ICE Immersion Series


Artistic development beyond geographical borders and confinements of language 

ICE Immersion Series are designed to bring students, writers, and creators from different disciplinary, professional, and national backgrounds. In this way, we seek to create a platform for the exchange of opinions and ideas, and for developing new artistic and authorial projects both individually and in connection with others. Our Immersion Series is a space devoted to cultural exchange and creation between members of the local community and the wider sphere of cultural practitioners of the Americas. This non-degree granting workshop series does not only impact individual participants, but also cultivates ongoing cultural and social networks and linkages.

ICE Immersion Series admits a maximum of 35 students who may be practitioners from various artistic backgrounds or individuals interested in experiencing the creative process through a multidisciplinary venture. Lecturers are selected following the core multidisciplinary idea of creative exchange behind ICE.

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. Our immersion workshops not only impact individual participants, but also foster the creation of ongoing cultural and social networks and linkages.

ICE Immersive Series are:

  1. Experiential: Ice Series are process driven: Participants are encouraged to create and to try things out, as learning happens in the process of doing.

  2. Multidisciplinary and experiential: Ice Series bring together artist/lecturers working in a variety of fields.

  3. Curatorial Structure Program: Every component of Ice Series is conceptualized and designed from a curatorial perspective. Thematic, aesthetic, political or cultural concerns will animate the choices of artists, projects, movements and disciplines.


Our Recent Immersion  Workshops


Inviting the land to shape and move us

A workshop by Santee Smith in Tepoztlán, Mexico

In the Spring of 2019, award-winning artist Santee Smith conducted a unique experience in magical Tepoztlán town. Participants discovered conections with the land and history and turned them into body expression. Weaving performance, video and music, participants will explore ways of activating and responding to our interdependency to the land, re-connect to cultural memory, create works generated from the body, land and place.


Photography & Sound

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How can we translate smell into images? How to translate affection and attachment into photo? How is nostalgia translated into sound?  These are some of the questions that guided this four-day immersive experience in the Winter of 2019. This workshop opened a creative space where participants experimented with image and sound to explore collectively the porosity of visual and sound media

Gerardo Montiel Klint is Mexican photographer. His work has been acquired by the Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts (Japan), Guangdong Museum of Arts (China), Museet for Fotokunst (Denmark), Museum of Fine Arts MFAH (Houston), SFCAMERAWORKS (San Francisco), Museu de Arte Moderna Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), 320fok Cultural Centre (Hungary), CDAN Fundación BEULAS, Huesca (Spain), Fundación Nave Ka (Spain), Wittliff Collection of Southwestern & Mexican Photography (Texas), Banff Centre For the Arts (Canada), Centro de la Imagen (Mexico City), Fototeca Nacional del INAH (Mexico), Patrimonio Cultural de la UNAM (Museo del Chopo, Mexico), Museo de El Carmen (Mexico), Fundación Cultural Omnilife (Mexico), Fundación Televisa (Mexico) and the Fototeca Lorenzo Becerril (Mexico).

Film & Collectivity

As part of our series on Collectivity, in 2018 Summer, Nicolás Pereda’s workshop focused on the process of representation in filmmaking as a collective expression. Together with Nicolás Pereda, the group drafted a film that reflects on representation, reality, fiction and the possibility of transgressing film boundaries by ways of collaboration.  You can watch  the resulting experimental film here.

Nicolás Pereda is a filmmaker whose work explores the everyday through fractured and elliptical narratives using fiction and documentary tools. His work has been the subject of more than 25 retrospectives worldwide in venues such as Anthology Film Archive, Pacific Film Archive, and TIFF Cinematheque. He has also presented his films in most major international film festivals including Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Locarno, and Toronto, as well as in galleries and museums like the Reina Sofía in Madrid, the National Museum of Modern Art in Paris, the Guggenheim and MOMA in New York.

Margo Glantz

Margo Glantz

Music & Narrative

Our Winter 2017 ICE Immersion Series, Narrative & Music, was conducted by Margo Glantz, a fundamental award-winning novelist. Margo explored the creative possibilities of blending genres and using music to construct narrrative work. Margo Glantz is one of the most relevant authors of contemporary literature, with more than twenty books published. She was recently awarded with the prestigious Alfonso Reyes Award.  Canadian jazz pianist Ron Davis participated in this workshop. 

Mario Bellatin

Mario Bellatin

Art & Orthopaedics

The first ICE Immersion Series  Art & Orthopaedics, took place in the Winter of 2017 and was conducted by Mario Bellatin, Susan Antebi and Daniel Canty. This workshop  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.

Watch some of the work

Gustavo Artigas and Art & Annulment group

Gustavo Artigas and Art & Annulment group

Art & Annulment

Our second ICE immersion series explored annulment as a tool to explore the creative process in art. Gustavo Artigas (1970) conducted 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.

Watch Gustavo Artigas talking about the work, here.

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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. 

Watch some of the work.


Autobiography & Fiction

Awarded novelist Francisco Goldman conducted our fourth ICE Immersion Series, Autobiography & Fiction.  Goldman explored the creative possibilities of blending genres and using autobiographical elements to construct fictional work.

Francisco Goldman is the author of four novels and two books of non-fiction. His books have been translated into 16 languages. His first novel, The Long Night of White Chickens (1993) won the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction; his second novel, The Ordinary Seaman (1997) was a finalist for both the PEN/Faulkner Award and the International AIMPAC Dublin Literary Award ; his non-fiction The Art of Political Murder: Who Killed the Bishop (2014) won the Index on Censorship T. R. Fyvel Book Award, the WOLA/Duke Human Rights Book Award, was shortlisted for the Ryszard Kapuscinski International Award for Literary Reportage; and the French translation of his novel Say Her Name (2011) won the Prix Femina Etranger. He is also the author of The Divine Husband: A Novel (2004), a finalist for The Believer Book Award and The Interior Circuit: A Mexico City Chronicle (2013) for which he was awarded the 2017 Blue Metropolis Premio Azul. He has also received the 2017 Barnes and Noble Writers for Writers Award, and was also elected thid year to The American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1998 and has been a fellow at the Cullman Center of the New York Public Library, and a Berlin Fellow. His journalism and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, Harpers, and many other publications. He teaches one semester a year at Trinity College, Hartford, Ct, where he is the Allan Smith Professor of Creative Writing and Literature, and spends the rest of the year in Mexico City, were he directs the Premio Aura Estrada.