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ACT fall 2016 lecture series: “Tinker User Tracer Human”
School of Architecture + Planning at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Above: Chronocyclegraph of Roger (Howay) champion golfer. Photographer unknown. From the Frank B. Gilbreth Motion Study Photographs (1913–17).
Above: Chronocyclegraph of Roger (Howay) champion golfer. Photographer unknown. From the Frank B. Gilbreth Motion Study Photographs (1913–17).

Mondays, 6–8pm

ACT Cube
Wiesner Building (E15-001)
20 Ames Street
Cambridge, MA

act.mit.edu
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Art, Culture & Technology is an academic program and research unit at MIT headed by internationally renowned practicing artists. The program promotes leadership in critical artistic practice by developing art as a vital means of experimentation in new registers of knowledge and new modes of expression.

Born out of a merger between MIT’s influential Center for Advanced Visual Studies (CAVS founded in 1967) and Visual Arts Program (VAP founded in 1986) in 2009, ACT shares in a rich heritage of work expanding the notion of visual studies and pushing the capacity of art to enlist science and technology in cultural production and critique. As part of the School of Architecture and Planning (SA+P), ACT inhabits a dynamic ecosystem of centers, institutes, and programs promoting the interplay between STEM and the arts.

ACT’s fall 2016 lecture series “Tinker User Tracer Human” invites artists, designers, and philosophers to help us speculate on the future of art, learning, and action in a rapidly intensifying age of software aesthetics, persuasive computing, intangible infrastructures, nonorganic vitalities, and ubiquitous sensing. Over the course of the term, our six visiting lecturers will present different ways of approaching division and inclusion, solidarity and resilience, in a struggle to keep pace with our changing ways knowing and sharing the world.

September 26
“Imaginary Property”
Florian Schneider, Head of Department at Trondheim Academy of Fine Art, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

October 3
“Computation Rules Everything Around Me”
Etienne Turpin, Lead Investigator of PetaJakarta.org; Research Associate, MIT Urban Risk Lab

October 5
“Secret Societies” and Other Stories
Cristina Ricupero, Paris-based curator and art critic

October 31
“[BRECHT]IT: EXIT STAGE LEFT”
Marta Kuzma, Dean and Professor of Art, Yale School of Art

November 7
“Dividuum”
Gerald Raunig, Philosopher and educator at Zürich University of the Arts; European Institute for Progressive Cultural Policies

December 5
“The Duck is the Übermensch”
Chus Martinez, Head of the Institute of Art at the FHNW Academy of Art and Design, Basel
The Monday night lecture series was launched in 2005. The series draws together artists, cultural practitioners, and scientists from different disciplines to discuss artistic methodologies and forms of inquiry at the intersection of art, architecture, science, and technology.

ACT’s Monday night lecture series is conceived by Gediminas Urbonas, ACT Director, and developed and coordinated by Ashley Rizzo Moss, Senior Communications & Public Programs Assistant, and Lucas Freeman, ACT Writer in Residence.

This series is made possible with the generous support of our partners and collaborators: The Council for the Arts at MIT (CAMIT), Swissnex, the Zurich University of the Arts and the Goethe Institut.

Please see our calendar for additional information on other ACT events. Contact: T +1 617 253 5229 / [email protected]

 

MIT program in Art, Culture and Technology (ACT) fall 2016 lecture series

September 24, 2016