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Friday, April 29, 2011

FAST LIGHT - MIT Light Show/Exhibition on the Charles - May 7-8, 2011

FAST Light

What happens when some of MIT's boldest, most creative thinkers put their heads together to stage a light show?

May 7 & 8, 2011
7 pm - 10 pm
At MIT along the Charles River | Free and open to the public
Memorial Drive will be closed to vehicular traffic from 6 to 11pm on May 7 & 8.

Contemporary pioneers in art, science, and technology have come together at MIT to create one of the most exhilarating and inventive spectacles metro Boston has ever seen. On May 7 & 8, visitors can interact with 20+ art and architectural installations illuminating the campus and the Charles River along Memorial Drive at MIT.

FAST LIGHT kicks off on May 7 at 7pm with the inflation of Otto Piene’s dramatic SKY Event, two massive, brightly lit stars that will rise into the night sky over MIT’s signature dome in Killian Court. The MIT campus adjacent to the Charles River and the Massachusetts Avenue Bridge will light up with dramatic displays of LED lights, architectural pavilions, interactive sculptural installations, and artworks that incorporate energy-efficient lighting solutions and projections on the river itself.

Some of the installations are larger than life—like Piene’s colossal star. Others offer a more intimate, human-scaled experience—like Meejin Yoon’s haunting Light Drift orbs that interact with pedestrians and communicate with corresponding sculptures on the river. Many of the installations demonstrate innovative energy solutions, like architect/professor Sheila Kennedy’s ingenious SOFT Rockers, lounge chairs that offer both ergonomic comfort and alternative-energy charging solutions for portable electronics, like cellphones and iPods.

All the works are by current or emeritus faculty and students in a wide range of disciplines from architecture to computation. Collaboration is the common denominator of invention at MIT, so the creators formed teams to tackle the challenges and technical complexities of the projects. FAST LIGHT highlights MIT’s leadership in energy-efficient technologies, while transforming the physical environment in thought-provoking, often breathtaking ways.

Before the light show begins at 7 pm, visitors are welcome to take a self-guided tour of the 20+ installations during the day on both May 7 and 8.

FAST LIGHT is the grand finale of the FAST FESTIVAL, MIT’s three-month-long celebration of its 150th anniversary—and a tribute to the power of inspired collaborations that span disciplines, media, and all expectations. FAST LIGHT also provides a dramatic close to the Boston CyberArts Festival and the Cambridge Science Festival.

“One of the fundamental goals of the FAST Festival is to explore and develop new concepts, methods, and underlying structures that will keep MIT at the cutting edge of art, science, and technology for generations to come, to the benefit of the Institute and the world.”

Tod Machover
MIT FAST Festival Director

Sunday, April 24, 2011


On the heels of Tom Waits' induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, P.A.'s Lounge hosts a Tom Waits Tribute on April 30, 2011 to benefit the Somerville Homeless Coalition.

Participating bands include: Coyote Kolb, Dan Baker, Danielle Miraglia, Dave Aaronoff and The Protagonists, Joe Fletcher, Movers & Shakers, The Resurrectionists, Sleepy Very Sleepy, Tig & Bean, Tim Gearan, and Tony the Bookie.

Doors at 8:30 p.m. 21+. The cover charge is $10.

For more information, please visit:

This event was inspired by Tom Waits' recent fundraising for homeless organizations, as well as the release of his first book of poetry—Hard Ground—which pairs his writing with poignant portraits of homelessness by Michael O'Brien.

In this spirit, all proceeds from the tribute will be donated to the Somerville Homeless Coalition. The mission of the Somerville Homeless Coalition is to provide homeless and near homeless individuals and families with individualized supportive services and tailored housing solutions with a goal of obtaining and maintaining affordable housing.

Friday, April 22, 2011

SOMERVILLE OPEN STUDIOS - April 30 & May 1, 2011

Head for the beach!

Dear Friends...

Come visit me in my studio during Somerville Open Studios (SOS) Sat. and Sun., April 30 and May 1, noon - 6pm.

I've been building a large body of paintings inspired by the ocean. I'm very excited about this work and I think you will be too.

My newest paintings "Strange Light" depict those times when water and sky appear the same with almost no demarcation. The ocean is infused with a purplish gray and is mesmerizing. You are engulfed in subtle color.

My studio is in the Rogers Foam factory at 20 Vernon Street, 6-West. To enter 20 Vernon take the 2nd doorway into the factory from the corner of Vernon & Central. Vernon Street Studios is comprised of 2 buildings -- make sure to visit both. For directions and a preview of some of the art you will see on Vernon Street visit

From now through May 13 you can also visit the Somerville Museum to see work by many SOS artists. For museum hours and directions

And for all the information you'll need to know about SOS go to Be sure to pick up a free map from the fanciful mapstands all around the city.

