iLAS Guangzhou is an educational program produced in conjunction with the international action art festival, Guangzhou Live 3 and in collaboration with the program for Creative Writing at Sun Yat-sen University.
Its workshop program is led by two experienced artists and educators Gustaf Broms, Sweden and Chen Yufei, China. Whereas the parts concerning analysis and creative writing are directed by Dai Fan, Dean at SYSU and Jonas Stampe, director of GL. This partnership is made possible thanks to Mrs Dai Fan, Dean at the School of Foreign Languages at SYSU, after a visit to Live Action 7 in Sweden in May 2012.
iLAS was first tried out as a pilot project in conjunction with the festival Live Action in Gothenburg, Sweden, in May 2012 under the direction of art historian and curator Jonas Stampe. The programs workshops were led by two of the most experienced educators and artists on the international arena, Marilyn Arsem, director in action art at the School of the Museum of Fine Art, Boston and Tanya Mars, senior lecturer at the University of Toronto, Scarborough.
Creative Writing & Action Art
At iLAS Guangzhou the experiences from Gothenburg will be taken further through the exclusive participation of students from the creative writing program at Sun Yat-sen University. This possibility to integrate students from an undergraduate creative program also changed the possibilities of iLAS and opens up future possibilities. An opportunity which made us tailor a program where the writing on the works experiened during two days at GL 3, are an as important part as the physical participation in the workshops preceding the festival.
The innovative idea behind iLAS is to enable students both to witness and experience some of the international scene’s most important artists in relation to a practical and theoretical educational program. It is a unique opportunity to assimilate the necessary analytical tools that are important for the understanding of the creative process. iLAS Guangzhou has the ambition to develop a more comprehensive approach, that includes the analytical tools necessary for an understanding of the practice of action art. The program includes three basic elements: 1. practice through workshops, 2. experiencing through witnessing, 3. understanding through dialogue and creative writing. The third step is consists of a written assignment, an analysis of a work that the participants have experienced live during GL 3.
ILAS workshop program will be led by the two experienced educators and artists Gustaf Broms, Sweden and Chen Yufei, China. The workshops will last for two days and be realized in the morning and afternoon.
Each participant will be assigned to realize a written analysis or article which will highlight a number of questions, that students will be given in due time before the assignment starts.
iLAS will be conducted in English and Mandarin.