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98B COLLABoratory

Philippines / Manila
Established 2012

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98B is a community + network + library + kitchen + shop. Established in January 2012 as a response to the need for alternative art and creative venues in Manila, 98B is a setting where artists and creative individuals from other disciplines can interact and work together while presenting art and other creative endeavors in different ways; be it a talk, a bazaar, a publication, a meal or a simple gathering. We are a site for creative sharing, discussion and collaboration.

98B is a multi-disciplinary COLLABoratory. We seek to establish a convergence among artists, designers, curators, writers, musicians, film makers, educators, researchers, cultural workers, performers, architects, students and the general public.

98B is a linkage. Through its various programs and activities, partnerships and affiliations are formed. It is a nexus that stimulates communication, promotes diversity and upholds creative engagements.

Who’s Been There

WANG Shin-Yu

Taking and Giving (series)
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  • WANG Shin-Yu's Art Work Exhibition
WANG Shin-Yu, graduated from Tainan National University of the Arts in 2002. She is a professional ceramic artist. She curated several projects in Yingge Ceramic Museum and had residency in Baltimore Clayworks, Jam Factory, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, and Banff Art Center.

Being in a foreign environment is influential to an artist’s practice because it forces the artist to break away from his or her usual ways of thinking. Through distance and self-identification, what the artist experiences during his or her residency abroad slowly affects the way future works are created.

Artist Statement:

Clay has always been the medium through which I hope to express my ideas. I condense all of my emotions – happiness, anger, love, and hate – into the movements of pinching and shaping clay. Abstract thoughts are materialized through the process of firing. Artists who work in ceramics are often bound by the techniques and limitations of the material. I had wonderful experiences during this residency at Anderson Ranch Arts Center and had overcome many material limitations. I also met many artists who used the same material as I did and saw how cultural differences affected artists’ attitudes toward that same material. It was interesting observing all of this. I began thinking about whether I treated ceramics discreetly, as in the Eastern frame of mind, or casually, as from the Western perspective.

Anderson Ranch Arts Center is located in the Rocky Mountains. It is near the famous vacation destination Aspen, Colorado and shares the same high standard and cost of living as Aspen. Local residents are extremely interested in the activities organized by the center and participate in almost every program arranged.

During my short stay, I gained the most not from breakthroughs in techniques, but from cultural conflicts. These conflicts helped me to understand my own culture. Such valuable cultural awareness was invisible in its form, but would affect an artist for a long time.