American Arts Incubator Workshop in Ulaanbaatar


Workshop and Small Grant Award | June 6-11, 2015

The U.S. Embassy in Mongolia is presenting you the American Arts Incubator Workshop in Ulaanbaaatar, in cooperation with the 976 Gallery on June 6-11, 2015.

The American Arts Incubator is administered by the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) in partnership with ZERO1, The Art and Technology Network. American Arts Incubator uses new media and/or mural arts as a means for engaging youth, artists, and underserved community members in overseas communities in Asia to advance U.S. foreign policy by addressing a local community issue, such as women’s empowerment, HIV-AIDS prevention, social inclusion, conflict resolution, and the environment.

The workshop will explore how to use sensors and analog mapping tools, and how to connect devices and sensors to the Internet of Things for art and technology projects. We will try out and prototype ways to map and alter the environment around us for public art, new media and civic tech projects.

Do you want to participate?

Stop by anytime during the workshop hours. Take a peek or join the activities.

When and Where:

  • June 6-7 – Workshop at the 976 Gallery
  • June 8-11 – Workshop at the 976 Gallery at 6-9p.m.
  • June 11 – Project Pitch Day at 976 Gallery

What and Why?

  • The workshop will look at how maps can be art, how they can be communication tools.
  • The workshop will use sensors and tools from the Internet of Things to create interactive visualizations, objects and 3dimensional prototypes that inspire creativity and joy in the public realm.
  • The workshop will use a range of tools from low-tech to high-tech. Participants can explore existing skills they have or gain new ones.
  • The workshop will practice our drawing and observation skills to document, record and make visual arguments
  • The workshop will practice and learn how to make project pitches, put together a project budget, understand metrics and feasibility.

What happens at the end of the workshop?

  • New art and technology related skills
  • New opportunities to collaborate
  • A chance to join the Nomadic Mapping Collective
  • A chance to win a small grant for a project on mapping as art to make your own artwork for the community
  • A chance to be part of the Nomadic Mapping Collective’s June Exhibition

Workshop Leader:

Xiaowei Wang is an American artist, educator and designer with 10 years of experience working with public and new media art. She has created installations and work in a variety of places in the U.S., Europe and East Asia.

Costs: The workshop is free.

For more information on the workshop, click here.
To learn more about the American Arts Incubator program, click here.