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When Artist-in-Residence Arthur Ganson put the finishing touches on a new creation for the MIT Museum's new facade last week, former WCVB-TV reporter Chuck Kraemer was there to document it. Mr. Kraemer, who now hosts "Chuck Kraemer at Large" on Thursday editions of WGBH-TV's Greater Boston, presents a behind-the-scene report on the creation of Mr. Ganson's latest piece tomorrow (June 14) between 7-7:30pm on WGBH channel 2 and 11:30-midnight on WGBH channel 44.

Kelly Heaton, research affiliate in the Center for Advanced Visual Studies, is the creator of Reflection Loop, an interactive installation based on a Furby doll that opens this weekend at the DeCordova Museum as part of their Annual Exhibition. Ms. Heaton, who earned the SM from the Media Lab in 2000, has literally deconstructed a number of these animated toys and reengineered them into a series of humorous and frightening artworks. The installation, originally built with support from the Council for the Arts at MIT and the MIT Media Lab, is documented on the web.

An opening reception for the show, which runs through September 9, will be held on Friday, June 15 from 6-9pm. On Saturday, July 7, Ms. Heaton will be the featured participant at a "Meet the Artists" event at 3pm at the DeCordova, 51 Sandy Pond Rd., Lincoln, MA.

Ms. Heaton received the 2001 Promotional Prize in the L'Oreal Art and Science of Color for her master's thesis entitled "The Physical Pixel Project." The ceremony for the award, given to a young artist or researcher in recognition for their work on the theme of color, took place on April 24 at the Mus�e National des Arts et Metiers in Paris.

The Boston Music Theatre Project's Open Call Festival of New Musicals will present a staged reading of Martin Guerre by music and theater arts lecturer Laura Harrington and Roger Ames. Two performances will be held: on Sunday, June 24 at 7pm at North Shore Music Theatre's Studio One, followed by a discussion with Ms. Harrington, and on Friday, June 29 at 7pm at Suffolk University's C. Walsh Theatre, followed by a discussion with both creators. Shows are free but a $10 donation is requested.

On Saturday, June 30, Ms. Harrington will be one of the special guests at a festival gala reception following a 7pm performance of "Faces of Tomorrow," an evening of songs by New England lyricists and composers at the C. Walsh Theatre emceed by nationally acclaimed music theater composer John Bucchino. Tickets for "Faces of Tomorrow" are $15 in advance/$20 at the door; reception admission is $40 in advance or $50 at the door (this includes admission to "Faces of Tomorrow"). For more information, call (617) 524-9742 (C. Walsh Theatre) or (978) 232-7200 (North Shore Music Theatre).

Joe Davis, a research affiliate in biology, is finding renown in major publications and broadcasts. Scientific American published a profile in its April issue titled "Art as a Form of Life," in which writer W. Wayt Gibbs stated, "Genetic artist Joe Davis has made more copies of his work than have all prior artists combined. But there's not much of a market for artworks embedded in bacterial genomes."

The Washington Post also featured the former Center for Advanced Visual Studies fellow (1982-92), calling him the "�minence grise of the 'bioart' movement." Pamela Ferdinand wrote, "Davis eschews the art versus science argument, insisting that he speaks both languages and could not possibly tear the two disciplines apart in his own mind." And ABC's Nightline reporter Bob Krulwich recently came to MIT to film Mr. Davis in his laboratory for a story to be broadcast this summer.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on June 13, 2001.


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