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Architecture + MIT 150
School of Architecture + Planning at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Above: Image courtesy of Beatriz Colomina.
Above: Image courtesy of Beatriz Colomina.

MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology

For the complete three-day program of the Architecture + MIT 150, please go to:
architecture.mit.edu/150

Free and open to the public.

Monday / April 25, 2011 / 8-10 PM
FRANCISCO LÓPEZ
Artist Talk and Concert
Location: ACT Cube

Organized and co-sponsored by Non-Event, ACT, The Sensory Ethnography Lab, and the Film Study Center at Harvard University. Funded in part by a grant from the Council of the Arts at MIT.

Tuesday / April 26, 2011 / 9:30–11:30 AM
Magazines and Their Role in Architecture
and Artistic Research Practice I
Keynote: BEATRIZ COLOMINA
Roundtable: UTE META BAUER / BEATRIZ COLOMINA /DAN GRAHAM
Moderator: ANA MILJACKI

Tuesday / April 26, 2011 / 2:30–4 PM
Magazines and Their Role in Architecture
and Artistic Research Practice II
Roundtable: JORGE OTERO-PAILOS / MICHAEL SCHWAB / PELIN TAN
Moderator: UTE META BAUER

Magazines and Their Role in Architecture and Artistic Research Practice I and II are part of a three-day event celebrating MIT’s 150th anniversary. The two panels are organized and co-sponsored by ACT and the Department of Architecture. These events are also part of a yearlong collaboration between ACT and Siemens Stiftung, Munich, titled AR – Artistic Research.

Location for panel I and II: Bartos Theater

Directions: Bartos Theater and the ACT Cube are located on the Lower Level of the Wiesner Building (E15) at 20 Ames Street, Cambridge, in close proximity to Kendall Square.

Francisco López is a sound artist whose work crosses the boundaries of experimental and industrial sounds. López’s concerts are immersive sonic experiences in the dark, with multi-channel surround systems and occasionally blindfolds are provided for the public. Created from a myriad of original sound environments (both natural and artificial) collected all over the world, they don’t present soundscapes but rather virtual worlds of sound. The listeners develop their own experience in an environment where the rules and the parameters are defined by the sounds themselves, which are felt as space and as a physical dynamic force.

Beatriz Colomina is Professor of Architecture and Founding Director of the Program in Media and Modernity at Princeton University, and was co-founding editor of the architecture magazine Assemblage. Colomina is the author of Privacy and Publicity: Modern Architecture as Mass Media, Sexuality and Space, and Domesticity at War. Along with a team of Ph.D. students from Princeton she curated Clip/Stamp/Fold: The Radical Architecture of Little Magazines 196X-197X, which opened at the Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York and traveled to the CCA, Montreal; Documenta 12, Kassel; the Architectural Association, London; Norsk Form, Oslo; the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver; the Disseny Hub Barcelona; the Colegio de Arquitectos de Murcia; the NAI Maastricht/Bureau Europe, Maastricht, and still continues to tour the globe.

Ute Meta Baueris Associate Professor and Director of the Program in Art, Culture, and Technology (ACT) at MIT’s School of Architecture and Planning, where she previously served as the director of the MIT Visual Arts Program (2005–2009). Bauer was the founding editor of the META, case, and Verksted. For more than two decades, Bauer has worked as a curator of exhibitions and presentations on contemporary art, film, video, and sound, with a focus on transdisciplinary formats. She was co-curator of Documenta11 (2001/2002) on the team of Okwui Enwezor, Artistic Director of the 3rd berlin biennial (2004), and was the founding director of the Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA). Most recently, Bauer edited What’s left…What remains? SITAC VI.

Dan Graham is a New York-based artist and writer. Initially he was the manager of the John Daniels Gallery in New York (1964–1965), where he exhibited the work of then emerging artists Sol Lewitt, Donald Judd, Robert Smithson, Dan Flavin, and Carl Andre, before beginning his own conceptual art practice in popular and art magazines. His work ranges from critical writing about art, architecture, and popular culture, to performances exploring self-awareness, architectural space, and group behavior. Graham’s investigation into the ideology behind and relationship between mass forms of architecture and media continued through the 70s addressing the social function of art, architecture, and media. Graham authored numerous critical and theoretical essays for magazines; his publications include Video-Architecture-Television, Rock My Religion, and most recently Rock/Music Writings.

Ana Miljacki is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at MIT, and holds a PhD from Harvard University. Miljacki and Lee Moreau founded the design and research firm Project_ in 1998. Through the production of buildings, exhibitions, writing, and the instigation of discourse, Project_ strives to critically engage and re-imagine the contemporary world. Miljacki’s project Classes, Masses, Crowds was part of the exhibition Making Things Public at the ZKM, Karlruhe.

Jorge Otero-Pailos holds a PhD from MIT’s HTC program and is currently Assistant Professor of Historic Preservation at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. In his practice as an architect, artist, and theorist, his research and work rethinks preservation as a powerful countercultural practice that creates alternative futures for our world heritage. His installations have been exhibited at the Venice Art Biennial (2009), and the Manifesta 7 (2008). He recently published Architecture’s Historical Turn: Phenomenology and the Rise of the Postmodern and his writings have been featured in international publications such as Art in America, Artforum, Modern Painters, Architectural Record, AA Files, Volume, and others.

Michael Schwab is co-founder of the Journal for Artistic Research (JAR) and project leader of the Artistic Research Catalogue (ARC). In his practice as an artist and artistic researcher he interrogates post-conceptual uses of technology in a variety of media including photography, drawing, printmaking, and installation art. His recent exhibitions and projects focus on artistic research. Schwab is a Critical and Historical Studies Tutor at the Royal College of Art, London, a Research Associate at the Bern University of the Arts, Switzerland, and a Research Fellow at the Orpheus Institute, Ghent. He received his PhD in Photography from the Royal College of Art in London.

Pelin Tan is currently an ACT Research Fellow at MIT and is the co-founding editor and producer of contemporary art magazine Muhtelif. Pelin holds a PhD in art history and focuses on the locality of socially engaged art practices, spatial politics of architecture and contemporary art practices. Tan edited Innocent Act and served as a Technical Editor to ITU Journal of Social Sciences. She is also the guest editor of numerous magazines including art-ist, Arch+, and is a contributor to Domus, Bidoun, e-flux journal, Art Papers, Graz Architecture Magazine and others. Tan is co-editor of the books Public Space Discussion in Contemporary Art and Neoliberal Urban Transformation of Istanbul; her forthcoming book is titled Unconditional Hospitality and Threshold Architecture.

The MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology (ACT) is part of the MIT’s School of Architecture and Planning (SA+P). ACT operates as a critical studies and production based laboratory, connecting the arts with an advanced technological community. The ACT was formed in a merger between the MIT Center for Advanced Visual Studies and the Visual Arts Program in 2009.

MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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Cambridge MA 02139-4307
For additional information, please contact Laura Anca Chichisan Pallone at [email protected] or 617–253–4415.

April 19, 2011