Arts on the Radar 2016

Arts on the Radar

Join us for the second annual Arts on the Radar – an evening of exhibitions, arts, activities, and dancing!

On Friday September 2, from 5:00 pm–11:30 pm in building E15, MIT’s Program in Art, Culture and Technology (ACT), the MIT List Visual Arts Center, and Arts at MIT invite you to join us for Arts on the Radar, an evening of exhibitions, art activities, and DJs. #RadArts

Activities include:

MIT LIST Student Loan Art Program (SLAP) BBQ and guided Gallery tour! The MIT community is invited to visit the List for a celebration of the arts on campus. Enjoy delicious down-home soul food, make some art, and take a guided tour of the 2016 Student Loan Art Program Exhibition. Kick off the academic year by choosing an artwork to borrow from the List’s collection, and learn about other arts resources available on campus.

LIST Art Workshop! Pull out your glue sticks, scissors and construction paper, it’s arts and crafts time! The LIST Visual Arts center hosts an arts and crafts

Don’t miss an exhibition and performance of student work from ACT! 

Inspired by the spring 2016 Act Lecture Series Curation: agencies + urgencies presented by ACT Director Gediminas Urbonas, this concert is to be curated collaboratively by ACT Graduate Student José Rivera  (ACT Graduate Student) and Susanna Bolle (Director & Curator of Non-Event).  Influenced by the ACT course “Kinetic Speakers and Experimental Sound Creations” course taught by Jan St. Werner and ACT Graduate Student José Rivera this concert will be a presentation of curatorial research examining the site of Cambridge/Boston as a vibrant location of the production of the “finest experimental, abstract, improvised and new music” (Non-event) being created at present. Following up to the Non-Event and the Goethe-Institut Boston concert featuring Tyondai Braxton, Jan St. Werner (Mouse on Mars) Isabella (Isabella Koen) and Proxemia (José Rivera), we are compelled to again work with Susanna Bolle to advise in seeking like minded makers in the community. 

Curatorial Process for Concert

José Rivera (ACT) and Susanna Bolle (Non-­Event) will work together to curate a concert to present student work alongside and possibly collaboratively with local sound artists, improvisers, and composers for Arts on the Radar. ACT’s collaboration with Non-Event, Boston’s experimental music organization, operates as a curatorial project incorporating community outreach, professional opportunity and exchange.

The integration with MIT and ACT will offer a stimulating context for sharing participants’ work and ideas. ACT’s Cube will be a space harboring creative processes of sounding incorporating the practices from a diverse range of local artists working with programming, electronics, DIY instruments, and improvised music. Non­-Event’s inclusion of student practitioners alongside internationally influential composers and electronic musicians is exceptional. From a pedagogical perspective this is a unique opportunity for students to express their agency as artists, curators and shapers of the practice. 

Continuing the work of the Kinetic Speakers and Experimental Sound Creations Class, ACT’s Cube will serve as a laboratory to test a multi-channel speaker set up. This will offer an exciting opportunity for artists to work spatially and continue a multi-perspective approach to sound reception, creating unique sound dispersion experiences for listeners.


JAKE MEGINSKY an electronic musician, percussionist, and composer based in Northampton, Massachusetts. Though best known for his solo work (both under his own name and as Vapor Gourds), he has also been active in a number of collaborative projects, including Slaughterhouse Percussion with John Truscinski and F/I/P with guitarist Bill Nace. Other collaborators include: Milford Graves, Alvin Lucier, Joan Labarbara, Vic Rawlings, Greg Kelley, Bhob Rainey Joe McPhee, and Thurston Moore. His newest solo release, Seven Psychotropic Sinewave Palindromes, was listed in “FACT Magazine’s top 25 albums of 2016 so far.”

ANDREA PENSADO works with sound as a performer and programer. She has been using digital media and live interactive musical systems since 1995. She studied in Argentina and Poland. At first, she composed mainly for acoustic instruments. However, she felt gradually more attracted by different sound realms. Today, the abrasive digital noise of her improvisations is far away from her earlier pieces. Harsh dense layers of sounds, often interwoven with her voice, combine hybrid synthesis techniques to create a highly personal sound language, which reflects an intuitive, emotional and paradoxically also logical approach to music making. She currently lives in the US.

JOSE RIVERA (Proxemia) is interested in exploring the intersections of aural and spatial experience. Trained in architecture, his sound practice often incorporates processed field recordings and various musical elements that are used in the shaping of an augmented acoustic reality. His current work is primarily expressed through the disciplines of experimental music, multi­channel installation and performance, sound design, acoustic ecology, cartography, art, and architectural design. Recent works have been exhibited at the ICA Boston as part of the Leap Before You Look/Black Mountain College Exhibition, MIT’s List Visual Arts Building, and Le Laboratoire Cambridge. Along with numerous sound projects, performances and collaborations, his fluid body of work also includes an open ­air performance space for a youth dance and drumming group in rural Ghana.

FORREST LARSON has had a life­long love of old pre­-digital analog electronic instruments, and of collecting “found sounds” from both natural as well as urban landscapes. He has written many pieces that combine electronic/found sounds and solo live acoustic instruments such as flute, violin, cello, organ and tuba. There also pieces for string orchestra, and wind ensemble that incorporate found sounds, as well as acoustic music for unaccompanied violin, viola, cello, string quartet and percussion ensemble. Other music includes electronic scores for abstract films. In live electronic music performance he uses an intricate network of vintage and modern analog non­modular synthesizers, filters and signal processors to create rich fluid sound tapestries. This work ranges from solo performance with many different acoustic instruments as well as collaborations with other electronic/sound artists.

VICTORIA SHEN is a Somerville­-based multimedia artist and musician whose visual work is positioned at the intersection of art history, pop culture, and identity politics. Through a process of visual exaggeration and effacement, her video work holds up a mirror to the absurd side of images we consume. Shen’s music heavily features analog modular synthesizers, contact microphones, and other hand­-built electronics. Her approach to music is sculptural in both the shaping/texturing of audio waveforms and the design of the sound objects themselves. In addition to her solo work, she is also a member of the duo Trim.


After the performance, join your fellow artists and dance your night away in the ACT Cube!

ACT wants to know, do you think you can dance? The music will continue as our DJ’s keep the party grooving until the end of the night!


This event is open to the MIT community only. Presented in association with the MIT Program in Art, Culture, and Technology and Arts at MIT.