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Graduate open house and call for applications
School of Architecture + Planning at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Above: ACT graduate students with director Gediminas Urbonas and Assistant Professor Azra Akšamija, 2015. Photo: Amanda Moore.
Above: ACT graduate students with director Gediminas Urbonas and Assistant Professor Azra Akšamija, 2015. Photo: Amanda Moore.

ACT Graduate open house
Register now! Event includes a tour of ACT facilities and other arts-related venues, opportunities to meet faculty and students, and a discussion of portfolio guidelines and the application process. Immediately following the event, ACT will host a lecture by Pelin Tan as part of ACT’s Monday night lecture series, “Toward a Philosophy of the Act.”

The Master of Science in Art, Culture, and Technology at MIT is a rigorous two-year program for artist-thinkers advancing their critical and production practices. Research, pedagogy, and MIT’s culture of scientific inquiry and technological advancement inform current explorations: cinema and its migrations; art in the public sphere; performance, video, photography and related media; and spatial and sonic experimentation.

ACT graduate students are challenged to question the aesthetic, historical, cultural, social, and ethical implications of their work. Critical thinking, knowledge mining, and creative engagement, along with explorations of changing public and private spheres, are of particular relevance.

In addition to engaging in transdisciplinary projects with researchers in departments, labs, and centers at MIT, ACT faculty work with scholars and institutions in the US and around the globe including Brazil, Great Britain, Finland, Norway, Germany, Bosnia, China, and Japan, bringing external reviewers, artists, speakers, and students to visit and collaborate with ACT students and faculty. The Office of the Arts at MIT extends the opportunities available to students for collaboration and exchange with internationally recognized artists and scholars.

FacultyRenée Green / Gediminas Urbonas / Azra Akšamija / Joan Jonas / Lara Baladi / Claudia Joskowicz / Kelly Nipper / Tobias Putrih

Current projects“Toward A Philosophy of the Act” / Cinema’s History and Transformations / Art in the Public Sphere / Culture and conflict as mediated through art, fashion and wearable technologies / Intersections between technology, performance, and video / Photography and Related Media / Sustainable communities, radical gardens, and techno-ecologies

Selected guests 2014–15 Rosa Barba / Liesbeth Bik & Jos Van der Pol / Sabine Bitter / Julian Bonder / Howie Chen / Fabio Ciaravella / Rania Ghosn / Florian Hecker / Jeanne van Heeswijk / Maryam Jafri / Gabriel Kahan / Carin Kuoni / Daanish Masood / Matthew Mazzotta / Regina Möller / Marko Peljhan / Claire Pentecost / Daniela Perez & Patrick Charpenel / Wendelien van Oldenborgh / Doina Petrescu & Constantin Petcou / Marjetica Potrč / Nasser Rabbat / Michael Rakowitz / Doris Sommer / Gloria Sutton / Pelin Tan / Helmut Weber
Artists and cultural producers with diverse backgrounds and innovative transdisciplinary practices are encouraged to apply.Admission is based on a careful examination of the applicant’s artistic and academic record, including relevant samples of completed work, a statement of purpose, and letters of recommendation. Admission to the graduate program is processed by the Department of Architecture and facilitated by MIT’s web-based admission system. Learn more about the online application and portfolio requirements here.

September 25, 2015