MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology: Fall 2010 Lecture Series

MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology: Fall 2010 Lecture Series

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

Professor Dava Newman, MIT: Inventor, Science and Engineering
Guillermo Trotti, A.I.A., Trotti and Associates, Inc. (Cambridge, MA): Design
Dainese (Vincenca, Italy): Fabrication
Douglas Sonders: Photography
October 5, 2010
MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology: Fall 2010 Lecture Series

Dava Newman,
“Second Skin Bio-suit”

Monday, October 18
7:00 PM

MIT Bartos Theater
Wiesner Building (E15)
20 Ames Street, Cambridge
Free and open to the public
[email protected]

Second Skin Bio-suit

Dava J. Newman is Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Engineering Systems at MIT She assisted NASA in developing the Bio-Suit.

MIT Bartos Theater, Wiesner Building (E15)
20 Ames Street, Cambridge
Free and open to the public.

For more information:

[email protected]


The Give Me Shelter lecture series draws together speakers from different disciplines to discuss questions such as: How can bodywear function as body extension or to support the human body under unusual conditions such as hot and cold climates? How can we expand the notion of the boundary between the body and environment? What kind of second skin would be required to survive walking through a volcano, living under water, or visiting outer space? How does clothing contribute to the question of the protection of endangered peoples and environments? The ACT Monday night lecture series is organized this term as part of the ACT course of Professor Ute Meta Bauer, Second Skin / Body Wear. Artistic Research and Transdisciplinary Studies, in collaboration with the Performance Workshop of Professor Joan Jonas and Introduction to Networked Cultures of lecturer Nitin Sawhney.


9/13/10 – Climate Changes in Science Fashion
Elke Gaugele
Gaugele will reflect upon climate changes in “science fashion” and discuss different points of departure for its contemporary artistic research. Elke Gaugele is a cultural anthropologist and professor of Fashions and Styles at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, Austria.

09/20/10 – Com(ment)ic: Wondersuits, Fast Skin, Poison Ivy
Regina Maria Moeller
Comic superheroes dress in hightech suits that support their hyperactivities with magic powers. Are these “wondersuits” fictional? Or have they become models for current “second skin” developments? Regina Maria Möller is a German artist, author, founder of the magazine regina. She is a professor at the Trondheim Academy of Fine Art / Faculty of Architecture and Fine Art at the Norwegian University of Science andTechnology.

09//27/10 – 21st Century Living in the Amazon: In the Order of Chaos
Laura Anderson Barbata
Laura Anderson Barbata worked with the Yanomami people of the Venezuelan Amazon Rainforest, teaching them to make paper and books so they could write their own history. Barbata is a professor at the Escuela Nacional de Escultura, Pintura y Grabado La Esmeralda of the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes, México.

10/04/10 – Tierra Brillante
Omar Foglio and Jose Luis Figueroa
Tierra Brilliante (“the brightest glaze”) spotlights lead poisoning suffered by practitioners of traditional ceramics in Mexico. Jose Luis Figueroa co-directed Tierra Brillante, and Omar Folgio was in charge of production for the same film. Tierra Brillante is a co-production between Galatea and the Mexican Institute of Cinema (IMCINE).

10/18/10 – Second Skin Bio-suit
Dava Newman
See details above.

10/25/10 – SOFT, SMART & STEALTHY: New Paradigms for Design Practice
Sheila Kennedy
Sheila Kennedy will present recent research and work. Sheila Kennedy is a Principal of Kennedy & Violich Architecture Ltd. (KVA), an interdisciplinary design practice that explores the relationships between architecture, digital technology and emerging public needs. She is a Professor of the Practice, Architectural Design at MIT.

11/01/10 – Build your own world
Steve Dietz
Steve Dietz is the Artistic Director of ZER01 which produces the 01SJ Biennial, dedicated to inspiring creativity at the intersection of art, technology and digital culture. Dietz is a serial platform creator.

11/08/10 – Metabolic Studio
Lauren Bon
Lauren Bon will talk about current projects with her Metabolic Studio, including Silver and Water, a film made out of the silver and water historically mined out of the Owens River Valley. Lauren Bon is an artist and MIT alumna. Her Metabolic Studio is based in Los Angeles.


The MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology operates as a critical studies and production based laboratory, connecting the arts with an advanced technological community. ACT faculty, fellows and students engage in advanced visual studies and research by implementing both an experimental and systematic approach to creative production and transdisciplinary collaboration. As an academic and research unit, the ACT Program emphasizes both knowledge production and knowledge dissemination. In the tradition of artist and educator Gyorgy Kepes, the founder of MIT’s Center for Advanced Visual Studies and an 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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