Last week I joined a brigade of artists and scholars brought together by Edge of Arabia as part of their Culturunners tour around America, an art project and curatorial programme aimed at generating nuanced inter-cultural empathy between people in the Arab world and those in the US.
The Machine To Be Another, an experiment in how virtual
reality can encourage cross-cultural empathy
Culturunners contributors including Ahmed Mater, Stephen Stapleton, Azra Akšamija, Matthew Mazzotta, Regina Möller and Ava Ansari
Just before chatting on stage at the Sunday symposium with
Carol Huh, curator at the Freer Gallery of Art and the
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, which together form the
national museum for Asian art at the Smithsonian
EOA co-founder Stephen Stapleton, architectural historian Azra Akšamija, and curator Ava Ansari - all also artists - launched the ambitious three-year project last month in Houston, Texas and stopped off as part of their art road trip at MIT in Boston where I joined them for three days of workshops, discussions, performances and a symposium with the Art, Culture, and Technology (ActMIT) department at the Media Lab.