Fear Labs

Fear Labs

Exploratory labs whereby collaborators turn personal stories of fear in to monsters using specially designed props. With it's origins in Eelyn Lee's 5-day lab at the Barbican in December, 2014, this workshop has become a creative line of enquiry in its own right.

Eelyn has run the workshop with professional actors, art students, a young orchestra, in a public library and with an amateur dramatics group on Canvey Island.

Working closely with Art Director Chriostopher Kelly, Eelyn is interested in transforming the human body using carefully selected materials and bespoke props to make monsters made of fragments of stories of fear. Particpants explore backstory of the creature they have created and develop character through performance techniques.

The Fear Lab with Cast and Crew, a drama workshop on Canvey Island explored stories of fear assiciated with the estuary and collective memories of the east coast flood of 1953, in which many Canvey residents lost their lives and homes. One of the monsters created inspired the image above - a mud monster who appears in Eelyn's film, Creature of the Estuary.

BW Selection

 “… No one really knows when it came and no one really knows when the first sighting was but it appears in hospitals to mentally-ill patients. This moth paralyses people when it gets on their chest but when they try to tell others about it no one believes them …”

- student participant, Seevic College

 

News

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Saturday, 26 September 2020
Eelyn Lee's film, Britishness (2019) will be featured in a new exhibition at the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art [CFCCA] in Manchester [15th Oct 2020 - 31st Jan 2021]. Multiplicities in... Read More...

IMAGE Solidarity - A Parallel State Event

Saturday, 01 August 2020
Eelyn Lee has curated the next online Parallel State event around the theme of Solidarity. Speakers include Désirée Reynolds [Sheffield], Chardine Taylor-Stone [London], Jade Montserrat [North Yorkshire] and Tiffany Diane Tso from the Asian American Feminist Collective [New York]. Eelyn has asked all four speakers to respond to the following... Read More...

IMAGE Eelyn Lee Awarded New Film Commission

Wednesday, 27 May 2020
Delighted to announce that Eelyn Lee has been awarded a commission from Chinese Art Now [CAN] to realise her new film project, Casting Fu Manchu.  Eelyn's project is one of six new CAN Digital Commissions that will premiere later this year in the lead up to the CAN Festival in February... Read More...