MIT MS in Visual Studies-Arts, Culture and Technology

the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is recruiting for their program in Art, Culture and Technology (ACT). It is a selective...

the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is recruiting for their program in Art, Culture and Technology (ACT). It is a selective two year grant providing a master of science in visual studies degree.  Its focus includes research based art and experimentation in a transdisciplinary space. Applications are due 12/15.

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The MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology seeks committed, inquisitive and creative students for the 2011-2012 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 culminates in a final project and a written thesis.


The MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology (ACT), positioned within the School of Architecture and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 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 “Artistic Practice and Transdisciplinary Research,” “Public Art, Public Sphere,” “Performance,” “Networked Culture and Participatory Media,” and “Contemporary Curatorial Practice,” among others. Collaborative and individual investigations include performance, sound and video, photography, experimental media addressing con text and display, and the interplay of old and new genres that intersect with technology. Faculty, fellows, affiliates, and students participate in current research clusters such as “The Future of the Body,” “Creative Response to Conflict and Crisis,” “The Future Archive Project.” Participation, collaboration and exchange with faculty and research fellows is essential to ACT, and supplemented by encounters with external reviewers and critics, conferences, workshops, screenings and field trips. The program hosts a weekly lecture series of artists, practitioners and scholars from a broad range of disciplines from the campus, the region and around the world.


Instructors are world-renowned with active, international careers and a strong interest in cross-disciplinary research and debate, and new in modes of production. Program Head 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 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), Nitin Sawhney (Networked Cultures), John Bell (Performance and Action), Angel Nevarez (Video and Sound), Oliver Lutz (Multi-Media), and Mario Caro (Thesis) are prominent practitio ners in their fields.


Artists and cultural producers with diverse backgrounds and experience interested in innovative transdisciplinary artistic practice and collaborative and individual research projects at the intersection of art, culture, and technology are encouraged to apply.

Applications may be submitted online until December 15:

Portfolios should be submitted on CD or DVD and will be accepted until January 3, 2011. For more information about the portfolio, go to:

All application materials are accepted through the Admissions Office of the MIT Department of Architecture at this address:

MIT Department of Architecture

77 Massachusetts Ave., Room 7-337

Cambridge, MA 02139-4307 USA

Attn: Admissions

Applicants are encouraged to seek additional resources and funding. See or contact Robbin Chapman, Manager of Diversity Recruitment, at

MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology
77 Massachusetts Ave. E15-212
Cambridge, MA 02139 USA

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