About CAST

The New York Times: “At MIT, Science Embraces a New Chaos Theory: Art”

The Center for Art, Science & Technology “has revitalized an MIT model begun in the late 1960s of bringing in artists to humanize technology and create more expansive-thinking scientists. MIT is at the forefront of this cross-disciplinary movement… drawing on a legacy of artists who are interested in science that dates back to Leonardo da Vinci and that has proliferated as technology has become ever more commonplace and accessible.”

Read the full article about the CAST Visiting Artists Program featured in The New York Times, Sunday, March 6, 2016.

Read more about Making at MIT.

CAST solicits and supports cross-disciplinary curricular initiatives that integrate the arts into the core curriculum and create new artistic work or materials, media and technologies for artistic expression.

Read more about Sponsored Classes.

Image: Material Formations critique, Skylar Tibbits Design Studio, 2015. Credit: L. Barry Hetherington.

The CAST Visiting Artists Program is distinctive for its emphasis on the research and development phase of artistic work. Residencies embed artists in the cutting-edge research and teaching at MIT, where scientists and engineers are open to artists’ speculative and hands-on way of working.

The program hosts artists from a wide range of visual and performing arts disciplines each academic year, exposing students to the creative process and fostering cross-fertilization among disciplines.

Launched in fall of 2016, the Dasha Zhukova Distinguished Visiting Artist position creates the opportunity for artists to shape new creative projects over a period of two years of sustained, in-depth research and development.


Read more about Pedro Reyes, the Inaugural Dasha Zhukova Distinguished Visiting Artist.

Read more about Visiting Artists.

Image: Small Instruments IAP, 2015. Photo: L. Barry Hetherington.

CAST assists in the presentation and curation of performing and visual arts or design relevant to the research of engineers, scientists and the MIT community as a whole.

Read more about the 2016-17 MIT Sounding Series.


Image: Evan Ziporyn introduces The Boston Camerata, MIT Chapel, 2015. Photo: L. Barry Hetherington.

The creative and intellectual production supported by the Center is disseminated to the public through performances, exhibitions, installations and a biennial symposium.

Read more about the 2017 CAST Symposium, “Being Material.”

Image: Bevil Conway presents in the panel “Seeing/ Color,” CAST Symposium, 2014. Photo: L. Barry Hetherington.

CAST supports graduate students and postdoctoral researchers whose work advances the mission of the Center.

Image: Theresa Zammit Lupi & Michael Cuthbert with the Glaser Codex, Lewis Music Library, 2015. Photo: Sharon Lacey.