Portrait of Judith Barry in …Cairo stories, 2014. Photo: Grant Mudford, Courtesy Rosamund Felsen Gallery.

Judith Barry's Something in Mind

Judith Barry creates Something in Mind, a new work and the centerpiece of a solo exhibition at HOME arts center in Manchester, England, opening in 2019. Something in Mind examines relationships between media types and audience habits. The work includes images of viewing spaces across time, including medieval monasteries, panoramas, virtual reality (VR), home video rentals and more, charting transformations in shared social spaces as they have evolved in relationship to audience habits.

2019 International Exhibition and Performance Fund

Charlotte Brathwaite's Bee Boy

Charlotte Brathwaite’s Bee Boy is an interdisciplinary artistic response to the violent murders of black men and women around the country, to bee colony collapse disorder, to #Blacklivesmatter, to an unjust prison/industrial complex, to human-animal-technological hybridization, to life in urban streets, and the emotional toil it takes to turn hate to love. It is a meditation on struggle and change in a world of chaos.

2017 CAST Faculty Grant

d&b audio soundscape used in Starlight Express, by sound designer Gareth Owen. Courtesy of d&b audiotechnik.

Ian Condry’s “Sound, Learning, and Democracy”

Ian Condry‘s “Sound, Learning, and Democracy” is a collaborative project aimed at developing works and performances for the MIT Spatial Sound Lab, an initiative led by Condry, a cultural anthropologist and professor in Global Studies and Languages with joint appointments in Comparative Media Studies/Writing and Anthropology at MIT. Working with the d&b soundscape, a new technology that enables high-resolution, precise localization of sound objects in 360-degree space, the Spatial Sound Lab is housed in the START Studio (W20-429).

2019 Fay Chandler Creativity Grant

Anais (Yevpime Avedisian) Եւփիմէ Աւետիսեան (Անայիս) 1872, Constantinople -1950, Paris.

Lerna Ekmekçioğlu's Twelve Faces of Armenian Feminism

As a CAST Mellon Faculty Fellow, McMillan-Stewart Associate Professor of History Lerna Ekmekçioğlu is creating an exhibition and digital archive, “Twelve Faces of Armenian Feminism, 1860s to 1960s.” The project, based on research conducted by Ekmekçioğlu and Dr. Melissa Bilal (Visiting Scholar at MIT 2017–18), highlights 12 pioneering Armenian women writers and activists who produced work from the 1860s to 1960s.

2019 Mellon Fellow

Stephanie Frampton.

Stephanie Frampton’s ARTificial Intelligence

Stephanie Frampton’s ARTificial Intelligence is a collaborative project between MIT and the Cambridge Public Library. The project is a multifaceted ongoing program fostering public dialogue about the emerging ethical and social implications of artificial intelligence (AI) through art and design. ARTificial Intelligence radically draws on the university and the public sphere as sites of critical engagement and embodies the spirit of public-facing scholarship.

2018 Fay Chandler Creativity Grant

Anna Kohler, Anna Martel, Adam Strandberg in Mytho? Lure of Wildness . Photo: Caleb Hammond.

Anna Kohler’s Mytho? Lure of Wildness

Anna Kohler’s Mytho? Lure of Wildness is a surround-sensorial theatrical experience/experiment, conceived and performed by MIT faculty member Anna Kohler and directed by lecturer Caleb Hammond. It is an experiment, a study of the beast within, of beauty and its transformation from young and fresh to old and worn, but not resigned.

2016 Fay Chandler Creativity Grant

Persona, a collaboration of Keeril Makan and Jay Scheib. Credit: Scott Irvine.

Keeril Makan and Jay Scheib’s Persona

Persona, a chamber opera based on Ingmar Bergman’s 1966 classic film, composed by Keeril Makan, with direction and libretto by Jay Scheib, previewed in a workshop performance at MIT on October 17, 2015.

The fully staged production premiered at National Sawdust in Brooklyn, NY on October 23-24, 2015. Persona starred soprano Amanda Crider, was produced by Beth Morrison Projects (BMP) and conducted by Evan Ziporyn.

2016 CAST Faculty Grant

Ana Miljacki. Courtesy of the artist.

Ana Miljački's Critical Broadcasting Lab

Through a series of interventions including workshops and public lectures, Critical Broadcasting Lab performs as a curatorial entity at MIT and beyond. In a series of Agit Arch Experiments in fall 2018, Miljački and participants of Critical Broadcasting Lab investigate contemporary media and methods of broadcasting architectural discourse and criticism. The lab simultaneously conducts an oral history, presented in the form of an exhibition, about two forms of refusal by architects to engage—refusal to accept commissions and refusal to sue for copyright infringement.

2018 Mellon Fellow

Richard Milner.

