This hybrid event is free and open to the public.
Mapping Migration Memories, Extending Intangible Heritage through Physical Re-enactment
Astrid Kensinger: Associate professor and the Chair of Graphic Design at VCUarts Qatar
Maysaa Almumin: Associate Professor in Art and Design at VCUarts Qatar
Mapping Migration Memories is a multiyear research project under the (IN)>TANGIBLE_LAB in VCUArts Qatar. The Lab is gathering existing archived recorded memories and oral histories of the biannual Qatari migration. This mass movement of people, in sync with the turning of the planet and the shifting of the seasons, now exists as oral history and archived footage. We will share our research process of sourcing, collecting, translating, transcribing and visualizing migration memories into physical maps that become re-enacted in the desert. (IN)>TANGIBLE_LAB seeks to preserve and extend Living Culture and Traditional Ecological Knowledge.
This hybrid event is free and open to the public. The in-person lecture will be held a the ICA auditorium.
Astrid Kensinger has pursued her art and design practice internationally, spending much time in Japan, Singapore, Australia and the U.S. She uses her craft to inform her multidisciplinary research collaborations. Astrid interweaves information visualization, cartographic performance and performance art with graphic design to visually articulate site-specific narratives, intangible heritage, contemporary issues and the map as art. She has exhibited and presented her work internationally in solo and group shows, juried exhibitions and conferences. Her most recent multidisciplinary research collaborations have included facilitating, through co-design, Dengue fever outbreak solutions (Skoll Foundation, Epihack Colombo, Sri Lanka) and visualizing the research methodologies of linguists mapping and preserving endangered languages of the South East (DIHA: Digital Intangible Heritage of Asia). Astrid is an associate professor and the Chair of Graphic Design at VCUarts Qatar.
Maysaa Almumin is trained as an architect and a Kuwaiti Associate Professor in Art and Design at Virginia Commonwealth University of the Arts in Qatar; she is also a filmmaker recently named an Arab Star of Tomorrow by Screen International. In architecture, she has completed several residential projects in the UK, Kuwait, Kosovo and Bahrain and was a participant in the Kuwait Pavilion, Venice Architecture Biennale 2014 under the curation of Alia Farid. As a filmmaker, she has focused her films on women’s experiences in the Middle East, particularly on production design and the role of innovation in the narrative. Her short films were screened at several respected international film festivals such as Tampere Film Festival, Cairo International Film Festival, Nashville Film Festival and Maskoon.
Previous lectures in the series may be viewed here.