Thursday, 19 August 2010
ECU welcomed seven undergraduate students from the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology (USST) this week as part of Third Space, a collaborative arts project involving students and staff from the School of Communications and Arts at ECU and students from USST.
The project was initiated in 2009 by Head of the School of Communication and Arts, Professor Clive Barstow and investigates the creative space between cultures and languages based on the theories of Homi Bhabha.
The visit is a follow up of the ECU study tour in visual arts in April, which saw ECU postgraduate and PhD students visiting USST where they attended arts classes and delivered lectures to their partner artists.
The project has generated a number of collaborative artworks and writings which will be exhibited in Shanghai in October 2010, and in the School’s new gallery space at the Mount Lawley Campus in April 2011.
Professor Barstow believes the project is an opportunity for artists to gain a greater understanding of cultural differences and how these differences impact an artist’s work.
“The project is a wonderful way to investigate cultural difference through creative practice, as art has its own common language and as such allows students to work together and communicate beyond the limitations of the spoken word.
“The experience of working in Shanghai and Perth has changed the lives of the students in terms of their understanding and experiences of diverse and often opposing cultural systems,” said Professor Barstow.
The 12-day visit will also see students explore cultural and tourist attractions, including the Fremantle Arts, Centre, The Art Gallery of Western Australia and the Forest Heritage Centre in the south west country down of Dwellingup, before flying home on Saturday, 21 August.
For more information about the Third Space program email Professor Clive Barstow at email@example.com.