THE FLANEUR IN THE HOTEL | long duration performance within Jonathan Olazo's " The Hotel Painter" 

Manila Contemporary is proud to present a performative response to Jonathan Olazo's solo show 'The Hotel Painter'. Initiated by Russ Ligtas this durational performance is a personal response to each of the paintings on display through Ligtas's various forms and media such as written or spoken word (poetry), music, butoh, ritualized banalities, and performative rites. 

Through various costumes and emotive gestures Ligtas portrays a variety of characters that represent different aspects of his personality. All are realized via the contents of a small wheeled suitcase -- a symbol of the travelling hotel guest -- in an evocative and intimate conversation between performer, artwork and audience. 


On June 08th, I will be performing my first documented long duration performance. Inspired by Jonathan Olazo's exhibition The Hotel Painter currently at the Manila Contemporary, I sought to further investigate Olazo's discussion of the appreciation of art. In this performance, I will spend a substantial amount of time with each of Olazo's 57 paintings, expressing this time spent through various actions that celebrate, discuss, contemplate, document, embody, interpret, or even just accompany. I am not sure how long this takes- half a day or an entire day or longer but the point is to approximate equal amounts of time, energy, or interaction with each painting-the longer the better. Come and share this experience with me. There is always time for art as it has always had time for us.-Russ Ligtas

The Flaneur in the Hotel | performance begins at 13:00 on June 08, 2013 at the Manila Contemporary, Don Chino Roces Ave./Pasong Tamo Extension, Makati. More? Click HERE

The Agony of the Page. Movement. 2008. Photo: Apiong Bagares