MIT presents AR – Artistic Research

MIT presents AR – Artistic Research

School of Architecture + Planning at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

February 28, 2011
MIT presents AR – Artistic Research

17 November 2010 – 12 May 2011

AR Project displays
April 4, 2011

Reception: 5:30–7:00 PM,
E14 Media Lab Complex

Lecture: 7:00-9:00 PM,
E15 Wiesner Building, Bartos Theater

Massachusetts Institute
of Technology

School of Architecture & Planning
Media Lab Complex, Lobby
75 Amherst Street
Cambridge, MA 02139-4307 USA

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A reception will be held on April 4 at 5:30 PM, in the Media Lab Complex Lobby at MIT, in the presence of the curators, artist Attila Csörgö, and György Kepes’ daughter, Juliet Kepes Stone.

The reception will be followed by “Turning Out the Space,” a lecture featuring artist Attila Csörgö and respondent Thomas D. Trummer as part of Collision 2: When Artistic and Scientific Research Meet lecture series.

AR – Artistic Research explores artistic methodologies and forms of inquiry at the intersection of art, science and technology, and will unfold in multiple formats over the academic year 2010-2011. It including a series of displays at MIT’s recently inaugurated Media Lab Complex, that feature projects by artists who focus on the intersection of art and science in connection with ongoing research by faculty and fellows of MIT’s Program in Art, Culture and Technology (ACT).

AR – Artistic Research juxtaposes documentation of works by Hungarian artist Attila Csörgö and rarely-exhibited photograms and polaroids by MIT Professor György Kepes (1906-2001), who founded the MIT Center for Advanced Visual Studies (CAVS) in 1967. Jae Rhim Lee’s installation is part of her larger artistic and scientific inquiry Infinity Burial Project. The project by Argentina-based artists Guillermo Faivovich & Nicolás Goldberg researches the cultural impact of the Campo del Cielo meteorites.

Featured artists

Attila Csörgö
Hungrian artist Attila Csörgö applies the language of geometry and physics to traditional, pre-digital-age materials like sticks, strings and small electric motors to describe and reconfigure spatial relationships between ob¬jects. Csörgö’s work has been exhibited in Europe and the United States. Attila Csörgö received the Nam June Paik Award in 2008.

Guillermo Faivovich & Nicolás Goldberg
In 2006, Guillermo Faivovich and Nicolás Goldberg began working on A Guide to Campo del Cielo, a project that revolves around researching the cultural im¬pact of the Campo del Cielo meteorites by studying, reconstructing, and reinter¬preting their visual, oral, and written history, aiming to identify their historical and contemporary impact. In 2010, their exhibition Meteorit El Taco, held at Portikus, Frankfurt, brought together the two halves of the El Taco meteorite after almost 45 years of being apart. Their project is documented in The Campo del Cielo Meteorites – Vol 1: El Taco published by dOCUMENTA (13) and will also be fea¬tured at the 2012 dOCUMENTA (13) exhibition.Their artistic research methods involve bibliographical inquiry, archival research, oral history and scientific in¬vestigations. Faivovich and Goldberg live and work in Buenos Aires, Argentina

György Kepes
György Kepes joined MIT’s Department of Architecture in 1946 as associate professor of visual design, becoming a full professor in 1949. Previously in 1944, he published the Language of Vision, which set out his theories on the impact of the “new” technologies of photography, cinema, and television on visual culture.

In 1965-66 Kepes edited and published the influential seven-volume Vision and Value series, and in 1967 he founded MIT’s Center for Advanced Visual Studies (CAVS), a laboratory for interdisciplinary art practice and artistic research, one of the first of its kind. Kepes is the only visual artist of MIT’s faculty to have been awarded the rank of MIT Institute Professor.

Jae Rhim Lee
Jae Rhim Lee’s current work, the Infinity Burial Project, proposes alternatives for the post-mortem body and features the training of a unique strain of edible mush¬room to decompose and remediate toxins in human tissue. Jae Rhim Lee’s work challenges the boundaries prescribed by society and culture between self and other by proposing unorthodox relationships for the mind/body/self, and the built and natural environment. Lee has exhibited both nationally and internationally and is a recipient of a Creative Capital Foundation Grant (2009), Institut für Rau¬mexperimente/Universität der Künste Berlin Grant (2010), and the renowned MAK Schindler Center Scholarship, Los Angeles. Lee is currently an ACT fellow.

Collision 2 Lecture series
Collision 2: When Artistic and Scientific Research Meet
Monday nights at 7 PM, Bartos Theater

02/14/11 – Florian Dombois: Luginsland (On Art as Research)

02/28/11 – Guillermo Faivovich & Nicolás Goldberg: A Guide to Campo del Cielo

03/07/11 – Laurent Grasso: Science & Fictions

03/14/11 – Jae Rhim Lee: Parallel/Peripheral – Working at the intersection of Art and Other

03/28/11 – Ricardo Dominguez: Transborder Disturbances – Aesthetics, Interventions and Technology

04/04/11 – Attila Csörgö: Turning Out the Space

About Siemens Stiftung

Together with its cooperation partners, this globally active foundation works to cope with global challenges between the contradictory contexts of society, technology and culture: it considers itself a driver of ideas and innovations, a laboratory to forge a better understanding of the present, and an initiator of innovations for the issues of the future.

About ACT

The MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology (ACT) operates as a critical studies and production based laboratory, connecting the arts with an advanced technological community. The ACT was formed in a merger between the MIT Center for Advanced Visual Studies and the Visual Arts Program in 2009. AR – Artistic Research reflects the mission of ACT as an academic and research unit emphasizing artistic practice as knowledge production and dissemination.

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