Our inaugural ICE immersion series will explore the possibilities of art as a way to define concepts of the unique versus the standard. Mario Bellatin (Perú, 1960), acclaimed novelist whose practice constantly challenges the boundaries of the written text and other artistic practices, will conduct a five-day immersion experience and collaboration. 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. He will help participants of this series delve into the implications of orthopaedics and artistic expression. Susan Antebi PhD (Harvard), 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.
The ICE Immersion series begins one month before the full-time five-day experience, when you will receive a rich media package with reference materials, videos, audio recordings and texts. This package will prepare participants for the workshop’s unique discussions and dynamics, igniting the creative process and triggering ideas to foster a stimulating creative experience.
During our five-day immersion workshop, participants will explore different creative outlets to create a piece of work in collaboration with other participants. The group, together with experts in the field, will then decide the most suitable support to publish what will be accomplished during the encounter.
ICE will redefine the way we think of art and creative education and go about the creative process. We bring together diverse artistic disciplines in an environment that fosters the creation of new projects while developing networks and strengthening cultural interactions in Toronto with the rest of the Americas.