Visual Arts Program at MIT Call for Applications & open house

Visual Arts Program at MIT Call for Applications & open house

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

October 19, 2007
Visual Arts Program at MIT Call for Applications & open house

Open House: November 6, 2007

Application deadline:

December 15, 2007

For further information:



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Call for Applications & open house

Master of Science in Visual Studies, MIT

Join us for an Open House on November 6, 2007. Email [email protected] or call 617-253-5229

for information.

The MIT Visual Arts Program (VAP) seeks talented, curiosity-driven and creative students to apply for upcoming academic year. This selective two-year program grants successful participants a Master of Science in Visual Studies (SMVisS) degree. Founded in 1988, VAP is embedded in MIT under the aegis of the School of Architecture and Planning and within the Department of Architecture. This unique position encourages a wealth of interdisciplinary exploration and research.

The Program

The MIT Visual Arts Program operates as a production- and education-based laboratory within the context of an advanced technological community. Our program explores the wider role and relevance of art in society and considers artistic practice as knowledge production, thus promoting an approach that challenges traditional genres and the limits of the gallery/museum context. Studio investigations and artistic research are realized through performance, video, photography, manufactured objects, electronic systems, interrogative design, as well as through experimental media and new genre. Central to the curriculum is the potential for students to concur with other areas of the MIT community. There are endless opportunities to develop collaborative, interdisciplinary relationships with programs and labs in architecture, urban planning, media arts and sciences, mechanical engineering and

other disciplines.

Students & Alumni

Students are encouraged to develop their own artistic vision and to freely explore the unparalleled research and technological resources available at MIT. Recent areas of critical research engage in the role of art and culture in today’s society, from a radio broadcast vehicle (Max Goldfarb ’06) to rethinking knowledge production and transmission through artistic means (Hope Ginsburg ’07). Students participate in outside exhibitions, and projects were recognized through a number of prestigious awards. Alumni have secured coveted fellowships and teaching positions around the globe, and have gained international recognition through exhibitions and events. Hiroharu Mori ’04 participated in the 2007 Venice Biennial, Jennifer Allora ’03, along with Guillermo Calzadilla, participated in the Lyon Biennial of Contemporary Art, the Istanbul Biennial and the 8th Sharjah Biennial, all in 2007, and Jill Magid ’00 had a solo show at the Gagosian Gallery, New York.


Instructors are world-renowned artists with active, international careers in artistic production, as well as a strong interest in cross-discipline debate and modes of production. Director and Professor, Ute Meta Bauer, is the Director of SITAC VI 2008 in Mexico City, was Co-Curator of Documenta11 and Artistic Director of the 3rd Berlin Biennial. Professor Joan Jonas has a current solo exhibition at MACBA (Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona). Professor Krzysztof Wodiczko, Director of CAVS (Center for Advanced Visual Studies) and head of MIT’s Interrogative Design Workshop, has a major retrospective exhibition upcoming at the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Caracas. Professor Wendy Jacob has exhibited at Centre Georges-Pompidou and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Visiting Professor Regina Moeller has participated at APERTO, Venice Biennale, Manifesta and at the 3rd

Berlin Biennial.

Visiting Professor Antoni Muntadas is an internationally renowned artist who represented Spain in the 2005 Venice Biennale. Lecturers Andrea Frank (Photography), Joe Gibbons (Video) and Jae Rhim Lee (Mixed Media) are prominent practitioners within their fields and participate in exhibitions worldwide. In addition, visiting artists and critics, symposia, workshops, screenings, as well as a cross-disciplinary public lecture series, all enrich the program by addressing topics related to current research initiatives.


Artists/cultural producers with diverse backgrounds and experience who are interested in pursuing innovative artistic cross-disciplinary practice and research are encouraged to apply. The deadline is December 15, 2007.

All applicants are encouraged to seek out the variety of diversity resources and funding opportunities available. Information can be found at, or by contacting Robbin Chapman, Manager of Diversity Recruitment, at 617-324-5396 or [email protected]

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