SITE OF TAPIO SNELLMAN'S MASTERPIECE:
EDSA WALL OF CUBAO AURORA UNDERPASS

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TAPIO SNELLMAN

Tapio Snellman, born in Helsinki, Finland in 1969, is a filmmaker, artist and architect. His work includes conceptual films dealing with urbanity, as well as commercial moving image and interactive digital work. The films integrate digitally rendered environments with real footage and morphological studies exploring spatial conditions. The films have received international screenings at numerous galleries and have been championed by organizations such as the critically acclaimed ‘onedotzero.’ Films and installations have been exhibited internationally and featured at the Guggenheim Museum New York City; The Design Museum, London; Centre Pompidou in Paris; the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; the Venice Architecture Biennale; and at the Tate Modern, London.

His projects include an outdoor film installation in London in collaboration with Iona Marinescu, commissioned by the Romanian Cultural Institute and a spatial film installation at the Brazilian Embassy in London.

"Cubao is one of those exponential places where the energy of a megacity can be felt in all its intensity and relentlessness," says London-based architect and filmmaker Tapio Snellman. "The constant flow of traffic, communication and the clash of various urban life-forms are simultaneously exhausting and exhilarating."

"While the main circular artery of Metro Manila is conceptually a life-line enabling the city to work, the unforgiving reality of travelling along EDSA is often chaotic and frustrating. Politically however it is the one place and experience in which all strata of society converges," he adds.

Rooted in this insight is an artwork that reflects Cubao back to Cubao. His painting shows a lot of intertwined pipes, symbolizing real-life infrastructure on the one hand; and the invisible networks linking an urban community on the other. "The hundreds of thousands of commuters passing through EDSA at various levels can see their daily experiences mirrored in the intertwined flows of the cacophony of pipes".