Arts at MIT "Being Material" symposium (April 2017)


The past Friday and Saturday (April 21st & 22nd) I had the unique experience of attending the Arts at MIT "BeingMaterial" symposium held in Boston.

The venue was stellar, and given that the venue was catering towards academics, it was very informative and there was a lot of knowledge sharing happening.

The topics included a broad range of fields that tied back to the notion of being in the age of Digital Materials: Programmable (Matter), Livable, Invisible, Wearable, Audible. Here is a description:

BEING MATERIAL A symposium hosted by the MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology (CAST) April 21-22, 2017 MIT Samberg Conference Center, 6th & 7th floors, Building E52 50 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA 02139 In 1995, MIT’s Nicholas Negroponte predicted that “being digital” would have us entering a realm increasingly unconstrained by the materiality of the world. Two decades later, our everyday lives are indeed ever more suffused by computation and calculation. But unwieldy materiality persists and even reasserts itself. Programmable matter, self-assembling structures, 3D/4D printing, wearable technologies and bio-inspired design today capture the attention of engineers, scientists, and artists. “BEING MATERIAL” will showcase recent developments in materials systems and design, placing this work in dialogue with kindred and contrasting philosophy, art practice and critique. Panels on the PROGRAMMABLE, WEARABLE, LIVABLE and INVISIBLE—along with a concert, AUDIBLE—will explore new and unexpected meetings of the digital and material worlds.

For those that missed it, the event was live streamed, so it may soon be available through Arts at MIT website at a future date and time, so stay tuned. You can also see some of the commentary that was posted to twitter by searching on the hashtag #BeingMaterial or @ArtsAtMIT.

I would like to thank both Arts at MIT as well as the speakers for giving their time and energy to arrange such a unique and vibrant gathering of Artists, Engineers, Scientists, and others in one place and time.


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