Symposium | Public Space? Lost & Found

Jakub Hałun, Takeshita Street in Tokyo, 2010

The MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology (ACT) and the MIT Center for Art, Science and Technology (CAST) present Public Space? Lost & Found, a two-day symposium and accompanying exhibition to celebrate the living legacy of artist and educator Antoni Muntadas and collectively redefine ideas of public space and its multiple functions. Convening scholars, artists, architects, and planners from MIT and beyond, the symposium will engage contemporary critical discourses and practices on public space. Read more about Public Space? Lost & Found …



Program Schedule

Friday, April 18

2:00 pm | Opening remarks by Adèle Naudé Santos (Dean of School of Architecture + Planning, MIT)

2:30 pm | Panel 1: Private Public Spaces: Cultural Identity and Context
Speakers: Ina Blom (Oslo University), Antoni Muntadas (ACT, MIT), Néstor García Canclini (Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Mexico City)
Respondents: Doris Sommer (Cultural Agents, Harvard), Ana Maria León (HTC, MIT)
Moderator: J. Meejin Yoon (Architecture, MIT)

4:30 pm | Break

5:00 pm | Panel 2: Reclaiming Public Space/Surveillance and Control
Speakers: Teddy Cruz (UCSD), Marjetica Potrč (HFBK, Hamburg), Krzysztof Wodiczko (GSD, Harvard).
Respondents: Jane Hutton and Adrian Blackwell (GSD, Harvard)
Moderator: Catherine D’Ignazio (Media Lab, MIT)

7:00 – 9:00 pm | Exhibition Opening Reception
Takes place on the first floor gallery of the E14 Media Lab Complex.


Saturday, April 19

10:00 am | Welcome by Otto Piene (Professor Emeritus, Director Emeritus of CAVS, MIT)
10:30 am | Panel 3: Alternatives for Contemporary Public Space: Interdisciplinary Praxis
Speakers: Juan Herreros (GSAPP, Columbia), Dennis Adams (Cooper Union), Angela Vettese (IUAV, Venice)
Respondent: Caroline Jones (HTC, MIT)
Moderator: Ute Meta Bauer (NTU Centre for Contemporary Art, Singapore)

12:30 pm | Break

2:00 pm | Panel 4: Speculations on the Future of Urban Space: Utopia
Speakers: Gediminas Urbonas (ACT, MIT), Andrés Jaque (Princeton), Mark Wigley (GSAPP, Columbia)
Respondent: Ana Miljacki (Architecture, MIT)
Moderator: Alexander D’Hooghe (CAU, MIT)

4:30 pm | Break

5:00 pm | Panel 5: Public Space: Research, Projects, Production
Speakers: Jennifer Allora (Allora & Calzadilla), Marrikka Trotter (GSD, Harvard), Matthew Mazzotta (ACT, MIT), Coryn Kempster (Harry Gugger Studio)
Respondents:  Beatriz Colomina (Princeton University School of Architecture) and Azra Akšamija (ACT, MIT)
Moderator: Antoni Muntadas (ACT, MIT)

7:00 pm | Closing remarks by Nader Tehrani (Head of the Department of Architecture, MIT)


This program is presented in collaboration with the MIT Center for Art, Science and Technology.

This program was made possible by funding provided by the MIT Center for Art, Science and Technology (CAST); the MIT School of Architecture and Planning, Office of the Dean (SA+P); MIT Department of Architecture; the MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology (ACT); the Council for the Arts at MIT (CAMIT); MIT Comparative Media Studies/Writing (CMS); Center for Civic Media; and the Media Lab.

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  • the media lab complex, e14-633
    6th Floor
    75 Amherst Street
    Cambridge, MA


  • symposium
    Friday, April 18: 2 – 7 pm
    Saturday, April 19: 10 am­ – 7:30 pm
  • exhibition
    April 18 – October 30, 2014
    Opening Reception: April 18, 7 pm
  • cost
    Free and open to the public.

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