A person sits in a blue teardrop-shaped illuminated seat outside MIT
MIT SOFT Rockers are smart, clean energy charging stations disguised as outdoor rocking lounge furniture. MIT Killian Court, 2011.

The Festival of Art, Science and Technology (FAST)

The Festival of Art, Science and Technology (FAST) was a prominent feature of the MIT150 anniversary events of 2011. Directed by professor of music and media Tod Machover, FAST presented an exciting, surprising variety of work, embracing past to future, performance to debate, and installations to the unclassifiable.

A campus-wide festival of art, science & technology in Spring 2011

A series of chain metal panels hang vertically outside the MIT Wiesner Building at night, small lime green shapes suspended on the panels appear to glow in the light from the building nearby.
Azra Aksamija, Memory Matrix, installation view, MIT Wiesner Building, 2016.

MIT2016 Open House

The celebration of a century

On Saturday, April 23, 2016, MIT invited opened its doors and invited the public to experience over 40 arts related tours, concerts, installations, exhibitions, demonstrations and workshops. Arts at MIT created an audio tour to introduce visitors to five of the activities by visiting artists, faculty and students.

A celebration of the centennial anniversary of the Institute’s move to it’s current Cambridge location, Spring 2016

Copyright: Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Courtesy CAVS Special Collection, MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology. Image credit: Ivan Massar.
György Kepes, 1967.

Integrating the arts and humanities at MIT, then and now

“In our increasingly complex society, science and technology can no longer be segregated from their human and social consequences. The most difficult and complicated problems confronting our generation are in the field of the humanities and social sciences.” This declaration, written in 1949 by the Lewis committee in their “Report on the Committee on Educational Survey,” represents a pivotal point in MIT history when scientists and engineers sought to elevate the humanities within the Institute in response to world events.

An article examining why the arts and humanities have been included in MIT’s educational program

Image courtesy of the MIT Museum.
Life Study Class, MIT Boston Classroom.

100 Years of Arts at MIT: The Teens

Highlighting the creative work of prominent, eccentric and beloved individuals in the MIT community and featuring the departments, labs and student groups who contributed to the visual and performing arts on campus through the decades.

An article exploring some of the obscure, overlooked or forgotten pockets of artistic activity at MIT from 1916-2016