MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology / course 4.368/369 / production of art for public space
January 8th, 2015

STUDIO SEMINAR IN PUBLIC ART 4.368/369

SPRING 2015

Professor Gediminas Urbonas
TA: Ursula August
TR 9:30am-12:30pm
E15-001 (The ACT Cube)
Units: 3-3-6
U: HASS-A. G: H-level

The first day of class will be on Tuesday, February 3 at 9:30am in E15-001 (The ACT
Cube). Contact ujaugust@mit.edu for more information.

Poster_STUDIO SEMINAR IN PUBLIC ART 4.368369

This course focuses on the production of art for public space and conceptually deals
with new modes of public art that shift the discussion on public space toward
discourse on the environment by unpacking, reevaluating, and recombining the notion
of the Anthropocene.

The subject will be organized around research and design for a public art
intervention on the site of a recently decommissioned United States Naval Air
Station in Iceland. From the perspective of both crisis and possibility, the class
will consider attempts to develop sustainable culture, environment, and enterprise
in a post-NATO and post- economic meltdown environment. Working towards “cleaning
up”, the course seeks a dialogue across disciplinary boundaries–with parallel
experiences and work–in order to develop critical strategies, methods, and actions
toward social and ecological transformation.

There is a mandatory travel component to Iceland for the class during spring break.
The itinerary will include meeting with scholars and artists, exploring the site,
researching the technology relevant to the location, and finally, modelling and
implementing an artistic intervention.

Students will propose projects and develop them from an initial concept to an actual
rustic engagement in the public realm. To support students’ work there will be group
discussions, presentations, and individual meetings, as well as visits by guest
lecturers, practitioners, and scholars in the field. Readings will include work by
Gaston Bachelard, Bruno Latour, Donna Haraway, Timothy Morton, Vilém Flusser,
Elizabeth Grosz, Michel Serres, and Jill Bennett. Students from all backgrounds are
encouraged to enroll. Class size limited to 12.

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January 8th, 2015

WHO?

STUDIO SEMINAR IN PUBLIC ART 4.368/369
Professor Gediminas Urbonas
TA Ursula August
TR 9:30am-12:30pm
E15-001 (The ACT Cube)
Units: 3-3-6
U: HASS-A. G: H-level

Students will propose projects and develop them from an initial concept to an actual
rustic engagement in the public realm. To support students’ work there will be group
discussions, presentations, and individual meetings, as well as visits by guest
lecturers, practitioners, and scholars in the field. Readings will include work by
Gaston Bachelard, Bruno Latour, Donna Haraway, Timothy Morton, Vilém Flusser,
Elizabeth Grosz, Michel Serres, and Jill Bennett.

Students from all backgrounds are encouraged to enroll. Class size limited to 12.

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January 8th, 2015

WHEN?

STUDIO SEMINAR IN PUBLIC ART 4.368/369

SPRING 2015

The first day of class will be on Tuesday, February 3 at 9:30am in E15-001 (The ACT
Cube). Contact ujaugust@mit.edu for more information.

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January 8th, 2015

WHAT?

STUDIO SEMINAR IN PUBLIC ART 4.368/369

This course focuses on the production of art for public space and conceptually deals
with new modes of public art that shift the discussion on public space toward
discourse on the environment by unpacking, reevaluating, and recombining the notion
of the Anthropocene.

The subject will be organized around research and design for a public art
intervention on the site of a recently decommissioned United States Naval Air
Station in Iceland. From the perspective of both crisis and possibility, the class
will consider attempts to develop sustainable culture, environment, and enterprise
in a post-NATO and post- economic meltdown environment. Working towards “cleaning
up”, the course seeks a dialogue across disciplinary boundaries–with parallel
experiences and work–in order to develop critical strategies, methods, and actions
toward social and ecological transformation.

There is a mandatory travel component to Iceland for the class during spring break.
The itinerary will include meeting with scholars and artists, exploring the site,
researching the technology relevant to the location, and finally, modelling and
implementing an artistic intervention.

Students will propose projects and develop them from an initial concept to an actual
rustic engagement in the public realm. To support students’ work there will be group
discussions, presentations, and individual meetings, as well as visits by guest
lecturers, practitioners, and scholars in the field. Readings will include work by
Gaston Bachelard, Bruno Latour, Donna Haraway, Timothy Morton, Vilém Flusser,
Elizabeth Grosz, Michel Serres, and Jill Bennett. Students from all backgrounds are
encouraged to enroll. Class size limited to 12.

Professor Gediminas Urbonas
TR 9:30am-12:30pm
E15-001 (The ACT Cube)
Units: 3-3-6
U: HASS-A. G: H-level

The first day of class will be on Tuesday, February 3 at 9:30am in E15-001 (The ACT
Cube). Contact ujaugust@mit.edu for more information.

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May 2nd, 2014

PUBLIC SPACE? LOST & FOUND

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April 18-19, 2014

A symposium and exhibition that investigate definitions of public space across disciplines and the tools, tactics, and consequences of reclaiming public space through art and architecture.

