“Seeing / Sounding / Sensing”

“Seeing / Sounding / Sensing”

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Soundwave of Alvin Lucier’s Music on a Long Thin Wire, colored with
Tauba Auerbach’s CMY4; and 14 billions (working title), 2010.
© Studio Tomas Saraceno. Design: Heidi Erickson, MIT.
May 15, 2014
“Seeing / Sounding / Sensing”

September 26–27, 2014

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139

[email protected]


The MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology (CAST) is pleased to announce its first biennial symposium, “Seeing / Sounding / Sensing.” Bringing together artists, philosophers, neuroscientists, and scholars in cross-disciplinary conversation, the symposium will take place at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on September 26–27.

Art, science, and technology are ways of knowing and changing the world. These disciplines frequently draw from one another, yet their practitioners rarely have the opportunity for high-level intellectual and cultural exchange. “Seeing / Sounding / Sensing” is an intensive two-day event at MIT that invites creative artists to join with philosophers, cognitive neuroscientists, anthropologists, historians, and scholars from a range of disciplines in an open-ended discussion about knowledge production. The goal is to challenge each domain’s conventional certainty about “what is known,” “how we know it,” or “how we can know more,” and to stimulate new issues for possible cross-disciplinary scholarship in the future. 

Bruno Latour, eminent philosopher, anthropologist and sociologist of science, will give the keynote address on Friday evening, September 26. Three panel sessions will feature artists Tauba Auerbach (“Seeing”), Alvin Lucier (“Sounding”) and Tomás Saraceno (“Sensing”). The event will culminate in a concert featuring Alvin Lucier’s iconic I am Sitting in a Room, along with works by Lucier performed by Evan Ziporyn, Faculty Director of CAST, and Kenan Sahin, Distinguished Professor of Music; and artist Arnold Dreyblatt

Participants: Tauba Auerbach, Caroline Jones, Bevil Conway, Arnold Dreyblatt, Stefan Helmreich, Douglas Kahn, David Kaiser, Leila Kinney, Carrie Lambert-Beatty, Bruno Latour, Alvin Lucier, Josh McDermott, Mara Mills, Alva Noë, Tomaso Poggio, Alex Rehding, Tomás Saraceno, Natasha Schüll, and Evan Ziporyn

The complete program may be found here.  

The symposium is open to the public and tickets (35 USD now, 50 USD in September) may be reserved here.

Caroline Jones, professor of the History of Art, Chair
Lore Harp McGovern, Honorary Chair

The MIT CAST symposium is funded jointly by Philip S. Khoury, Associate Provost with responsibility for the arts; Deborah K. Fitzgerald, Dean of the School for Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences; and Adèle Naudé Santos, Dean of the School for Architecture and Planning.

For more information: www.arts.mit.edu/cast-symposium




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