2 December: Salon HOHOL* take-away publishing lunch, film presentation with Clara Balaguer

*Hang out hang out lang (only) is Manila slang for when you go on a platonic date. Related to MOMOL or make out make out lang, which is self-explanatory.

One day of meetings, talks and screenings with Clara Balaguer from Office of Culture and Design, in preparation of the PrintRoom publishing residency in 2017. We look forward to having her here in September 2017!


The OCD is a research and project production platform for social practice in art and design. Since 2010, The OCD has funded and organized residencies for artists who wish to immerse in underserved communities. The OCD creates multi-morphous projects that address and unpack social issues. In 2013, The OCD founded its own graphic design studio and imprint, Hardworking Goodlooking, which serves to present the results of their experiments (and those of others) in print and other formats. Both The OCD and HWGL are interested in the decolonisation of Philippine cultural discourse, most especially through the lens of the contemporary vernacular.

Hardworking Goodlooking (HWGL) is a publishing and graphic design hauz interested in decolonization of aesthetic voices, vernacular artisanry and giving value to the invisible. Primarily, they publish cultural research and theory, printed in very, very small cottage-industry presses in the Philippines. But they also work with small and large studio clients in order to fund or generate original content for the social practice projects of The Office of Culture and Design (The OCD). HWGL works out of Brooklyn and Parañaque City.

Clara Lobregat Balaguer (Manila,1980) is a social practice artist and independent researcher interested in the decolonization of Filipino cultural production most especially through the lens of the contemporary vernacular. She founded The Office of Culture and Design in 2010, a platform through which she articulates research, residencies and social practice projects, mostly for culturally underserved communities in the Philippines. She has released one book as author and nine as publisher at the helm of the imprint Hardworking Goodlooking, which she co-founded in 2013 with Filipino-American graphic designer, Kristian Henson (MFA Yale). She has lectured at Harvard GSD, MIT, Strelka Moscow, RISD, MoMA PS1, AIGA-Museum of Art and Design NY, Triple Canopy, Hanyang University (Seoul), Ateneo de Manila and University of the Philippines, Diliman. She has exhibited work and publications at Asia Culture Center, Art Dubai, Gwangju Biennale, Singapore Art Museum, New York University (NYU), Hangar and La Capella.


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