The video wasn’t playing. I turned to my co-organizers and looked at their worried faces. We should have tested them on the projector before the show. I couldn’t help, but notice the awkward silence. There was only one thing left to do, show an audience of seventy people the video through a 14 inch laptop screen.
This is one of the challenges with Art Party.
When putting together an event that showcases different disciplines under one roof, things will go wrong. Fortunately, the audience usually doesn’t notice. When Mandaue Nights was preparing for their set, we promised them two mic stands, but the one mic stand mysteriously disappeared. The guys from Mandaue Nights shrugged and continued on. No one noticed the problem and they closed the show with a wonderful performance of You & I.
Unfortunately, the video problem was different. Everyone noticed. It was a video prepared by the uber talented Keshia Lim to show the vibrant city life of her favorite place to shoot, Carbon in downtown Cebu City. We apologize for not showing her photos in their full glory. It pains me to say this, we were forced to show the piece through a small laptop. There were things that could have been done better. And because of these experiences, we hope to make the next Art Party even better. Fortunately, Keshia allowed us to upload the video online.
You can watch it below:
Failure and mistakes are inevitable. In fact, I’ve argued before that failure is a pre-requisite to being good at anything. Art Party had its own share of challenges, but it didn’t take away from the fact that people enjoyed the show. It seemed like everyone left A Space happy and a few may have even been inspired.
When I was hosting, I mentioned that interested artists could send a message to the Art Party Instagram to show us their creative work and to express interest in joining the next event. As I said this, I couldn’t help but notice two ladies looking at each other wide eyed and embarrassed. Clearly, they were itching to share their work to the world too. It’s our hope that Art Party inspires artists to show their art.
Sharing your art to the world feels good. I can confidently say that every artist felt better after sharing their work in Art Party. With the internet, it is easier than ever to put your work out there, but there’s something to be said in doing it in front of real life breathing people. The rush of performance, the uncertainty, the nerves, and the immediate relief right after cannot be duplicated by sharing a video online.
With that said, since the Art Party is already done and you are reading this online. If you didn’t get to catch the Art Party, you might want to watch this video put together by Martin Tabanag:
Thanks to everyone who made Art Party a success. Monica and Melissa, despite your busy schedules, you guys made it happen again! To A Space Cebu, the venue was perfect! We’ll be having more Art Parties there soon. To the Arts Council of Cebu and Cebruery, thank you so much for trusting us. To the artists, Steve Sanchez, Megan Chan, Keshia Lim, Mandaue Nights and the Cinemacuties, you made Art Party an experience truly memorable. To the volunteers, Tim Cusi, and Clara Cayosa, your help was invaluable. To Carlo Rodriguez, it was great having you around. Lastly, thank you to everyone who came out! This Art Party had even more people than the last time, hopefully we can continue to grow.
Till next time!
More photos from Monica Villarica: