On the Record

Creating new shared territories for discursive and collaborative practices


On the Record, a series of discussions and workshops presented by CAST and the Department of Architecture, focuses on the public aspects of research. Irina Chernyakova, Director of Publications and Exhibitions, MIT Department of Architecture, collaborates with artists and designers to address the following questions: Why make research public? For whom? How is this done and by whom is it controlled? Investigating extra-architectural and artistic practices, such as publications, exhibitions, models, performances and events, the discussions center on how these platforms create new shared territories for discursive and collaborative practices. Rather than isolating each form, the workshops focus on moments of overlap to examine how new practices force a reconsideration of knowledge production and shape how new publics are produced. Read more.

Upcoming Events

On the Record: Architectural Practice and Disseminating Research
Fall 2016, dates TBD

Past Events

On the Record: Broadcasting Practices Workshop with NODE Berlin Oslo/Bengler
Saturday, February 20, 2016
Workshop 10:00am-5:00pm
Reception and presentations 5-6:30pm
Wiesner Building, E15
20 Ames Street
Cambridge, MA 02139


NODE Berlin Oslo/Bengler Residency
February 17-21, 2016

Class Visits
February 17-19, 2016
4.314 / 4.315 Advanced Workshop in Artistic Practice and Transdiciplinary Research: Experimental Publishing and Archival Research
Instructors Liesbeth Bik & Jos Van der Pol

Student Discussion
February 19, 2016 / 6:00pm

Workshop & Presentations

On the Record: Broadcasting Practices Workshop
February 20, 2016 / 10:00am – 6:30pm
Spaces limited register now via Eventbrite

The first workshop will be led by Bengler and NODE Berlin Oslo, a software design practice and graphic design practice, respectively. Bengler and NODE are working with ACT to consider the Center for Advanced Visual Studies (CAVS) archive, which is maintained by ACT. CAVS was founded in 1967 by Professor Gyorgy Kepes; the Center hosted a wide range of innovators in the visual arts, environmental arts, dance, and new media. CAVS Fellows included Otto Piene, Maryanne Amacher, Stan van der Beek, Lowry Burgess, Peter Campus, Muriel Cooper,  Juan Downey, Charlotte Moorman, Nam June Paik, Yvonne Rainer, Alan Sonfist and many others. In 2009, CAVS merged with the Visual Arts Program to form ACT.

Bengler/NODE use the source material of the archive as a subject and point of departure to develop a publishing concept that could unfold in the space of print, physical domain, and digital domain as publication and exhibition. Their work will contribute to the ongoing inquiry, interpretation, and actualization of archival methodologies and publication.

Bengler/NODE proposed two distinct modes of wayfinding the collection: rational drill down and associative exploration. Situated within a broader engagement with ACT and MIT, this workshop invites students to learn about the collection and experiment with the latter notion of associative exploration. How might relations in the work of CAVS fellows and in the institution be visually represented and interpreted? Students will be joined by scholars and affiliates of CAST and ACT for the day-long workshop.


In the Media

CBCNet: Interview with NODE
Fast Company: Watch as 30,000 Norwegians Move Across the Globe like Ballistic Missiles
File//features: NODE Berlin Oslo
Grist: Magic disco ball tells you everything you need to know about climate change
The Guardian: How 300,000 people move home, animation
It’s That Nice: NODE
Motherboard: How to 3D-Print Norway
Wired: Own a slice of Norwegian fjord thanks to Terrafab and 3D printing


Irina Chernyakova, Director of Publications and Exhibitions, MIT Department of Architecture

MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology


CAST blog: Activating an Archive