Our mandate is to create a space devoted to exchange and creation with members of the local community and the wider sphere of cultural practitioners of the Americas. These are some of the results of our immersion workshops, that will not only impact individual participants, but also foster the creation of ongoing cultural and social networks and linkages.
Art & Collectivity
Our third ICE Immersion series was conducted by Public Studio and Eva-Lynn Jagoe and questioned our relationship with the collective. The workshop explored the impact of social networking, intentional communities, social justice movements, climate change activism and intimacy.
Art & Orthopaedics
The first ICE ImmersionSeries Art & Orthopaedics, conducted by Mario Bellatin, Susan Antebi and Daniel Canty explored the possibilities of art as a way to define concepts of the unique versus the standard.
Acclaimed novelist, Mario Bellatin (Perú, 1960) constantly challenges the boundaries of the written text and other artistic practices. Bellatin was born with a shortened arm and without a hand on his right side, due to a condition attributed to a failure of medical science.
Susan Antebi PhD (Boston, 1972), Director of the Latin American Studies Program at the University of Toronto and author of Carnal Inscriptions: Spanish American Narratives of Corporeal Difference and Disability, will share with ICE participants her exploration of the ethics and aesthetics of disability and embodiment in literature and other media.
Daniel Canty (Montreal, 1972), writer, filmmaker and publisher, will unfold the themes of his first book, Êtres Artificiels, a history of automata in American literature, to provide additional creative elements to ICE’s immersion work.
Participants of this series delved into the implications of orthopaedics and artistic expression.
Art & Annulment
Our second ICE immersion series will explore annulment as a tool to explore the creative process in art. Gustavo Artigas (1970) will conduct a three day immersion experience, focused on the suppression of elemental works of art to rediscover expression possibilities, as well as a way to challenge contemporary art mechanisms. Artigas’ work has examined complex social relationships by presenting situations, often rooted in disaster, which are structured as interventions, scenarios, interactive situations and games. His works have been shown in international forums such as the Venice Art Biennale, Havana Bienniale and Liverpool Bienniale. By suppressing elements of different works and reorganizing them in a particular manner, participants will unveil the works of art themselves. Like Rauschenberg did with de Kooning in 1953, the group will erase –in a sense- and reconstruct pieces of art to suppress its basic meaning and encounter new significance. Salvador Alanis (1964) is a writer, and one of the founders of the Institute for Creative Exchange.