Hope to see you at SOS April 30 and May 1, 2011!


Jane Sherrill
Visual Artist
20 Vernon St., 6-West
Somerville MA 02145

Thursday, April 21, 2011


Come to the SLAM Easter Local Artist Market! at The Burren this Saturday from 12-4pm You'll find unique gifts for Easter, Including Ukrainian Eggs and a great selection of jewelry, pottery, glass, metal, textiles, sculpture, painting, photography and so much more.

The Saturday Local Artist Market (SLAM), offers local artists a place to show and sell their work as well as an opportunity for the public to find a wide variety of art and handmade goods in one location.

Shop at the market then stay and listen to live local Bluegrass musicians. The Burren will also be offering $5.00 Lunch Specials on market day as well as their full menu of traditional Irish dishes and American favorites.

The Burren is @ The Davis Square T Stop

Sunday, April 17, 2011


These events are free and open to the public. Children are welcome in the company of an adult.

Please register for each event that you plan to attend: Important information on parking will be given to you when you register.
E-mail Elizabeth Wylde at:

Sunday, April 17
1:30 to 3 pm
Maynard Ecology Center
Neville Place basement, 650 Concord Avenue
Native mason bees are solitary and non-aggressive. Instead of making hives, they lay their eggs and raise their young in insect holes and other small cavities. Bee enthusiast Gaynor Bigelbach will talk with us about these native bees and show us how to use the stems of Japanese knotweed, an invasive plant, to create mason bee nurseries for the reservation.

Sunday, April 24
1 to 3:30 pm
Location given on registration
Celebrate National Arbor Day by choosing and planting a tree. Did you know that each person on Earth needs 7 mature trees to take up the CO2 that’s breathed out? Do you know where your 7 trees are? How are trees selected and planted in Cambridge locations? After a brief talk inside, apply what you've learned by planting a tree on the Reservation. Register with Chief Ranger Jean Rogers at or 617-349-4793. Rain date is Sunday, May 1.

Wednesday, April 27
7 to 8:30 pm
Maynard Ecology Center
Neville Place basement, 650 Concord Avenue
Author and research botanist Arthur Haines says useful knowledge of plants is passing from our culture and that wild food and medicine offer concrete ways to interest people in participating in land conservation. Join him for a look at some interesting examples of wild food and medicine that grow here in New England. He’ll also share stories from the pages of history and show how wild plants can promote healthy living for generations to come.

Saturday, April 30
8 to 10 am
650 Concord Avenue (street end of Neville Place driveway)
Every bird walk is unique and full of surprises! Many songbirds and waterfowl stop to rest at Fresh Pond while heading north toward their summer nesting places. Beginners are welcome. We have binoculars to lend and will show you how to use them.

This spring and summer Grow Native Massachusetts will be offering a series of free nature-related lectures at the Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway. The details are at:

2011 Boston Cyberarts Festival - Music and Technology Intersect

Local and internationally acclaimed artists participate

Boston, MA - Exploring the creative and cultural potential in the convergence of
music, sound and technology, six organizations - Beat Research, Boston Sculptors
Gallery, Brandeis University, CyberartsCentral at Atlantic Wharf, The Get Together
Festival and New England Conservatory - are presenting concerts and events as part
of the 2011 Boston Cyberarts Festival at venues around Boston from April 22 to May

"One of the distinctive features of the Boston Cyberarts Festival has always been
its inclusiveness," said Festival Founder and Director George Fifield. "From the
beginning we have sought out events and exhibitions in all art forms, including
not just visual art but a variety of performing arts as well." Here's a complete
list of the 2011 music offerings:

The "Get Together"

The premiere daytime event of the Get Together Festival is a six-hour celebration
combining a vinyl record fair, installations and performances by local artists,
a fashion experience, and music software and hardware developers. All together,
the "Get Together" paints a holistic portrait of electronic music culture outside
the club.

Vinyl sellers of old and new school-including Jamaica plain's Tres Gatos and Drum
& Bass overlords Trainspotters-combine with technology tables from Shapemix Software
and M- Work Mastering. Also on view: T-shirt and art vendors Pen Cap Chew, jewelry
designer Yukineko, the Boston Music Coalition and Conscious Minds Ink, and many
more. The fashion component returns bigger and badder with designers Deconize, Lady
Charlie Lamb and Tess Aquarium turning the room into a fashion-forward lively art
party. Musically it ends up with a performance from Boston's premier live/electronic
dance club duo Spf-5000.

