About CAST

CAST Mission Statement
The Center for Art, Science & Technology (MIT CAST) facilitates and creates opportunities for exchange and collaboration among artists, engineers, and scientists. A joint initiative of the Office of the Provost, the School of Architecture and Planning (SA+P) and School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (SHASS), the Center is committed to fostering a culture where the arts, science and technology thrive as interrelated, mutually informing modes of exploration, knowledge and discovery.



A major cross-school initiative, the MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology (CAST) was founded in 2012 with a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Since then, CAST has been the catalyst for more than 35 artist residencies and collaborative projects with MIT faculty and students—20 cross-disciplinary courses and workshops, four concert series and numerous multimedia projects, lectures and symposia.

Through encouraging sustained incursions by artists into classrooms, labs and research practice, CAST has helped MIT reaffirm and reinvigorate the interpenetration of art, science and engineering to produce unexpected and exciting results. 

Read more about Making at MIT.



Image: The Enemy multi-user virtual reality presentation created by visiting artist Karim Ben Khelifa and faculty Fox Harrell, May 2016. Photo: Katherine Higgins.

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.