MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology / course 4.368/369 / production of art for public space
April 12th, 2014


MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology
Building E14-633, 75 Amherst Street, Cambridge, MA 02139


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April 18-19, 2014

Symposium Program:

Friday, April 18

2 pm—Adèle Naude Santos (SA+P, MIT)

Private Public Spaces: Cultural identity and Context
Meejin Yoon (Architecture, MIT)
Ina Blom (Oslo University)
Antoni Muntadas (ACT, MIT)
Néstor García Canclini (UAM Iztapalapa Mexico)
Doris Sommer (Cultural Agents, Harvard)
Ana Maria León (HTC, MIT)

5 pm—Reclaiming Public Space/Surveillance and Control
Catherine D’Ignazio (Media Lab, MIT)
Teddy Cruz (UCSD)
Marjetica Potrč (HFBK, Hamburg)
Krzysztof Wodiczko (GSD, Harvard)
Jane Hutton & Adrian Blackwell (GSD, Harvard)

7 pm—Opening Reception

Saturday, April 19

10 am—Otto Piene (CAVS, MIT)

Alternatives for Contemporary Public Space: Interdisciplinary Praxis
Ute Meta Bauer (NTU, Singapore)
Juan Herreros (GSAPP, Columbia)
Dennis Adams (Cooper Union)
Angela Vettese (IUAV, Venice)
Caroline Jones (HTC, MIT)

2 pm—Speculations on the Future of Urban Space: Utopia
Alexander D’Hooghe (CAU, MIT)
Gediminas Urbonas (ACT, MIT)
Andrés Jaque (Princeton)
Mark Wigley (GSAPP, Columbia)
Ana Miljacki (Architecture, MIT)

5 pm—Public Space: Research, Projects, Production
Antoni Muntadas (ACT, MIT)
Jennifer Allora (Allora & Calzadilla)
Marrikka Trotter (GSD, Harvard)
Matthew Mazzotta (ACT, MIT)
Coryn Kempster
(Harry Gugger Studio)
Beatriz Colomina (Princeton)
Azra Akšamija (ACT, MIT)

7 pm—Nader Tehrani (Architecture, MIT)

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WHO in exhibition?

Since 2001, artist and educator Antoni Muntadas has taught a graduate seminar in public space at MIT’s Program in Art, Culture and Technology (formerly the Visual Arts Program).
The exhibition presents scholarship and projects that challenge or support ideas of cultural identity, of public space, and of their relation to cultural production.
An archive of course posters, syllabi, research materials and documents, travel photographs and logs, and documentation of projects are presented as a condensed survey mapping the ideas and the destinations explored and researched in Muntadas’s courses.

Projects by:

Jennifer Allora, SMVisS ’03, MIT; artist (Allora & Calzadilla)
Tennis Board―An interface between the electronic and physical manifestations of the game of tennis. (2001)

Seth Weiner, SMVisS ’02, MIT; artist
My Opticon―A visual installation in Boiling Green Park, NY. (2001)

Hiroharu Mori, SMVisS ‘04, MIT
A Camoufl aged Question in the Air, Life/World, APERTURE 275 Mass. Ave., Cambridge, MA 02139 USA―Three video projects that were installed in a public space and refl ected on ideas of fragility, confusion, and the relationship between society and the individual. (2002)

Kelly Dobson, ’02, M.S MAS, Media Lab, MIT
Agoraphone―Designed for a MIT campus park, the project off ered people a way to talk about anything with as little intimidation as possible. (2002)

Carrie Bodle, SMVisS ’05, MIT
Sonifi cation/Listening Up―35 channel sound installation across Building 54. (2003)

Oliver Lutz, SMVisS ’06, MIT
Mediated Images―A collection of images that function as a campaign. (2006)

EdCoryn Kempster, MArch ’08, and Ananda Kantner, MLA ’04, GSD, Harvard
Erasure―A single-channel video that traces the history of modern psychosurgery in an eff ort to draw parallels between the crude assumptions that lay at the heart of the outdated medical practice and the history of faith-based modernist urban renewal projects to which the Big Dig finds itself a late addition. (2003)