Massachusetts College of Art and Design, The Pozen Center, 621 Huntington Ave.,
Boston. Sat, April 23, 12- 6pm/all ages/ []

If All Those Able Minds Could Be Set Free: Demoshow and Chiptune Concert

The demoscene is a diverse computer art subculture focused on demos, or realtime
rendered audiovisual demonstrations of coding, musical and artistic prowess. While
Chiptunes are live performances that include the use of traditional acoustic and
electronic instruments, alongside Gameboys, Commodores, and Amigas, as well as
more modern computational devices like palmtop computers. Featured artists include
Br1ght Pr1mate [],
combining the forces of indie-scene alum Lydia Marsala and James Therrien (Fugitive
Kind), Arkbit and the Attic Bat plus Don Miller []
(NO CARRIER). Sponsored by @party, BOSTON8BIT and MAGfest.

CyberartsCentral Visitor Center, Atlantic Wharf Multimedia Space, 290 Congress St.,
Boston. Sun, Apr 24, 3-6pm/all ages/ []al/cyberartcentral

Registration required: []

Cyberarts at Beat Research Part 1

Residents DJ Flack and Wayne and Wax run the free Monday Night "experimental party
music" weekly called Beat Research. This year they have invited multimedia artist
"making the noise" to perform. mtn is an alias of Adam Ribaudo, a Cambridge-based
producer who delivers cerebral electronic music that varies from lush airy sonicscapes
to dirty glitchy beats. Using an assortment of custom or self-made software and
hardware components to keep his music organic and spontaneous, mtn makes laptop
music that doesn't hide behind the laptop. He will also be incorporating real-time
generative visualizations to color his sound programmed in both Jitter & Processing.

Enormous Room, 567 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, 617.491.5550, Mon, Apr 25, 9pm-1am|
21+| FREE, []

Brandeis Electro-Acoustic Music Studio (BEAMS) Music Marathon

The annual BEAMS Electronic Music Marathon showcases the depth and breadth of music
made with electronic and computer sounds and features an international roster of
musicians and composers. Electronic music and mixed/multimedia works are too often
compromised by the quality of the technology through which they are experienced.
The 2011 BEAMS Electronic Music Marathon features a state of the art sound system
installed in the intimate and acoustically excellent Slosberg Recital Hall that
allows audiences to experience the music uncompromised-the way that the composers
intended for it to be heard. See Brandeis website for a full list of composers,
performers and times. The BEAMS Electronic Music Marathon is also part of the Leonard
Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts

Brandeis University, Slosberg Hall, 415 South St., Waltham, MA, 781.736.5008, Sat,
Apr 30 | 12pm-12am, FREE,


An electronic music performance by local musicians, Cyber-Pool is derived from the
ongoing "The Improvisation Pool" series. Improvisations are in small and large groupings,
featuring a variety of musicians integrating electronic and acoustic instrumentation.
Musicians include Michael Evans, Ernst Karel, Neil Leonard, Andrew Neumann,Arvid
Tomayko-Peters, and Jorrit Dijktsra.

CyberartsCentral, Atlantic Wharf Multimedia Space 2nd Floor, 290 Congress Street,
Boston, Fri, Apr 29 | 8-10pm, FREE, bostoncyberarts [].org/festival/cyberartcentral

ElectroNEC presents: Electroacoustic Showcase

ElectroNEC presents an afternoon of performances of recent music for digitally processed
instruments and fixed media by New England Conservatory and Massachusetts College
of Art faculty and guests. The program will feature Luigi Nono'sPost-Prae-Ludium,
and work by artists Simon Hanes, Daniel Hawkins, John Holland, John Mallia, Neal
Markowski, Beth McDonald, Marc McNulty, Katarina Miljkovic and Peter Negroponte.

New England Conservatory of Music, Saint Botolph Building, Room G01 241 Saint Botolph
St., Boston, 617.585.1100, Sun, May 1 | 4pm (pre-concert set featuring work by NEC
students at 2 pm) FREE, []

Cyberarts at Beat Research Part 2: Robotkid and Pajaritos

The dynamic duo of Pajaritos (DJ Riobamba aka Sara Skolnick and DJ Malagón aka Ernesto
D. Morales) bring their laptops to Beat Research, filled to the brim with tasty
beats disco/tropical/cumbia/sabor latino etc. Beat Research also welcomes Robotkid
(aka Josh Randall) one of the first artists to combine live video and dance beats
in Boston. From his ground breaking synchcore band Institute of Technology in the
mid 90s to his current role as creative director at Hamonix Music Systems (the video
game studio responsible for "Guitar Hero" and "Rock Band",) Josh has always been
exploring the ways that moving images can be manipulated live and used to inspire
and entertain. Using multiple projectors, he will drop fun layered imagery over
Pajaritos beats as well as rocking his own solo audio/visual performance.

