Visions & Projections-- An Evening Celebrating the Legacy of the Center for Advanced Visual Studies (CAVS)

December 8, 2011, 6:00PM

20 Ames Street Building E15
Cambridge, MA 02139

Lecture: Márton Orosz, Curator and György Kepes Fellow for Advanced Studies and Transdisciplinary Research in Art, Culture and Technology

Screening: Centerbeam, Directed by Richard Leacock and Jon Rubin. CAVS 1978, 16 mm, color, 13 min.

Round table discussion: 
Otto Piene, Professor and CAVS Director Emeritus 
Elizabeth Goldring, former CAVS Co-Director and ACT Fellow
Joan Brigham, former CAVS Fellow
Lowry Burgess, former CAVS Fellow
Alejandro Siña, former CAVS Fellow
Aldo Tambellini, former CAVS Fellow 
Moderated by João Ribas, Curator, List Visual Arts Center

György Kepes founded CAVS in 1967 at MIT as a fellowship program for artists, which advanced “cooperative projects aimed at the creation of monumental scale environmental forms” while fostering the “individual creative pursuits” of the artists involved. In his lecture, Márton Orosz, who is currently writing a monograph on Kepes, will focus on the role and function of visual design as a form of social engagement in urban, large-scale environments. The second part of the program highlights the CAVS mission under Otto Piene’s directorship, and will focus on transdisciplinary collaborations such as Centerbeam. The newly restored documentary of the same title, co-directed by the late MIT Professor Richard Leacock, traces the large-scale collaborative sculpture Centerbeam, which combined a 144-foot long water prism, holography, and projections on steam. Centerbeam was commissioned and installed at Documenta 6, Kassel, Germany, in 1977, and on the National Mall in Washington, DC in 1978. The discussion will consider the production, vision, and social engagement of Centerbeam.

The György Kepes Fellowship for Advanced Studies and Transdisciplinary Research in Art, Culture and Technology is a joint initiative of the MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology (ACT), and ERSTE Foundation. The preservation of Centerbeam is supported in part by the National Film Preservation Foundation’s Avant-Garde Masters Grant program funded by The Film Foundation.

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