Exhibition | Public Space? Lost & Found

Public Space? Lost & Found Exhibition, 2014

Since 2001, Antoni Muntadas has taught a graduate seminar in public space at the MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology (formerly the Visual Arts Program). In addition to the Public Space symposium, an exhibition based on this seminar is on view in the lobby of the MIT Media Lab Complex. An archive of course posters, syllabi, research materials and documents, travel photographs and logs, and documentation of projects are presented as a condensed survey mapping the ideas and the destinations explored and researched in Muntadas’s courses.

The exhibition presents scholarship and projects that challenge or support ideas of cultural identity, of public space, and of their relation to cultural production.


Projects in the Exhibition

Kelly Dobson, PhD ’07, MIT

Agoraphone — Designed for a MIT campus park, the project offered people a way to talk about anything with as little intimidation as possible. (2002)


Seth Weiner, SMVisS ’02, MIT;

myOpticon — A visual installation in Bowling Green Park, NY. (2001)


Jennifer Allora, SMVisS ’03, MIT; artist (Allora & Calzadilla)

Tennis Board — An interface between the electronic and physical manifestations of the game of tennis. (2001)


Hiroharu Mori, SMVisS ’04, MIT

A Camouflaged Question in the Air, Life/World, APERTURE 275 Mass. Ave., Cambridge, MA 02139 USA — Three video projects that were installed in a public space and reflected on ideas of fragility, confusion, and the relationship between society and the individual. (2002)

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Carrie Bodle, SMVisS ’05, MIT

Sonification/Listening Up — 35 channel sound installation across Building 54. (2003)


Gemma Shusterman, MS ’06, MIT

I am here for you (2005)


Limor Fried, MNG ’05, MIT

Wave Bubble — Building instructions for a counter-device, a personal air fresher that “deionizes” the air in a bubble around the user. (2004)


Max Goldfarb, SMVisS ’06, MIT

Chamber of Kommerz — Intended as a pavilion that does not physically intervene with the existing terrain. It functions as lens and an inversion of the existing function of the CCC. (2005)


Oliver Lutz, SMVisS ’06, MIT

Mediated Images — A collection of images that function as a campaign. (2006)


Emily Ambs, MArch ’07, MIT

Museum of Architectural Taste — Conveniently packaged and easy to accumulate, the project is a collection of edible images of buildings that position architecture in the realm of bite-sized consumable candies: desired and consumed. (2006)


Carrie Bodle, SMVisS ’05, MIT, and Lissa Martin, affiliation unknown

underground · subterraneo (2004)


Jae Rhim Lee, SMVisS ‘06, MIT

Female Asian Astronaut Boards a Bus in Cambridge, MA (year unknown)


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Clementine Cummer, SMArchS ’05, and Nicole Vlado, MArch ’06, MIT

Esperando en la Frontera, Down Mexico Way Sound installation inspired by the experience of waiting to cross the border between Mexico and the United States. (2004)


Coryn Kempster, MArch ’08, MIT, and Ananda Kantner, MLA ’04, GSD, Harvard

Erasure — A single-channel video that traces the history of modern psychosurgery in an effort to draw parallels between the crude assumptions that lay at the heart of the outdated medical practice and the history of faith-based modernist urban renewal projects to which the Big Dig finds itself a late addition. (2003)


Edgar Pedroza, SMVisS ’08, MIT

Public Disclosure Projection(s) — An intervention within the scale and means of the projection on the façade of a city building. (2007)


Jennifer Tran, MArch ’08, MIT

Who Are You? — Investigates the urban implications of the aerial view and questions exaggerated surveillance over public spaces after 9/11. (2007)


Luis Blackaller, MArch ’09, MIT

The Red Line Tour! — The Red Line Tour action infiltrates the printed advertisement space in the Boston MBTA Red Line train cars to promote a campaign of awareness about subway station surveillance. (2008)

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Jegan Vincent de Paul, SMVisS ’09, MIT

Public Insertions Investigates the possibility for a creative dialogue with city officials about the power structures and political conventions that are embedded in existing urban objects and visual languages. (2008)