Enormous Room, 567 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA, 617.491.5550

Mon, May 5 | 9pm-1am | 21+ | FREE, []

Andy Zimmermann: "Who Am I?" Live Poetry and Music Performance

Taking place within Andy Zimmermann's Where Am I? exhibit, this performance will
feature poetry by Rosamond Zimmermann and Cammy Thomas, with Froilan Decan on guitar,
John Scales on drums, and Andy Zimmermann on midi-guitar and his own sound and light

Boston Sculptors Gallery [],
486 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA, 617.482.7781, Sat, May 7 | 8pm, FREE,

# # #

The Boston Cyberarts Festival, launched by George Fifield in 1999 with seed funding
from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, is the only Festival in the world that
features all art forms, including both visual and performing arts, film, video,
electronic literature, public art, and web art. The 2011 Festival takes place April
22-May 8, 2011, at museums, galleries, performing spaces, educational institutions,
and on the web. Complete information, including a searchable database of the more
than 50 events and exhibitions, is available at

Cyberart encompasses any artistic endeavor in which computer technology is used
to expand artistic possibilities - that is, where the computer's unique capabilities
are integral elements of the creative process in the same way that paint, photographic
film, musical instru­ments, and other materials have always been used to express
an artist's vision.

# # #

Further information on the Boston Cyberarts Festival is available by calling 617.524.8495
or emailing [].

# # #

Boston Cyberarts is grateful for the support of many generous individuals and institutions,
including the Massachusetts Cultural Council, IBM, the Boston Cultural Council and
Avid. Boston Cyberarts is proud to be a partner with Boston Properties and Atlantic
Wharf, and the Boston Children's Museum. Dig Boston is the media sponsor.

Press contact: Nina J Berger, 617.543.1595, [].

High and low-resolution DOWNLOADABLE images are available at

# # #

Boston Cyberarts Festival

Administrative Offices: 9 Myrtle Street, Boston, MA 02130

Telephone 617.524.8495
Fax 617.524.9968 [] []
mcc logo []

Wednesday, April 13, 2011


April SCATV Gallery Update

OUT THE WINDOW: Paintings and Drawings by Cynthia Maurice
on exhibit at the SCATV Gallery from April 1 – April 27, 2011.
OUT THE WINDOW offers the viewer an opportunity to travel along
familiar Somerville streets as well wander through the streets of Tiznit, Morrocco.

The SCATV Gallery is located at SCATV, 90 Union Square, Somerville.
Gallery hours:
Mondays – Thursdays Noon to 10:00PM
Fridays - Saturdays 10: AM to 400 PM
The SCATV Gallery is closed on Sundays and Monday Holidays.

Cynthia Maurice chats about her work and travels with Janet Cormier on ART AT SCATV.
The interview can be viewed on Tuesday evenings on channel 3 at 7:00PM or
on line at Visit to view more of Maurice’s work.

Somerville artists interested in appearing on ART AT SCAT and exhibiting in The SCAT Gallery in 2010 should contact Janet Cormier, program host and gallery curator at

Somerville: Performers at YUM: A Taste of Immigrant City

My name is Erica Satin-Hernandez, and I work at the Welcome Project, a non-profit working to increase civic engagement and well-being in Somerville's immigrant population that also runs the YUM Project, which promotes immigrant-run restaurants in Somerville. I've been planning the second-annual YUM: A Taste of Immigrant City Celebration and Fundraising Gala, which will be held on Wednesday, April 27th from 6:30 - 9:30.

We're looking for two performers or performance groups to each perform a set around ten minutes long, and we can repay each up to $125 if needed. One would be going at 745, and the other at 815. Please let me know if you'd be interested in such an opportunity, and we'd greatly appreciate your help!

Thanks so much and hope to hear back from you,

Saturday, April 09, 2011


Blue Cloud Gallery, located at 713 Broadway, Ball Square Somerville, has undergone a change in ownership. You are invited to attend the opening party where old favorites and new expanded offerings will be waiting for you to admire; there will be delicious Kickass Cupcakes, aromatic coffee and tea from True Grounds Coffee Shop, and mouth-watering wine from Ball Square Wines and Spirits. Come meet the artists and receive a free gift! And that's not all... From 10 AM - 8 PM.

