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Subject: Master of Science in Visual Studies (SMVisS) at MIT: Call for
From:    "Art&Education" <edu-news la mailer.e-flux.com>
Date:    Fri, October 30, 2009 09:09
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October 30, 2009
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Visual Arts Program
(Program in Art, Culture and Technology)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
265 Massachusetts Ave.N51-328
Cambridge, MA 02139, USA

Application Deadline:
December 15, 2009

Portfolio Deadline:
January 4, 2010

The MIT Visual Arts Program / Program in Art, Culture and Technology
seeks committed, inquisitive and creative students for the 2010-2011
academic year. This selective two-year program grants successful
participants a Master of Science in Visual Studies (SMVisS) degree.
The program focuses on researched-based artistic practice, advanced
visual studies and experimentation, and offers opportunities for
transdisciplinary relationships with other programs and labs at MIT.

The Program
The MIT Visual Arts Program—which will be renamed the "Program in
Art, Culture and Technology (ACT)" in Spring 2010—operates as a
critical production- and education-based laboratory focusing on
artistic research, advanced visual studies, and transdisciplinary
collaboration within the context of MIT's technological community.
The program explores the role of art, culture, and technology in
society and considers artistic practice to be knowledge production.
The emphasis is on how cultural and artistic practices critically
engage science and technology and envision their transformation. The
curriculum includes courses in the "Production of Space,"
"Interrogative Design," "Networked Cultures," and "Contemporary
Curatorial Practice" among others. Collaborative and individual
investigations include performance, sound and video, photography,
experimental media addressing context and display, and the interplay
of old and new genres that intersect with technology. The exchange
and collaboration with ACT faculty and research fellows is essential
to the program, and is supplemented by encounters with visiting
artists and critics, conferences, workshops, and screenings. The
program hosts a weekly lecture series of artists, urbanists, and
scholars from a broad range of disciplines from the campus, the
region and from around the world. The series is part of the vibrant
exchange of ideas that is a hallmark of the program and the campus.

The Faculty
Instructors are world-renowned with active, international careers and
a strong interest in transdisciplinary debate, research, and modes of
production. Program Director and Associate Professor Ute Meta Bauer
directed SITAC VI 2008 in Mexico City and was Artistic Director of
the 3rd berlin biennial for contemporary art. Professor Krzysztof
Wodiczko is the Director of The Interrogative Design Group at MIT and
represented his native Poland at the Venice Biennale in 2009 and
currently is exhibiting at Boston's Institute of Contemporary Art.
Professor Joan Jonas is a video and performance pioneer and recent
recipient of the Guggenheim Lifetime Achievement Award for
extraordinary contributions to contemporary art. Associate Professor
Gediminas Urbonas, along with Nomeda Urbonas, was awarded Honorable
Mention for the Lithuanian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2007.
Visiting Professor Antoni Muntadas was the recipient of the 2009
Velázquez Prize from the Spanish Culture Ministry. Lecturers Andrea
Frank (Photography), Amber Frid-Jimenez (Participatory Media), Joe
Gibbons (Video), Wendy Jacob (Autism Studio), and Oliver Lutz
(Multi-Media) are prominent practitioners in their fields.

Artists and cultural producers with diverse backgrounds and
experience who are interested in innovative transdisciplinary
artistic practice and collaborative and individual research at the
intersection of art, culture, and technology are encouraged to apply.
Applications are accepted through the Admissions Office of the MIT
Department of Architecture. The application deadline is December 15,
2009. Portfolios should be submitted on CD or DVD (consult website
for details) and will be accepted until January 4, 2010.

Applicants are encouraged to seek additional resources and funding.
See http://sap.mit.edu/about/diversity/ or contact Robbin Chapman,
Manager of Diversity Recruitment, at rchapman la mit.edu.

How to apply:
About the program: http://visualarts.mit.edu
Planning your visit to MIT:
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