Arthur Ganson’s kinetic sculptures are a special feature of the MIT Museum.
Press a pedal or turn a crank and you’ll put Ganson’s machines into motion. Take the artist’s invitation: “The objects are part of a cycle. I take an idea from my heart, but it is not complete until you have seen it, and found your own meaning in it.”
His sculptures explore the nature of oiled surfaces, object manipulation and slow explosions, and are created from a range of materials that he fabricates or finds.
This July, we will explore the apertures and entanglements between and across design and technology.
The first MIT Media Lab Summit devoted to design, Knotty Objects will gather designers, scientists, engineers, makers, writers, curators, and scholars around the discussion of four complex and omnipresent objects, along with the rich stories they can tell. The objects–brick, bitcoin, steak, and phone–will become lenses through which we examine the transdisciplinary nature of contemporary design.
The MIT Media Lab’s antidisciplinary approach to research positions it to interrogate design and technology’s relationship: the tensions; their affinities and entanglements; their closeness and distance.
Together, the event’s speakers will tackle concepts and products; prototypes and series; manufacturing and construction methods and their relationship with tradition and material culture; designing with bricks, circuits, and cells; and imagining a future that is based on science and fueled by design.
We invite you to join us for a night and a day of discussion on a future that embraces the ambivalence, ambiguity, and the great potential of disciplines coming together to form new dimensions.
Opens February 15, 2015 at the MIT Museum in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Photographers, image makers, and innovators Felice Frankel, Harold “Doc” Edgerton, and Berenice Abbott are featured in this new exhibition at the MIT Museum. While working at MIT, each photographer explored a range of scientific questions.
By using strobes, magnification, and other light-capturing strategies, they reveal their curiosity about the natural world and how it works. Visitors will learn more about using photography to examine the unknown through their exposure to these fascinating photographers.
The MIT Museum in Cambridge, Massachusetts is one of the best places in the world to see holograms. Most of what they have (including works from the New York Museum of Holography before it closed) is not on view. What you see on exhibit though makes you wish for an entire museum again!
Over 20 holograms created by international artists, as well as several from the MIT Museum collections, will be on display in the MIT Museum’s holography gallery.
The exhibition presents a rare opportunity to view selected works from the world-wide community of practicing display holographers. The MIT Museum holds the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of holograms and regularly invites artists to showcase new work at the Museum.