Brazilian artist Vik Muniz radically transforms our understanding of image-making by using shifts in scale, photographic manipulation and unexpected materials — from dust and chocolate to grains of sand and industrial garbage — to explore the nature of visual cognition.
While at MIT, Muniz pursues his interests in image production and visual literacy, working with researchers in biology, optics and engineering. In collaboration with Marcelo Coelho, a PhD candidate in the Fluid Interfaces Group, and Rehmi Post, a research scientist at the Center for Bits and Atoms, Muniz develops a process to machine microscopic images onto millimeter-wide grains of sand, which later become large, high-resolution prints.
Co-presented by Pattie Maes, associate professor in Media Arts and Sciences and director of the Fluid Interfaces group.
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Vik Muniz Artist Presentation
Vik Muniz, ‘Outlet’ (‘Pictures of Earthwork’) (2005) Gelatin Silver Print.
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
6:30 PM | Bartos Theater, E15-070
20 Ames Street, Cambridge, MA
Free and open to the public | Tickets required
MIT Visiting Artist Vik Muniz presents a selection of projects relevant to his residency at MIT providing a rare opportunity to learn what an artist sees “behind the curtain of science.” Vik is joined by Pattie Maes, founder and director of the Media Lab’s Fluid Interfaces Group and PhD candidate Marcello Coelho.
Co-presented by the MIT Media Lab.
Vik Muniz’s residency is made possibly by the Arts at MIT Visiting Artists Program. The arts at MIT are rooted in experimentation, risk-taking and imaginative problem-solving.