Culturunners @ Armory
CULTURUNNERS is an ongoing artistic expedition across borders. At the heart of the project is the development of cultural technologies that support artists in exploring and communicating alternative and often unofficial histories that can link communities between the MENAM regions and United States. CULTURUNNERS takes shape through physical journeys and artistic creations supported by technologies for intercultural communication created at MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology (ACT). CULTURUNNERS at The Armory Show 2015 is sited in a mobile artist
studio and broadcast vehicle, in the form of a modified Gulf Stream RV, using custom-built artistic technologies to map, archive, and amplify stories and voices from the Focus section of the fair and related communities across New York.
Azra Akšamija and Stephen Stapleton, Culturunners, 2014 – (ongoing)
CULTURUNNERS is co-initiated and co-authored by Azra Akšamija and Stephen
Stapleton and developed in collaboration with artists who have spent a decade traveling between the US and the Middle East. Since 2015, the CULTURUNNERS journeys have been organized by Stephen Stapleton, Ava Ansari and the project team. For the current state of the project see http://culturunners.com/
Credits for CULTURUNNERS @ Armory:
CULTURUNNERS at the Armory Show is curated by Azra Aksamija and produced with assistant curator Jessica Varner, a PhD student in the MIT Program in History, Theory and Criticism of Art and Architecture. The expedition hosts projects developed with a number of MIT graduate and undergraduate students, alumni and staff.
Participating artists include Azra Aksamija (with Andrea Boit, Lillian Harden and Karina Silvester), Dietmar Offenhuber, Nick Beauchamp, Chris Riedl, Darvish Fakhr, Madeleine Gallagher, John Steiner, and Orkan Telhan.
Sponsors: Produced in part with the generous support of Edge of Arabia, in partnership with Art Jameel.