Betsy Lenora: 617-776-2700

Friday, April 08, 2011


Wednesday, April 13, 7:00-9:00 p.m. 167 Holland St., Somerville, Mass., second floor, wheelchair accessible.

The April meeting of the Somerville Garden Club will feature a presentation by Somerville gardener An Sokolovska, whose garden was a stop on the SGC 2010 Garden Tour. She will discuss the use of cisterns, French drains, gutters, and other methods to store and control water in the garden. Sokolovska credits her understanding of urban land and flood control to her time as a sociologist working with the US Corps of Engineers evaluating the impact of their large civil works in New England. As the owner of a small-scale design/construction business she was able to apply her knowledge to residential construction. Sokolovska believes gardens can solve problems of air pollution, security, flood control and more, while conferring beauty and peacefulness on a community--that is the value of "A Working Garden."

All Somerville Garden Club meetings are free and open to the public. Each meeting opens with announcements, followed by a roundtable discussion, a featured lecture or presentation, and concludes with a raffle of donated plants and garden items.


MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology Public Programs / April 2011


TalkDraw MIT (Graduate Student Event)
Edwina Portocarrero (MIT Media Lab)
David Robert (MIT Media Lab)
David Lakatos (MIT Media Lab)
Elizabeth Watkins (ASAP L.A., SMVisS Graduate Candidate 2012)
ACT Venus Lab, E14-140 / 6–8:30 PM
Organized by Tomashi Jackson (SMVisS Graduate Candidate 2012)


TalkDraw MIT (Graduate Student Event)
Awesome New Republic (Miami Indie Rock Band, Video Artists)
Yu-Pu Wang (MIT Chemistry Department, YouTube Music Video Artist)
Ben Houge (Sound Artist, Composer)
ACT Venus Lab, E14-140 / 6–8:30 PM
Organized by Tomashi Jackson (SMVisS Graduate Candidate 2012)

Archive Agendas: Discursive Platforms in Art and Architecture
Panel discussion with:
Sean Dockray (artist and a founding director of Telic Arts Exchange)
Ana Miljacki (Assistant Professor of Architecture, MIT)
Antoni Muntadas (Professor of Practice, ACT)
Rogers Building, Room 7-431/ 6:30 PM
Organized by History, Theory and Criticism of Art and Architecture, MIT


FAST Future Forum on the Arts
Session 1: New Performance/New Media
Introduction with LEILA KINNEY (Director of Arts Initiatives at MIT)

JOAN JONAS (Professor of Visual Arts, Emerita, ACT)
Interviewed by UTE META BAUER (Associate Professor and Head, ACT)
MIT Media Lab Complex, E14, 6th Floor / 10–11 AM

Followed by:
AZRA AKSAMIJA (former CAVS affiliate, PhD candidate, HTC)
OLIVER LUTZ (SMVisS 2006, Lecturer, ACT)
DIETMAR OFFENHUBER (Ph.D. Candidate, Urban Studies and Planning, G)
Moderated by:
REBECCA UCHILL (Ph.D. Candidate, Program in HTC)
MIT Media Lab Complex, E14, 6th Floor / 11–12 AM
Part of the MIT FAST Festival.
For the full program, go to:


Francisco Lopez: Artist Talk and Concert
FRANCISCO LOPEZ is a sound artist whose work crosses the boundaries of experimental and industrial sounds.
The Viller's Cube, E15-001 / 8–10 PM
Organized and co-sponsored by Non-Event, ACT, The Sensory Ethnography Lab, and the Film Study Center at Harvard University. Funded in part by a grant from the Council of the Arts at MIT.


Magazines and Their Role in Architecture
and Artistic Research Practice I
Keynote: BEATRIZ COLOMINA (founding editor of Assemblage and curator of Clip/Stamp/Fold: The Radical Architecture of Little Magazines 196X-197X; Professor of Architecture and Founding Director of the Program in Media and Modernity at Princeton University)
UTE META BAUER (founding editor of Meta, Case and Verkstedt, and Associate Professor and Head, ACT)
DAN GRAHAM (artist)
Moderated by:
Ana Miljacki (Assistant Professor of Architecture, MIT)
Bartos Theater, E15-070 / 9:30–11:30 AM
Organized and co-sponsored by ACT and the Department of Architecture + MIT 150, with additional funding from Siemens Stiftung.

Magazines and Their Role in Architecture
and Artistic Research Practice II
JORGE OTERO-PAILOS (founding editor of Future Anterior Journal; MIT PhD at HTC)
MICHAEL SCHWAB (editor-in-chief of JAR – Journal of Artistic Research)
PELIN TAN (co-founder of Muhtelif, ACT Fellow)
Moderated by:
Bartos Theater, E15-070 / 2:30–4 PM
Organized and co-sponsored by ACT and the Department of Architecture + MIT 150, with additional funding from Siemens Stiftung.

