About CAST

A joint initiative of the Office of the Provost, the School of Architecture and Planning (SA+P) and the School of the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (SHASS), the Center is funded in part by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.



Image: Aerocene Test Flights, MIT Killian Court, April 2018. Photo: Sham Sthankiya/MIT.

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.


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Sponsored Classes

Image: Material Formations critique, Skylar Tibbits Design Studio, 2015. Photo: 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.

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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.

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MIT Performing Series

MIT Sounding Series

Image: Ben Bloomberg SM ’14 runs a live performance system for Jacob Collier, Kresge Auditorium, 2016. Photo: Justin Knight.

The creative and intellectual production supported by the Center is disseminated to the public through performances, exhibitions, installations and a biennial symposium.

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CAST Symposia

Image: 2017 CAST “Being Material,” Symposium. Bettina Stoetzer moderates the LIVABLE discussion. Photo: L. Barry Hetherington.

CAST supports MIT faculty, graduate students,and postdoctoral researchers whose work advances the mission of the Center.

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Image: 2018 Mellon Faculty Grant Recipient Michael Bove and David Levine’s Volumetric Cinema. Credit: HErickson/MIT.