Angeline Meitzler is a Filipino American artist, writer, and software worker based in Brooklyn. Angeline’s work has been included in new media festivals and galleries including 24-HOUR DRONE, Basilica Hudson, Hudson; The Terminal, Anonymous Gallery, NYC (2021); Beyond The Hashtag: Failures and Becomings, HTMlles Festival, Montreal (2018); Feminist Media Studio, Montreal (2018).

Through her previous role as a technologist at Pioneer Works she has co-organized conferences and curated workshop series such as Software for Artist Day, Fruits of the Pluralist, and Heart of the Machine.

She has given lectures and presentations at academic institutions and cultural organizations such as The New School, TU München, and Asia Society. Her work as a collaborator and software engineer has been at Carnegie Mellon University, the New Museum, Rhizome, de Young Museum, Istanbul Biennial 2019, Kunsthalle Basel, Rubin Museum, Sadie Coles HQ, and the 2019 Whitney Biennial.

She has been a Master’s Candidate at Georgia Institute of Technology and received her MFA from the School of the Arts Institute of Chicago.

In this episode on Extended Asia Vol. 3, “Discovery,” They have a work entitled HQHD in collaboration with Tropical Future Institute, obese.dogma777, & DJ Love.

Tropical Future’s interest in ‘diskorals’, or pop-up block parties, near their family’s house in the Philippines led to their interest in budots and the Philippine sound system culture. This prompted a collaboration with the producer, musician and DJ known as obese.dogma777, on a party in Cebu called Tropical Diskora (2017). Obese.dogma777 became attracted to budot’s because of the genre/style’s uniqueness and the adequate representation of laid-back, high-energy and idiosyncratic nature of Filipinos. The diskoral party was hosted inside an art gallery with other artists and designers with aspects of a traditional diskoral recreated, such as the use of palm leaves and artists’ performing as MCs.

While this audio/visual project emphasizes a playful interpretation of budots, we look towards hybridity and the reinterpretation of budots into other club genres by dispersing its signature samples and essence. Angeline’s interpretation of the track, into a world built using game engine software, furthers this vision of increasing notoriety for budots both locally and internationally. Incorporating mythic symbols of Philippine culture alongside references of the genre, adds a rich context to the essence of the track as a cross-genre, budots remix. We hope that this track spurs more interest from musicians, dancers, and fans to explore this dance/music genre that originated in the Philippines.


Image by Angeline Meitzler

This work is part of “Islandwide Coverage,” a multi-site, multi-author project by AWKNDAFFR is an artistic operation situated at the intersection of art, theory, and praxis by Wayne Lim and Soh Kay Min.

Part of “Natasha,” Singapore Biennale [SB2022]—across a network of sites, including the Singapore Art Museum [SAM] at Tanjong Pagar Distripark. It will take place from 16 October 2022 to 19 March 2023.