Fever Dream
Preview of Fever/Kalentura/Tióh sua
1/F Galleries
UP Vargas Museum

The UP Vargas Museum, in partnership with MAC Panama (Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Panama), Absolute Art Space (Tainan, Taiwan), and shhh Project (Incheon, South Korea), presents the preview of the long-term curatorial and research project Fever/Kalentura/Tióh Sua. The preview is titled Fever Dream, with works by artists from the Philippines, Panama, Taiwan, and South Korea. The project reconsiders the exhibitionary through a protracted presentation of works for the exhibition. Participating artists and their artworks will be introduced over four weeks, with intervening public events. Such a format experiments with slowing down time, employing an experiential frame that juxtaposes fragmented time against the temporal frenzy of the contemporary art world.

The project Fever/Kalentura/Tióh sua speaks to a shared planetary condition that shapes how we determine and consider our shared futures. It explores the bodily state of heat that can be tolerable and unbearable, signaling that something is amiss in the physical self or the planetary realm. The idea, however, can also speak to our entwined time-worlds: the rush of our contemporary lives, the burning earth, and the plagues and diseases that threaten to decimate ecosystems big and small. It also references a state of expansiveness and contraction, the wondrous smallness of things, and the encompassing state of world conditions. Fever is about forests decimated by wildfires and the extreme temperatures of the changing climate. It is also a state of illusion and dreaming, a simultaneous coming to terms with the graspable and the impossible that underlie our shared realities.

The preview exhibition of Fever Dream will gradually unfold to the public at the museum’s 1/F Galleries starting 23 February 2024 (Friday) and will continuously unveil works until 15 March 2024. Fever Dream will be on view at the museum’s 1/F Galleries until 12 April 2024. Video works by Jaekyung Jung and Derek Tumala, photographic prints by Veejay Villafranca, decal prints of Banahaw devotee emblems by Buen Calubayan will mark the project’s inception at the 1/F Galleries.

To request more information, please send an email to vargasmuseum@up.edu.ph

Installation Photos

Click here to view the album of installation photos.