House Cards




The Cultural Center of the Philippines


07 April - 22 May 2016

Bulwagang Carlos V. Francisco (Little Theater Lobby)


07 April 2016

Artists’ Talk at 4pm

Opening Reception at 6pm  



house|cards is a space of ambiguity: the large scale installation is constructed out of sheets of a temporary yet sturdy material. Individual panels frame expanded building units, each containing multiples and variations of images evocative of the internal turmoil accompanying an external disaster. As the viewer shifts perspective the prints appear at times orderly and still, at other times chaotic and gyrating. 

In house|cards, Mica Cabildo contemplates the typhoon—a force familiar to inhabitants of the Philippines—from afar during her residency at Akademie Schloss Solitude. Stephanie Choi explores the possibilities offered by the unique features of the gallery space and takes into account its historical function as a space of passage from outside into the theater. A house of cards is a euphemism for an unstable structure, be it buildings or governments, but also a pedagogical toy created by Charles and Ray Eames. In the words of an advertisement for a similar modular building toy, “What can you build? Unlimited creativity. Basic building units. Super city.” house | cards was developed during a residency at Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany from January to March and November to December 2015.

house|cards will be exhibited at the CCP's Bulwagang Carlos V. Francisco (Little Theater Lobby) from 7 April to 22 May 2016. Viewing hours are from Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 6pm. Mica Cabildo and Stephanie Choi will be giving an Artist Talk on 7 April, 4pm, which will be followed by the exhibit's opening reception at 6pm. For more information, contact the Visual Arts and Museum Division, Production and Exhibition Department, at (632) 832-1125 loc. 1504/1505 and (632) 832-3702, email or visit





Photos were taken during the exhibit's Artist Talk and Opening Reception last April 7.