The Borderline Mural Project

Connecting people and places at MIT

The Borderline Mural Project covers a 200 foot long wall in the tunnels under the campus of MIT with murals and magic. The tunnel is a commonly used route between MIT Buildings 66 and E17 during bad weather. The tunnel is a useful connection between point A to point B, but Borderline aims to make it a destination. The magic comes in the form of augmented reality: viewers can use the Artvive mobile phone app to experience an extension of the imagery.

More than twenty-five MIT-affiliated artists added their individual contributions throughout spring 2017, culminating in a single, connected mural in May 2017. New murals and animations are added each semester. In addition to their work at MIT, the Borderline team has created AR animations for work by Takashi Murakami at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and traveled to São Paulo, Brazil in summer 2018 to meet with artists and designers and create a collaborative work at the FabLab in the Porto Seguro Cultural Center.

In 2018, Borderline was runner-up in HUB Madness, a competition for creative projects at the intersection of art, science, and tech in Boston, hosted by HUBweek.

 

Download the Artvive app

If you aren’t physically at MIT, the murals can be viewed online at AR-Enabled Murals

More at the project website: The Borderline

More images on Instagram: The Borderline Tunnel

The Borderline Mural Project was launched by Julia Rue ’18, Tara Lee ’17, Jessie Wang ’19, Emma DeSoto ’18 and Iris Fung ’17.

Learn about the full Borderline team on their website: The Borderline.

The Borderline: Mural by Numbers
Friday, May 18, 2018 / 4:00-6:00pm
MIT Building 4, Room 145

Borderline at OneWorld @ MIT 2018
Saturday, May 12, 2018
Sustainable World Lounge, Kresge Lawn

Borderline at Campus Preview Weekend 2018
Saturday, April 14, 2018 / 1:00-3:00pm
Student Activities Midway, Johnson Ice Rink

Borderline at the MFA
Animating Takashi Murakami: Lineage of Eccentrics
Sunday, April 1, 2018
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Opening Reception
Thursday, May 18, 2017 / 5:00-7:00pm
MIT Building 66, Lower Level Tunnels
More information

The Boston Globe: MIT students create a mural that moves when viewed through a smartphone

VICE MotherboardMIT Students Made An Interactive, Augmented Reality Mural

MIT News: Uncovering art under MIT

MIT Division of Student Life: Borderline Murals Bring Art to Campus Tunnels

MassLive: Tunnels beneath MIT now feature murals brought to life through smartphone application

Virtuality: Could this be the future of art?

2017 Borderline Murals. Courtesy of the artists.
2017 Borderline Murals. Courtesy of the artists.

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