Dakila Launches The Digital Museum of Martial Law in the Philippines
On September 21, 2016, 44 years after the signing of Proclamation No. 1081 that put the Philippines under Martial Law, Dakila, a group of artists working on human rights, launched the Digital Museum of Martial Law in the Philippines.
The Digital Museum of Martial Law in the Philippines is an immersive, critical, and creative platform for historical and cultural education. The museum is a virtual space serving as a living memorial to the Martial Law Era, accessible to Filipinos all over the world.
“It is crucial that Filipinos do not lose sight of this pivotal part of our history,” says Micheline Rama, Museum Co-Director and Dakila’s Campaigns Director.
Dakila intends for the Museum to become a venue to provoke critical reflection, inclusive learning, and vigilant remembrance through the multi-faceted lens of artistic expression.
“We are aiming for the right balance between Internet memes and long chapters in textbooks,” Rama explains. “We cannot rely on only snippets of information that don’t have any context but we cannot also expect people to read through pages and pages of text. This is where art, creativity, and technology come in.”
Her Museum Co-Director agrees. “You can explore the exhibits on the site as if it were an actual museum,” states Andrei Venal, who also serves as Dakila’s Creative Director, “Each exhibit is a curated journey using different multimedia elements to make history come alive.”
The Museum’s current exhibits includes “Isang Daan” (“One Hundred/One Road”), “an interactive timeline of 100 moments, mementos, and memories one the paths leading to Martial Law and the People Power Revolution” which features not only news clips, and personal accounts, but also economic data, public works, and even popular songs of the era.
The Museum is also host to as a special limited-time screening of Hector Baretto Calma’s award-winning short film, “Ang Mga Alingawngaw Sa Panahon Ng Pagpapasya” (“Echoes In the Midst of Indecision”) starring Alessandra de Rossi as the matriarch of a family torn apart by the social and political upheavals during the Martial Law Era.
The Museum has already lined up several upcoming exhibits. “ML: TL;DR”, curated by Michael Charleston “Xiao” Chua, is a multimedia primer on Martial Law, and “Sounds of Martial Law” curated by Ralph Eya.
Venal hopes that “whether you are a creative professional, writer, historian, academics or even just a passionate individual, you can submit to us your ideas for digital exhibitions on the topic of Martial Law, People Power, and Revolution. Schools, government bodies and other organizations are also very much welcome.”
Potential partners and collaborators may contact Dakila at at email@example.com and submit their proposal with “DMMLPh Proposal” as the email subject line.
The Digital Museum of Martial Law in the Philippines is open to the public at http://www.MartialLaw.ph
DAKILA is a group of artists, students, and individuals committed to working together to creatively spark social consciousness formation towards social change.
Learn more at http://dakila.org.ph
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