MOB’s conjoined-triplet-costume/basketball uniform was shared with the good people of Southern Exposure, Santa Clara University, and Jean Street at their respective events.
San Jose Museum of Art
Curated by Monica Ramirez-Montagut, as part of the exhibition “This/That: New Stories from the Edge of Asia”. Featured projects: Manananggoogle, Honeymoon Sweet Nothings I and II, Always A Bridesmaid Never a Bride, and Karaoke Trilogy.
collaboration with Carlos Villa
Green Papaya Art Projects, Quezon City, Metro Manila
4 videos created via iChat meetings when M.O.B and Villa were all living far from one another in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Prague. The footage was then edited in Prague and sent via FTP to Manila. A reflection on the desire to connect across distance and time zones, a meditation on the shortcomings of digitally-dependent communication and the false sense of security it provides, and an effort at long-distance collaboration. Chatsilog was a bittersweet, comedic attempt to cohere fragmented interactions into an illusory, temporary space that, for the duration of the project, the artists could share and jointly occupy.
“The poor words with which natural human speech is provided cannot suffice to describe the Madonna Inn.” (Umberto Eco, Travels in Hyperreality.)
The Madonna Inn is a pilgrimage for the imagination, a mental Mecca for California artists and retirees alike. Its opulent wonders suggest that our immediate realities are tentative, at best: between the walls of each compartmentalized theme room, fantasy and reality reconcile and cease to exist as contradictory states. For this reason, M.O.B. holds their annual strategic planning meetings here.
Printed and exhibited at the McColl Center for Visual Art in Charlotte in 2002, at Lizabeth Oliveria Gallery in San Francisco in 2003, and San Jose Museum of Art in 2013.