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The Tears of the Hip-Hoptivist or The Rock and the Hard Place: Social Practice in the Philippines

Schacter, RS; (2017) The Tears of the Hip-Hoptivist or The Rock and the Hard Place: Social Practice in the Philippines. World Art , 7 (2) pp. 253-282. 10.1080/21500894.2017.1315339. Green open access

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Abstract

This article explores social practice art in the Philippines. Focusing on the work of Manila-based practitioner Clara Balaguer from the Office of Culture and Design (OCD), the article examines less the work and more the barriers to practice. Examining the two key obstacles, that of the market and the Movement, the article aims to underscore the still uneven topography of the global art milieu. While exploring the possibilities and problematics of social practice in the paper – the key tension between ethics and aesthetics, something highlighted by our eponymous hip-hoptivists – what in fact remains central is the complexity of locality and the inherent impediments to social practice in the Philippines. Following the collaborative and dialogical foundations of social practice itself, the paper includes Balaguer’s comments, thoughts and responses as marginalia.

Type: Article
Title: The Tears of the Hip-Hoptivist or The Rock and the Hard Place: Social Practice in the Philippines
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/21500894.2017.1315339
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/21500894.2017.1315339
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: social practice, hip-hoptivism, ethics, aesthetics, Philippines, Manila, contemporary art, Office of Culture and Design
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Anthropology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10040825
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