Imagining new possibilities: Futurity Island

ACT is proud to announce the receipt of an Art Works Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for the Futurity Island project.

Futurity Island, a large-scale land-based outdoor art installation, will be a major contribution to ACT’s upcoming year-long celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Center for Advanced Visual Studies (CAVS). Sponsored by the MIT Museum and ACT, and led by artists Gediminas Urbonas, Director of ACT, and lecturer Tobias Putrih, this installation will be presented for free public viewing in 2018.

As cities across the nation respond to climate change, Futurity Island will offer a field-defining example of imaginative artistic invention. Addressing vital questions about how artists function under changing climatic conditions, how cities imagine new possibilities for waterfronts, and how art-making and -teaching adjust to the new realities of rising water, the installation will be the site of dynamic public programming and critical discourse with the contemporary art community.

The emphasis on environmental art and art at the civic scale expressed at CAVS remains embedded in ACT’s mission. The Futurity Island project has been in development at ACT for the past two years, with students in classes at ACT and faculty from MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Department of Architecture, and D-Lab making valuable contributions. Ultimately, ACT hopes to extend this exhibition by launching an island in the Charles River (and at the Venice Biennale!) where artists can study, make art, and engage members of the community in work by, for, about, and in the water.