Monday, June 22, 2009

Metasenta Message

Moving Cultures: Intercultural Dialogues is made possible through Metasenta Projects, currently working out of RMIT University (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology) with the support of founding benefactor The Po and Helen Chung Foundation.

Metasenta Founder and Director Dr Irene Barberis of the Western Team and Professor Isadora Jiang of the Eastern Team have designed "Moving Cultures" to be a multi-cultural, cross-disciplinary research and exhibition collective of people, place and processes situated in
the ‘civic space’ of a moving train.

The project is devised through equal academic and organizational input from the Australian and Chinese contingent and is undertaken by invited researchers. Fellow researchers will include interdisciplinary artists, filmmakers, photographers, musicians, poets, writers,
linguists, and philosophers from China, Australia, Great Britain and the United States.

"Moving Cultures" raises critical questions about the desire for a Utopian future and the effect of globalizing processes. It also addresses the problematics of critiquing cultural processes while also being implicated by them via the very practices involved. The artwork and collaborative research that results from "Moving Cultures" will be exhibited at in Lhasa, Tibet and in Gwangzhou, China in late July.

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