OBIE award-winning performer, writer and interactive-electronics artist Andrew Schneider & Company launched the inaugural season of the MIT Performing series with the premiere of their work NERVOUS/SYSTEM in the new Theater Arts Building, W97
CAST Visiting Artist Tomás Saraceno and MIT scientists Lodovica Illari, Glenn Flierl and Bill McKenna presented Aerocene, a series of art installations and experiments designed to capture the public’s imagination with fossil-free flight. Saraceno’s floating sculptures, made of silver and transparent Mylar, are held aloft by heat from the sun and infrared radiation from the Earth’s surface. At MIT, students experimented with the Aerocene Explorer – a tethered or free-flight starter kit that packs conveniently into a backpack, and enables everyone to launch their own Aerocene solar sculpture.
Check out our photos of Aerocene at MIT
CAST’s 2016–18 Mellon Distinguished Visiting Artist and cellist Maya Beiser and CAST Faculty Director Evan Ziporyn took Ziporyn’s arrangement of Blackstar, David Bowie’s last album, on tour to six locations in the US and abroad.
Read an article about the premiere of Blackstar at MIT.
A puppet play by Dasha Zhukova Distinguished Visiting Artist Pedro Reyes, Manufacturing Mischief uses comedy to address political discourse and the dilemmas that Artificial Intelligence and late capitalism pose in the Anthropocene era.
Spider’s Canvas features a digital map of a spider web in which each strand is “tuned” to a different note; it is performed by Evan Ziporyn, Christine Southworth and Ian Hattwick of Music and Theater Arts, and Isabelle Su, graduate student in the Department Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE). Spider’s Canvas was produced for the “Jamming With Spiders” series, as part of Tomas Saraceno’s Carte Blanche exhibition at the Paris Palais de Tokyo, and was designed and created in collaboration with CEE (Professor Markus Buehler, director).
Watch for more information about Spider’s Canvas at MIT in Spring 2019.
Celebrating the December 7th worldwide release of Djesse Vol.1, Jacob Collier preempted his world tour with a one-of-a-kind performance at MIT featuring the MIT JC Orchestra (comprised of MIT and Berklee College musicians), MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble, MIT Vocal Jazz Ensemble, MIT Concert Choir and Chamber Chorus, Rambax MIT (Senegalese drumming ensemble), Suzie Collier (Jacob’s Mom) and other special guest musicians from Boston and Los Angeles.
Read more about Jacob Collier’s return to MIT.
Brandon Clifford, MIT Assistant Professor of Architecture and principal at Matter Design, and Ashley Fure, Dartmouth College Assistant Professor of Music, designed and fabricated megaphones to distribute the visceral power of sound to the far reaches of a concert hall in a project titled Filament: Megaphones at the New York Philharmonic.
CAST Visiting Artist Agnieszka Kurant and MIT students at the annual Hacking Arts festival explored collective intelligence and emergence by creating animatronic robots operated by real people—one using Amazon Mechanical Turk workers and another using data collected from Twitter about current protest movements.
Read more about the Signature Hack.
Renowned clarinetists Don Byron, Anat Cohen, Evan Ziporyn, Billy Novick and Eran Egozy were joined by the MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble and MIT Wind Ensemble led by Music Director Frederick Harris, Jr. as well as about 100 clarinetists from the community.