Artists: Jose John Santos III/ Pam Yan Santos/ Arvi Fetalvero/ Ioannis Sicuya/ Angel Ulama
Partly in response to the given incongruences of the site (a catch basin for yard waste, forgotten neighbor to the College of Fine Arts, the stud farm’s green but essentially now brown nature), Model Units 1 and 2 play on the irony that rings through having a liveable space in the absence of access to land. The intent to posit crafted luminosity in a dark space took tangential routes (including observing how the proliferation of glow-in-the-dark soda bottles eventually turned into trendy Christmas trimmings last year). This team of artists eventually settled on harvesting typhoon debris both at the farm and the nearby art school in comically posing two real estate showrooms, one with densely strung natural wall treatment and another with its own ‘finity’ pool. Taken together, the project brings to mind how urban Philippines is being turned into a network of arguably homogenous condominiums with a pocket few bannering rigged nature subs like vertical gardens to anaesthetize buyers from the actual state of territories constantly at the brink of transformation by ‘developments’.
Model Units 1 and 2. Photos by Abby Lagarico