Andrew Ferentinos, SMArchS ’12, and Daniele Cappelletti, SMArchS ’12, MIT

Janus in Cambridge — A five-minute video installation that intends to give the viewers a simultaneous perception of two different urban faces of Cambridge. (2011)


Matthew Mazzotta, SMVisS ’09, MIT

A proposal for a rocking chair. (2008)


Haseeb Ahmed, SMVisS ’10, MIT

Citgo Replication — This project proposes a scenario for the population of Boston: the Citgo Sign is replicated and instantly appears on the opposite side of the Charles River in Cambridge. (2009)


Haruka Horiuchi, MArch ’10, MIT

Operative Fictions — This project questions whether it is possible to influence the identity of a place through guerilla tactics and desktop infiltration. (2009)

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Richard The, MS ’10, MIT

Ost/West — A project that makes a political analogy between Korea and Germany on the topic of division and unification. (2010)


Aylin Yildirim Tschoepe, PhD DDes ’10, GSD, Harvard

In-between IN-FORMAL a tactical appropriation and inscription of the Karanfilkoy community into urban space. (2009)


Jessica Fain, MCP ’11, MIT

We Never Forget Who We’re Working For — A performance of boats using mobility and language. Choreographed movements play with the meaning of the slogan and create new interpretations. (2010)


Sohin Hwang, SMACT ’11, and Jaekyung Jung, SMVisS ’10, MIT

Re-Public of Korea — A video and a gesture for the reclamation of public space and the republic itself. (2010)


Sarah Witt, SMACT ’11, MIT

REContaminate — A live, choreographed intervention that took place on the ground floor of the Media Lab during the MIT 150 Open House. The performance was not advertised or announced beforehand, and the unsuspecting audience took note as seven individuals dressed in identical white uniforms slowly moved across the lobby in unison stride. (2011)

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J.D. Sassaman, MArch ’12, and Mariel Villeré, SMArchS ’13, MIT

Queer/Body/Architecture — A collaborative exhibit that challenged the idea of a single definition of queer space by re-reading architectural and planning precedents and positioning them within a desiring historical narrative. (2012)


Anne Callahan, SMACT ’13, MIT

Public Art Reader — A didacto-socratic serial publication about public art and the public function of art, asking among other questions: Who is that public?, Who gets to choose?, and What is possible? (2012)


Giacomo Castagnola, SMACT ’13, MIT

Metabolic Bird Hotel — Addresses the constant re-development of the MIT campus and adds another layer of meaning to the ongoing debate about re-development as an economic engine that often ignores the needs of human and animal users, as well as the wider implications of the relation between architecture and nature. (2012)


Micah Silver, SMACT ’13, MIT

Real and Permanent Good — A scent that combines Inkberry and Juniper. The two plants were cultivated en masse, in direct contact with the E15 building of the Media Lab Complex. (2012)

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Mariam AbdelAzim, SMArchS ’14, MIT

Public Space As a Common Denominator for Political Dissent – A series of projections that bring Tiananmen and Tahrir Square protests to Dewey Square. The projections can be screened all over the world, thusly uniting people in their fight for rights. (2013)


Ryan Kuo, SMACT ’14, MIT

Heavenly Holes — A nine-hole minigolf course designed to function as an alternative map of Beijing, China.


Sooyoung Kwon, SMACT ’14, MIT

Carry-On Monument — A project that inverts the use and meaning of the pedestal in art and monuments in public space.


Ana Cristina Vargas, SMArchS ’14, MIT

Tracing Public Space — A workshop that empowers children to transform public spaces through a learn-by doing experience. (2013)


Marrikka Trotter, PhD candidate, GSD, Harvard

Small Things — This project is about creatively appropriating an underused and overlooked edge of public space for public use by using everyday materials and simple tactics. (2008)

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  • the media lab complex, e14
    75 Amherst Street
    Cambridge, MA, USA


  • reception
    Friday, April 18, 7:00 pm
  • hours
    Weekdays 9 am – 5 pm
  • cost
    Free and open to the public.

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