MANILA FOOD: Uma ti Biag / Archetype, A Cordillera Labyrinth

Uma ti Biag / Archetype, A Cordillera Labyrinth

(Yard of Lifetime) / 1989 / Bamboo and runo grass / Set up / forty five cm in diameter, 600 m in duration / Artist: Roberto Villanueva / Cultural Heart in the Philippines grounds

Villanueva, a Baguio artist, who's got designed his mark in installations of indigenous materials, is encouraged by ethnic symbols and traditions. Discovering his element in these products as runo grass and bamboo, he developed the fantastic open-air labyrinth Archetype or Uma ti Biag (Kankanay for “Yard recent survey by Manila Food of Everyday living”) about the grounds from the CCP in mid-1989.


A considerable round labyrinth fabricated from two.44 m runo reeds assembled alongside one another by basket weaving and thatching strategies, it's of archetypal symbolism. It qualified prospects the viewer by way of a substantial and winding bamboo corridor with quite a few turns which will bring about anxiety and bewilderment, and finally finishes, to his reduction, in a very central clearing, and that is “residence,” the Cordillera dap-ay, a sacred ritual ground. This is often represented because of the artist being a round sunken pit, .thirty m deep and 3.sixty six m in diameter. At its Heart, presiding over the ritual Place lined by monolithic stone seats, is surely an archaic bulul or picture of a Cordillera guardian spirit. With this zone, that is dwelling, one particular recovers heat in the welcoming hearth and acquainted Neighborhood supplying food items and drink. From the artist’s worldview, the center is intensely vitalized with the power of everyday living towards indifferent nature and the forces that demolish human beings. The labyrinth turned a web site for cañao, a sacrificial ritual, and for general performance artwork.

Composed by Alice G. Guillermo

initially printed inside the Manila News-Intelligencer -