Tod Machover and Neri Oxman

Conceptual image of the class

The first day of class

Wednesday, September 7, 2011 2:00–4:30 PM
Room E14-633


Wednesdays, 2:00–4:30 PM
Room E14-493

Course Description

The MIT Media Lab has a strong and vibrant legacy of achievements in arts-related disciplines that has helped to shape the culture and development of our organization. This fall, Professors Tod Machover and Neri Oxman will lead a course especially focused on capturing this richly unique history through a critical analysis of the arts at the Lab to date. Exploring the past, present and future, ARTS@MEDIA LAB will bring to light the great accomplishments of the Media Lab community, covering topics such as Radical Design; Very Unusual Music; Tangible and Intangible Media; Art, Design or Demo, and Does it Matter?; and will explore the work and vision of Muriel Cooper, Ricky Leacock, Steve Benton, Bill Mitchell and others. Guest speakers include Nicholas Negroponte, Glorianna Davenport, Hiroshi Ishii, Karen Donoghue, Marvin Minsky and David Edwards (Le Labo, Paris). Students will be encouraged to create the foundations for archiving arts activity at the Lab, and also to develop speculative proposals for projects that contribute to the future of our arts culture.