of Bautista in our home and in college I was part of a literary org whose members were at least familiar
with his poems. Reading his poem suddenly pulled me back to that time. His works appeared too many times
in my life that it’s almost like a foreshadowing of things to come. It’s funny in a weird way.
I usually draw but with this one, I tried not to think of a certain direction until I understood his text. It took multiple readings, a research paper I found online, and consulted different people almost to the point of obsession or some sort of obsessive perfection in my process to clearly understand what it was.
I didn’t think of any drawings except for one and most of the process involved notes and lines from the work
that were constantly repeated and emphasized, almost like a chant, an incantation, or a Greek chorus perhaps
(in my head, it had a sound lol.)”
““Telex Moon” comes off calm in the first part, like a precursor to the big bang or an explosion — an explosion of some sort was emphasized multiple times in stanzas 1-17.
The narrator in Cirilo’s work was Rizal but his character is similar to that of possessed prophets like Enoch, who was shown things beyond his understanding.
What would Rizal see in this foreboding dream state? I wanted to replicate that repetition and play with the text itself.
I want viewers to see my work as one of those curiosity dream/damgo pamphlets from the vendors at the side of the Church where a vision triggers a word and an equivalent future however the zine was intended to start off like the Genesis.”
“One of my friends commented that Bautista loves to show how much of an erudite he is. I guess one of the challenges was sifting through the vocabulary and finding out which words are words and which ones are “beats” or “sound” since they have a specific music to it, at least in my head, for lack of a better term. Most of my time was spent highlighting and researching words and footnotes that led
to historical references, people, events, and myths that give the reader more depth
to what “Telex Moon” is trying to say. It was like an archaeological study trying
to understand what this prophetic artifact meant.
This was actually my first zine so this was a huge opportunity for me to finally try out zine-making
and understand the process of making one. Aside from that I finally get to read
a Cirilo Bautista work after so many years.
The pandemic definitely challenged the way I needed to approach the project since the first impulse
is to always create image-centric works for a literary text. It made me think of the kind of labor
that’s doable within lockdown circumstances and how a viewer would consume it. One of my ambitious ideas was to create a website for it. It is still in my head and I still plan to push through with it.”