MIT Establishes Center for Art, Science, and Technology

Nick Gelpi, Unflat Pavilion/Feather-Weight House, MIT Festival of Art, Science & Technology, 2011. [Photo by Andy Ryan]

The MIT School of Architecture and Planning has joined forces with the School of Humanities, Arts and Sciences and the Office of the Provost to create a new Center for Art, Science & Technology (CAST).

A $1.5 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will provide awards to faculty, researchers and curators seeking to develop cross-disciplinary courses, new research, or exhibitions that span the arts, science and technology. Mellon funds also will supplement MIT’s existing Visiting Artists program. The goal will be to embed artists’ residencies in the curriculum and create a platform for collaboration with faculty, students and research staff in the development, display and performance of new and experimental artwork or technologies for artistic expression. In addition, the grant will support the participation of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in the center’s activities.

To enhance the array of Mellon-supported activities and in order to broadly disseminate CAST work, the associate provost and the deans of the two schools will fund a major, biennial international symposium on art, science and technology. The first will take place during the 2013-14 academic year.

“MIT has a great legacy in this domain,” said Adèle Naudé Santos, Dean of the School of Architecture and Planning. “MIT created the first architecture program in the country and is today a leader in new forms of design and digital fabrication; the Center for Advanced Visual Studies, founded by György Kepes in 1967, established a model for collaborations among artists, scientists and engineers; and the Media Lab is internationally renowned for pioneering efforts in the fields of design, media arts and electronic music.”

Music professor Evan Ziporyn will serve as CAST’s inaugural director.

For more information, see MIT News.

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