Culturunners@mit, Artists and scientists bridging the United States and the Middle East

Photo by Ian Soroka, Photomontage by Kuba Rudzinski
ACT at MIT

ARTISTS AND SCIENTISTS COME TOGETHER TO SHARE TECHNOLOGIES AND APPLICATIONS FOR CULTURAL COLLABORATION BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND THE MIDDLE EAST.

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.

CULTURUNNERS workshops and symposium at MIT are co-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, and include:

October 1 – 3, 10am – 6pm | APPLIED WORKSHOPS

October 5, 12pm – 6pm | STORYTELLING SYMPOSIUM

October 6, 7pm – 9pm | MONDAY NIGHT LECTURE

For further information, including bios of workshop leaders and speakers, please check Edge of Arabia’s website, here.

To join as an audience member in the free Public Symposium, please RSVP here. Applied Workshop participation is by invitation only

CULTURUNNERS workshops and symposium are 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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venue

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

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