Culturunners @ MIT
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 MENA regions and United States. CULTURUNNERS takes shape through physical journeys and artistic creations supported by technologies for intercultural communication. Between Oct 1-6, 2014, MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology (ACT) hosted a three-day creative workshop and a storytelling symposium with an exhibition. Participants included international artists, designers, filmmakers, scientists, curators, and scholars who came together to share technologies and applications for trans-cultural collaboration. Their practices inspire novel approaches towards cultural links specific to the United States and the Middle East.
CULTURUNNERS workshops and symposium at MIT took place:
October 1 – 3, 10am – 6pm | APPLIED WORKSHOPS
October 5, 12pm – 6pm | STORYTELLING SYMPOSIUM
October 6, 7pm – 9pm | MONDAY NIGHT LECTURE
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. CULTURUNNERS @ MIT workshops and symposium are chaired by Azra Akšamija, ACT Associate Professor, and Stephen Stapleton, Director of Edge of Arabia. CULTURUNNERS Exhibition at MIT is co-curated by Azra Aksamija and Ava Ansari. 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 @ MIT:
Mobile & wearable technologies workshop led by Azra Akšamija / Participants: Lara Baladi, Kelly Dobson, Dina El-Zanfaly, Lilian Harden, Daanish Masood, Matthew Mazzotta, Regina Möller, Marko Peljhan, Peter Schmitt, Karina Silvester, Floor van de Velde. Online communications and archival platforms workshop led by Stephen Stapleton and Ahmed Mater / Participants: Husam Al Sayed, Ziad Al-Sayed, Saeed Arida, Henry Hemming, Carol Huh, Garbiel Kahan, Molly Kleiman, Chris Morrissey, Kuba Rudzinski, Jon Rubin.
Symposium participants: Azra Akšamija, Abdullah Al-Mutairi, Husam Al-Sayed, Ava Ansari, Ali Asani, Ursula August, Lara Baladi, Amir Baradaran, Gedney Barclay, Kelly Dobson, Dina El-Zanfaly, Huma Gupta, Lilian Harden, Sohrab Kashani, Molly Kleiman, Adrianne Koteen, Daanish Masood, Ahmed Mater, Matthew Mazzotta, Peter McMurray, Regina Möller, Marriam Mossali, Michael Rakowitz, Jon Rubin, Rashad Salim, Layla Shaikley, Karina Silvester, Stephen Stapelton, Jackson Struthers Davidow, Orkan Telhan, Katayoun Vaziri.
Exhibition participants: The Foreigner | Jon Rubin with Sohrab Kashani & Gedney Barclay; Marshmallow and Baklava | MIT students; Yarn-Dez-Vous | Azra Akšamija with Lillian Harden, Karina Silvester & Andy Bolt; The Machine To Be Another | BeAnotherLab; Photo Booth | Adrianne Koteen & Ursula August; Exemptions and Emancipations | Orkan Telhan; Mapping Invented Traditions | MIT students; Empathetic Headwear | MIT students; Rifting Studios | Matteo Enrico Lonardi, Alexandra M Glorioso, João Philippe Inada; I ran Into Iran | Katayoun Vaziri & Brian Zegeer;; Frenchising Mona Lisa | Amir Baradaran; Machine Therapy | Kelly Dobson; Open House | Matthew Mazzotta; Micro Encounters | MIT students; Frozen Interaction | Adi Hollander.
Sponsors: Produced in part with the generous support of Edge of Arabia, in
partnership with Art Jameel.