Robert Karimi

Robert Karimi 

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Unit One/Allen Hall Guest-in-Residence: 10/28–11/1 

ROBERT KARIMI is an artist, comedian, and cook who makes healthy messaging delicious with his ThePeoplesCook Project. Combining humor and food, he inspires audiences to share their cultural histories, connect with one another over food, and discover their own power towards personal balance. As a community engagement specialist, comedic storyteller, and creative developer, Karimi designs game-performances, interactive immersive theater experiences, and themed entertainment to engage players to share stories and discuss social issues of concern to their communities. A Pushcart Prize-nominated writer and a National Poetry Slam Champion, his work has appeared in the Los Angeles TimesNational Public Radio, literary journals, and numerous anthologies. As a performer, filmmaker, and experience designer, Karimi’s work has been featured throughout the country at venues such as the Nuyorican Poets Café, Def Poetry Jam, The Smithsonian, and SXSW. 

All events are free and open to the public and take place in Allen Hall, 1005 W. Gregory Drive, Urbana.

Sunday, October 28

7 pm Karimi: Play and Playfulness in Socially Engaged Art (The Fun Remix) - A Performance with Free Food (Main Lounge)

Monday, October 29
7 pm Black Panther TCB Burrito Workshop (Main Lounge)
Karimi, as his character Mero Cocinero, will bring together the 10 point plan to Make a Burrito and then, as himself, demonstrate through performance games how he assembles ingredients. 
9pm - Taking on the Freshman 15 (Guest Apartment)

How can culture, food wisdom, recipes, and my mom help us debunk this myth? A collaborative design exercise.

Tuesday, October 30 
7pm - Game Design Workshop (South Rec) 
Play Karimi’s Cards Against Iranians and Police the Police. Develop a beginning game. Bring your own games if you have any. 

9pm - Grocery Store-ees (meet at the entrance to Allen for a field trip)
Shopping with the idea of remembering stories that feed/nourish us. We may even call our parents, if they are awake. 

Wednesday, October 31 
7pm - Music and Memory Battle, Making Poetry, a Conversation in the Mix (South Rec)
Karimi will bring his DJ equipment, we'll play a music game (mixing his music and your music), writing together while we inspire each other, and talking about how music integrates (or not) in our work - art, writing, whatever you do.

9pm - Fortnight for a night, or whatever video games we want to mess around with or school Karimi (Main Lounge)

Thursday, November 1 
7pm - Pop Music Performance Workshop: Human Altars (South Rec)
Using theater games with music, we'll talk about developing characters and start the seeds of human altars for day of the dead, discussing how do we embody those that have left us.  

9pm - Food Power! Poetry Power! Story Power! Game Power! (guest apartment)
Our final night with Robert Karimi, we make Pelotas de Power and talk about what brings us energy and how to give ourselves more power in the work we create, the food we make, the games we make, and how we communicate. Let’s chill and celebrate, and think about how do we empower ourselves when we may not feel powerful.