The first week of October, artists and scientists from the Middle East and United States will be at MIT as part of Edge of Arabia’s US tour. Partnering with Art Jameel and the ACT’s Culture Fabric research on cultural empathy, CULTURUNNERS will offer a public symposium and workshops for invited guests.
Participants in the intensive workshops will be developing ideas for mobile and wearable technology, and online communication and archival platforms. The symposium on October 5th is open to the public with RSVP, and will present experiences, theories and case studies that interconnect topics related to the United States and Middle East. Attendees can interact with the presenters, roaming between curated environments where they test the technologies developed during the workshops.
Over the next three years, these designers, filmmakers, curators, scholars and scientists will tour the United States. The aim of this ‘artistic and technological expedition’ is to discover common elements that connect the United States and Middle East in regards to culture, politics and economics. The custom-built technology will be used to archive and broadcast experiences of the CULTURUNNERS during their tour.
Edge of Arabia began in 2003 as three artists who met as a border-crossing collaboration in Saudi Arabia during the last Gulf War. Now an established non-profit social enterprise, EOA produces free exhibitions, publications and public programming to increase dialogue and understanding between the Middle East and western world.
CULTURUNNERS will be at MIT from October 1st – 6th. For more information, please visit the website.