THOMASIAN writers emphasized the role of art in evoking and renewing one’s senses in the forum “Espektakulo: A Conversation on Film and Performance Art” at the auditorium of Miguel de Benavides Library on Sept. 18.

The event featured award-winning director Jose Mojica and Palanca awardee Nerisa del Carmen Guevarra, both fellows of the UST Center for Creative Writing and Literary Studies (CCWLS).

Mojica pointed said art can be employed to make people “feel,” stressing the need for artists to test new waters and experiment to “renew their senses” continually.

“There’s so many things happening around, and yourself becomes the mediator in which we use art in order for us to respond to that kind of sound, voice, experience [or] question,” he told the Varsitarian.

Emphasizing that the “body is personal and political,” Guevara said life and experiences can be communicated through representational performances.

The 2020 UST Creative Writers Workshop director added that art springs from being influenced by other writers to continue or add to their work instead of simply being inspired.

“I believe in the discipline of influence. And at the very best, we pay homage to other creators by either continuing the work or introducing a new [one],” she said.

The was the 11th installment of the UST Authors Series organized by CCWLS.


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