Culturunners@MIT Monday Night Lecture

CR_letterman Yarn-dez-vous, 2014, Photograph by Azra Akšamija

CULTURUNNERS, a week of workshops and public events at MIT (October 1st to 6th, 2014), is a multidisciplinary gathering of artists, designers, filmmakers, scientists, curators, and scholars whose practices inspire novel approaches towards cross-cultural exchanges specific to the United States and the Middle East. Together, they will collaboratively share, develop, and test creative communication technologies and narrative techniques.

CULTURUNNERS is a core component of the Edge of Arabia’s US tour – in partnership with Art Jameel – and ACT’s Culture Fabric research on cultural empathy. Over the course of three years, an evolving group of artists, scientists, and thinkers will cross the country in the hope of investigating and experiencing commonalities interconnecting the narratives, economies, politics, cultures and landscapes between the United States and the Middle East. CULTURUNNERS will use custom-built artistic technologies to map, archive, and broadcast the experiences of the travelers over the course of their tour.


7pm – 9pm
Location: Bartos Theatre, MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology, Media Lab Complex,
Wiesner Bldg, Lower Level, 20 Ames Street, Cambridge, MA

During the evening lecture, panels made up of selected artists, scientists and curators will present and discuss their findings from the previous week’s workshops dedicated to developing technologies for traveling artists. Findings will be presented in two categories, Mobile & Wearable Technologies as well as Online Communications & Archival Platforms, and will act as a coda for the week long collaboration between CULTURUNNERS, Edge of Arabia and MIT’s Program in Art, Culture and Technology. A Q&A moderated by Ava Ansari and Azra Akšamija will follow the lecture.

Lecture Speakers include: Azra Aksamija, Ava Ansari, Carol Huh, Ahmed Mater, Daanish Masood, Regina MöllerStephen Stapleton, and Matthew Mazzotta.


For further information, please check Edge of Arabia’s website, here.

To join as an audience member in the free Public Symposium, please RSVP here.

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  • mit program in art, culture and technology -- wiesner building (e15)
    Wiesner Bldg, Lower Level, 20 Ames Street, Cambridge, MA

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