Blossoms from the death of the last summer’s bloom – curating with heat, curating
in heat – the case of the Adow ne Domaget (Dumagat Day) festival 2018 in
Temperature is a crucial element in symbiotic existence and subsistence of an environment, and the community that lives in it. Climate change, and indigenous peoples communities are the least to contribute to climate change and yet they are the most affected by it, through development aggression.
The habagat or dry season is a very important season in the livelihood of the Dumagat indigenous people community in Dingalan, Aurora, Philippines. It is when the Pacific Ocean becomes the friendliest throughout the year so that can spear fish. It is also when the Sierra Madre becomes the most trekkable leaving rivers and streams full of food and the treacherous mountain safe to thread. Culturally, the summer is a very important season as well for the Dumagat. The Dumagat folktale of the dapdap flower – Ilongot and last full moon of May. The Adow ne Domaget is based on this.
This paper shares this author’s experience in curating the Adow ne Domaget in the heat of the summer in Dingalan, and how the heat became one of the central curatorial consideration for the design of the festival. It explores how temperature becomes a crucial point of consideration in specifically site-specific works which is usually based on geography or the physical material of the space. It explores new grounds and conceptual frames for site-specific works based on heat and temperature through analysisng the role of heat in curating the Adow ne Domaget festival.