Arts on the Radar

Get to know the arts at MIT! Explore opportunities, resources, events, workshops, and more.

Thank you for joining us online on September 3 and 4, 2020 to learn more about a range of arts-related topics, spanning the myriad opportunities for making, learning, and experiencing the arts at MIT this academic year. If you missed it or just want to revisit the events, please explore the recordings of the info sessions, virtual student art gallery tour, workshops on remote artistic collaboration, and more found below.

There are many departments, labs, centers, and initiatives at the Institute that offer resources and support for students interested in pursuing the arts at MIT. We know that the vast number of options can be dizzying, so we joined up to host a series of events to help put the arts on your radar!

Arts on the Radar is hosted by the Program in Art, Culture and Technology (ACT), Music and Theater Arts (MTA), List Visual Arts Center, and Office of the Arts.

If you have any questions, you can contact us at artsontheradar@mit.edu or follow us on social media:

Schedule of Virtual Events

Monday, October 26, 2020

6:00pm

What’s Technology Got To Do With It? (ACT Fall 2020 Lecture Series)

Hosted by the Program in Art, Culture and Technology

Barbara London will investigate how media art is shaped by its DNA: technology, real-world politics, and art’s mutability. She will focus on how early pioneers and today’s young innovators combine forms, and along the way revise the definitions of such categories as single-channel, installation, performance, painting, photography, and interactivity. Most aspects of daily life are touched today by the Internet and social media’s broad reach. Now since COVID-19, artists are forging inventions that go beyond conventional gallery spaces.

November 17, 2020

10:00am

ACT Open House

Hosted by the Program in Art, Culture and Technology

Considering a graduate degree in Art, Culture and Technology? Join us for the Virtual Graduate Open House. This is your chance to meet our faculty and students, familiarize yourself with our program, and learn how to prepare your application materials.

November 19, 2020

7:00pm

ACT Open House

Hosted by the Program in Art, Culture and Technology

Considering a graduate degree in Art, Culture and Technology? Join us for the Virtual Graduate Open House. This is your chance to meet our faculty and students, familiarize yourself with our program, and learn how to prepare your application materials.

December 7, 2020

Economic Principles and Artistic Use of Paradox (ACT Fall 2020 Lecture Series)

Hosted by the Program in Art, Culture and Technology

 Artist Cesare Pietroiusti presents a number of artistic projects and participatory performances that, by diverting or playing with economic principles, attempt to create temporary areas of freedom where faith is suspended and rules become tools and toys, instead of single or double binds.

Past Events

Thursday, September 3, 2020

7:00–9:30pm

Info Booth / Arts Lounge

Open for the duration of the event | Event was not recorded

Do you want to learn more about opportunities in the arts at MIT? Do you have specific questions about a program or opportunity you’re interested in pursuing? Having technical difficulties with one of the Arts on the Radar activities? We’re here for you! Drop in any time during the Arts on the Radar events to speak to arts staff from across the institute, get your questions answered, or just hang out.

7:00–7:45pm

Making Music Virtually

How do you create music without physical access to the stage, the practice room, the studio, and your fellow musicians? There are many ways to keep making music while physically distancing, and virtual connection creates many possibilities for collaboration. Join student performers and music producers from MIT a cappella groups Syncopasian and Logarhythms to learn about their experiences rehearsing, performing, and recording music in a physically-distanced world, and hear from MTA Lecturer Ian Hattwick about recommended techniques and best practices. 

Creating Dance Virtually

The virtual world offers new ways to choreograph, rehearse, and perform dance online, even when collaborators are half a world away. Hear from student dancers Joy Feng ’22, Faraaz Nadeem G, and Aniket Dehadrai ‘22 about how they are creating collaborative dance projects in new virtual spaces, and learn techniques and best practices from MTA Lecturer, dancer, and choreographer Dan Safer. 

8:00–8:45pm

Panel: MIT Students in the Arts

Hear from fellow MIT students about the many ways they have been engaged with the arts during their MIT careers — as learners, makers, thinkers, performers, appreciators, and more! From fashion design to filmmaking, from trying out a new hobby to majoring in the arts, this panel showcases the depth and breadth of MIT’s arts scene. Feel free to come with questions!

ACT Maker Workshop: Making from Memory

Hosted by the Program in Art, Culture and Technology | Event was not recorded

Do you make art, machines, food, music, trouble, or something else? Join Graham Yeager, Fabrication Associate in MIT’s Program in Art, Culture, and Technology, for a maker workshop: Making from Memory. Participants will discuss their making backgrounds (or lack thereof) and generate a list of prompts based on the objects, tools, or materials used. Together we will draw pictures of those prompts from memory and casually discuss the role making has in each of our lives. Please bring a few sheets of paper or a sketch book, something to draw with, and a willingness to make less than perfect drawings.

