Visions & Projections

Centerbeam. Documenta 6, Kassel, Germany, 1977. Photograph: Dietmar Löhrl
8 December 2011, 6:00–8:00 pm
MIT Cube, Wiesner Building (E15-001)
20 Ames Street, Cambridge, MA, USA
Lecture: Márton Orosz, Curator and György Kepes Fellow for Advanced Studies and Transdisciplinary Research in Art, Culture and Technology
Screening and round table discussion: Centerbeam, Directed by Richard Leacock and Jon Rubin. CAVS 1978, 16 mm, color, 13 min.
An Evening Celebrating the Legacy of the Center for Advanced Visual Studies (CAVS)

György Kepes founded CAVS in 1967 at MIT as a fellowship program for artists, which advanced “cooperative projects aimed at the creation of monumental scale environmental forms” while fostering the “individual creative pursuits” of the artists involved.

Márton Orosz is the first fellow of the György Kepes Fellowship for Advanced Studies and Transdisciplinary Research in Art, Culture and Technology, a joint initiative of the MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology (ACT), and ERSTE Foundation. In his lecture, Márton Orosz, who is currently writing a monograph on Kepes, will focus on the role and function of visual design as a form of social engagement in urban, large-scale environments.

The second part of the program highlights the CAVS mission under Otto Piene’s directorship, and will focus on transdisciplinary collaborations such as Centerbeam. The newly restored documentary of the same title, co-directed by the late MIT Professor Richard Leacock, traces the large-scale collaborative sculpture Centerbeam, which combined a 144-foot long water prism, holography, and projections on steam. The discussion will consider the production, vision, and social engagement of Centerbeam.

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