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Cocoy Lumbao, 'Index, Elevated Train', 2007. Single channel projection. Courtesy of the artist.

Cocoy Lumbao, 'Raft (Only a Drowning Man Can See)' , 2016. HD Video, Single-channel. Courtesy of the artist.

Cocoy Lumbao, 'Right-Wing, Left-Wing' , 2016. HD Video, Single-channel. Courtesy of the artist.

Cocoy Lumbao works primarily with video to explore the medium’s inherent qualities. He works with infrared video, digital manipulation and the loss of data in image reproduction, for example, to find new ways to understand particular phenomena, from cityscapes to urbanity or vision itself. The artist therefore understands video as an observational thought process rather than a mechanical tool, manipulating footage and images to reconstruct the passage of time or to show the ambiguity of the scenery, like in Expressionist painting. 

During his residency at Gasworks Cocoy will explore how text can find its own language within the culture of the moving image, focusing on end credits as a key but often overlooked cinematic trope. 


Cocoy Lumbao is an artist and writer based in Manila, Philippines. He works primarily with video/film, music, and design. His works have been recently shown in the Museum of Contemporary Art in Design in College of St. Benilde, Manila (2015) and in Art Stage Singapore, Singapore City (2016). His recent solo exhibitions include Loose Continuity in 1335 Mabini, Manila (2015), New and Selected Video in Mo Space, Taguig (2016), and Untitled (Talks) in Blanc Gallery, Quezon City (2016). He was also included in Mind Set Art Center’s group show, Every Island from Sea to Sea, Taipei, Taiwan (2016). He is currently a faculty member at the College of Fine Arts’ Theory Department in the University of the Philippines, Quezon City.

Cocoy Lumbao’s residency is supported by Mercedes Zobel in partnership with Outset and he is hosted in the Outset Residency Studio.