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Issay Rodriguez, DOON VR Project, 2020. Still. Participatory art project that uses AR and VR technology. Courtesy of the artist.

Issay Rodriguez, HONEY PILGRIM, 2018. Documentation off artist residency at Bellas Artes Projects; research & community engagement at Saysain, Bataan. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Darren and Johannes Balagso.

Issay Rodriguez, B+, 2019. Research and community engagement under Vitamin CC’s participation to Bamboo Curtain Studio’s Creative Talents Program; Tamsui District and Zhuwei Elementary School. Courtesy of the artist

Issay Rodriguez, 24K, 2019. Two-channel video, installation, gold dust + beeswax mural. Still. Documentation of performance by Issay Rodriguez and Anjo Bolarda at ArtInformal gallery. Courtesy of the artists.

Issay Rodriguez’s practice revolves around the themes of humanism and ecology. Through research and community engagements enabled by artist residencies and interdisciplinary collaborations, she works on projects that allow oneself to think about how thoughts, emotions, and values can be explained or expressed through art and technology. 

During her residency at Gasworks, Rodriguez will be working with makers of London Hackspace and the local beekeepers of Kennington Park while exploring narrative data visualization and the possibilities of AR as a medium for site-specific art.

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Online Open Studio 

During her residency Issay has been working with makers of London Hackspace and the local beekeepers of Kennington Park while exploring narrative data visualization and the possibilities of AR as a medium for site-specific art. 

She has been developing ideas in response to bee-themed films and books she has come across through her research, developing new work that aims to contribute to discussions about the serious global issue of declining bee populations.

Here is a visual diary of some of her research, work in progress and her studio:

A world map with research on the bee as a sacred creature and as a symbol of power, Issay's studio at Gasworks

Printed readings, drawings, notes and a diagram from R. Steiner's Nine Lectures on Bees, Issay's studio at Gasworks

Cosmic Garden II, Work in progress, digital collage.

Video projection of animation (work in progress), Issay's studio at Gasworks

Readings on bees, spirituality, listening, care, climate and ecology, the internet, etc.

Issay's main reference book, 'The Sacred Bee', drawing materials, computer and UV light arms in Issay's studio

A photo from a bee anatomy and dissection + pollen microscopy workshop at BBKA at Stoneleigh

A photo from a honey and cheese pairing workshop at Kew

Photo from volunteering at LBKA Teaching Apiary at Mudchute Park and Farm, first hive inspection in 2022.

Photo from Walworth Garden - choosing bee-friendly plants with Richard and Sarah

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Artist Biography

Issay Rodriguez lives and works in Metro Manila. She obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of the Philippines (2013).

Recent projects include: Flora of the South East Asia, Singapore Botanic Gardens (2022), Brighter Than Many Ever See, Silverlens, Makati (2021) DOON AR/VR Project, art n/23 AFP incubator space, (2020); B+, Bamboo Curtain Studio, Taipei (2019); VANISHING IN THE PROCESS: Exploration of Dream States and Symbolism, between LIR Space, Yogyakarta, and 98B Manila; Bellas Artes Projects in Bataan (both 2017-18); and a collaborative project for Viva Arte Viva 57th Venice Biennale (2017).

Her works were shortlisted for Fernando Zobel Visual Arts Prize (2018); awarded Patnubay ng Sining at Kalinangan for Visual Arts (2017); First Grantee: Portfolio Art Prize (2020)
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Residency Supporter

Issay Rodriguez's residency is supported by Mercedes Zobel and she is hosted in the Outset Residency Studio.

Issay's residency also includes a virtual component developed in partnership with Tropical Papers, a platform that disseminates ideas and practices from artists working in, and with, the Tropics.