against the spiritually bankrupt materialism that had triumphed in Britain throughout the Margaret Thatcher years.

“Choose life,” advised the now-famous monologue. “Choose a big fucking television, washing machines, cars, compact disc players and electrical tin openers,” it continued, before descending into a dressing down of the consumerist condition.

It was a perfect diagnosis of the state of the nation as 18 long, brutal years of uninterrupted Conservative Party rule drew to a close, and it would be remembered forever as a pop cultural epitaph for this defining period in British history. Then in January 2017, a full 20 years later, Trainspotting got itself a sequel.

Set two decades after the original, it was accompanied by yet another Renton rant that had been updated for the modern era. “Choose life,” it went. “Choose Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and hope that someone, somewhere cares.

Choose looking up old flames, wishing you’d done it all differently,” then lining up an assortment of other modern malaises. Although it fails to live up to the original, and the social media angle has been dismissed as “superficial” in certain corners of the internet, I can’t think of anything more appropriate for 2017.

A decade since the mass-proliferation of Facebook, I challenge you to name a single development that has shaped mass culture in that period as much as social media.

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What does photography mean to you? For documentary photographer Giles Duley, photography means storytelling, activism and identity. Having spent much of his recent career documenting the lives of refugees affected by conflict in the Middle East, Giles relies on the power of photography to present unique stories capable of delivering real change.

To find out more about Giles and his work, visit his website.

#MoreThanAnImage is a series of three short films exploring the power of photography for three inspirational photographers. Learn more about the project here.


For many book lovers, the most perfect place in the world is a cozy reading nook where no one will talk to them for the next, oh, ten hours. But there are places outside of the home (and beyond the pages) that seem to have been made specifically for the literary minded, including charming bookstores in Paris, quirky hotels in Japan, and beautiful monasteries in Prague.

Strahov Monastery

The Royal Portuguese Cabinet of Reading

More over on Condé Nast Traveler.


The CCP Visual Arts and Museum Division (VAMD) is accepting proposals for the 2019 Venue Grant Program. Since the Center’s inauguration in 1969, the CCP has been known as venue for contemporary, experimental, and multidisciplinary works. It has also served as a launching pad for artists to enter the local and international art community. The CCP also serves as an implementing agency for cultural programs and agreements between the Philippines and other countries. All exhibitions held under its Venue Grant Program are non-commercial in nature.

Artists, curators, art organizations, and institutions are welcome to submit proposals for the following venues within the CCP Main Theater Building:

Bulwagang Carlos V. Francisco (Little Theater Lobby)
Wall space measures 3.00 x 19.89 meters. Located at the outer wall of the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theater), ground floor.

Pasilyo Vicente Manansala (2F Hallway Gallery) and Pasilyo Guillermo Tolentino (3F Hallway Gallery)
Slightly convex wall space that measures 2.59 x 25.3 meters each. Located at the second and third floors.

Bulwagang Fernando Amorsolo (Small Gallery)
Rectangular space with two columns on each end. Located at the fourth floor.

Pasilyo Victorio Edades (4F Hallway Gallery)
Bracket-shaped wall space; longest wall measures 2.42 x 18.64 meters. Located at the fourth floor.

Floor plans of exhibit areas are available upon request. Interested parties may also propose site-specific installations and exhibitions in outdoor sites and alternative spaces within the CCP complex. Exhibit proponents are also encouraged to engage with selected works from the CCP Visual Arts Collection. All proposals are subject to approval.

Application Requirements

Proposals should contain background information and complete contact details of the artist/organization, exhibit concept, preliminary studies, physical and logistical requirements of presentation, and documentation of previous works, exhibitions, write-ups and press releases. Should the VAMD find it necessary, proponents may be requested to submit or supply further information or additional materials in connection with their proposals, or the CCP may also collaborate with the artist/s towards the development of a project.

Review Criteria

The CCP Visual Arts and Museum Division evaluates proposals based on the following criteria:

* Quality and maturity of artistic skills;
* Innovativeness and contemporaneity of proposed exhibit;
* Sensitive awareness of the artist’s responsibility to the Philippine art society;
* Consistency with the CCP’s goals, scope and general program for the year;
* Adequacy, appropriateness and adaptability to the specified venue; and,
* Installation requirements.

Proposals may be disqualified based on the following reasons:

* Fund raising activities, product launches and advertising campaigns which would be more suitably held in their own institutions; and,

* Exhibitions that are prejudicial to the rights and welfare of other people.

The CCP VAMD may accept the following proposals on exceptionally meritorious grounds:

* Exhibitions which have been previously presented in other venues;

* Solo exhibitions by artist who have not had any solo exhibits in the CCP within 18 months prior to the proposed exhibit date.

Submission of Proposals

Proposals for exhibitions for the succeeding year shall be submitted to the Visual Arts and Museum Division from January to September 30 of the current year. All proposals submitted shall be reviewed by the CCP VAMD and presented to the CCP Artistic Programs Committee for final approval.

Proponents of approved proposals for exhibitions shall be notified via email and invited for a production meeting three months prior to their scheduled exhibit. An Exhibition Agreement shall be prepared stipulating the terms and conditions agreed during the production meeting.

Components of the Grant

Grantees are given the following support:

* Free use of venue
* Subsidy for printing of invitations, outdoor marquee, brochure, and wall text
* Curatorial support
* Publicity in mainstream media and online platforms

Deadline for 2019 exhibitions: September 30, 2018

Proposals may be sent via email to ccp.vamd@gmail.com or addressed to: Visual Arts and Museum Division, Production and Exhibition Department, 4F CCP Main Theater Building, Cultural Center of the Philippines, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City.

For more information, contact the Visual Arts & Museum Division at landlines (632) 8321125 local 1504 & 1505, or (632) 8323702, mobile (0917) 6033809, or email ccp.exhibits@gmail.com.