Pecha Kucha: Architectural Installations as Practice and Genre
ANTON GARCIA (Visiting Scholar, Center for Transportation and Logistics, MIT) with
NADER TEHRANI (Department Head and Professor, Department of Architecture, MIT)
LIAM O'BRIEN (Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture, MIT)
SHEILA KENNEDY (Professor of the Practice, Department of Architecture, MIT)
JOEL LAMERE (Lecturer, Department of Architecture, MIT)
MEEJIN YOON (Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, MIT)
GEDIMINAS URBONAS (Associate Professor of Visual Arts, ACT)
NICK GELPI (Lecturer, MIT Department of Architecture)
SKYLAR TIBBITS (Lecturer, Department of Architecture, MIT)
Rogers Building, Room 7-431/ 7–8 PM
Organized and co-sponsored by the Department of Architecture + MIT 150


RECORD > AGAIN! 40 Years Video Art in Germany, Part 2 (Symposium)
Judith Barry (Director of the MFA Program, AIB)
Ute Meta Bauer (Associate Professor and Head, ACT)
Joe Ketner (The Henry and Lois Foster Chair in Contemporary Art, Distinguished Curator-in-Residence, Emerson College)
Gregory Williams (Adjunct Professor, Chair of the Executive Board,
Boston University British Programmes)
Goethe-Institut Boston, 170 Beacon Street, Boston / 5–9 PM
Presentation of videos followed by a panel discussion.
40 Years Video Art in Germany, Part 2 includes numerous discoveries which, for the most part, have no longer been available for viewing for decades. Many of the videos had to undergo elaborate restoration before they could be played at all. The project, supported by the German Federal Cultural Foundation, aims to save, maintain, and mediate the cultural heritage of Video Art, which has become one the most influential art forms of the twentieth century. Presented in cooperation with the Boston Cyberarts Festival.

AR – Artistic Research
MIT Media Lab Complex, E14
November 17, 2010 – May 12, 2011
Monday – Friday, 9 AM –5 PM
AR – Artistic Research is a one-year collaboration between the MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology and the Munich-based Siemens Stiftung. AR – Artistic Research is co-curated by Ute Meta Bauer, Associate Professor and Head of the MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology; and Thomas D. Trummer, Curator of Visual Arts, Siemens Stiftung.

AR – Artistic Research explores artistic methodologies and forms of inquiry at the intersection of art, science and technology, and unfolds in multiple formats during the academic year 2010-2011. It includes a series of displays at MIT’s recently inaugurated Media Lab Complex, that feature projects by artists who focus on the intersection of art and science in connection with ongoing research by faculty and fellows of MIT’s Program in Art, Culture and Technology (ACT).

AR – Artistic Research juxtaposes documentation of works by Hungarian artist Attila Csörgö and rarely-exhibited photograms and polaroids by MIT Professor György Kepes (1906-2001), who founded the MIT Center for Advanced Visual Studies (CAVS) in 1967. Jae Rhim Lee’s installation is part of her larger artistic and scientific inquiry Infinity Burial Project. The project by Argentina-based artists Guillermo Faivovich & Nicolás Goldberg researches the cultural impact of the Campo del Cielo meteorites.

Urbonas Studio:
The Learning Machine
The Wolk Gallery, 7-338
February 19, 2011 – April 8, 2011
Monday – Friday, 9 AM –5 PM
The Learning Machine explores the symbolic relationship between women and the state, taking women’s voices as expressions of the psychological impact of the Cold War on multiple generations

Developed for a post-Soviet context, the project studies the cinematic construction of the feminine ‘victim’ identity, and its inscription onto the lives of individual women and entire nations alike. Drawing on psychiatry, the Learning Machine reveals the particular construction and articulation of women’s voices in popular culture, and develops its own archival strategies in order to narrate experiences and attitudes that differ radically from media portrayals. The Learning Machine ultimately disrupts the familiar symbolic deadlock of victimization, creating new conditions for women’s voices today.

Urbonas Studio’s interdisciplinary research program advocates for the reclamation of public culture in the face of overwhelming privatization. Often beginning with archival research, they develop complex participatory works investigating architecture, the urban environment, and cultural and technological heritage.


Unless otherwise noted, all the events above take place on MIT campus.
Click here for a map of the MIT campus.

MIT's Bartos Theater and the Viller's Cube are located on the Lower Level of the Wiesner Building (E15) at 20 Ames Street, Building, Cambridge, in close proximity to Kendall Square.

