Tag Archives: Massachusetts

Crafted – Objects in Flux (Boston, Massachusetts)

Discover the dramatic changes in contemporary craft in recent years.

Contemporary craft-based artists are finding new ways to fully explore their disciplines. Artists engage a broadened range of materials, conceptual practices, ways of making, and modes of display than those that have been historically associated with craft objects.

“Crafted” explores this moment of “flux” in the field, focusing on contemporary craft-based artists who bridge cutting-edge concepts and traditional skills as they embrace and explore the increasingly blurred boundaries between art, craft, and design. Featuring a selection of works from across the landscape of contemporary craft, the exhibition includes more than 30 emerging and established international artists. Looking to a broad range of materials and practices, the exhibition explores the connections between craft and performance; the opportunities provided by new technologies and materials; and the power of rethinking craft’s interactions with architecture and space.

This exhibition is the first of its kind within an encyclopedic museum to explore the broad possibilities of contemporary artistic engagement with craft. By examining these interactions in proximity to historical examples in the MFA’s collection, “Crafted” demonstrates the vitality, viability, and variety inherent in choosing craft as a foundation for contemporary artistic practice.

The 11th Fab Lab Conference, Symposium and Festival (Boston, Massachusetts)

International Fab Lab Network members from more than 450 labs in 55 countries are gathering in August 2015 in the birthplace of the Fab Lab concept. We come together this year to explore how the ability to “Make (almost) Anything” is impacting individuals, communities, businesses and collaborative research and projects from Detroit to Togo, Barcelona to Shanghai and everywhere in between. At Fab11, members will share technical expertise, best practices, and the powerful stories behind Neil Gershenfeld’s statement “The power of Digital Fabrication is social, not technical”.

FAB11 Conference: Aug 3-9, 2015
FAB11 Symposium: Aug 6, 2015
FAB11 Festival: Aug 8-9, 2015

MIT Museum: Images of Discovery (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.

Berenice Abbott

Harold “Doc” Edgerton

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 distinguished photographers, and the unique image making stations featuring the inventive methodologies used by Edgerton, Abbott and Frankel.

The work selected showcases the photographer’s curiosity and dedication to making the natural and the technological world more accessible to the public. Each are represented by over ten images that range in subject matter from swinging wrenches to soap bubbles.

Images of Discovery presents an exciting opportunity for visitors to experience photography as a tool for communicating about—and inspiring a passion for—science and technology.



MIT Museum: Gestural Engineering: The Sculpture of Arthur Ganson (Cambridge, Massachusetts)

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.


MIT Museum
265 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02139

Knotty Objects: brick, bitcoin, steak, phone | MIT Media Lab (Cambridge, Massachusetts)

ICA Boston and MIT Media Lab

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.

Amanda Parer’s Giant Illuminated White Inflatable Rabbits (Boston, Massachusetts)

Intrude from invoke on Vimeo.

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.

Janet Echelman’s Aerial Sculpture over the Rose Kennedy Greenway (Boston, Massachusetts)

Greenway Echelman Sculpture – Installation Time-Lapse – 5.3.2015 from Julian Tryba on Vimeo.

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.

Georgie Friedman ‘Under the Icy Sky’ Video Installations (Worcester, Massachusetts)


(images via artist: digital renderings, 2015)

On view nightly, starting at dusk.

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)

Shifting Ice
Single-channel video projection on the Science Complex courtyard wall
16:55 min (continuous loop, no audio)


Art on the Marquee at Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (Massachusetts)

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.


Images of Discovery at MIT Museum (Cambridge, Massachusetts)

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.