Carrie Bodle, SMVisS ’08, and Tim Campos, MArch ’07, MIT
Trace―A series of quiet zones along a section of Boston’s Rose Kennedy Greenway, a median park in downtown Boston surrounded on each side by three street lanes, to reconstitute the remains of vanished/concealed conditions through “ghost” light and sound. (2004)

Clementine Cummer and Nicole Vlado, MArch ’08, MIT
Esperando en la Frontera, Down Mexico Way―Sound installation inspired by the experience of time spent waiting to cross the border between Mexico and the United States. (2004)

Limor Fried,’05, MS in EECS, MIT
Wave bubble―Building instruction for a counter-device, a personal air fresher that will “deionize” the air in a bubble around the user. (2004)

Max Goldfarb, SMVisS ’06, MIT
Chamber of Kommerz―Intended as a pavilion that does not physically intervene with the existing terrain. It functions as a lens and an inversion of the existing function of the CCC. (2005)

Emily Ambs, MArch ‘07, MIT
Museum of Architectural Taste―Conveniently packaged and easy to accumulate, the project is a collection of edible images of buildings that position architecture in the realm of bite-sized consumable candies: desired and consumed. (2006)

Luis Blackaller, MArch ’09, MIT
The Red Line Tour!―The Red Line tour action infi ltrates the printed advertisement space in the Boston MBTA Red Line train cars to promote an awareness campaign about subway surveillance. (2008)

Jegan Vincent de Paul, SMVisS ’09, MIT
Public Insertions―Investigates the possibility for a creative dialogue with city offi cials about the power structures and political conventions that are embedded in existing urban objects and visual languages. (2008)

Marrikka Trotter, PhD candidate, GSD, Harvard
Small Things―This project is about creatively appropriating an underused and overlooked edge of public space for public use by using everyday materials and simple tactics. (2008)

Edgar Pedroza, SMVisS ’08, MIT
Public Disclosure Projection(s)―An intervention within the scale and means of the projection on the façade of a city building. (2007)

Jennifer Tran, MArch ’08, MIT
Who Are You?―Investigates the urban implications of the aerial view and questions the exaggerated surveillance over public spaces after 9/11. (2007)

Matthew Mazzotta, SMVisS ’09, MIT
A proposal for a rocking chair. (2008)

Haseeb Ahmed, SMVisS ’10, MIT
Citgo Replication―This project proposes a scenario for the population of Boston: the Citgo sign is replicated and instantly appears on the opposite side of the Charles River in Cambridge. (2009)

Haruka Horiuchi, MArch ’10, MIT
Operative Fictions―This project questions whether it is possible to infl uence the identity of a place through guerilla tactics and desktop infiltration. (2009)

Aylin Yildirim Tschoepe, DDes ’10, GSD, Harvard
In-between IN-FORMAL―A tactical appropriation and inscription of the Karanfi lkoy community into urban space. (2009)

Richard The, MAS ‘10, MIT
Ost/West―A project that makes a political analogy between Korea and Germany on the topic of division and unifi cation. (2010)

Jessica Fain, MCP ’11, MIT
We Never Forget Who We’re Working For― A performance of boats using mobility and language. Choreographed movements play with the meaning of the slogan and create new interpretations. (2010)

Sohin Hwang, SMACT ’11, and Jaekyung Jung, ’SMVisS ’10, MIT
Re-Public of Korea―A video and a gesture for the reclamation of public space and the republic itself. (2010)

Andrew Ferrentinos, MArch ’09, and Daniele Cappelletti, MArch ’09, MIT
Janus in Cambridge―A fi ve-minutes video installation that intends to give the viewers a simultaneous perception of two different urban faces of Cambridge. (2011)

Sarah Witt, SMACT ’11, MIT
REContaminate―A live, choreographed intervention that took place on the ground floor of the Media Lab during the MIT 150 Open House. The performance was not advertised or announced beforehand and the unsuspecting audience took note as seven individuals dressed in identical white uniforms slowly moved across the lobby in unison stride. (2011)