By Public Transportation
Take the MBTA red line to the Kendall/ MIT stop, follow Main Street west to Ames Street, turn left, walk the distance of about one block to the crosswalk and the Wiesner Building (E15) is on your left.

For additional information, please contact Laura Anca Chichisan Pallone at or 617–253–4415.

Wednesday, April 06, 2011


The Unreliable Narrator Showcase is coming Tuesday, April 19 to Johnny D’s in Davis Square.
An evening of comedy, music and storytelling to benefit Unreliable Narrator’s summer tour of “2010: Our Hideous Future: The Musical!” which will feature a delightful variety of:

* Kristen Ford
* Mei Ohara
* Selected songs from “2010: Our Hideous Future: The Musical!”

* Jenny Zigrino
* Ryan Darmody
* Perfect Monster
* The Unreliable Narrator Podcast Group

* Brad Smith
* Michael Anderson
* Tina Stoner
4/19/11 at 8 PM, $10.
Johnny D’s, 17 Holland St., Somerville, MA. For reservations call (617) 776-2004.

Tuesday, April 05, 2011


The Cambridge Center for Adult Education (CCAE), in collaboration with the Cambridge Arts Council, the Somerville Arts Council, Cambridge Local First and Somerville Local First, are running a pilot program this fall called Community Supported Art (CSArt).


CSArt is modeled on the highly successful "community supported agriculture" programs that have flourished across the country for the past 20 years. Like community supported agriculture, CSArt is designed to link producers –– in this case, artists who are interested in developing a limited edition of an original work of art –– with consumers who buy shares and receive three deliveries of art this fall.

Rather than vegetables, fish or dairy products, CSArt shareholders will receive a box with 3 original works of art. The works might include a limited run of 50 small sculptures, paintings, stained glass, line drawings, lithographs, photographs that can be produced in a limited edition of 50 and sold at a profit.

Artists who are selected to participate in this pilot CSArt will receive a $1,500 stipend to produce a run of 50 artworks. The challenge will be to design a product that is appealing, well made, and low cost. CSArt will feature unique art, not commercial, mass-produced articles. That is what makes it special. Think about the difference between agribusiness and locally grown cucumbers.

Participation in CSArt also includes:

business counseling from experts who have worked with artists and other creative professionals in areas such as pricing, budgeting, production, marketing, and product design;

a $500 scholarship toward business and/or art classes at CCAE;

an exhibit of your art at CCAE as part of a group show of artists participating in this year’s CSArt (the exhibition will run July 1 to Aug. 31);

the opportunity to establish relationships with other artists who share an interest in developing a business model, other small business owners, local consumers of art.

CSArtists will be required to participate in these additional ways:

provide baseline data on your art sales before and after the program;

attend two community events between May 1st and July 31st where we will promote the program, including but not limited to farmers markets, the Cambridge River Festival, MayFair, ArtBeat;

attend the "harvest" party where your art will be delivered to shareholders;

participate in a panel discussion with other CSArtists this fall at CCAE to share what we learned in the pilot phase.

HOW TO APPLY: Go to and fill out the online form. Think about how your work will fit into a 12" x 18" x 12" box along with 1 or 2 other works. Be sure it is durable or, if not, that your plans include how the work will be wrapped for delivery to ensure that it arrives intact.



Monday, April 04, 2011


Channel Zero And The Bad Poets Society
Proudly Present
"Wesley Willis's Joy Rides" (2008)
Directed by Kim Shively & Chris Bagley

The Wesley Willis story, IS ROCK-N-ROLL!

See the incredible but TRUE story of the homeless man whose lyrics & fearless singing style took the Chicago music scene By Storm!
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Sunday, April 03, 2011

Peace Drum Project News - Spring 2011

Peace Drum at AAMARP

Paintings line the hallway, and sculptures sit on pedestals around the gallery. As the teens drift in to their afternoon activities, they are surround by art and artists. This year the Peace Drum Project resides at AAMARP Studios in Jamaica Plain. AAMARP - The African American Master Artists in Residence Program of Northeastern University - is located on Atherton Street. The outside does not hint at all the creative work and mastery that's inside, but the teens in the project are truly privileged to be part of this creative environment. Last year, the teens interviewed three of the AAMARP artists about their lives; and, other AAMARP artists have worked with the teens in recent years, so there are many familiar faces around.

The teens enjoy the "clubhouse" feel of the space, and are most appreciative of the inspiration around every corner. Our space is twice as large as any we've had in past years, and it is easily converted to accommodate both performing and visual arts activities.

