Culturunners@mit Applied Workshops

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.


October 1 – 3, 10am – 6pm | APPLIED WORKSHOPS
*Workshop Participants only
Time:  10am-6pm
Location: Program in Art, Culture and Technology, Media Lab Complex, MIT


During three days of intensive workshops and discussions, invited artists, designers, and scientists will gather in MIT’s Program in Art, Culture and Technology to be immersed in the development and practical application of ideas for individual or group projects in two categories which are in close communication with one another and with interconnected results:

Mobile & wearable technologies
Leader: Azra Akšamija, artist and architectural historian, Assistant Professor at MIT.

Online communications and archival platforms
Leaders: Stephen Stapleton and Ahmed Mater, artists and Edge of Arabia co-founders

Workshop Participants include: Azra Aksamija, Abdullah Al-Mutairi, Husam Al Sayed, Ahmad Angawi, Ava Ansari, Saeed Arida, Lara Baladi, Sophia Brueckner, Kelly Dobson, Dina El-Zanfaly, Lilian HardenHenry HemmingCarol Huh, Molly KleimanAlan KwanDaanish Masood, Ahmed Mater, Matthew Mazzotta, Regina Möller,Chris Morrissey, Marriam Mossali, Michael Rakowitz, Jon Rubin, Kuba Rudzinski, Rashad Selim, Abeer Seikaly, Peter Schmitt, Karina Silvester, Stephen Stapleton, Orkan Telhan, and Floor van de Velde.


CULTURUNNERS workshop is chaired by Azra Akšamija, Class of 1922 Career Development Professor and Assistant Professor in the Program in Art, Culture and Technology at MIT, and Stephen Stapleton, artist and Edge of Arabia co-founder.

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