Searchlight Piece, 1975 Photograph of CAVS Fellow Lowry Burgess' "Searchlight Piece." Photograph: unknown.

The Allegorical Resonance of Alchemical Affect

Each speaker might be seen as engaging with these terms in different ways.

Allegory as allowing interpretations that have the possibility of giving form to the immaterial while revealing hidden meanings.

Alchemy as a forerunner of chemistry, encompassing the recognition that serendipity as a chance operation can lead to unforeseen outcomes.

Affect as a verb generative of an experience, feeling, or emotion often in relation to compassion and empathy.

Resonance as the quality of being resonant, which creates a lasting effect and might be productive of transformation.

Monday, February 10
Jill Magid | The Proposal
Film screenings at 4:30pm and 8:00pm
Between the screenings, Caroline A. Jones will moderate a conversation between Jill Magid, Ana Miljaki, and Timothy Hyde, at 6pm

Monday, March 2
Stephen Prina | ¡Stephen Prina Live!
Lecture by Stephen Prina at 6pm
Following the lecture, Renée Green and David Joselit will join Stephen Prina for a discussion

Monday, April 13
Barbara London | What’s Technology Got To Do With It?
Lecture by Barbara London at 6pm
Following the lecture, there will be a discussion with invited respondents

Monday, May 4
Cesare Pietroiusti | Economic Principles and Artistic Use of Paradox
Lecture by Cesare Pietroiusti at 6pm
Following the lecture, Jesal Kapadia will join Cesare Pietroiusti for a discussion

ACT’s Lecture Series draws together artists, scholars, and other cultural practitioners from different disciplines to discuss artistic methodologies and forms of inquiry at the intersection of art, architecture, science, and technology. Each spring and fall semester brings a different thematic focus and the format for each event shifts depending on the visitor(s) and the nature of their presentations and performances.

ACT’s Spring 2020 series is conceived by Judith Barry, ACT Director, and coordinated with Marissa Friedman, Communications and Public Programs Coordinator.

This lecture series is made possible with the generous support of The Council for the Arts at MIT (CAMIT)


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    Free and Open to the Public