Marika Constantino and Anjo Bolarda are hosted by Bamboo Curtain Studio (BCS) to carry out their collaborative project called Melting Pot. Both are founding members of 98B COLLABoratory (98B) in Manila, Philippines. Interestingly, there have been a couple of occasions where OCAC and 98B members have crossed paths. In these encounters, many convergences and similarities were seen between the two art spaces. This may be an opportune time to get to know more about their artist-run initiative and their project.
98B is 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. Marika, who co-directs 98B, will present its programs, events and activities.
As an off-shoot of common interests and the work that they have done together in 98B, Anjo and Marika conceptualized the Melting Pot project. This is in partnership with the KITCHEN activities of 98B. Melting Pot is a metaphor for those unexpected elements, experiences and limitations that manage to stimulate and inspire creativity.
What will be laid on the table may or may not be the anticipated result but embracing and appreciating the process will hopefully fill the mind and soul. Anjo will introduce the project and what has been done so far.