WORKSHOP - LAFA, CHINA


Date: May 2010
Client: Personal work


You can read more about our trip to China on our blog, or follow these links:
Arrival
Lectures
Dalian & Aissen
Workshop
Final dinner feast
Beijing
CAFA
In May 2010, we were invited to visit LAFA, Luxun Academy of Fine Arts in the NorthEeast of China, where we did a one-week workshop for 80 undergraduate students from LAFA's Package & Design Department.
We wanted to have a workshop that would result in a big event that could be a memorable experience for the students – and where everyone would be able to express themselves individually, while being a part of a project together. So our goal was: How can 80 creative minds take part in the performance of a special event, in which each student's personal work combined can create an installation with an interesting visual outcome?
We designed an event based on the concept of the meal, with the aim of creating a symbolic dinner feast. Considering the cultural diversity in table setting and culinary traditions, we felt that the meal as a theme could serve as a huge resource of visual inspiration. We asked the students to let go of convention and imagine what a meal can be. So the assignment was to create a plate of food made out of only paper. The result was a huge paper dinner feast at a table with seats for all 80. A banquet meant to mimic the symbolic meals we know from milestones in life and in history.



The workshop was divided into several phases: First of all a research phase followed by a small sketch assignment. The construction of the actual food plate was split in two: mid-way we had individual talks with all of the students, guiding them with their work-in-progress and how to develop it further. Finally we all gathered at LAFA's student cafeteria at a table 45 meters long.
In May 2010, we were invited to visit LAFA, Luxun Academy of Fine Arts in the NorthEeast of China, where we did a one-week workshop for 80 undergraduate students from LAFA's Package & Design Department.
We wanted to have a workshop that would result in a big event that could be a memorable experience for the students – and where everyone would be able to express themselves individually, while being a part of a project together. So our goal was: How can 80 creative minds take part in the performance of a special event, in which each student's personal work combined can create an installation with an interesting visual outcome?
We designed an event based on the concept of the meal, with the aim of creating a symbolic dinner feast. Considering the cultural diversity in table setting and culinary traditions, we felt that the meal as a theme could serve as a huge resource of visual inspiration. We asked the students to let go of convention and imagine what a meal can be. So the assignment was to create a plate of food made out of only paper. The result was a huge paper dinner feast at a table with seats for all 80. A banquet meant to mimic the symbolic meals we know from milestones in life and in history.