8:45–9:30pm

Artists’ Tour of Misalignments: A Live Web Conversation

Join Dalma Földesi and Jung In Seo (both M.Arch ’20) for a walk-through and conversation about Misalignments, their exhibition in the online Wiesner Student Art Gallery. The artist-architects have created an enticing series of gallery rooms, each illuminating a different aspect of their robotically-fabricated ceramics. Strikingly beautiful and conceptually rigorous, Földesi and Seo’s vessels and forms are created with clay extruding and carving mechanisms of their own design. Join us for a gallery tour and Q&A session with the artists as we consider the tension between hand and machine, the controlled and the accidental.

Friday, September 4, 2020

4:00–6:00pm

Info Booth / Arts Lounge

Open for the duration of the event | Event was not recorded

Do you want to learn more about opportunities in the arts at MIT? Do you have specific questions about a program or opportunity you’re interested in pursuing? Having technical difficulties with one of the Arts on the Radar activities? We’re here for you! Drop in any time during the Arts on the Radar events to speak to arts staff from across the institute, get your questions answered, or just hang out.

4:00–4:45pm

Creating Successful Virtual Events

Transitioning to virtual events presents many challenges, but it also opens up many opportunities. Hear from Peter Godart G and Tiandra Ray ‘15 about how they have been creating engaging online events, including Space for Action: Rebuilding a Sustainable World, a 90-minute performance-conversation in April that brought together leading musicians, scientists, politicians, and activists to reflect on how the pandemic is reshaping our relationship with the earth. 

5:00–6:00pm

Artist Tour: Who Feels at Home in the Visible World

Event was not recorded

Join ACT students for a walk-through and conversation about Who Feels at Home in the Visible World, the current exhibition in the virtual ACT Student Art Gallery. Exhibiting artists include: Casey Tang, Luíza Bastos Lages, Matthew Ledwidge, Nancy Valladares, Rae Yuping Hsu, Ryan Aasen, Aarti Sunder, Chucho Ocampo, Emma (Yimeng) Zhu, Faruk Sabanovic, and Po-hao Chi.

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Participate in an Art Activity

Drawing on Love and Justice

Hosted by the List Visual Arts Center
Share your art from September 1 – November 3 (Election Day)

Drawing on Love and Justice, a project by artist Evelyn Rydz, is an open call for participation, a call for change. Create art addressing what you see in the world and what you want to see in the future.

Postcard Mail Art Exchange: Works in Progress

Hosted by the List Visual Arts Center
Sign up deadline: Friday, September 11, 2020

MIT List Visual Arts Center invites community members to participate in a mail art exchange and share “Works in Progress.” We hope to overcome physical distance with an offline project that encourages a dynamic conversation on how we keep afloat projects that have been interrupted or put on hold because of COVID-19.  

Proof of Concept

Conceived and performed by Stratton Coffman (M.Arch ’20) and Isadora Dannin (M.Arch ’21), with support from the Transmedia Storytelling Initiative, the NuVu Research Fund, and Lord Jim

On view for two weeks starting on September 4th, the north-facing facade of the MIT Wiesner Building (E15) will display selected footage and documentation of Proof of Concept, an ongoing series of guerilla performances staged in the various halls, conference rooms, labs, and lobbies belonging to the nebulous phenomenon called design thinking. The projection will be visible at night throughout this period, with special programming four nights a week (Thursday-Sunday), weather permitting.





Explore More Opportunities in the Arts at MIT

Whether aiming to make, experience, or study art, or simply seeking to connect with others who share a passion for the arts, there are many opportunities to explore the arts for MIT students.
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More about the Hosts

Program in Art, Culture and Technology

Academic program in the School of Architecture + Planning

A hub of critical art practice and discourse, ACT offers a community of artist-thinkers exploring art’s complex relationship to culture and technology.

List Visual Arts Center

The contemporary art museum at MIT

A creative laboratory that provides artists with a space to freely experiment and push existing boundaries.

Music and Theater Arts

Academic program in the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

Music and Theater Arts invites students to explore these disciplines as artistic practices and as cultural, intellectual, and personal avenues of inquiry and discovery.  Students may pursue concentrations, minors, or majors in either music or theater, as well as joint majors with engineering or science.

Office of the Arts

Extra-academic programs, events, and resources for students, staff, faculty, and the general public

Includes the Council for the Arts at MIT, Center for Art, Science & Technology, Student Art Association, Student Art Programs, and more.

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