On to the Philippines!

After success in Papua New Guinea, ZERO1 American Arts Incubator continues to Country #2. Kate Spacek brings her spirit of collaborative play to the Philippines' "Capital of Smiles and Sugar" - Bacolod, the largest city on Negros Island. 

With artist Felipe Castelblanco leading the way, Kate encouraged community participants to see their familiar spaces with fresh eyes and objective curiosity. To develop a variety of digital media public art projects addressing environmental health, four groups received grants - with each project taking a unique approach. From custom-designed school kitchens in rural areas to a floating eco-resource library to a youth music video-making education program, these concepts are igniting conversations that won't end any time soon.

Unity clap.

Unity clap.

Rapid prototyping to trigger discussion of an ideal environment

Rapid prototyping to trigger discussion of an ideal environment

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To learn more about each project and follow the progress, visit the Philippines Arts Incubator Facebook page.

Co-Creations in Papua New Guinea

LUDIKA's Creative Director, Kate Spacek, has the privilege of playing another exciting role -- as the Program Manager of the ZERO1 American Arts Incubator. Along with social artist Kendal Henry, Kate spent 4 weeks in Papua New Guinea facilitating youth and other locals to engage in collaborative public art-making that advocates for women's empowerment. In partnership with the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Embassy in Port Moresby, the program set out to address gender inequity, gender-based violence, teen pregnancy, and other big challenges faced by the people of PNG.

Four community groups were awarded grants to develop their proposed public art projects. Using an incubator-style, playful approach to co-creating, participants explored these sensitive topics, able to share dialogue across socioeconomic groups and see new perspectives. Strangers became friends, unified through creativity, movement, and laughter. Although the four groups exhibited their digital and multimedia outcomes separately, they now have found their own synergies and all are working together towards the next public art collaboration!

Plenty more images and stories on the PNG Arts Incubator Facebook page.

Weave Warp

A competitive weaving game? Well, of course!

Here are some prototypes using yarn, though the vision is to test various colorful yet durable materials that will withstand the outdoors so that a finished game may remain as a gazebo-like sculpture. Maybe we could even incorporate vine-type plants to wrap around the piece, and we could throw a picnic table underneath. Corporate courtyards... you know you want it!

Playtest 1

Playtest 1

Playtest 2

Playtest 2

Weave Warp is a competitive weaving game of speed, strategy, and art. Weave Warp adds some quick thinking to the fast fun of tag, but with a twist. Using boldly-colored weather-proof webbing (like the material used for backpack straps) as a strategic weapon, players race to score points by wrapping their own color around opponents posts. When play is complete, a beautiful canopy structure has been co-created, and becomes a colorful focal point and gathering spot. Weave Warp gives players a chance to engage in a sometimes chaotic, always hilarious collaboration that boosts the urban environment with something new - a  sculpture that conveys the unique aesthetic of the players’ actions, and invites connection, contemplation, and relaxation.