Alex Baluyut

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ZENSORS 2009 – Philippines and Germany

The process of building on the marriage of creative energies of artists coming from various cultural backgrounds and practices represents the core thread of the collaborative exchange project, ZENSORS. Initiated by Berlin-based cultural producer and curator, Vanini Belarmino, ZENSORS is preparing for a journey aspiring to actively transport ideas and experiences by enabling a constant flow of reciprocal exchange amongst a highly diversified European, Europe-based (Eurasian) and Asian artists, cultural institutions and/or organisations as well as audiences.

ZENSORS embodies the bordeless diversity thriving not only within the so called defined European environment or cultural space – but within the minds and individual beings that are represented in this exchange. The project hopes to present an imagery representation of individuals embracing both the diversity and oneness that exist in cultures and artistic practices within Europe and beyond. ZENSORS will venture how ideas, languages, performance, music, fashion, visual arts, film, photography, sound, images and technology can transport peoples across the borders in a specific locale.

ZENSORS wishes to create layers of encounters and establish a creative platform where artists can find a common ground to work together regardless of their individual, artistic and cultural orientation. ZENSORS is curated with a conscious goal of pulling together professional and established artists from Europe (Europe-based) and Asia engaged in a variety of artistic practices. Artists brave enough to engage in a performative experimental platform, which means committing to an outcome that is unknown. It seeks to encourage artists to work outside their comfort zone and collectively develop an artistic process across different practices: all speaking from within to the outside audience. It is ZENSORS intention to highlight the artistic strengths and diversity emating from both Europe and Asia: match artists who hold strong creative/artistic backgrounds and have the capacity to influence the thoughts of others via their work.

Building on a Core Team
ZENSORS hopes to maintain a core team to function as a portable laboratory for professional artists. However, those involved can opt to continue and/or not continue working together depending on the given situation (i.e. availability, suitability/compatibility to the process and other participants, etc). Should an artist decide to leave the process during this period, new artists from the region will be invited to participate.

Travelling East & West
With a rotating pool of artists coming from highly diverse fields of practice — dance, music, performance art, visual arts, fashion, new media, photography, among others — ZENSORS envisions travelling to Manila and Berlin between June and October 2009. The aim is to encourage artists to brave confrontations with oneself and expose themselves to different ways of thinking and approaches triggered by shifting environments. ZENSORS wants to generate inspiration from creative instincts as the starting point for action, and be present and connected to the place and people where the project is happening.


ZENSORS anticipates that with the change of environment, there will emerge different types of energy and fresh inspirations. The shifting roles amongst the creative collaborators as the momentary “host” and/or “visitor” depending on where the project is taking place serves as another avenue to regenerate the work process and stir new impulses.

In a reciprocal exchange, ZENSORS intends to bring European artists to Japan and the Philippines to develop layers of artistic collaboration/production with their fellow artists. The overall results of these exchanges and collaborations will be presented in Germany in September-October 2009.

The quest for balance is one of the main challenges for ZENSORS. Balance emanating from multiple sources, different inviduals, varied expectations, perspectives and approaches geared towards a parallel direction.

Artists Involved
ZENSORS will invite these artists to work together in the Philippines and Germany: David Canisius (Germany), Violinist for the Deutschen Kammerorchester Berlin; Kurt Jooss Prize 2007 awardee choreographers and creative duo Matanicola (Italy/Israel); Filmmaker Truong Ngu (Vietnam/Germany); Japanese media performance artists like Daito Manabe, Fuyuki Yamakawa, Takayuki Fujimoto, Kanta Horio and Philippine National Artists for Visual Arts, Benedicto “ Bencab” Cabrera; Philippine vocal artist, Grace Nono and Singaporean performance artist, Rizman Putra.

ZENSORS aspires to host a series of sustainable exchanges and encounters, provide the opportunity for artists to meet and work together; open doors, enable people to see beyond the so called “exotic” and stereotypes. Finally, to engage and involve spectators who may not normally have exposure to these types of art forms.

Planned Activities at a Glance
30 June – 12 July 2009 ZENSORS in the Philippines
• Professional Artist Laboratory
• Collaborative Performance
• Open Workshop in Contemporary Dance and New Media Performance and Technology
24 September -8 October 2009 ZENSORS in Germany
• Professional Artist Laboratory
• Collaborative and Solo Performances
• Open Workshop in New Media Performance and Technology
• Video Installation

Currently, the implementation of ZENSORS in 2010 is being discussed with potential partners in New York City and Tokyo.

To learn more about this project, visit<

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