Micah Silver, SMACT ’13, MIT
Real and Permanent Good―A scent that combines Inkberry and Juniper. The two plants were cultivated en masse, in direct contact with the E15 building of the Media Lab Complex. (2012)

J.D. Sassaman, MArch ’12, and Mariel Villeré, SMArchS ’13, MIT
Queer/Body/Architecture―A collaborative exhibit that challenged the idea of a single defi nition of queer space by re-reading architectural and planning precedents and positioning them within a desiring historical narrative. (2012)

Anne Callahan, SMACT ’13, MIT
Public Art Reader―A didacto-socratic serial publication about public art and the public function of art, asking among other questions: Who is that public?, Who gets to choose?, and What is possible? (2012)

Giacomo Castagnola, SMACT ’13, MIT
Metabolic Bird Hotel―Addresses the constant re-development of the MIT campus and adds another layer of meaning to the ongoing debate about re-development as an economic engine that often ignores the needs of human and animal users, as well as the wider implications of the relation between architecture and nature. (2012)

Mariam Abdel Azim, MArch ’14, MIT
Public Space As a Common Denominator for Political Dissent―A series of projections that bring Tiananmen and Tahrir to Dewey Square protests together. These projections can turn into real projections on other squares all over the world uniting people to claim the same rights. (2013)

Ana Cristina Vargas, SMArchS ’14, MIT
Tracing Public Space―A workshop that empowers children to transform public spaces through a learn-by doing experience. (2013)

Ryan Kuo, SMACT ’14, MIT
Heavenly Holes―A nine-hole minigolf course designed to function as an alternative map of Beijing, China. (2013)

Sooyoung Kwon, SMACT ’14, MIT
Carry-On Monument―A project that inverts the use and meaning of the pedestal in art and monuments in public space. (2013)

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Concept and Organization:
Gediminas Urbonas, Mitsui Career Development Associate Professor, ACT, MIT Department of Architecture

Mariel Villeré, SMArchS ’13, History, Theory & Criticism, MIT
Ann Lui, SMArchS ’14, History, Theory & Criticism, MIT
Jonathan Crisman, MArch and MCP ’13, Project Director & Core Faculty, Urban Humanities Initiative, UCLA
Gina Badger, SMVisS ’10; Editor, The FUSE magazine, artist

Exhibition Research and Design:
Nomeda Urbonas, ACT Fellow, PhD candidate in Art & Common Space, NTNU, Norway
Fabio Ciaravella, ACT Fellow (2013/14), PhD candidate in Architecture and Urban Phenomenology, Università della Basilicata, Unibas
Andrew Ferentinos, MArch ’11, Principal, Ferentinos Architecture
Adi Hollander, SMACT ’15, MIT
Ana Cristina Vargas, SMArchS ’14, MIT

Coordination Support:
MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology:
Marion Cunningham, Administrative Officer
Laura Anca Chichisan, Public Programs
Seth Avecilla, Fabrication Associate
Madeleine Gallagher, Media Associate

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designed by NODE Berlin

drawings by Dan Perjovschi

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March 12th, 2014


Symposium proceedings will inform a forthcoming publication to further define and clarify a new understanding of public space through the concept of “spatial cultural identity.” In addition to symposium participants, contributors represent a diverse array of key scholars and practitioners across the disciplines of art, architecture, and urban studies who are shaping the discourse around public art and public space.

Through illustrated texts and projects, the compiled reader will identify and frame the tools, tactics, and consequences of actively reclaiming public space.

Inspired by the politicized lens of Muntadas’s practice, both the symposium and the book emphasize overlapping claims to public space. The publication off ers a unique cross-section of voices while setting up an analytical framework through which Muntadas’s work can be theorized and discussed in relation to parallel themes and directions of cultural production. In providing a ground for productive cross-disciplinary interaction and collaboration, the publication will off er a wider understanding of the public space paradox and possibilities in contemporary practice when published in Fall 2015.

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