Saturday, May 7, 2016

TransCultural Exchange 2016

TransCultural Exchange's 2016 International Conference on Opportunities in the Arts: Expanding Worlds.

Dates: February 25th – 27th, 2016
Location: Boston University, with panels and presentations also at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Harvard University, Emerson College, Microsoft, the Goethe Institut, French Cultural Center and others.
". . I had little idea of what an immense, diverse, and rich experience it would be (there's no way a list of prestigious names can capture quite how amazing it is to have all of those people next to one another talking) . . . The conference already had, and will continue to have, a great impact on me both in terms of the contacts I made but also simply in terms of new ideas, ways of making, and kinds of thinking that were opened up to me there."
- 2016 Conference Attendee

Conference Overview
TransCultural Exchange's 2016 International Conference on Opportunities in the Arts exceeded all expectations. More than 600 people attended from every corner of the globe, offering exciting possibilities for artists to embrace different cultures, mindsets and technologies. Sheikha Hoor Al Qasimi presented an inspiring talk on the Sharjah Foundation; Mischa Kuball unveiled his new work Para; Raffael Lorenzo Hemmer provided an interactive installation; MIT, the Harvard Art Museums and Biomedical Modeling offered tours and the Goethe Institut hosted a concert of new music. Panelists spoke about their international residency programs, provided practical advice, discussed how art can play a vital role in social or political interventions and promoted possibilities for artists to collaborate with those in other disciplines, including medicine, architecture, conservation and engineering. ToursWorkshops and Round Table discussions also gave artists with similar interests the chance to meet, network and talk about their work; and portfolio reviews supplied additional venues for artists to showcase their work.

Karmela Berg was the chair person for the round table "Man and Nature" and presented her video-art WATERfall.

The exhibition was held in Boston Univerity, February 2016.

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