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The MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology (ACT) and the MIT Center for Art, Science and Technology (CAST) present Public Space? Lost & Found, a two-day symposium and accompanying exhibition to celebrate the living legacy of artist and educatorAntoni Muntadas and collectively redefine ideas of public space and its multiple functions. Convening scholars, artists, architects, and planners from MIT and beyond, the symposium will engage contemporary critical discourses and practices on public space.

The symposium and exhibition investigate the definitions of public space across disciplines and the tools, tactics, and consequences of reclaiming — or to use a term coined by Muntadas, creating interventions in — public space through art and architecture. Public Art, that is art in public space, is a concept that has been in discussion and revision throughout the evolution of the terms “art” and “city” themselves. Recent movements — including those in Egypt, Madrid, New York and around the world in Occupy communities — have exposed the distance between “public” and “space” and reflect citizens’ interests in recovering and re-appropriating the city or town square.  The themes of the symposium draw from Muntadas’s career at MIT and his artistic practice, a legacy that directly affects the work and philosophies of many of the invited speakers.

Muntadas came to MIT in 1977 to join the Center for Advanced Visual Studies (CAVS) as a research fellow. In this experimental setting, he explored topics such as the media landscape and the dichotomies between subjectivity and objectivity and private and public. It was at CAVS that he coined the term “media landscape” to define the ever-expanding presence of mass media, audiovisual material, and advertisements in public space. While the institutional structure changed two times over his career and he later became Professor of the Practice, his seminars became a fixture in the curriculum as they focused on understanding spatial cultural identity through art and architecture.

A forthcoming publication will expand the symposium discussions and bring together divergent voices in theory and practice through texts and projects that challenge or support ideas of cultural identity by documenting and analyzing public spaces across several geographies and cultures in recent history.

 

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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May 1st, 2014

Public Space? Lost & Found exhibition

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April 20th, 2014

Public Space? Lost & Found symposium

Friday, April 18

Introduction by Adèle Naude Santos (SA+P, MIT).

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Adèle Naude Santos (SA+P, MIT)

Private Public Spaces: Cultural identity and Context. Moderator: Meejin Yoon (Architecture, MIT), respondents: Doris Sommer (Cultural Agents, Harvard) and Ana Maria León (HTC, MIT)

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Ina Blom (Oslo University)

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Antoni Muntadas (ACT, MIT)

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Reclaiming Public Space/Surveillance and Control. Moderator: Catherine D’Ignazio (Media Lab, MIT), respondents: Jane Hutton & Adrian Blackwell (GSD, Harvard)

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Antoni Muntadas (ACT, MIT)

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Marjetica Potrč (HFBK, Hamburg)

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Krzysztof Wodiczko (GSD, Harvard)

 

Saturday, April 19

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Otto Piene (CAVS, MIT)

Alternatives for Contemporary Public Space: Interdisciplinary Praxis. Moderator: Ute Meta Bauer (NTU, Singapore), respondent: Caroline Jones (HTC, MIT)

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Ute Meta Bauer (NTU, Singapore)

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Juan Herreros (GSAPP, Columbia)

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Dennis Adams (Cooper Union)

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Angela Vettese (IUAV, Venice)

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Speculations on the Future of Urban Space: Utopia. Moderator:  Alexander D’Hooghe (CAU, MIT), respondent: Ana Miljacki (Architecture, MIT)

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Alexander D’Hooghe (CAU, MIT)

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Andrés Jaque (Princeton)

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Mark Wigley (GSAPP, Columbia)

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Gediminas Urbonas (ACT, MIT)

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Public Space: Research, Projects, Production. Moderator: Antoni Muntadas (ACT, MIT), respondents: Azra Akšamija (ACT, MIT) and Beatriz Colomina (Princeton)

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Antoni Muntadas (ACT, MIT)

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Matthew Mazzotta (ACT, MIT)

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Marrikka Trotter (GSD, Harvard)

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Coryn Kempster (Harry Gugger Studio)

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Jennifer Allora (Allora & Calzadilla)

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Azra Akšamija (ACT, MIT)

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Beatriz Colomina (Princeton)

Closing remarks by Nader Tehrani (Architecture, MIT)

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April 20th, 2014

Public Space? Lost & Found exhibition opening

7 pm Friday, April 18 2014  MIT  Media Lab

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. More:

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April 20th, 2014

Public Space? Lost & Found party

8pm Saturday, April 19 2014

Public Space? Lost & Found party took place at MIT Sailing pavilion on the River Charles.

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April 12th, 2014

SUPPORTED BY

Acknowledgements: Adèle Naude Santos, Leila Kinney, Nader Tehrani, Evan Ziporyn, Susan Cohen, Joichi Ito, Renée Green, Ethan Zuckerman, James Paradis, Shauna Mecartea, Elizabeth Murphy, Stacy Pyron

This program was made possible by funding provided by MIT School of Architecture and Planning, Office of the Dean (SA+P); MIT Department of Architecture; MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology (ACT); Council for the Arts at MIT (CAMIT); MIT Comparative Media Studies/Writing (CMS); Center for Civic Media; MIT Media Lab

This program is presented in collaboration with MIT Center for Art, Science and Technology (CAST)

Special thanks to: Alessandra Messali, Azra Akšamija, Oliver Lutz, Greg Tucker, Rafi Segal, Edwina Portocarrero, Julija Reklaite, Elena van der Wal, Vladas Lašas

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