MIT: Spring 2011 Lecture Series

MIT: Spring 2011 Lecture Series

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

February 15, 2011
MIT: Spring 2011 Lecture Series

MIT program in art, culture and technology
School of Architecture & Planning

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Collision 2: When Artistic and Scientific Research MeetCollision 2

This series is part of AR – Artistic Research, a yearlong collaboration between the MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology and Siemens Stiftung, Munich, co‑curated by ACT Director Ute Meta Bauer and Siemens Stiftung Curator of Visual Arts Thomas D. Trummer.

Monday Nights at 7pm
MIT Bartos Theater
Lower Level, Wiesner Building (E15)
20 Ames Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

February 14, 2011
Luginsland (On Art as Research)
Florian Dombois
Respondent: Ute Meta Bauer

Luginsland (Belvedere) is an installation and sound piece by Florian Dombois, winner of the 2010 German Sound Art Award. Dombois’ work focuses on landforms, labilities, seismic and tectonic activity, scientific and technical fictions, as well as their various representational and media formats. Florian Dombois founded the Y-Institute of Interdisciplinarity at the Bern University of the Arts, Switzerland, where he teaches and acts as the Head of Y-Research. Respondent Ute Meta Bauer is an Associate Professor and head of the MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology.

February 28, 2011
A Guide to Campo del Cielo
Guillermo Faivovich & Nicolás Goldberg
Respondent: Richard P. Binzel

Guillermo Faivovich and Nicolás Goldberg are artists based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In 2006 they began working on A Guide to Campo del Cielo researching the cultural impact of the Campo del Cielo meteorites by studying, reconstructing, and reinterpreting their visual, oral, and written history to identify their historical and contemporary impact. Their 2010 exhibition Meteorit El Taco, Portikus, is documented in The Campo del Cielo Meteorites – Vol 1: El Taco published by dOCUMENTA (13) and will also be featured at the 2012 dOCUMENTA (13) exhibition. Respondent Richard P. Binzel is a Professor of Planetary Science at MIT.

March 7, 2011
Science & Fictions
Laurent Grasso
Respondent: Stefan Helmreich

Laurent Grasso will discuss his HAARP project (High Frequency Active Auroral research) eponymous of a research base in Gakona, Alaska. HAARP involves a scale reconstitution of the antenna arrays in the Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2009). He will also present the Studies into the Past series, and the exhibition The Horn Perspective, Centre Pompidou, Paris (2009), dealing with Arno Penzias and Robert Wilson’s discoveries on cosmic microwaves (remains of the big bang). In 2008, Laurent Grasso was awarded the prestigious Marcel Duchamp Prize and in 2010 his work was featured at The European Biennial of Contemporary Art: Manifesta 8, Murcia, Spain. Respondent Stefan Helmreich is a Professor of Anthropology at MIT.

March 14, 2011
Parallel / Peripheral: Working at the Intersection of Art and Other
Jae Rhim Lee
Respondent TBA

Jae Rhim Lee is an artist and ACT research fellow at MIT. Her current work, the Infinity Burial Project, proposes alternatives for the post-mortem body and features a unique strain of edible mushroom to decompose toxins in human tissue. Lee’s work proposes unorthodox relationships for the mind/body/self, and the built and natural environment. Lee has exhibited nationally and internationally and is a recipient of a Creative Capital Foundation Grant, 2009; a grant from the Institut für Raumexperimente / Universität der Künste Berlin, 2010; and a MAK Schindler Center Scholarship, Los Angeles, 2011.

March 28, 2011
Transborder Disturbances: Aesthetics, Interventions and Technology
Ricardo Dominguez
Respondent: Christopher Csikszentmihalyi

Ricardo Dominguez is an artist, activist and Associate Professor of Visual Arts, UCSD, where he runs the b.a.n.g. lab. He co-founded The Electronic Disturbance Theater that developed virtual-sit-in technologies. His collaborative project, the Transborder Immigrant Tool, a GPS cell phone safety tool for crossing the Mexico-U.S border, is being exhibited at the 2010–11 California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art, the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art (La Jolla), and Un marco modular at Centro Cultural De España, El Salvador, 2010. Respondent Christopher Csikszentmihalyi is Director of the Center for Future Civic Media at MIT.

April 4, 2011
Turning Out the Space
Attila Csörgö
Respondent: Thomas D. Trummer

Hungarian artist Attila Csörgö uses fruit peels to demonstrate problems of space and plane geometry in his work Peeled Spaces. Distorted Spaces focuses on the photographic representation of our surroundings. The Platonic Geometry is a series of kinetic sculptures dealing with the metamorphosis of a regular polyhedron. 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 objects. Csörgö’s work has been exhibited in Europe and the United States. He received the Nam June Paik Award in 2008. Respondent Thomas D. Trummer is Curator of Visual Arts at Siemens Stiftung, Munich.

On view
AR – Artistic Research presents the projects and works by Attila Csörgö, Guillermo Faivovich & Nicolás Goldberg, and Jae Rhim Lee along with the photograms and polaroids by CAVS founder György Kepes. On view Fall 2010 – Spring 2011 in the Media Lab Complex lobby, 75 Amherst Street, Cambridge, Mass.

About the program
The MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology is part of the School of Architecture and Planning at MIT and operates as a critical studies and production based laboratory, connecting the arts with an advanced technological community. ACT faculty, fellows and students engage in research by implementing an experimental and systematic approach to creative production and transdisciplinary collaboration, and emphasize art as knowledge production and dissemination. In the tradition of artist and educator Gyorgy Kepes, founder of MIT’s Center for Advanced Visual Studies and advocate of “art on a civic scale,” ACT envisions artistic leadership initiating change, providing a critically transformative view of the world with the civic responsibility to enrich cultural discourse.

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