhibitions. Passersby will be able to view various visual forms from local and international artistic projects.
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. ESCape artists are given the freedom to conceive and visualize new landscapes. This 98B program evolved as a parallel event of the Saturday X Future Market @ ESCOLTA. For the HUB: Make Lab, It continues its experimental platform as a bi-monthly exhibition, activity, installation or creative endeavor.
Moving images... Visual engagement... SCOPE is a bi-monthly episode that compiles videos and moving images from the Philippines and abroad. The projections are organized to serve as an introduction, to help promote the practice and to create a program devoted to video works. Its range takes into consideration diverse themes, geographies, issues and contexts. SCOPE aims to initiate a repository of videos in collaboration with artists, curators and art spaces within the region.
The 98B Team collaborates with various, artists, curators and institutions in executing projects.
98B hosts and initiates art talks and project presentations that aim to educate and involve the participants in an exchange of perspectives and experiences. Local and foreign artists, curators, urban planners, designers, and the like, share their projects and present their ideas to the local creative community. rePORTS is a mode under "TALKS" that features Filipino artist presentations regarding their trips, residencies, or conferences outside of the Philippines. It aims to provide a platform where artists who have gone overseas can impart to the local community the process they went through before, during and after these trips, and more significantly, their experiences and learnings borne out of it. Our "TALKS" are very casual and informal in order to facilitate a freewheeling dialogue between the presentors, participants and audience.
This is a recent addition to our roster. This enables 98B to recommend local artists to existing regional networks for projects or residencies.