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100 Shakespeares

During our first meeting of the sem, we had this discussion in class about how the Bard was EVERYWHERE, and how all of us were exposed to his works in one way or another, with or without our knowledge. So for this project, I carried around a picture of Shakespeare and asked people around ADMU for two things: First, to guess who it was (everyone correctly figured out who it was) and second, to put it over their faces for a picture.

In other words, this is about the Shakespeare hiding inside all of us. Not in that we all have the capacity to write batshit crazy plays, but in that our lives have all been affected by him in one way or another. After all, if we’re talking about transmediality, people are a medium as well, aren’t they?

Also, it was fun.

(Incidentally, I made it a video slideshow despite the temptation to use Prezi which is awesome because I wanted to add background music. Billy Joel mannnnnn.)

Benj Ilagan



  1. January 24, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    I highly recommend you reupload your video without Billy Joel’s music, since Sony’s blocking your video right now. I can’t seem to view it, and it probably extends to everyone else right now. That, or find a different site to upload your video (Dailymotion, Veoh…)

    • theb3nj
      January 24, 2011 at 11:09 pm

      Ahhhh man okay okay. It worked when I last checked it. I’ll reupload it, thanks.

      • theb3nj
        January 24, 2011 at 11:59 pm

        EDITED: It should work na.

  2. chubbyteddy
    January 25, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    I was wondering if you asked them how they knew it was Shakespeare or how they were introduced to Shakespeare. I’m sure their answers would be interesting and it would also give us insight into how much the bard is known by us, Filipinos.

    • theb3nj
      January 25, 2011 at 9:25 pm

      The gist of their reasons for thinking it was Shakespeare was, “Siya yan diba?” Or in other words, it looked like him. Or how they imagined him to be. I guess the woodcut image of Shakespeare from the First Folio has become just as transmedial as the rest of him. We see a balding guy with a little moustache and ruffles or a fancy collar and we think, “Shakespeare.”

      Of course, on another note, my sample population was limited to ADMU students, so they (we?) might be a little more knowledgeable about that sort of thing than the rest of the Philippines.

  3. sangmeelee
    February 24, 2011 at 11:56 am

    I really find it interesting how most people (even my 9 year old sister) know what Shakespeare looks like even if they have not read or watched a Shakespeare play. It really is fascinating how Shakespeare’s image is already an icon kind of like the face of Abraham Lincoln or Jose Rizal/Ninoy (in the Philippines of course) – how his image and influence transcends race, culture, and social class. Anyway, I really enjoyed the video especially because I saw some familiar faces. 🙂

    • theb3nj
      February 24, 2011 at 11:19 pm

      Thanks! Haha. Familiar faces… Very funny.

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