Spring 2016 Preview of Programs

CAST presents a variety of workshops, exhibitions and lectures this Spring, and we hope you will join us for some of these scintillating events! McDermott Awardee David Adjaye will visit campus for a series of discussions on “The Future of the Library,” “The Future of Campus” and “The Future of the Museum.” MIT Sounding continues with concerts by Flux Quartet and Pamela Z. Visiting Artists Karim Ben Khelifa, Lara Baladi, Keith Ellenbogen, Matthew Niederhauser and John Fitzgerald will share work they made during their 2015-16 residencies at MIT. For information about these, and future, CAST programs, please consider subscribing to our mailing list.



John Fitzgerald & Matthew Niederhauser | The Future of Suburbia Exhibition

Dates: Monday, January 25 through Saturday, April 2, 2016
Time: 9:00am-5:00pm
Location: Okawa Lobby, MIT Media Lab, E14 75 Amherst Street, Cambridge, MA

The Future of Suburbia exhibition is a multimedia synthesis of research by MIT Center for Advanced Urbanism students, faculty, practitioners and visiting artists. The exhibition aims to expose the nuance and complexity of the suburban condition, visually document suburbanization around the world and produce four design frameworks for future suburban conditions: heterogeneous, experimental, autonomous and productive. The exhibition is centered around a dynamic physical model of a future polynodal suburb complemented by contextual research displayed in text and graphics, and aerial videos of existing global suburbs by CAST Visiting Artists Matthew Niederhauser and John Fitzgerald.


David Adjaye | McDermott Award Public Events

Film Screening David Adjaye – Collaborations: A Portrait of the Architect through the Eyes of Others

Date: February 8th, 2016
Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm
Location: E14 LH-633, 75 Amherst Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

Arts at MIT presents David Adjaye – Collaborations, a feature length documentary by Oliver Hardt on the work of David Adjaye, the acclaimed British-Ghanaian architect and 2016 Recipient of the Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts at MIT. The film features interviews with Adjaye’s collaborators, a roster of influential figures in the art and cultural world as well as a significant number of his architectural projects, including public buildings, residential houses, artist studios and exhibition spaces globally situated and developed over the past 15 years. This special screening launches David Adjaye’s McDermott Award Residency that begins on February 10, 2016.

Free and open to the public.


Future of the Library

Date: Thursday, February 11, 2016
Time: 6:00pm–7:30pm
Location: MIT Lecture Hall 10-250, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA

David Adjaye will be joined by librarians Chris Bourg and Ginnie Cooper, Professor Jeffrey Schnapp, and architects Nader Tehrani and Ana Miljački to discuss the changing role of libraries as spaces for collections, research, technology and public engagement. Register via Eventbrite.

Free and open to the public but reservations strongly recommended.


McDermott Award Keynote Lecture | Geography, History, Community: Designing to Context

Date: Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Time: 5:00pm–6:30pm
Location: MIT Lecture Hall 10-250, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA

A lecture by Architect David Adjaye, the 2016 Recipient of the Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts at MIT. Register via Eventbrite.

Free and open to the public but reservations strongly recommended.


Future of the Campus: Designing A Place for Inventing the Future: The MIT Campus, Then, Now, Next

Date: Wednesday, March 30 and Thursday, March 31, 2016
Time: 9:00am–5:30pm
Location: MIT Kresge Auditorium, W16, 48 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA

This two day symposium is co-sponsored with the MIT 2016 Committee and the MIT Department of Architecture. The symposium will examine architecture and cultures at MIT and their influences on education and student life on campus. With past, present and future lenses, speakers will explore the prescient design of the original buildings and the interdisciplinary, innovative research that they fomented, as well as imagine the teaching and maker spaces of the future.

David Adjaye will present during The MIT Campus: Then, Now, Next on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at 4:00pm.

Registration available soon. More information at MIT2016 Intersections of Architecture and Campus Culture


Future of the Museum

Date: Thursday, April 28, 2016
Time: 6:00pm–7:30pm
Location: MIT Lecture Hall 10-25077 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA

David Adjaye will be joined by Thelma Golden, Jill Medvedow, Charles Renfro and Lorna Simpson in a panel discussion moderated by Meejin Yoon about the future of museums and the relevance of physical space to cultural experience in the digital era. Register via Eventbrite.

Free and open to the public but reservations strongly recommended.


On the Record | NODE Berlin Oslo/Bengler Reception and presentations

Date: Saturday, February 20, 2016
Time: Reception and presentations 5:00pm-6:30pm
Location: Wiesner Building, E1520 Ames Street. Cambridge, MA 02139

On the Record: Publication Practices is a series of discussions and workshops presented by CAST and the Department of Architecture focusing on the work of publication, broadly defined, today. As part of their residency with CAST, NODE Berlin Oslo and Bengler will experiment with the MIT Center for Advanced Visual Studies (CAVS) Archive, maintained by the Program in Art, Culture, and Technology, using its source material as a subject and point of departure to develop a publishing concept that could unfold in the space of print as publication and physical domain as exhibition. On Saturday, February 20, NODE/Bengler will conduct a workshop with MIT students and faculty. The public is invited to presentations by NODE/Bengler and workshop participants at 5:00pm.


On the Record | Workshop

Date: March 12, 2016

More details coming soon.

Creating new shared territories for discursive and collaborative practices


Karim Ben Khelifa |  Conversation with Karim Ben Khelifa and Fox Harrell

Date: Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Time: 5:00pm-6:00pm
Location:  Tang Center E51-335, 2 Amherst Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

CAST Visiting Artist Karim Ben Khelifa, an award-winning photojournalist, and Fox Harrell, Associate Professor and Director of the Imagination, Computation and Expression (ICE) Laboratory, will discuss The Enemy, an immersive installation using virtual reality. Ben Khelifa and Harrell are integrating concepts from cognitive science and Artificial Intelligence-based interaction models into the project to engender empathy. This event is sponsored by Arts at MIT in collaboration with the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship.

Registration required.


FLUX Quartet | 6-hour uninterrupted String Quartet  No. 2 by Morton Feldman

Date:  Sunday, February 28, 2016
Time: 2:00pm-8:00pm

Location: MIT Killian Hall, 14W-111160 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA

MIT Sounding presents the long-awaited Boston premiere of Morton Feldman’s epic six-hour uninterrupted String Quartet No. 2 at MIT, performed by the FLUX Quartet. FLUX was the first group to undertake this late 20th-century masterwork of sustained, quiet intensity, developing new performance techniques to deal with the piece’s extremes of stamina and concentration. This event is co-produced by MIT Music and Theater Arts and CAST.

Learn more about FLUX.


Pamela Z |Works for Voice & Electronics

Date: March 11, 2016
Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm
Location: Le Laboratoire, 650 East Kendall Street, Cambridge, MA

MIT Sounding presents virtuosic singer, composer, electronic musician, media and performance artist Pamela Z, a true pioneer of live digital looping techniques and a tireless creator and inventor. With body-sensors and customized hardware and software of her own design, she uses elegant physical gestures and intricate real-time digital processing to create dense, complex sonic layers in solo works that combine experimental, extended vocal techniques, operatic bel canto, found objects, text and sampled concrete sounds. What results are aural and visual landscapes of stunning beauty and originality.  This event is co-produced by Le Laboratoire and CAST.

Free and open to the public, reservations strongly recommended. Please register here for free tickets.


Underwater Conservation Photography with Keith Ellenbogen | Class Exhibition

Date: March 2016
Location: Wiesner Student Art Gallery, W20

More information coming soon.


Lara Baladi | Vox Populi

Date: April 23, 2016
Time: 10:00am-3:00pm
Location: E15

More information coming soon.

CAST Visiting Artist Lara Baladi is an internationally recognized multi-disciplinary Egyptian-Lebanese artist. During MIT Open House, Baladi will present a prototype of her residency project Vox Populi, Archiving a Revolution in the Digital Age. The multi-layered transmedia project, Vox Populi, is an interactive timeline of the Egyptian revolution and its aftermath in the form of an immersive installation. Baladi says the work is “a tribute to the 2011 Egyptian revolution and its impact on and resonance with the uprisings and sociopolitical movements that followed.”


EVIYAN | Concert | MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble featuring EVIYAN

Date: April 22, 2016
Time: 8:00pm
Location: Kresge Auditorium, W1648 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA

EVIYAN is Iva Bittová, Gyan Riley, and Evan Ziporyn: three unique composer-performers merging into a singular sound. EVIYAN is a blend of Eastern European folk traditions, Indian classical music, gamelan, jazz, rock, cabaret and minimalism.

Founded in 1963 by Boston jazz icon Herb Pomeroy, the MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble (FJE) is an advanced 18 to 20-member big band/jazz ensemble performs traditional and contemporary jazz ensemble literature, including student compositions, and new works written for the FJE by major jazz composers.  Dr. Frederick Harris, Jr. became the fourth Music Director of the FJE in Fall 1999.

Tickets available soon.

Posted on January 27, 2016 by Sharon Lacey