Baks Paki-translate! Conversations on Queering Translation
Register for Baks Paki-translate! Conversations on Queering Translation
Where: Teatro Hermogenes Ylagan (THY), Pavilion 3, College of Arts and Letters, University of Philippines Diliman
When: 16 February 2024, 6pm
Panel Discussion: Austere Rex Gamao, Erika Carreon, Ian Rafael Ramirez, Chloe Ho
Performance: “Ambot sa Essay Kwoah” by Ang Mga Baklang Kanal
Join us on the 16 February 2024 for a panel discussion between Austere Rex Gamao, Erika Carreon, Ian Rafael Ramirez and Chloe Ho followed by a performance of “Ambot sa Essay Kwoah” by Ang Mga Baklang Kanal at Teatro Hermogenes Ylagan, Pavilion 3, University of the Philippines Diliman.
To speak in a multilingual world is to make a choice: which world(s) do we choose to engage with? This event follows Austere Rex Gamao’s ruminations as a baccla at the 2023 Pride March, which was first published in Cordite by Erika Carreon, and subsequently translated from English to Sward for Art+ Australia. Ang Mga Baklang Kanal, led by Ian Rafael Ramirez has further interpreted Austere’s writing in performance. These Swardspeak presentations are part of ‘Translating the Art and Australia landscape’, an Art + Australia Study Centre project led by Chloe Ho.
In this event, Austere, Erika, Ian, and Chloe will be in conversation. Chloe will provide broader context for ‘Translating the Art and Australia landscape’, a practice-led research enquiry across worlds on non-Anglophone ways to talk about art, and chairing a conversation between Austere, Erika, and Ian. The speakers will discuss what it means to speak beyond English or Tagalog, how to do so visibly, and the critical principles employed when translating Austere’s article.
The conversation will be followed by a performance by the Ang Mga Baklang Kanal. This is the debut presentation of ‘Ambot sa Essay Kwoah’ written by Austere Rex Gamao in performance by Ang Mga Baklang Kanal.
About the Presenters and Performers
Austere Rex Gamao is from Sagay City, Negros Occidental, Philippines. His work has appeared in Cordite Poetry Review, tractions: experiments in art writing, Queer Southeast Asia: A Literary Journal of Transgressive Art, Underblong, TLDTD, Ilahas Journal, and forthcoming in Likhaan: The Journal of Contemporary Philippine Literature. His first book, With Decade, is also forthcoming from Grana Books in 2024. He obtained an MFA in Creative Writing at De La Salle University. As of writing, he teaches at Far Eastern University.
Erika M Carreon co-founded the independent journal Plural Online Prose Journal and published hybrid art and prose projects under Occult’s Razor together with Neobie Gonzalez. Her poems, short stories and translation work have appeared in High Chair, Kritika Kultura, TAYO Literary Magazine, Philippines Free Press, Katitikan, Anomaly Journal, Kalliope X and in Ulirát: Best Contemporary Stories in Translation from the Philippines. She is currently in the final stages of her PhD in creative writing at the University of Melbourne with a special interest in eco-fiction.
Ian Ramirez works across dramaturgy, curation, and performance-making, and they have done projects both in the Philippines and in Australia. Their recent projects include Regine: The Fairy Gay Mother (Virgin Lab Fest 18 Hitik), Baklang Kanal! (Performance Space, and PACT Centre for Emerging Artists), and 'it would be a nice place' (presented by Environmental Film Festival Australia, Seventh Gallery, and Australian Environments on Screen). They are currently a Ph.D. candidate in Performance Studies at the University of Melbourne with an interest in the worldmaking practices of the baklang kanal.
Chloe Ho is a doctoral candidate in Art History at the University of Melbourne and Digital Archive Researcher with Art and Australia. Her PhD project looks at performance and installation art and other artistic, social, and political events in, from, or about Singapore from the late 1980s to the present in relation to the writing of global art history. Her broader research interests include performance art forms in the Asian context and artistic migration, particularly in relation to performance art and artists.
Ang Mga Baklang Kanal ay isang queer solidarity collective na binubuo ng iba’t ibang mga creatives at cultural workers na may layuning mag-ambag sa diskurso ng pakikibaka’t pakikibeki ng LGBTQIA+ sa lansangan, iba’t ibang larangan at lunan.