Past Events

Soma Salon 003

Wed 11 May 2022
6:00pm – 9:00pm (Africa/Abidjan - GMT)

The ACT Cube, MIT Cambridge MA

On Tuesday May 3rd (ACT Cube), Saturday May 7th (The Herter Garden) and Wednesday May 11th (ACT Cube)  we are holding Soma Salons that suggest the idea of a movement, the bodily, as being the starting point for a discussion. Informed by eight Morning Conversations that were made into pod-casts during Fall 2020, these Soma Salons are culmination of the artistic research residency Dr.Akinleye conducted at MIT.

We are excited to invite you to the Soma Salon that includes the final presentation for the course Art & the Public Sphere (Choreographing the City). The course develops an emerging lexicon for movement in urban space, merging notions of choreography, city-making, community and the new climatic regime. The urban domain has become the main site in which the climate crisis is felt, while also functioning as the place where alternative futures are imagined and performed. 

We will be presenting the works of the following students: 

Bridge Games by Birch Chemberlin, Harvard College, Social Studies 

Inter/Intraconnectedness through Movement by Terry Kang, MIT Math & Computer Science 

Knowing River Through Sound by Shuyue Li, Harvard GSD: Landscape Architecture & Yiou Wang, Harvard GSD: M.Arch 

Scent, Memories and Materials by Ashmi Mridul, MIT ACT & Stacey Berman, Harvard GSD: Narratives 

Soma Salon 002

Sat 07 May 2022
4:00pm – 7:00pm (America/New_York - EDT)

On Tuesday May 3rd (ACT Cube), Saturday May 7th (The Herter Garden) and Wednesday May 11th (ACT Cube)  we are holding Soma Salons that suggest the idea of a movement, the bodily, as being the starting point for a discussion. Informed by eight Morning Conversations that were made into pod-casts during Fall 2020, these Soma Salons are culmination of the artistic research residency Dr.Akinleye conducted at MIT.

May 7th The Herter Park Intercommunity Gardens: We are excited to invite you to the Soma Salon 002 that includes the final presentation for the course Art & the Public Sphere (Choreographing the City). The course develops an emerging lexicon for movement in urban space, merging notions of choreography, city-making, community and the new climatic regime. The urban domain has become the main site in which the climate crisis is felt, while also functionig as the place where alternative futures are imagined and performed. Thus this effort attempts to connect with the community of Herter Intercommunity Garden as a site of resilience. 

We invite you to join this event as respondents to share your comments and observations about your felt experiences cultivating the garden, as a community and site of multiperspective imaginaries. We will be presenting the works of the following students: 

Branching by Iris Zeng, MIT Architecture 

Tilting the Scales by Lauren Gideonse and Katherine Rotman, MIT Architecture 

Garden Song by Danny Clarke, Harvard GSD: PUBLICS 

Dream Study by Phoebe Yang, Harvard Graduate School of Education 

Interventions by Kun Wei, Harvard GSD: Landscape 

Soma Salon 001

Tue 03 May 2022
8:00pm – 10:00pm (America/New_York - EDT)

On Tuesday May 3rd (ACT Cube), Saturday May 7th (The Herter Garden) and Wednesday May 11th (ACT Cube)  we are holding Soma Salons that suggest the idea of a movement, the bodily, as being the starting point for a discussion. Informed by eight Morning Conversations that were made into pod-casts during Fall 2020, these Soma Salons are culmination of the artistic research residency Dr.Akinleye conducted at MIT.
Tuesday May 3rd – 8pm-9.30pm (starting at ACT Cube + walk in Cambridge)Balancing the Morning Conversations (https://www.adesolaakinleye.com/podcasts/adesola-mit/) this is evening Soma Salon responds to the Lexicon Akinleye has been exploring/developing during residency and by the city itself (Boston and Cambridge). Choreography the pathways of meaning inscribed by the city by how we move through it we will walk linking points in the city where three guest speaks will respond to one lexicon word. The words of the lexicon are suggested as a set of ideas/words that speak to the notion of Place-making from a trans disciplinary perspective (across the disciplines of dance, architecture, urban studies, curation, music, film etc…). 
Speaking will be Erin Genia, artist, ACT alumna and lecturer at SFMA and Tufts University https://smfa.tufts.edu/directory/erin-geniaJean-Luc  Pierite, community linguist and head of United American Indians of New England http://www.uaine.org,  and Garnette Cadogan, the Tunney Lee Distinguished Lecturer in the School of Architecture and Planning at MIT https://dusp.mit.edu/faculty/garnette-cadogan

‘We are still as we once were’ live performance work – Merge Festival

Thu 14 April 2022
5:30pm – 7:00pm (America/Chicago - CDT)

Sundance Square Plaza Stage, Fort Worth, TX

Excerpt of work from Concrete-Water-Flesh, work by Adesola Akinleye with performers from Texas Woman’s University, Dance Division.