Graduate Student Talk: Maria Gabriela Carucci

February 8, 2024
Event Types
Talk / Lecture
Public Program
Three metal poles extend from floor to ceiling in a gallery. Two or three framed works on paper with layered compositions are attached to each one. The frames appear to be able to rotate around the poles. In the background on the left, a projector on a table casts an abstract light pattern across the wall, accompanied by two chairs.

Exhibition view: List Projects 28: Sophie Friedman-Pappas and TJ Shin, MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, 2023. Photo: Dario Lasagni

For more information, contact:

cwestj01 [at] (Cassidy Westjohn)

Join Maria Gabriela Carucci, a Master of Science candidate in the Department of Architecture + Urbanism at MIT for a conversation around List Projects 28: Sophie Friedman-Pappas and TJ Shin.

In this talk, Maria Gabriela Carucci will discuss her own work on pigeon politics as it relates to the bird’s ability to historically thrive indifferently from what anthropogenic purposes for them have been, resulting in an established (albeit heavily contested) place in the ecosystem of modern cities around the world. Carucci will use her research to expand on Sophie Friedman-Pappas' and TJ Shin’s practice that relates to topics of contemporary forms of surplus value production and the relationship between histories of nature and conditions of late capitalism. 

This will be a hybrid event with a live video that can be streamed here at 5:30 PM.

About the Speaker

Maria Gabriela Carucci is a Venezuelan born architect, researcher and designer currently pursuing a Master of Science in Architecture Studies and Urbanism. Her work is driven by a passion for history and heritage, data narratives and multimedia storytelling.

She believes the intersection of research and design has a crucial part to play in making people aware of the autonomy and agency they can hold in a space, and their responsibility to the environment around them. Lately, she has been exploring ways to reframe the anthropogenic narratives that exist in both urban and non-urban landscapes through a series of different mediators, a few of which are pigeons, barricades, flocks of sheep and herds of goats, and volcanoes. 

Graduate Student Talks

MIT graduate students explore current exhibitions at the List Center through the lens of their own research, background, and interests. Join us for this interdisciplinary lecture series where we dive into how art and research are overlapping on MIT’s campus.