MIT FAST 150 Festival Event

February 4, 2011, 1:00PM

Stata Center, Building 32, Room 123
Cambridge, MA 021

Systems, Process, Art, and the Social

This panel examines the long shadow of cybernetics and systems theory in art and design from the 1950s until today, with particular focus on its shift toward the social. How do we get from wartime simulators to contemporary architectural algorithms and interactivity? What does the weather have to do with philosophies of reception in contemporary art? When does an architecture pavilion become a recursive semiotic universe? Scholars, artists, and designers look at the aesthetic and programmatic impact of ideas that at first appeared to have nothing to do with art, and that may have had their most intense articulation (if not their origin) at MIT during and after the war.
Caroline A. Jones, professor and director, History/Theory/Cricitism, Architecture, MIT

-Benjamin Aranda of “Terraswarm” architecture firm, New York
-Michelle Kuo, editor of Artforum & scholar of “Experiments in Art and Technology”
-João Ribas, curator of exhibitions at MIT List Visual Arts Center
-Matthew Ritchie, artist of The Morning Line pavilion for Thyssen-Bornemisza Contemporary
-Matthew Wisnioski, professor at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University & scholar of engineer-artists in the 1960s

For more information, contact:

Mark Linga
[617] 452-3586

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