Made at MIT

The New York Times: “At MIT, Science Embraces a New Chaos Theory: Art”

The Center for Art, Science & Technology “has revitalized an MIT model begun in the late 1960s of bringing in artists to humanize technology and create more expansive-thinking scientists. MIT is at the forefront of this cross-disciplinary movement…drawing on a legacy of artists who are interested in science that dates back to Leonardo da Vinci and that has proliferated as technology has become ever more commonplace and accessible.”

Read the full article about the CAST Visiting Artists Program featured in The New York Times, Sunday, March 6, 2016.

The MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology (CAST) Visiting Artists Program is distinctive for its emphasis on the research and development phase of artistic work. In addition to presenting new 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.

The Dasha Zhukova Distinguished Visiting Artist Program, which launches in Fall 2016, will create 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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NFB_HIGHRISE_katerina_cizek8001 Exclusive suburban gated community in Johannesburg, South Africa, 2015. Credit: Matthew Niederhauser, John Fitzgerald, and the MIT Center for Advanced Urbanism

Kat Cizek

Known for her Emmy award-winning multimedia project, Highrise, about life in residential skyscrapers throughout the world, documentarian Katerina Cizek recently completed a two-year residency at the MIT Open Documentary Lab and CAST.




Niederhauser and Fitzgerald

In their ongoing project, The Megacity Initiative, Niederhauser and Fitzgerald illuminate this process of mass migration to cities through video, photography, and immersive virtual reality technologies.

Their work is currently on view in the “Future of Suburbia” exhibition in the MIT Media Lab (from January 25, 2016 to April 2, 2016).

Posted on March 3, 2016 by H. Erickson