Throughout this year, the teens will be visiting artist's studios and having workshops with some of the artists onsite. Also, as they embark on several exciting visual arts projects (see Activities), the teens will benefit from both the expertise and experience of CAI artists like Susan, Curtis, and Wyoma, and the abundant advice and inspiration from the very talented and experienced artists at AAMARP.
Peace Drum News
Teens Meet Elders
In February, the teens met the elders we will be working with this year. Most of them live at the Amory Street Apartments in Roxbury. They all started getting to know each other by adding new photos and information to our 2011 Peace Drum Scrapbook, and by starting to share stories from their lives.

Working together, they learn from each other and gain understanding about how many common threads run through their lives and experiences.Over the next several months, they will continue to meet to conduct interviews, share stories, and create drums together. This exchange offers such an enormous benefit to both the teens and the elders!

There is such delight on the faces of the elders as the teens arrive to meet them, and the teens learn from the elders that even the most difficult struggles can be overcome - and that happiness is possible. We're all looking forward to our next session coming up next week and to new discoveries to be made about the past, present, and future life of our community.

Explorations In The Arts
In addition to working on their journals and making their drums, the teens hve been engaged this year in Dance workshops with Wyoma, a CAI Program Developer and well known African dance performer and teacher. Danielle Moran a graduate intern from Simmons College engaged the teens in Improv and theater workshops to help them develop confidence and an improved awareness of the physical world. Curtis Jones, CAI lead percussion artist, will continue his drumming workshops with the teens throughout the year.

The teens recently took part in the annual Art Journal Challenge - the only competitive activity we do each year in the project. They must complete a one-age collage work in one hour that expresses something important or personal about themselves. Although there were three winners, all of the collages were very expressive and personal this year, and the panel of judges had a very hard time coming to a final decision.
Creative Partnerships
This year, the Peace Drum partnership with the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum will help the teens develop 'pop ups' that reflect the museum's collection, and in particular, the courtyard. Susan (Porter) will be working with the teens to design and execute their creations. The final works will be on exhibit at AAMARP after the Community Creations Opening in June. The teens took part in a basic pop-ups workshop in February, and their creations were fun and experimental.

Another exciting partnership this year involves the Institute for Urban Health Research at Northeastern University. The IUHR is sponsoring a challenge for the teens to create new works on canvas that express My Hopes and Dreams. The Institute is supplying material support and will host a reception for the exhibition of the paintings at Northeastern in May. Prizes will be given, and the teens will be given the opportunity to have their works on permanent exhibit at IUHR offices
What Is the Peace Drum Project?
This project is Cooperative Artists Institute's after-school teen leadership initiative that combines performing and visual arts in a fun, exciting process that helps teens become a greater asset to their own community. Boston teens learn important life and leadership skills like critical-thinking and problem-solving,communication, listening, creativity, empathy and understanding.

This 30-week project brings teens together with elders in the community to help them recall and record their life stories. After interviewing the elders, the teens make a personalized Peace Drum for each elder reflecting their life story. This sharing of stories builds common ground and connects the two generations with each other in a positive and lasting way. The blending of the Arts with the community service helps the teens develop maturity and build supportive, positive peer relationships.
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"I do this because it's fun and it keeps me out of trouble. I've made great new friends here too." Joseph Ruiz, Teen participant

End of Year Celebration!

Please join us for our end-of-year
Celebration & Awards Ceremony
See our drums. Hear our stories.

Meet the participants and help us celebrate
their accomplishments on
Friday, June 3
5:00-7:00 PM

at AAMARP Studios,
76 Atherton Street in Jamaica Plain.
For more information or to volunteer to help, contact
Susan Porter at 617-524-6378.

Special Thanks
Very special thanks to: The Janey Fund, Boston Cultural Council, Alice Willard Dorr Foundation, and to the many individual contributors who made the project possible this year

Your contribution to support The Peace Drum Project will ensure that we can continue to provide this one-of-a-kind experience to help at-risk youth transform their lives through the arts and their connection with elders in the community.

Donate Now!
Related Links
What is the Peace Drum Project?
Over 80 Elder Stories on CAI's website
Intergenerational Connections Through the Arts
Peace Drum Project Bridges Generations
Cooperative Artists Institute (CAI)

Cooperative Artists Institute

The Peace Drum Project is an initiative of the Cooperative Artists Institute
which has a 40-year track record of using the arts to create positive change in Boston. In 2009, over 15,000 children and adults took part in CAI's community-building multicultural art programs, and many others visited our website.
For more information, or to make a donation, call Susan Porter at
(617) 524-6378 or mail to: 311 Forest Hills St, Jamaica Plain MA 02130-3605.

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