The Happy Camper Pong
Adults can also “play” during SONSBEEK
’16, for example with the work of the Filipino artist Louie Cordero. Behind the
Stadsvilla, you can play a round on one of his unusually shaped ping-pong
tables, which have been outfitted with striking prints.
Louie brings a piece of
Manila’s colourful and cheerful streets to Park Sonsbeek. For the prints, he
used the same car paint that is used on the city buses (called Jeepneys) in
Manila. There, painting the buses as originally as possible is a kind of sport:
the crazier the design, the better. Ping-pong is also very popular there, not
only as a sport, but also as a social activity.
Louie’s other work, a
two-meter high, three- dimensional head made of foam and fiberglass, is not yet
finished. This “progerial” head – a rare genetic disorder in which physical
characteristics of aging are manifested at a very early age – is missing its
“skin” on one side, which provides some insight into the human anatomy. Pieces
of clay and gumball machines invite you to reconstruct the missing face. As you
mold and chew, you can decide where you want to leave behind your own traces on
Unconsciously, you tread in
the footsteps of the Western imperialists during the colonial era. Louie asks
whether colonization, much like sticking pieces of gum on an object in public
space, is also a form of vandalism.