Between 2002 an 2007, over 100 people have been invited to the labs from around the world, to hold conversations and/or discuss processes at the CM Labs with the practitioners. Here is a list of a few of the most exciting dialogues that resulted.
Arish Zaini of the GNU/Linux Users' Group in Iran spent a day at the lab at LNJP in early 2002. He had been working with a small group to develop a Persian language KDE desktop, and at the LNJP Lab, he shared his work with the practitioners, many of whom are proficient in Urdu.
Samina Mishra, author of "Henna in the City", did a reading of her book, followed by a discussion with practitioners at the LNJP Lab.
Lekhoni Gupto, a student of the NIT (Media Lab) did a 6-month internship with Cybermohalla in 2004. She worked on developing "a Navigation System within the locality of Dakshinpuri by exploring varied layers of the place in collaboration with CM practitioners and blogged the entire process.
Hansa Thapliyal, filmaker, Bombay, did readings and discussions from Hindi literature at the LNJP Lab. (2004)
A month long workshop by Linda and Kristoffer Gansing (Sweden and Denmark) was hosted by the LNJP Lab in 2004. This workshop was to experiment with creating moving images and narratives around public places without the use of computers. Together they produced a set of short films/videos which explore crossroads in the city, places where people meet, spaces of conversation: shops, community centres, lanes, courtyards, rooftops. Images and sounds in these films have been re-used from a shared database of photographs and recordings, with the idea of exploring modes of interpretation.
Emma, a researcher from Sweden, spent two weeks at the Dakshinpuri Lab in 2004, working with the lab practitioners on understanding and creating narratives with moving images.
Christoph Schäfer and Margit Czenki (Parkfiction, Hamburg) shared materials, ideas and models emerging from their project, Parkfiction, at the CM Labs over a period of one month in 2004.
In 2005, Victoria Donkersloot (designer, Rotterdam) and Silvan Zurbruegg (coder, Zurich) developed "ApnaOpus", a digital platform at the R&D Lab. ApnaOpus is a development of the OPUS project created in the Sarai Media Lab, which sought to push free software principles (download-modify-redistribute) in the realm of cultural production.
In 2005, Bia Rinaldi and Fernando Henrique from MetaReciclagem were on a two month long residency at CM. They held discussions and did experiments on imagining ways to use technology, specially hardware.
Gustaff Harriman Iskandar, founder Bandung Center for New Media Arts, spent a day at the DP Lab and shared a number of projects the Bandung Center had undertaken.
In 2007, Asif from Nizamuddin basti (Delhi) shared his experience of beginning of the life of a guide of historical monuments in the city.
Mahesh Dutt, Comissioning Editor, Rajkamal Publication (Delhi), spent a day with practitioners at the LNJP Lab, and discussed the making of the ongoing manuscript, Bahurupiya Shehr. Rajkamal Publication later published the book (2007).
Sharmistha Mohanty (writer and editor of the web journal on new writings, Almost Island), on the art and practice of writing and questions of form associated with it. Following this dialogue, a selection of writings from CM were featured in the first issue of the journal (2007).
Sophea Lerner (Sound Artist, Australia|Finland), was on a three month residency in Cybermohalla, during which the practitioners, along with her, produced a series of "sound encounters" in the neighbourhoods in which the labs are located.
Tapio Makela (Curator and Media Artist, Finland), spend a day at the DP Lab, and made a presentation on his works as an artist, theorist and curator.
Nasrin Tabatabai and Babak Afrassiabi (Rotterdam|Tehran)spent two days at the labs, discussing their own practice of making 'Pages', and CM practice of making wall magazines and broadsheets. They also conducted an indepth conversation with the practitioners on "built environments".
Melissa Butcher (currently at Open University, UK) did a series of dialogues with practitioners at the LNJP and DP Labs about their experiences at Cybermohalla for a forthcoming article "Re-writing the Neighbourhood" that she is working on.
Nikolaus Hirsch and Michelle Muller (architects, Frankfurt) did a series of workshops at the R&D Lab towards designing the Cybermohalla Neighbourhood Hub in early 2007.
Mansoor Aziz (coder, Beirut), Sebastian (Boot Lab, Berlin), Marni Cordell (www.smallvoices.org, Melbourne), Marilina Winik (Argentina Indymedia Centre, Buenos Aires), Kristel (Waag, Amsterdam), Geert Lovink (Media Theorist), have been among other visitors to the labs.
Note: This list is incomplete and will be updated soon.