Takahiko Iimura, TV for TV, 1983. Two identical TV monitors face to face, dimensions variable. Credit: Courtesy the artist and Microscope Gallery, Brooklyn.

Henriette Huldisch on Before Projection: Video Sculpture 1974-1995

“The history of time-based art and technology are entwined,” notes Henriette Huldisch, Director of Exhibitions & Curator, MIT List Visual Arts Center, in her catalogue for Before Projection: Video Sculpture 1974-1995. Yet, we rarely pause to consider how the physical … Continued

The Lightweaver, photomontage of a kinetic light installation for the Future Heritage Lab at the refugee camp Al Azraq, Jordan by Azra Aksamija / FHL. Credit: Azra Aksamija, The Lightweaver, 2017.

Future Heritage Lab Devises Creative Responses to Humanitarian Crises

Artistic Collaboration Between MIT, German-Jordanian University and Refugees in the Al Azraq Camp in Jordan Associate Professor Azra Akšamija, Art, Culture & Technology Program, MIT Department of Architecture, first visited the Al Azraq refugee camp in Jordan in 2016. “Once … Continued

IAP course A Brief History of Kanye will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5pm. Image of Kanye West performing at Lollapalooza on April 3, 2011 in Chile. Credit: Wikimedia/Rodrigo Ferrari.
IAP course A Brief History of Kanye will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5pm. Image of Kanye West performing at Lollapalooza on April 3, 2011 in Chile. Credit: Wikimedia/Rodrigo Ferrari.

For Your Edification and Enjoyment: A Guide to Arts IAPs 2018

To counter the prevailing “technology of rationality,” which guides most human behavior and hampers our openness to new experiences, organizations must adopt a “technology of foolishness,” argues behavioral theorist James G. March. This sensible foolishness paves the way for experimentation … Continued

Notes On Blindness, Arnaud Colinart

Hacking VR, 7 ways

Ever since Ivan Sutherland, PhD ’63, developed Ultimate Display in 1965—a forerunner to augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) that uses tactile stimuli to mimic the physical world—MIT researchers have been engineering new forms of immersive media. Today, the … Continued

MIT Theater Arts: The Next Act

A performing arts building ushers in a new era of theater at the Institute In 1597, when the Lord Chamberlain’s Men’s lease expired on their theater building in Shoreditch, then still a suburb of the City of London, the company … Continued

The Livable panel, (from left) Bettina Stoezer, Bill Maurer, Tal Danino, Claire Pentecost, and Rebecca Uchill (co-convener of the symposium). Credit: L. Barry Hetherington.
The Livable panel, (from left) Bettina Stoezer, Bill Maurer, Tal Danino, Claire Pentecost, and Rebecca Uchill (co-convener of the symposium). Credit: L. Barry Hetherington.

CAST’S “BEING MATERIAL” SYMPOSIUM HIGHLIGHTS THE CONVERGENCE OF BITS AND ATOMS

Twenty-two years ago Nicholas Negroponte, MIT Media Lab co-founder, predicted that “being digital” would lead to a future with fewer material constraints. “Being Material,” the MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology’s second biennial international symposium, used Negroponte’s Being Digital … Continued

Jake Gunter's lighting design for 'Small Infinities.' Isaac Newton in the foreground, played by Ben Spiro '17, and Hannah Smith, Newton’s mother is in the background, played by Sabrine Iqbal '17. Photo: Jake Gunter.

2017 Recipients of the Wiesner Student Art Awards

There is common misconception that all MIT students prioritize psets over practicing piano, performing Shakespeare, drawing, painting, dancing or designing lighting cues. The 2017 recipients of the Wiesner Student Art Awards—Jacob Gunter, Nathan Gutierrez, Rachel Osmundsen and Hallie Voulgaris—counter this … Continued

Roots Studio, 2017 Winner of the Creative Arts Competition. Authentic designs by artists in India are transformed into storied products. Photo: Courtesy of Roots Studio.
Roots Studio, 2017 Winner of the Creative Arts Competition. Authentic designs by artists in India are transformed into storied products. Photo: Courtesy of Roots Studio.

Creative Arts Competition rewards arts entrepreneurship at MIT

On May 1, MIT’s yearlong suite of opportunities for student arts entrepreneurs culminated in the fifth annual Creative Arts Competition, a $15,000 prize for the most promising arts-focused startup at the Institute. Eight teams, comprised of undergraduate and graduate students … Continued