Arts & Culture

LECTURE: Public Space? Lost & Found @MIT (ACT)


Friday, April 18: 2 – 7 pm
Saturday, April 19: 10 am­ – 7:30 pm
// Free

Is public art your thing? Of course it is! Buckle up and head over to MIT for a symposium fully dedicated to art and public space. The MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology (ACT) and the MIT Center for Art, Science and Technology (CAST) will honor the living legacy of artist and educator Antoni Muntadas with their two day symposium Public Space? Lost & Found. Welcoming scholars, artists, architects and planners from MIT and beyond, this event will engage contemporary critical discourses and practices on public space, taking a deeper look at the tools and tactics used to reclaim city spaces.

MIT has a long history as a purveyor of public art. Muntadas has contributed to this legacy through his curriculum and seminars over the years. Intrigued by how media and mass culture has seeped into public space, his teachings have come to focus on “understanding spatial cultural identity through art and architecture.”

Limited seating is available, register online, free and open to the public


Friday, April 18

2:00 pm | Opening remarks by Adèle Naudé Santos (Dean of School of Architecture + Planning, MIT)

2:30 pm | Panel 1: Private Public Spaces: Cultural Identity and Context
Speakers: Ina Blom (Oslo University), Antoni Muntadas (ACT, MIT), Néstor García Canclini (Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Mexico City)
Respondents: Doris Sommer (Cultural Agents, Harvard), Ana Maria León(HTC, MIT)
Moderator: J. Meejin Yoon (Architecture, MIT)

5:00 pm | Panel 2: Reclaiming Public Space/Surveillance and Control
Speakers: Teddy Cruz (UCSD), Marjetica Potr? (HFBK, Hamburg), Krzysztof Wodiczko (GSD, Harvard).
Respondents: Jane Hutton and Adrian Blackwell (GSD, Harvard)
Moderator: Catherine D’Ignazio (Media Lab, MIT)

7:00 – 9:00 pm | Exhibition Opening Reception
Takes place on the first floor gallery of the E14 Media Lab Complex.


Antoni Muntadas, On Translation: El Aplauso Bogota, 1999

Saturday, April 19

10:00 am | Welcome by Otto Piene (Professor Emeritus, Director Emeritus of CAVS, MIT)
10:30 am | Panel 3: Alternatives for Contemporary Public Space: Interdisciplinary Praxis
Speakers: Juan Herreros (GSAPP, Columbia), Dennis Adams (Cooper Union), Angela Vettese (IUAV, Venice)
Respondent: Caroline Jones (HTC, MIT)
Moderator: Ute Meta Bauer (NTU, Singapore)

2:00 pm | Panel 4: Speculations on the Future of Urban Space: Utopia
Speakers: Gediminas Urbonas (ACT, MIT), Andrés Jaque (Princeton), Mark Wigley (GSAPP, Columbia)
Respondent: Ana Miljacki (Architecture, MIT)
Moderator: Alexander D’Hooghe (CAU, MIT)

5:00 pm | Panel 5: Public Space: Research, Projects, Production
Speakers: Jennifer Allora (Allora & Calzadilla), Marrikka Trotter (GSD, Harvard), Matthew Mazzotta (ACT, MIT), Coryn Kempster (Harry Gugger Studio)
Respondents:  Beatriz Colomina (Princeton University School of Architecture) and Azra Akšamija (ACT, MIT)
Moderator: Antoni Muntadas (ACT, MIT)

7:00 pm | Closing remarks by Nader Tehrani (Head of the Department of Architecture, MIT)

Antoni Muntadas, Media Eyes, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1980

Antoni Muntadas, Media Eyes, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1980

Concurrently, there will be an exhibition nodding to Antoni Muntadas’ history of teaching a graduate seminar on public space. This exhibition will feature course posters, documentation of projects, syllabi and research materials explored in Muntadas’ courses (on view in the MIT Media Lab Complex). A full list of artists can be seen here. This exhibition will be on view through October 2014.

the media lab complex, e14-633
6th Floor
75 Amherst Street

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