Richard Milner's Visualizing the Proton

Richard Milner, in collaboration with physicist colleagues Rolf Ent and Rik Yoshida at Jefferson Lab and video artists Chris Boebel and Joe McMaster at MIT, have taken inspiration from the colorized Hubble images of the large-scale structure of the universe from original black-and-white exposures. The creators of these images describe them as “equal parts art and science.” This project’s goal is to create similarly scientifically authentic, visually inspiring images of the microcosm and explore the creative process, the challenge of scientific “accuracy,” evidence, and the very concept of “understanding.” Milner and his colleagues are motivated by new and planned electron accelerators that aim to deliver snapshots of the fundamental structure of matter with unprecedented clarity.

2019 Mellon Fellow

Orbit Weaver in zero gravity, Xin Liu, Credit: Steve Boxall, Space Exploration Initiative

Joseph Paradiso's Diversifying Space

Diversifying Space centers on two classes: STS.058 Space Exploration and Interplanetary Habitation (Boucher, spring 2019) and MAS.S64 Prototyping our Sci-Fi Space Future: designing & deploying projects for zero gravity flights (Paradiso, fall 2019), as well as a series of workshops and presentations by visiting artists. Topics range from parabolic flight research to the social impact of science and technology at an interplanetary level.

2018 Mellon Fellow

Artist Rendering of TESSERAE (Self-Assembling Space Architecture) , Ariel Ekblaw, Joe Paradiso Credit: Responsive Environments, Space Exploration Initiative and TU Dortmund

Elena Ruehr’s TESS SciCon(cert)

NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), launched in April 2018, aims to survey 85 percent of the sky in the search for new planets. The TESS SciCon(cert) sets this mission to music during the MIT TESS Science Conference, the first academic gathering dedicated to TESS mission science, including exoplanets, asteroseismology, stellar binaries, variable stars, Solar System science, and extragalactic astronomy.

2019 Fay Chandler Creativity Grant

Pawan Sinha. Credit: Ed Quinn.

Pawan Sinha’s “Vision in Art and Neuroscience”

Pawan Sinha’s 9.S52/9.S916 Vision in Art and Neuroscience introduces students to core concepts in visual perception through the lenses of art and neuroscience. Students engage with these concepts through hands-on studio practice. The material has been selected both to expose students to the study of brain and cognitive sciences and to engage those already within the neuroscience community in art production as a means to explore and visualize the principles of perception.

2017 and 2018 Mellon Fellow

Eve Gigliottias and Lacey Dorn preforming in Persona workshop at MIT. Credit: L. Barry Hetherington.

Jay Scheib's The Silence

As an MIT CAST Mellon Faculty Fellow, Jay Scheib is reinventing Ingmar Bergman’s The Silence (1963). The film, described both as a “landmark of modernist cinema” (Lloyd Michaels) and a “tangle of brooding confusions and despairs” (The New York Times), exposes the tense and uncomfortable relationship of two sisters at a hotel in an unfriendly, unknown city.

2019 Mellon Fellow

Viola Ago and Hans Tursack. Courtesy of the artists.

Hans Tursack and Viola Ago's Understorey: University Design Research Fellowship Pavilion For Exhibit Columbus

Hans Tursack, Pietro Belluschi Research and Design Fellow in SA+P, and Viola Ago, Knowlton School of Architecture, Ohio State University, received a University Design Research Fellowship to design and build a pavilion for an architecture exhibition in Columbus, Indiana, which will open to the public in August 2019. Exhibit Columbus is an internationally renowned showcase for experimental commercial and academic architecture offices.

The pavilion design, titled “Understorey,” is a large open-air vivarium built from a combination of off-the-shelf agricultural products, and custom, digitally fabricated structural elements.

2019 Fay Chandler Creativity Grant

CAST Faculty Grant Recipient Ken Urban's The Remains. Studio Theater, May 2018. Courtesy of the artist.

Ken Urban’s The Immortals

The Immortals, a work in progress by playwright Ken Urban, draws from the strange and troubling case of Henrietta Lacks, an African American woman whose “immortal” cancer cells (HeLa cells) continue to be used in biological research over 65 years after her death. The idea for The Immortals stems from interviews with scientists who work in biological research labs, exploring the issues surrounding HeLa cells and the acquiring of cellular material for research purposes.

2019 Fay Chandler Creativity Grant

The Swamp School's Community of Plants workshop with biologist Daubaras. Photo credit: Urbonas Studio.

Gediminas Urbonas’s The Swamp School

For the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale, Gediminas and Nomeda Urbonas curate the Swamp Pavilion, which represents their native Lithuania. It is a networked effort to create new imaginary space for exercises in architectural and artistic practices, theory and pedagogy through events including public interventions, field trips, workshops, lectures, discussions, chat channels and printed publications.

2018 Mellon Fellow

J. Meejin Yoon

J. Meejin Yoon’s FloatLab

J. Meejin Yoon’s FloatLab project is an educational platform to study and observe the transforming urban waterway and is sited within the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia. Professor Yoon leads an interdisciplinary team of researchers, engineers, and environmental scientists to explore how cities like Philadelphia are revitalizing their riverfronts and learning from urban river ecologies.

2017 Mellon Fellow