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2022-23 CAST Visiting Artist Andreas Refsgaard engages the MIT community in the ethics and play of creative coding Sketch a doodle of a drum or a saxophone to conjure a multi-instrumental composition. Look into a webcam, speak, and watch … Continued
For compelling proof that painting is, in fact, alive and thriving in the age of A.I., see “The Garden in the Machine,” Matthew Ritchie’s new show at the James Cohan gallery (through Oct. 15).
With its unconventional premise and solutions-geared gameplay, Promesa stands out from other options already on the market.
Anna Kohler weaves a multifaceted narrative fabric out of images, sounds, text, and expressive movement, commenting on the human condition.
ourey discusses all things sustainability, climate change, and being eco-conscious at your next festival ahead of Above & Beyond’s 2022 Group Therapy Weekender.
A new course explores the impacts of race, sexuality, and gender on the systems of everyday life For Danielle Wood, understanding identity–how experiences of race, gender, sexuality, and ability affect one’s experience of the world–is critical for designing better systems, … Continued
Departing from games that glorify European conquest, Promesa helps players understand Puerto Rico as a modern-day colony In the popular board game Puerto Rico, players are placed in the role of colonial governors. Their task, while growing crops on … Continued
Emma Kaye, Sloan ’22 and team Cosmosii win 2022 competition It is a rare competition where every entrant truly wins. This year’s $15K Creative Arts Competition was one of those. “This felt less like a competition and more like … Continued
Two installations at the Venice Architecture Biennale and the Guggenheim Bilbao invite visitors to explore the future of urban mobility How can we research the future? It’s a question that Gabriela Bílá Advincula (MS ’21) asks herself daily in her … Continued
An unconventional format for her documentary about an unconventional pop star The Turkish songwriter, poet and performer Zeki Müren (1931-1996) was an idiosyncratic star, to say the least. A flamboyant fashion plate partial to platform boots, tight lamé outfits, … Continued
1. Trashion Show, Julia Chatterjee, 2. When The Coyote Stole The Fire, Stuti Khandwala, 3. 116 x 31, Karyn Nakamura, 4. Monologue, Montserrat Garza Julia Chatterjee, Montserrat “Montse” Garza, Stuti Khandwala, and Karyn Nakamura Every year, MIT students enrich their … Continued
Visit the online exhibition of work by the 2022 recipients of the Harold and Arlene Schnitzer Prize in the Visual Arts. Christopher Benton, Kwan Queenie Li, and Irmandy Wickasono Good art can be both timely and timeless. It can … Continued
Student project 116 x 31 transforms an iconic building on MIT’s campus with a large-scale interactive installation It’s known on campus as “The Sponge.” But last week, undergraduate design major Karyn Nakamura transformed the iconic façade of Simmons Hall … Continued
Valerie Chen EECS ’22 is a gifted cellist at home in almost any musical genre. Her diverse and challenging repertoire ranges from Brahms and Debussy to the themes from “Game of Thrones” and Pokémon. She is also a gifted musical … Continued
The PhD alum, who works as a research scientist at Visa Research, performed his Emerson/Harris solo recital after a two-year delay. Srinivasan Raghuraman SM ’17, PhD ’20 was in the lab after hours during his first year at MIT when … Continued
An art-science collaboration tests the limits of visual technologies Try to picture a proton—the minute, positively charged particle within an atomic nucleus—and you may imagine a familiar, textbook diagram: a bundle of billiard balls representing quarks and gluons. … Continued
In the remote desert of Nevada, MIT students design shelter for all species In a rural valley of northwestern Nevada, home to stretches of wetlands, sagebrush-grassland and dozens of natural springs, is a 3,800-acre parcel of off-grid land known … Continued
This show is a marvel of art and science in which the artist literally draws you into his web to share his love of spiders, even allowing you to experience what it is like being one.
Tomás Saraceno’s creations, including those on view at a new exhibition at the Shed, lie at the intersection of sculpture, ecology and futuristic experimentation.