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.
As the latest temporary outdoor installation to be part of the D Street ArtLAB WonderLAND exhibit, Intrude features five giant illuminated white inflatable rabbits standing on The Lawn. The two story high glowing rabbits will take over the Lawn for several days, giving us the feeling of being very, very small! The accompanying light installation will evoke a sense of wonderment and imagery from childhood.
Intrude was created in 2014 for Vivid Festival of Light in Sydney by artist Amanda Parer and has since traveled to festivals across the globe including stops in England, Belgium, Australia, France, Canada, Scotland, Denmark and Italy.
The Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy has brought to Boston a monumental sculpture, As If It Were Already Here, from internationally renowned local artist, Janet Echelman. This incredible installation will create a must-see art experience for visitors from near and far from early May – early October 2015.
The Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy in Boston sought artist proposals from around the world for a piece of contemporary public art around a theme of Connections, symbolic of The Greenway reconnecting the city’s downtown to its waterfront. From 97 proposals, The Greenway selected Janet Echelman, whose impressive city-scale fiber net sculptures seem to float overhead while becoming illuminated beacons at night. The Greenway, Echelman, and the project team worked to design, create, permit, and install a piece unique to Boston. The color, form, and sculpture draws on the history of its location with what has now become one of the most innovative public spaces in the United States – the mile-and-a-half long Greenway.
Installation began in the early morning hours of May 3, 2015 and was mostly completed ten hours later; it required four street closures, dozens of laborers, and six cranes. The sculpture is formed from over 100 miles of rope tied into more than 500,000 knots and is almost an half an acre in size while floating 50 to 365 feet over the park below. It is attached in four places to three buildings: 125 High Street, One International Place, and the InterContinental Hotel & Residences, Boston. It is on display through early October 2015.
Under the Icy Sky, is an outdoor exhibit that features two site-specific video installations that re-contextualize natural elements in relationship to the architecture of the Science Complex. The Building Storm slowly progresses from a light snow storm to a blizzard with intense lightning. Shifting Ice focuses on the sculptural shapes and the movements of small icebergs in a glacial lagoon (filmed in Iceland).
The Building Storm
Two-channel video projection on to the facade of the Science Complex
27:36 min (continuous loop, no audio)
Single-channel video projection on the Science Complex courtyard wall
16:55 min (continuous loop, no audio)
Boston Cyberarts and the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority have teamed up to create “Art on the Marquee,” an ongoing project to commission Public Media Art for display on the new 80-foot-tall multi-screen LED marquee outside the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center in South Boston. The largest urban screen in New England, this unique digital canvas is one of the first of its kind in the U.S. to integrate art alongside commercial and informational content as part of the MCCA’s longstanding neighborhood art program.
“Art on the Marquee” offers artists more than 3,000 square feet of digital display on seven screens, providing full-motion video and a viewership of more than 100,000 pedestrians and motorists. The marquee is visible for a half a mile in many directions.
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.