The Kalampag Tracking Agency

The Kalampag Tracking Agency, curated by Shireen Seno & Merv Espina
Overcoming institutional and personal lapses to give attention to little-seen works—some quite recent, some surviving loss and decomposition—this programme collects loose parts in motion, a series of bangs, or kalampag in Tagalog, assembled by individual strengths and how they might resonate off each other and a contemporary audience. Featuring some of the most striking films and videos from the Philippines and its diaspora, this is an initiative that continues to navigate the uncharted topographies of Filipino alternative and experimental moving image practice.

The screening prints of the 8mm and 16mm films created in the 80s and 90s that are featured in the Kalampag Tracking Agency are mostly missing or completely decomposed. Some of the lucky ones have negatives and/or preservation copies left. The screening versions of the films in this screening program come from crude U-Matic, VHS and Betamax transfers. The Agency is still in the process of tracking down the surviving prints.

Curated by Shireen Seno & Merv Espina

DROGA!
Miko Revereza
2014 | 7:21 | Super 8 transferred to HD | black and white | sound

Minsan Isang Panahon (Once Upon a Time)
Melchor Bacani III
1989 | 4:00 | 16mm transferred to 2K | color | sound

ABCD
Roxlee
1985 | 5:22 | Super 8 transferred to HD | color | sound

Bugtong: Ang Sigaw Ni Lalake (Riddle: Shout of Man)
RJ Leyran
1990 | 3:20 | 16mm transferred to 2K | color | sound 

Very Specific Things at Night
John Torres
2009 | 4:29 | video | color | sound

Juan Gapang (Johnny Crawl)
Roxlee
1986 | 7:18 | Super 8 transferred to HD | color | sound 

Chop-chopped First Lady + Chop-Chopped First Daughter
Yason Banal
2005 | 1:54 | video | color | sound

The Retrochronological Transfer of Information
Tad Ermitaño
1994 | 9:33 | 16mm transferred to VHS transferred to HD | color | sound

Ars Colonia
Raya Martin
2011 | 1:13 | Hi8 transferred to 35mm transferred to video | color | silent

Class Picture
Tito & Tita
2012 | 4:41 | 16mm transferred to HD | sound

Anito
Martha Atienza
2012 | 8:08 | HD | color | sound

hindi sa atin ang buwan (the moon is not ours)
Jon Lazam
2011 | 3:31 | HD | black and white | silent

Kalawang (Rust)
Cesar Hernando, Eli Guieb III & Jimbo Albano
1989 | 6:33 | 16mm transferred to 2K | sound