May 3, 2017

International Conference on Opportunities in the Arts archive available online

TransCultural Exchange

TransCultural Exchange's International Conference on Opportunities in the Arts: Expanding Worlds. Photo: Jie Yan, 2016.  Design: Siyi Wang, 2017. © courtesy of Jie Yan and Siyi Wang.


With thanks to the National Endowment for the Arts for helping to make the Conference information freely accessible to all

Featuring presentations from the 2016 International Conference on Opportunities in the Arts: Expanding Worlds

TransCultural Exchange’s International Conference on Opportunities in the Arts: Expanding Worlds archive is now freely available online at

This archive highlights over 100 of the conference’s presentations. It features the presenters’ talks on exciting possibilities for artists to embrace different cultures, mindsets and technologies. It includes the Pecha Kucha style presentations by artist-in-residency directors and funders. It highlights the speakers’ practical advice for artists, their discussions on how art can play a vital role in social or political interventions and the many ways for artists to collaborate with those in other disciplines, including medicine, architecture, conservation and engineering. In essence, it is an archive of the organizations’ 2016 global platform helping artists gain the skills and means to pursue their goals while advancing artistic innovation.

This 2016 conference archive, along with TransCultural Exchange’s 2018 Conference web portal (which lists the upcoming 2018 conference’s speakers and abstracts) is mobile-friendly and fully accessible with alternative text for images and close-captioned videos.

"... 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

Among the over 150 presenters whose talks are available within the archive are Jean-Baptiste Joly (Founding and Artistic Director, Akademie Schloss Solitude), Sheikha Hoor Al Qasimi (Artist, President and Director, the Sharjah Art Foundation), Mischa Kuball (Artist and Winner of the 2016 German Light Award), Damien Hebron (Director, London Arts in Health Forum), Johan Pousette (Director, Iaspis), Susan Hapgood (Executive Director, ISCP), David Macy (Resident Director, MacDowell Colony), Pau Cata (Curator and Researcher, The North American Cultural Mobility Map), Hamdy Redy (Director, artellewa), Claudia Lefko, Project Partner, Baghdad Resolve), Janeil Engelstad (Founding Director, MAP), María agda Campos Pons (artist), Hannah Thompson (author), Marie Fol (Program Manager, TransArtists), Doris Sommer (Director, Harvard University’s Cultural Agents), Caitlin Strokosch (former Executive Director, Alliance of Artists Communities), Florian Dombois (Artist), Andy Riess (Assistant Director for Outreach, Fulbright Scholar Program), Iréne Hediger (Co-Director, Swiss artists-in-labs program), Azra Akšamija (Artist and Winner of the 2103 Aga Khan Award for Architecture), Chaw Ei Thein (artist and activist), Yannick Franck (Artistic Director, Les Brasseurs), Margaret Shiu Tan (Founder, Bamboo Curtain Studio), Sarah Tanguy (Curator, Art in Embassies program), Kira Simon-Kennedy (Co-Founder, China Residencies), Crispin Weinberg (Biomedical Modeling Pioneer), Iola Lenzi (Curator and Lecturer), Alia Farah (artist), Florian Grond (cognitive interaction technologist), Sandeep Bhagwati (musician and Founder, matralab). The full list of speakers with a brief biography of each is available on the conference website.

The Conference took place from February 25–27, 2016. The lead academic host was Boston University, with tours, panels and presentations also at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Harvard University, Emerson College, Microsoft’s NERD Center, the Goethe Institut, French Cultural Center and others.

Archive Sponsor: TransCultural Exchange’s 2016 International Conference on Opportunities in the Arts: Expanding Worlds archive is made possible, in part, thanks to a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

About TransCultural Exchange
For nearly 3 decades, the non-profit organization TransCultural Exchange has been advancing artistic innovation by putting artists directly in touch with their international peers through large-scale global projects, artist exchanges and—since 2007—an International Conference on Opportunities in the Arts.

For more information on the upcoming 2018 International Conference on Opportunities in the Arts: Exploring New Horizons, please visit

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