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Cairo Downtown Passages Iftar in Kodak Passageway. Image courtesy of CLUSTER.
Cairo Downtown Passages Iftar in Kodak Passageway. Image courtesy of CLUSTER.

April 1, 2019, 6:00 pm7:30 pm

ACT Cube
Wiesner Building
20 Ames Street
Cambridge, MA

Beth Stryker is Co-founder of CLUSTER (Cairo Lab for Urban Studies, Training and Environmental Research) a platform for urban research, architecture, art, and design initiatives based in Downtown Cairo. CLUSTER has received critical recognition for its work, including a Curry Stone Design Prize (2017), and inclusion in the Egyptian National Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale (2016, 2018). Stryker has curated exhibitions and programs for the Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival in Cairo, Beirut Art Center, Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, the AIA/Center for Architecture in New York (where she held the position of Director of Programs), and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, among other venues. She is the Executive Director of ArteEast in New York. Stryker received her B.A from Columbia University, and her M.Arch from Princeton University.


Nida Sinnokrot, Assistant Professor in Art, Culture and Technology. Sinnokrot is a filmmaker and an installation artist. His work is very reflective of his hybrid identity and personal experience. Of Palestinian origin, Sinnokrot grew up in Algeria and moved to the United States of America as a teenager. Nevertheless, his films, installations and sculptures increasingly explore the traumas generated by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

For further reading about CLUSTER Cairo.

Selected Publications


How Do We Democratize Design? Curry Stone Foundation Social Design Insights
Designing After Revolution, 2017.


Part of the Spring 2019 Lecture Series: The Digital Hum of the Long, Slow Now

This lecture series is made possible with the generous support of The Council for the Arts at MIT (CAMIT)