Salikhain Kolektib (formerly Prodjx Artist Community) is an interdisciplinary collective based in the Philippines with a network in the Asia Pacific region. The collective integrates art, research, education, and community engagement & development into various collaborative art works and initiatives. The thread that ties the collective together is their interest in participatory art & research practices, and the environment.
Ralph C. Lumbres
Visual Artist, Educator
Ralph C. Lumbres is an interdisciplinary artist. His works transect disciplines, from visual arts (sculpture, installation & video), design, performance, education, and community-engaged projects. He is the founder and a managing member of Salikhain Kolektib (formerly Prodjx Artist Community), an interdisciplinary collective that creates participatory art and research projects in communities in the Philippines. He was an artist-in-residence for Koganecho Bazaar 2020, and PARADISE AIR Longstay Program 2021.
As an educator, Ralph was a lecturer at Kalayaan College Fine Arts Department and School of Design and Arts, College of Saint Benile. He also worked as a learning experience designer for Habi Education Lab from 2017-2020
He is a fellow of Japan Foundation’s HAND’s Project 2016-17, and a research fellow for ColLaboratoire 2020 by Cognovo Foundation and the University of Plymouth.
Ralph was born in Cagayan de Oro City in Mindanao, Philippines. He is now based in Quezon City, Philippines, and Yokohama, Japan.
Theater Actor, Educator
Ness Roque (b. 1991, Angeles City, Philippines), is a theater and film actor, performance-maker, dramaturg, and educator.
Her art practice is rooted in her inquiries on transdisciplinary, transcultural, feminist, and decolonial practices in performance-making, contemporary art, and education. Thus, her portfolio includes acting works for theater and film; performance works in contemporary art; as well as cultural work for advocacy-based interdisciplinary art projects.
Ness was a core member of Manila-based contemporary performance company, Sipat Lawin Ensemble (2009–2018) and was a learning experience designer of the education startup, Habi Education Lab (2017-2019). She is a co-founder of the art and science collective, Salikhain Kolektib (2016-Present) (formerly known as Prodjx Artist Community).
Ness is a MEXT scholar and is currently a graduate student at the Tokyo University of the Arts - Graduate School of Global Arts (Dept of Arts Studies and Curatorial Practices). She holds a degree in Literature (Filipino) from the Ateneo de Manila University and studied theater arts as a scholar of the Philippine High School for the Arts in Mt. Makiling, Laguna.
Film credits include lead performances in Raya Martin's Now Showing (Cannes Film Festival 2008 - Quinzaine des Réalisateurs) and How to Disappear Completely (Museum of Modern Art - MoMA 2017; Locarno Film Festival 2013).
A freelance researcher focused on studies about disaster risk reduction and the environment. Apart from also being a freelance photographer and communications consultant for humanitarian organizations, he specializes in designing and conducting photovoice projects- a participatory action research approach that empowers communities to document their own realities using still cameras. Currently based in his hometown in Baguio City, he is the current project manager of the Lahat Dapat: Toolkit for Inclusive DRR innovation project, an initiative funded by ELHRA and their Humanitarian Innovation Fund.
Rye is a graphic designer for more than 10 years now working on projects from product packagings, logo developments, event and promos designs for corporates and multinational clients before deciding to work as a freelancer in 2013. He has also taken photography as a hobby since 2014.
After moving to Dingalan, Aurora in 2016, he became part of Aurora Artists Residency Program and Space (AARPS) as one of the local organizers particularly for the Adow ne Domaget Festival and some other art based community programs. In 2018, he was the workshop scholar of the Photojournalist Center of the Philippines’ 13th Professional Documentary Photography and Photojournalism workshop.
He has been part of community based art projects done by ProdJx Artist Community funded by Tuklas Innovations and Japan Foundation and recent graphic design work for some NGOs. He is also a part of the Dingalan Artist Village working on initiatives for local artists and currently enjoying exploring watercolor painting.
Videographer, Social Worker
Eric Sister is a freelance Filipino videographer, video editor and community worker with extensive experience interacting with people of diverse culture and social background. He has worked with indigenous people, people from various non-government organizations, government agencies and civil society organizations.
He has recently worked for UP Resilience institute. Along with the group Sine Sanyata, his work “Kontrol” was among the videos showcased in the feature exhibition in 2020 Gawad Alternatibo event held by the Cultural Center of the Philippines. His work “Obrero” won first prize in the animation category of the University of the Philippines’ “PAG-AALAY webXHIBITION & FESTIVAL” in 2021.
Gilang Damar Setiadi
Gilang Damar Setiadi was born in Yogyakarta, December 1990. He is a musician experimenting with noise and percussion. Releasing his first album "Modern Apocalypticism" in 2017, also a split album with Will Guthrie, "Tabuhan" in 2018. Today, His work has been widely released in his own name and with the intergalactic noise project ASU(USA), also the Indo-American noise rock band, Lansanese. In 2018 together with Rully Shabara (Senyawa/Zoo) and other musicians restarted Kombo, which was a platform for developing an improvised music scene.
In terms of interdisciplinary collaboration, He have worked with several groups of artists and researchers in Southeast Asia and Japan in projects focused on social issues also strengthening community resilience in disaster-prone areas with participatory art and media. He also worked on research and archiving of traditional music in Indonesia, as well as the development of contemporary Indonesian music and culture for the global scene with Volcanic Winds.
Astrid Sister is an independent writer and researcher, with almost a decade of experience in quantitative and qualitative research for various organizations in the development sector. She finished her Master’s Degree in Population Studies and Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcast Communication at the University of the Philippines Diliman, and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Philippine Studies in the same institution. Most of her research experience falls under education, disaster risk reduction and management, gender, and children’s rights. She is a co-founder and currently serves as the Director for Program Development Director of Strategia Development Research Institute, Inc., a Philippine nonprofit organization focused on providing policy research, capacity building, and technical assistance in various social and economic development areas.
Specific to DRR, she currently leads the development of an Excel-based Common Operational Dataset (CODs) for the United Nations Population Fund to help in pre-disaster and preparedness planning of humanitarian actors. She is also a YSEALI SEEDS #DisasterBuster youth fellow, joining other 60+ youth leaders in learning more about disaster resilience in the Philippines.
Maricon "Conz'' Montajes is a video editor and freelance filmmaker. She received her degree from the University of the Philippines Film Institute under the BA Film program and graduated as Cum Laude. She is a three-year scholar of the Office of the Initiatives for the Culture and the Arts UP Diliman Visual Arts and Cultural Studies Scholarship Program (OICA UPD-VACSSP) and is a university scholar. She is the video designer for Huni at Pakpak, a stage play for the CCP'S Festival of Women' s Plays 2020, (written by Luna Sicat Cleto, directed by Carlo Pacolor Garcia). She is also the video editor and director of Salugpongan and Sining Sandata, which both won 1st prize in the 1st UP PAG-AALAY webXHIBITION & FESTIVAL. Her recent work, Sanib Lakas, also won Top 2 Judges' Choice in Year 2 of CNN Reel Filipina A Digital Shorts Competition (2021).
Her work experience includes video (pre to post) production. She also worked for the University of the Philippines Resilience Institute, Sine Sanyata, the Flat Tops and Suspenders productions, infomercial and short documentaries for government offices including the Office of Senator Joel Villanueva and Marikina City Vice Mayor Marion Andres and worked as a volunteer staff and reporter for Kodao Productions.