Renowned architect David Adjaye visited campus on several occasions this year as part of his award residency, sharing his perspective on the future of the university campus, the museum and the library.
Take a look back at some of the most exciting events, performances and projects in the arts at MIT family of programs in 2016.
Professor Fox Harrell and Visiting Artist Karim Ben Khelifa collaborate on a virtual reality project
The Enemy introduces participants to combatants from opposing sides of contemporary conflicts in the Congo, Israel and Palestine, and El Salvador. The virtual reality project is driven by the MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology (CAST) Visiting Artist Karim Ben Khelifa, a conflict photographer who has worked extensively in the Middle East over the last 18 years covering the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Read about The Enemy in The New York Times
CAST Visiting Artist Tomás Saraceno, Lodovica Illari, Glenn Flierl and Bill McKenna are reimagining how human beings can navigate around the world. Videos of Saraceno’s air-fuelled sculptures were presented at MIT2016 Open House alongside display simulations of potential flight tracking and data on iGlobe–a spherical display system for visualizing earth systems data.
Aerocene will also be presented at the 2017 World Economic Forum in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland.
Igniting cross-disciplinary innovation, Hacking Arts brings together artists, engineers and entrepreneurs to take on challenges at the intersection of the arts and technology. Projects produced in 2016 ranged from a pitch-shifting controller that unites users’s spatial and auditory senses, a drawing drone and a software program that produces 3D-printable furniture designs using music data from the Spotify API.
Watch a video about the 2016 Hacking Arts created by The Atlantic
The Memory Matrix was conceived by Azra Aksamija, Class of 1922 Career Development Professor in the Department of Architecture and Assistant Professor in the Art, Culture and Technology Program. The installation was showcased at the MIT2016 Open House with the help of a diverse range of partners within the MIT community, participants from the Maker Faire in Cairo, and Syrian refugee camps in Jordan.
Find out what’s next for Azra Aksamija, recipient of the 2017 Mellon Faculty Grant
CAST Visiting Artist Jacob Collier had a packed house in Kresge Auditorium on their feet during his performance with over 200 students including the MIT Wind Ensemble, Choir and Jazz Ensemble. A jazz prodigy who was first known for his inventive covers of popular songs on YouTube that are rendered in dizzying multiplicity as Collier performs all the instruments and sings every harmony.
Media Lab PhD Candidate Ben Bloomberg, who started working with Collier in 2014, created a customized vocal harmonizer for Collier that has transformed his videos into live one-man-show performances.
Coming soon: a short documentary film about Collier’s MIT residency
The Wiesner Gallery reopened after renovations with a stunning exhibition of work by MIT Arts Scholars. Located on the second floor of the MIT Stratton Student Center, the gallery exclusively exhibits artwork by students, including those enrolled in classes at the Student Art Association (SAA) and supported by the CAMIT Grants Program.
Plan a visit to the Wiesner Gallery
Pedro Reyes, the inaugural Dasha Zhukova Distinguished Visiting Artist, taught “The Reverse Engineering of Warfare: Challenging Techno-optimism and Reimagining the Defense Sector (an Opera for the End of Times),” a course that explored the interplay of imperialism, armed interventions, the defense budget, the history of engineering and military technology, crisis management in environmental disasters, popular entertainment and the global imbalances created by the West’s fixation on technological advancement.
Learn more about the recently founded Dasha Zhukova Distinguished Visiting Artist Program
The first book published by CAST presents a conversation between artists, musicians, philosophers, anthropologists, historians and neuroscientists.
A work work of art itself, the book has a heat-sensitive cover designed by Olafur Eliasson, endpapers by Carsten Höller, margins and edges by Tauba Auerbach and bookmarks that cascade from the center by Tomás Saraceno.
Purchase a copy from the MIT Press