Art, Culture and Technology (ACT) is an academic program and research center which facilitates artist-thinkers’ exploration of art’s broad, complex, global history and conjunction with culture, science, technology, and design via rigorous critical artistic practice and practice-driven theory.
This exploration occurs in the program’s academic offerings and the research of faculty, fellows, and guests in individual and collaborative forms and media including cinema, video, sound, performance, photography, experimental media and new genres, conceptual, sculptural, and spatial experiments, writings and publications. Critical thinking, knowledge mining, and creative engagement, along with explorations of changing public and private spheres, are of particular relevance. Extracurricular activities include a cross-disciplinary lecture series, field trips, workshops, studio visits, and public presentations.
ACT’s undergraduate offerings include a concentration within the Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree program and a HASS minor and concentration. The selective two year graduate program grants a Master of Science in Art, Culture and Technology (SMACT).
The MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology operates as a critical studies and production based laboratory, connecting the arts with an advanced technological community. ACT faculty, fellows and students engage in advanced visual studies and research by implementing both an experimental and systematic approach to creative production and transdisciplinary collaboration. As an academic and research unit, the ACT Program emphasizes both knowledge production and knowledge dissemination. In the tradition of artist and educator Gyorgy Kepes, the founder of MIT's Center for Advanced Visual Studies and an advocate of "art on a civic scale," ACT envisions artistic leadership initiating change, providing a critically transformative view of the world.
Visual Arts Program and Center for Advanced Visual Studies Merger
The Visual Arts Program and the Center for Advanced Visual Studies merged over the summer of 2009. In December of 2009, we renamed the combined group, the MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology (ACT). On April 15, 2010, the inauguration celebration of the new MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology (ACT) was held, attended by over 200 people.
We are excited by the possibilities our new program brings to the MIT community and beyond. Our faculty, research affiliates, fellows and graduate students will be able to engage with each other and the greater MIT community in a much more dynamic fashion as a result of greater collaboration.
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