ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

WSK—a modern disemvoweled form of “wasak”, which means “shattered” or “destroyed” in Filipino—is the first and only annual international art festival dedicated to contemporary electronic, digital, and experimental art. Launched in 2008 as Fete dela WSK and rebranded as WSK in 2013, the festival explores the diverse range of cross-disciplinary artistic activities in the context of digital culture and performance, with focus in collaborative projects between the Philippines, South East Asia, and beyond. It aims to blur, deconstruct, and reimagine the preconceived notions of how art, culture, and technology diverge, merge, and work together. It is organized by SABAW Media Art Kitchen – a not-for-profit artist-run initiative whose primary interests lie in curatorial and research-based production towards the imminent intersections of art and technology. The festival primarily runs on a Do-It-Yourself and Do-It-Together ethic and is mostly self-funded, with partial funding support from cultural organizations.

WSK 2017 EDITION

(23 Oct - 4 Nov 2017)

This year, through a new joint programme developed with Japan Foundation Asia Center, we are re-introducing the exhibition component in our festival alongside our existing fora, workshop, and live performance components, via a collaboration between WSK and ref:now. ref:now is JF Asia Center’s initiative toward a new media culture in Asia which aspires to comprehensively understand contemporary creativity related to media culture through the frameworks of art, dialogue, education, and collaboration. Focusing on the creative scenes in Asia that will surely continue to develop in exciting ways, ref:now, consisting of exhibitions, workshops, symposia, and performances, promotes exchange and collaboration among the next generation of Asian talent. By examining the new creativity that is dislodging modernistic conceptions of art, this initiative sets out to “reference” the “now” of our ever-changing globalized society. WSK 2017 will also be co-produced in partnership with official venue host, De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, one of the Philippines’ top universities with a pioneering multimedia and new media arts program, as well as other various artist-run spaces in the metro.