CULTURUNNERS @ MIT
ARTISTS AND SCIENTISTS COME TOGETHER TO SHARE TECHNOLOGIES AND APPLICATIONS FOR CULTURAL COLLABORATION BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND THE MIDDLE EAST
CULTURUNNERS 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 Week at MIT includes:
October 1 – 3, 10am – 6pm | APPLIED WORKSHOPS
October 5, 12pm – 6pm | MAJLIS SYMPOSIUM
October 6, 7 – 9 pm | CULTURUNNERS @ MIT MONDAY NIGHT LECTURE SERIES
Participants and Facilitators:
Azra Akšamija, Class of 1922 Career Development Professor and Assistant Professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Ava Ansari, Artist and Edge of Arabia associate curator
Lara Baladi, Artist.
Wafaa Bilal, Artist and Associate Arts Professor at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts
Kelly Dobson, artist and engineer.
Abdullah Al-Mutairi (b.1990) studies liminal identities and the intersection of gender, religion, and technology in the Gulf
Carol Huh, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution.
Henry Hemming, Author and Reporter.
Regina Maria Möller, Artist, Author and Founding Editor of regina, and Professor at KiT/NTNU, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Ahmed Mater, Artist and Edge of Arabia co-founder.
Rashad Salim, Artist and Activist.
Peter Schmitt, Artist and Roboticist.
Stephen Stapleton, Artist and Edge of Arabia co-founder
Daanish Masood, Artist, community organizer, and Advisor at UN Alliance of Civilizations.
Matthew Mazzotta, Artist and Lecturer, MIT Program in Art, Culture, and Technology (ACT)
Marriam Najeeb Mossalli is a fashion writer, lecturer, entrepreneur and Founder of Shoes & Drama and Niche, Saudi’s leading luxury fashion consulting firm
For more information and to join as an audience member in the free Public Symposium: