Wiesner Student Art Gallery

Second floor of the Stratton Student Center, MIT Building W20


Work by Jonathan Zong, G, MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory

Exhibition on view January 15, 2020 – February 7, 2020

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 / 6:00pm

BODY TEXT is reading as gazing as reading as writing; is a contest of control; is an imperfect way of rendering people and systems legible to each other.

Jonathan Zong is an artist who works with graphic design as his material. Zong uses its conventions and processes to think about technologies of social mediation and power. He works to imagine and build the repaired world he wants to live in in the future. Zong’s practice, includes experimentation with 3D printed letterpress type, printed books collecting algorithmic curations of found material, and created personal data visualizations used by tens of thousands. Working with visual form in a digital substrate helps Zong think about the continually negotiated boundary between bodies and machines in society. How should designers think about the social commitment of the forms they create? Answering this question will help Zong—and the field of contemporary art—come to a new understanding of design’s present and future territory.

Refreshments will be served • Free and open to the public • No reservations necessary


The Jerome B. Wiesner Student Art Gallery, established as a gift from the MIT Class of 1983, honors the former president of MIT, Jerome Wiesner, for his support of the arts at the Institute. Located on the second floor of the Stratton Student Center, the gallery was designed to be a place for students to exhibit their artistic endeavors, both academic and co-curricular.

The gallery was fully renovated in fall 2016, thanks in part to the generosity of Harold (1944) and Arlene Schnitzer and the Council for the Arts at MIT, and now also serves as a central meeting space for MIT Student Arts Programming including the START Studio, Creative Arts Competition, Student Arts Advisory Board and Arts Scholars.

The gallery is located in the MIT Student Center and is open 24 hours a day.

Stratton Student Center, MIT Building W20, Second floor
84 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA

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