Put That There: An Exhibition of ACT Graduate Student Work

Put That There: An Exhibition of ACT Graduate Student Work
ACT at MIT

The MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology presents Put That There, an exhibition of graduate student work.

Featuring works by:

ACT Class of 2019

Erin Genia
Zach Jama
Rikas Xiaoyan Shen
Ringo Runzhou Ye
Zhexi Zhang

ACT Class of 2020

Ryan Aasen
Luíza Bastos Lages
Rae Yuping Hsu
Matt Ledwidge
Casey Tang 
Nancy Valladares

Opening: Tuesday May 21, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Hours: Wednesday May 22 – Saturday May 25, 12:00 – 6:00pm
Location: MIT Building 41, 77 Vassar St, Cambridge, MA
Open to the public

The works for this exhibition came out of the ACT Studio Course, co-taught by Judith Barry and Nida Sinnokrot.

ACT Studio opens the possibility of examining what can be meant by the terms art, culture, and technology by considering what an art-culture-technology nexus can generate—imaginatively, historically, and in relation to the present—via examining forms, production, placement, and diffusion/distribution, in an effort to analyze these interrelationships and to experiment with what can be generated. Throughout the course, students probed the contemporary conditions of artists and cultural practitioners who position themselves as thinkers and as ethical beings.

ACT Studio is a meeting place allowing the sharing and presentation of ideas and projects that are being developed. This engaged study includes a variety of readings; exploring questions of theory and criticism; and examining works and practices. Students considered methods of investigation, display, and documentation, as well as explored modes and challenges of communication across disciplines. Students developed projects in which they organized research methods and goals, engaged in production, cultivated a context for their practice, and explored how to compellingly communicate, display, and document their work. Regular presentation and peer-critique sessions, as well as reviews involving ACT faculty and fellows and external guest reviewers, provided students with ample feedback as their projects developed.