ACT | Spring 2016 | Workshops

ACT Spring 2016 Workshops 

On The Record with NODE and Bengler

On The Record is a series of discussions and workshops presented by the MIT Center for Art, Science, and Technology (CAST) and the Department of Architecture, focusing on the public aspects of research. Bengler and NODE are working with ACT to consider the past and present works in design and publication as well as experiment with the Center for Advanced Visual Studies (CAVS) archive. The first On The Record will be led by Bengler and NODE Berlin Oslo, a software design practice and graphic design practice, respectively.

NODE is a design studio founded in 2003 by Anders Hofgaard and Serge Rompza with offices in Berlin and Oslo. The studio works collaboratively for a diverse range of clients focusing on print, identity, exhibition, and interactive design. In addition to studio projects, NODE lectures and conducts workshops for art and design academies in Europe and the United States.

Bengler advocates for making more public data available through projects such as Westvang’s series of experimental data visualizations, which have been featured in The GuardianFast Company, and Norwegian national media. Bengler is currently working on an open-ended exploration to describe and organize the collections of the Norwegian National Museum using machine learning and automated classification to build new interfaces for end-user navigation.

Bengler/NODE use the source material of the archive as a subject and point of departure to develop a publishing concept that could unfold in the space of print, physical domain, and digital domain as publication and exhibition. Their work will contribute to the ongoing inquiry, interpretation, and actualization of archival methodologies and publication.

February 20, 2016 / 10:00 AM – 6:30 PM


Affect Space with Eric Kluitenberg

A workshop exploring the politics and aesthetics of Affect Space with Eric Kluitenberg

Eric Kluitenberg, media theorist, writer, and researcher for Open! Platform for Art, Culture & the Public Domain

Lara Baladi, Ida Ely Rubi Artist in Residence at MIT’s Center for Arts, Science & Technology and lecturer in MIT’s ACT program

Alessandra Renzi, artivist and Professor of Emergent Media, Northeastern University

Sasha Costanza-Chock, media maker and Professor of Civic Media, MIT

April 6, 2016 / 11:00am – 1:00pm

Spaces limited register now via the ACT Projects & Events page here


Rethinking Collective Memory in the Age of Digital Archives

If society is memory and memory is technology – what exactly is society in a time of drastic technological change? In this workshop we will discuss this question by reading some key recent texts on memory and the archive. In addition, we will look at how it was intuited, in a rudimentary form, in certain early electronic art practices.  

Ina Blom is a Professor in the Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas at the University of Oslo, specializing in modern and contemporary art with an emphasis on the relationship between art, media and technology. Her most recent books include On the Style Site. Art, Sociality and Media Culture (2007/2009) and The Autobiography of Video. The Life and Times of a Memory Technology (2016). The anthology Memory in Motion. Archives, Technology and the Social is forthcoming in June 2016. 

April 15, 2016 / 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM