Image credit: Justin Knight.
David Bowie's Blackstar performed by Maya Beiser with the Ambient Orchestra, 2017.

2018-19 MIT Sounding

Contemporary music with a global cast

The 2018–19 season of the innovative annual performance series MIT Sounding continues to blur musical boundaries. Curated by Evan Ziporyn, faculty director of the MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology (CAST), this season of MIT Sounding presents unique artists who push the envelope of their respective genres, creating new evolving music for the 21st century.

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Image credit: Justin Knight.
David Bowie's Blackstar performed by Maya Beiser with the Ambient Orchestra, 2017.

2017-18 MIT Sounding

Contemporary music with a global cast

The 2017–18 season of the innovative annual performance series MIT Sounding continues to blur the boundaries between contemporary and world music.

Curated by Evan Ziporyn, faculty director of the MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology (CAST), this season of MIT Sounding integrates the avant-garde sounds of ancient instruments and traditional practices with cutting-edge composition and technology to present various visions of a new, evolving music that defies genre.

 

Creative Arts Competition winning team Cosmosii's Emma Kaye (Sloan '22)

Creative Arts Competition

 

The MIT Creative Arts Competition is an annual contest designed to encourage arts-focused startups at the Institute. The $15,000 prize is offered as a grant to help launch the winning enterprise and enable the recipient(s) to join the ranks of MIT’s successful startup founders.

 

Resources for Students

 

Competition Kickoff  Conference:

Keynote on Bringing Meaning to the Marketplace: Make * Care * Strategize * Implement
Sunday, October 25, 2020

Wendy Swart Grossman and Jen Guillemin, co-founders of Creative Re/Frame, share their experiences as entrepreneurs, educators, and mentors. They discuss finding the motivation behind a creative venture, forming an idea, and putting it into action using the Make * Care * Strategize * Implement framework. 

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Panel Discussion
Sunday, October 25, 2020

Roundtable lightning talks with past winners and mentors of the $15K, including: Maria Esteban Casanas and Michael Stradley (Elements, 2020 $15K Winners); Ellen Shakespear (Spaceus, 2018 $15K Second Prize); Nir Hindi (Mentor, Founder of The Artian); and Jon Corbiere (Mentor, CEO of Thought Cafe). 

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Workshop series:

Building your Value Proposition
Thursday, November 11, 2020

Dr. Michael Camp, Executive Director of Entrepreneurship and Technology Innovation at Ohio State University, shares his experience on how to build and articulate your value proposition as an arts-related venture. This session focuses on understanding and explaining what makes your venture uniquely valuable to customers and stakeholders. 

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Building your Business Plan (For-profit track)
Sunday, December 6, 2020

Carly Chase, Managing Director of the MIT NYC Startup Studio and entrepreneur-in-residence at the Martin Trust Center, shares guidance on how to build a strong plan for your arts-related venture. This session focuses on building out the dimensions of a venture from key suppliers to target customers and everything in between.

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Building your Business Plan (Non-profit track)
Monday, December 21, 2020

Miguel Rodriguez shares his experience as founder and president of Athlone Artists and executive with Boston Baroque, Opera Boston, and Boston Landmarks Orchestra. This session helps students interested in the competition’s non-profit track to build out a robust business plan by identifying target impact, stakeholders, key partners, and more.

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Creating a Budget (For-profit track)
Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Kit Hickey, co-founder of Ministry of Supply and entrepreneur-in-residence at the Martin Trust Center shares her experience budgeting to support growth in a company’s early stages. This session is aimed at helping for-profit venture teams create and test a prospective budget.

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Creating a Budget (Non-profit track)
Monday, December 7, 2020

Julia Turnbull, Assistant Director for Student Programs at the Legatum Center, will discuss her experience evaluating budgets and grant funding for the Inter American Development Bank. This session focuses on how to create a prospective budget to effectively plan for your non-profit venture’s growth.

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Arts E-ship Launchpad WhatsApp:

This informal community of arts-minded entrepreneurs will act as a place for people to make introductions, collaborate, build, and share ideas. We’ll use this platform for $15K Creative Arts Competition team-building and ad hoc meetups/virtual networking events, among other things!
Join to keep up with all things arts entrepreneurship

 

January IAP Course: Communications Bootcamp for Artists and Creative Entrepreneurs

In this 4-week workshop, you will learn how to talk about, write about, and pitch artistic projects and ventures. You’ll develop an elevator pitch, artist and/or project statement, and learn how to write persuasively about your work for grant applications and awards or competitions. You’ll also learn best practices for developing a pitch deck or curating a portfolio. This course will help prepare you to participate in MIT-specific arts opportunities, including funding from the Council for the Arts at MIT, Student Art Awards, Wiesner Art Gallery exhibitions, and the $15K Creative Arts Competition.

 

$15K Applications will be open soon; deadline is Friday, February 5, 2021. Stay tuned for details! 

"Don't You Know," an original song from Jacob's debut album 'In My Room'.
"Don't You Know," an original song from Jacob Collier's debut album 'In My Room'. Photo: courtesy of the artist.

2016-17

Contemporary music with a global cast

The 2016-17 season of innovative annual performance series MIT Sounding continues to blur the boundaries between contemporary and world music. Curated by Evan Ziporyn, Faculty Director of the MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology, this season of Sounding integrates the avant-garde sounds of ancient instruments and traditional practices with cutting-edge composition and technology to present various visions of a new, evolving music that defies genre.

 

Being Material, CAST Symposium, April 21-22, 2017
Being Material, CAST Symposium, April 21-22, 2017

Being Material

BEING MATERIAL
A symposium hosted by the MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology (CAST)

April 21-22, 2017
MIT Samberg Conference Center, 6th & 7th floors, Building E52
50 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA 02139

In 1995, MIT’s Nicholas Negroponte predicted that “being digital” would have us entering a realm increasingly unconstrained by the materiality of the world. Two decades later, our everyday lives are indeed ever more suffused by computation and calculation. But unwieldy materiality persists and even reasserts itself. Programmable matter, self-assembling structures, 3D/4D printing, wearable technologies and bio-inspired design today capture the attention of engineers, scientists and artists. “BEING MATERIAL” showcased recent developments in materials systems and design, placing this work in dialogue with kindred and contrasting philosophy, art practice and critique. Panels on the PROGRAMMABLE, WEARABLE, LIVABLE and INVISIBLE—along with a concert, AUDIBLE—explored new and unexpected meetings of the digital and material worlds.

 

Book from MIT Press

Videos of the Symposium Sessions

Article about the Symposium

Interviews with Symposium Conveners

Press Coverage