MIT Visual Arts Program – Call for Applications

MIT Visual Arts Program – Call for Applications

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

November 20, 2006
MIT Visual Arts Program – Call for Applications

Visual Arts Program

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Deadline: December 15, 2006

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The MIT Visual Arts Program was founded in 1988 and is embedded in MIT, a world-class educational institute positioned on the frontier of cutting edge scientific and technological research. MIT is dedicated to providing its students with an education that combines rigorous academic study and the excitement of discovery with the support and intellectual stimulation of a diverse campus community.

The MIT Visual Arts Program operates as a production and education based laboratory and is focused on the development of critical visionary strategies in artistic practice within the context of an advanced technological community. The program offers a highly selective two-year graduate program granting a Master of Science in Visual Studies (SMVisS) degree. Studio investigations are realized through performance, video, photography, manufactured objects, electronic systems, interrogative design as well as experimental media and new genre. The program considers artistic practice as knowledge production, and promotes an approach that challenges traditional genres, the limits of the gallery / museum context and explores the wider role and relevance of art in society.

Graduate students are encouraged to develop their own artistic vision and to freely explore the unparalleled research and technological resources of the MIT environment. Central to the curriculum is the potential for the program’s international participants to create links with other areas within the MIT community. Opportunities abound to develop collaborative, inter- and trans-disciplinary relationships with programs, centers and labs in architecture, urban planning, media arts and sciences, mechanical engineering and other MIT disciplines. In addition, the program has strong ties with the Center for Advanced Visual Studies (CAVS), a fellowship program that commissions and produces new artworks and artistic research within the context of MIT. Graduate students have the opportunity to work on projects with the Center’s affiliates and to participate in the ongoing dialogue fostered at the Center’s public events.

Courses are taught by renowned artists with active, international careers in artistic production and a strong interest in cross-discipline debate and modes of production. VAP faculty includes Professor Joan Jonas, who performed “The Shape the Scent, the Feel of Things” at Dia:Beacon this fall; Professor Krzysztof Wodiczko, Director of CAVS, who had a recent survey of his work at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona; Professor Ute Meta Bauer, Director of VAP and former Co-Curator of Documenta11 and Artistic Director of the 3rd Berlin Biennial. Professor Wendy Jacob (Expanded Sculpture), lecturers Andrea Frank (Photography), Joe Gibbons (Video) and Joe Zane (Mixed Media) are also distinctive practitioners in their fields and participate in exhibitions worldwide. Visiting Professor Regina Moeller (fall 2006 semester) is a Berlin-based artist who has participated at APERTO, Venice Biennale, Manifesta and at the 3rd Berlin Biennial; Visiting Professor Antonio Muntadas (spring 2007 semester) is an internationally renowned artist who represented Spain in last year’s Venice Biennale. In addition the MIT Visual Arts Program is enriched by visiting artist and critics, symposia, workshops and projects, regular screenings of rare film/videos and a public lecture series involving practitioners from various fields.

Artists/cultural producers with diverse backgrounds and experience interested in pursuing innovative artistic practice are encouraged to apply for the Master of Science in Visual Studies. The deadline for application is December 15, 2006.

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