David Medalla is a pioneer of land art, kinetic art, participatory art and live art. At the age of 12 he attended as a special student at Colombia University in New York. He studied ancient greek drama with Moses Hadas, modern drama with Eric Bentley, modern literature with Lionel Trilling, modern philosophy with John Randall and attended the poetry workshop of Leonie Adams.
He returned to Manila in the late fifties, where he met the earliest patrons of his art. In 60s Paris, the French philosopher Gaston Bachelard introduced his performance at the Academy of Raymond Duncan, (brother of Isidora); later, Louis Aragon would introduce another performance and finally, Marcel Duchamp honoured him with a 'medallic' object.
He was included in Harald Szeemann's Weiss auf Weiss (1966) and Live in Your Head: When Attitudes Become Form (1969) and in the DOCUMENTA 5 exhibition in 1972 in Kassel. In London, Medalla edited the journal SIGNALS, (1964-1966), initiated in 1967 the Exploding Galaxy, consisting of several international multi-media artists, and from 1974-1977 was the chairman of Artists for Democracy.
In New York, in 1994, he founded the Mondrian Fan Club with Adam Nankervis as vice-president.
Adam Nankervis is an artist and curator who has infused social, conceptual and experimental practice in his lived in nomadic museum, museum MAN, and his ongoing project 'another vacant space.'. His immersion into the experimentation of social sculptural forms and aesthetic collisions are a trademark of his art.
His ongoing project 'another vacant space.', has re-manifested in Berlin Wedding 2011, since being founded in an abandoned shoe shop on Mercer Street NYC in 1992. The project focuses on the re-emergence of the hidden in subject, content and theory, the ephemeral, exploring the art of creative destruction and reconstruction inviting contemporary artists and the historical.
His curatorial practice is infused within his own projects, Blurprint of The Senses, Liverpool Biennale, 2006, A Spires Embers, Arsenal Kiev 2009,' iIsolation', Izolyatsia Donetsk, Ukraine 2010, including, with Leo Kuelbs & Rachel Rits-Vollochs – A Wake, Dumbo Arts Center, NYC November 2012.