**Toolkits for Counterparts** is an interdisciplinary virtual collaboration between two teams of UK and Philippine-based artists culminating in an online exhibition of six original new media, digital art, and video works. These works share a probing and playful approach to investigating disinformation, disability justice, and the logics of code, anatomy, and infrastructures. Taking the final form of games, an interactive dictionary, video, maps, and archives, the intention is for the visitor to allow themselves to enter into the logics and affects of world-building contained within each artist’s piece.
Laying the foundation for these pieces is an iterative series of workshops centred around the ways that art can be produced in a transnational digital context as a creative response straddling differing but parallel sociopolitical realities. Asking the questions **“Why do we need a toolkit?”**, **“Why do we build with and for others?”**, and **“How will this support them?”** we grounded the creative process as contributing to a relational practice of solidarity. Alongside active sharing and listening, artists and curators continuously exchanged resources throughout the project, which have been collated into a public library that visitors can access via Gather.town and Google Drive, found via the [Library](https://www.toolkits-for-counterparts.xyz/#library) page. Details for the public launch event, where we will be discussing the process and works in-depth, can be found on the [Event](https://www.toolkits-for-counterparts.xyz/#event) page.
[Mac Andre Arboleda ](https://sickinternet.me/) `R` is a Filipino artist; the Founding President of the [UP Internet Freedom Network ](https://upinternet.org/); Project Lead of the [Artists for Digital Rights Network ](http://artistsfordigitalrights.carrd.co/) and member of art collective [Magpies Press ](http://cargocollective.com/magpiespress). Between 2015 and 2019, he organised [Zine Orgy ](https://pop.inquirer.net/43530/zine-orgy-v), a biannual publishing expo in Los Baños, Laguna. He also organised [Munzinelupa ](https://www.scoutmag.ph/24739/exploring-zine-scene-munzinelupa/), an arts festival that hosted zine expos, musical performances, film screenings and discussions in Muntinlupa City, Philippines between 2018 and 2020.
[April Lin 林森](https://www.april-lin.work/)`q` is an artist-filmmaker investigating image-making as a site for the construction, sustenance, and dissemination of co-existent yet conflicting truths. This is their debut venture into independent curating, with multiple film screenings centred around queer moving image works to come in 2022. Their films have been shown and screened at: HOME, [Beijing International Short Film Festival ](https://www.bisff.co/), [Lausanne Underground Film & Music Festival ](https://2021.luff.ch/public/en) and [NOWNESS Asia](https://www.nowness.asia/story/tending-to-ta-morning-offering).
- CJ / frameweaver `A`
- Kate Frances Lingard `S`
- Mirjam Dalire `m`
- nil00 `n`
- Paolo Lorenzo `X`
- Yifan He `Z`
### About the funder:
The British Council builds connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and other countries through arts and culture, education and the English language.
[Connections Through Culture (CTC)](https://www.britishcouncil.ph/programmes/arts/opportunities/connections-through-culture) is a grant programme run by the British Council in the UK and East Asia for the past 16 years to foster international collaborations through arts and culture. The Southeast Asia (SEA) edition of CTC was successfully launched in August 2019, and we have now completed three granting rounds, supporting 34 mobility/online collaborations in 2019 and 38 online collaborations in 2020.
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