Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
“Seeing / Sounding / Sensing”
September 26–27, 2014
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139
The MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology (CAST) is pleased to announce its first biennial symposium, “Seeing / Sounding / Sensing.” Bringing together artists, philosophers, neuroscientists, and scholars in cross-disciplinary conversation, the symposium will take place at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on September 26–27.
Art, science, and technology are ways of knowing and changing the world. These disciplines frequently draw from one another, yet their practitioners rarely have the opportunity for high-level intellectual and cultural exchange. “Seeing / Sounding / Sensing” is an intensive two-day event at MIT that invites creative artists to join with philosophers, cognitive neuroscientists, anthropologists, historians, and scholars from a range of disciplines in an open-ended discussion about knowledge production. The goal is to challenge each domain’s conventional certainty about “what is known,” “how we know it,” or “how we can know more,” and to stimulate new issues for possible cross-disciplinary scholarship in the future.
Bruno Latour, eminent philosopher, anthropologist and sociologist of science, will give the keynote address on Friday evening, September 26. Three panel sessions will feature artists Tauba Auerbach(“Seeing”), Alvin Lucier (“Sounding”) and Tomás Saraceno (“Sensing”). The event will culminate in a concert featuring Alvin Lucier’s iconic I am Sitting in a Room, along with works by Lucier performed byEvan Ziporyn, Faculty Director of CAST; and Kenan Sahin, Distinguished Professor of Music; and artist Arnold Dreyblatt.
Participants: Tauba Auerbach, Bevil Conway, Arnold Dreyblatt, Stefan Helmreich, Caroline Jones, David Kaiser, Brian Kane, Leila Kinney, Carrie Lambert-Beatty, Bruno Latour, Alvin Lucier, Josh McDermott, Mara Mills, Alva Noë, Tomaso Poggio, Alex Rehding, Tomás Saraceno, Natasha Schüll, Alma Steingart, Josh Tenenbaum, and Evan Ziporyn.
The MIT CAST symposium is funded by Philip S. Khoury, Associate Provost with responsibility for the arts; Deborah K. Fitzgerald, Kenan Sahin Dean of the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences; and Adèle Naudé Santos, Dean Emerita of the School of Architecture and Planning, with additional support from the Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts at MIT and the Council for the Arts at MIT.
Caroline Jones, Professor of the History of Art, Chair
Lore Harp McGovern, Honorary Chair
For more information: www.arts.mit.edu/cast-symposium.