The Afterlives of Martial Law/Disco Manila Listening Party

Performance and Q&A with Professor Christine Balance and DJ Un-G and DJ JoelQuiz

Wednesday, February 28, 2018
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
De Neve Plaza Room B
UCLA Campus
Los Angeles, CA 90095
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This performance is part of The Afterlives of Martial Law, a multi-site, multi-program public partnership between UC Irvine and Visual Communications (VC), a Los Angeles-based Asian American media arts organization, to digitally preserve archival materials and present public programs that document the history of Philippine martial law and its impact upon Los Angeles-based communities.

Martial law marks the 21-year dictatorship of Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos and his wife Imelda. Like many other authoritarian leaders, the Marcoses played upon the sensational to divert attention away from their covert operations—state-sanctioned political detainments, imprisonments, torture, and killings—while captivating audiences with invented traditions and national myths to enable their New Society. Martial law also marks a time when U.S.- and Philippines-based activists and artists worked against this state of exception. This partnership brings together those whose work focuses on the relationship between cultural memory & politics as well as those who lived through martial law and those born in its aftermath. Comprised of digital archiving, a gallery exhibition, public events, and a community oral history project, this project is a timely commemoration of the 35th anniversary of martial law’s declaration and a necessary reminder of how artists & activists resist authoritarian regimes.

The Philippines and its Elsewheres series is honored to be a partner to The Afterlives of Martial Law.  

Christine Bacareza Balance is an Associate Professor of Asian American Studies and Gender & Sexuality Studies at UC Irvine. Her first book Tropical Renditions: Making Musical Scenes in Filipino America was published in 2016 by Duke University Press. Her next book project, The Afterlives of Martial Law, focuses on how both U.S.- and Philippines-based artists have responded to the sensational politics of Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos’ dictatorial rule over the Philippines.

Gary Gabisan is a digital media producer, filmmaker and musician. A graduate of the film school at New York University (NYU), he focused his studies on Experimental Film and Documentary Filmmaking. Currently living in Los Angeles, Gary teaches the Philippine martial art of eskrima and develops transmedia storytelling techniques for non-fiction.

Joel Quizon is a Los Angeles based/Manila roots filmmaker, arts organizer and music curator. Joel created the Pinoy Groove Experience, a blog that highlights Filipino popular music at home and abroad, and Disco Manila, a SoundCloud mix featuring dance music of martial law era Philippines (late 1970s-early 1980s). In August 2016, he co-produced the live Disco Manila event at Grand Performances in downtown Los Angeles.




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Sponsor(s): UCLA International Institute, Asian American Studies Center, Asian American Studies Department , Comparative Literature, UCLA Office of Instructional Development, UCLA Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, UCLA Institute of American Cultures, UCLA Office of Residential Life, and UCLA Library