The School of Architecture + Planning has announced the launch of a new Program in Art, Culture and Technology (ACT) focused on art as a research practice, developing methods for critical design investigation and experimentation as well as models of collaboration in cultural engagement.
Prominently housed in the school’s recently opened Media Lab Complex and the adjacent Wiesner Building, the new program is the result of a merger between the Visual Arts Program, an academic unit begun in 1989 offering graduate and undergraduate classes, and the Center for Advanced Visual Studies, a research program in visual arts for artists, engineers and scientists, established in 1967.
"We see the visual arts as an essential component of offerings," says Dean Adèle Naudé Santos. "The creation of this new program, combining the efforts of two historic endeavors, reflects our commitment to the growing importance of the visual arts at MIT. In addition to giving the arts a higher profile on campus and in the city, the program’s signal position in our new building will put its faculty, students and researchers in daily contact with their counterparts at the Media Lab, and at the many other centers and programs in the complex, enhancing everyone’s efforts."