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Tinkering Materiality: A Public Engagement and Discussion

  • Asian Arts Initiative 1219 Vine Street Philadelphia, PA, 19107 United States (map)

Mina Zarf Saz (ACG'17) is the selected 2018 Leeway x Asian Arts Initiative Performing Artist-in-Residence. 

For this residency, Mina is working collaboratively with Shelly Ronen, PhD., Ben Bass, Izzy Sazak and other members of the theatrical and dance community to explore concepts of displacement, dis/ability, longing and belonging through the lenses of social and political devastations. These explorations are in relation to the project "Tinkering Materiality: a tale of longing and belonging." The piece is a study of a domestic task turned ritual choreography as it explores the contact point between body, object, and environment.

During this residency Mina will engage the public with their process in various forms including public reading, discussion, video, photographs and diagrams that triangulate their exploration in material relations, and aims to open a platform for a conversation around the emotional, and mental incapacitating forces that are imposed on immigrants and humans at large by socio-political systems. 


Mina Zarfsaz is a interdisciplinary artist, designer, and system thinker who works across the fields of art, philosophy, technology, architecture, and design.

Shelly Ronen, PhD. is a feminist sociologist and speculative designer whose research and practice focus on technology studies.

Benjamin Bass is an actor and poet whose work focuses predominantly on movement, devised theatre, poetic devices in hip hop and the questioning of self.

Izzy Sazak is a performer/creator, punk singer and teaching artist. She prefers to work collaboratively and non-hierarchically; challenging what we think we know about the world and about art. She seeks to create art that empowers all who come into contact with it to be their best, most vulnerable, compassionate selves.

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