M.I.T. Blind Date Blows Mind

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Late in my report, but this blog entry’s been brewing and lingering in my drafts for the last few weeks…. How Lucky (or looking for adventures of the mind) does a woman have to be, to be invited to visit the fascinating world of M.I.T in Boston?! It was the Media Lap and Visual Art Department in particular who hosted an action backed 12 hours of mind blowing activities a few weeks back…
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A fellow “Music Person” named Bruce, had a hunch that I would have a soul connect with a fearless leader named Ute of the Art, Culture and Technology Program there – and i instantly knew that any woman from berlin, living deep in the world of Art & Technology would make me tick… hence a day trip to Boston, and my Blind Date Began…. (all invitations and introductions were done via email- without any face to face til i arrived… just saying, long live the internet!)

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BREAKFAST and final class critique of Architectural Culture Project SENSEABLE CITY . Proposals to apply innovative ideas into real world up and coming international projects such as The World Fair and The Olympics – but they involved things as diverse as Memory Machines to Sustainable Garden Roofs. though architecture is not my forte, it made me want to return to school simply for the structure and community dialogue ….

LUNCH with Noah & Noah and the Vegetarian Laurel. instant fun with strangers. talked about exploring adventures in 3 Dimensional Sound, building your own instruments and customized music listening experiences. perfect bridges to connect on ………. thanks for lunch!

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TOUR of the Media Lap building with Red Noah …. what facilities fuck! work shop upon work shop of inspired hard working people and projects beyond the average imagination. for example:
a demonstration of a paint brush that conducts sound through liquid- FUN!
then the OPERA OF THE FUTURE! just take a look at their site-how can i not be seduced by a world of “MUSICAL ROBOTICS” and “MUSIC, MIND & HEALTH” not to mention their DEATH & THE POWERS opera opening in Monaco later this year… (did you know that Monaco used to be leaders in technology, and the royal family is now returning to their family roots of supporting innovating technology?…)

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Then Brunette Noah demonstrated his sound machines made of buckets and buttons- to say nothing of the massive mammal in the room… SO MUCH FUN! then from musical world to visual world….
the FUTURE OF PHOTOGRAPHY department with my host ROARKE~ as most of you know, my long standing relationship photography has yet to graduate to digital, and may never (no, these iPhone ‘documentations’ don’t count), only my music & film love have transitioned to digital… but meanwhile there are people exploring FUTURE PHOTOGRAPHY which is soooo over my head, i may as well go back to large format with black cloak over head…. but GO FOR IT FUTURISTS! i’ll be standing by to watch in awe!
Similar to future photography, i was introduced to 3-D printing…. i saw functioning clocks and flutes made of compounded paper like particles “printed” by a machines… huh!?

COCKTAIL HOUR, then came our Lithuanian host, Mister Gediminas! we met in the lobby of the “MAKI” building aka Media Lab, at the SMVisS grad student show. good work and people and cheese. There was a mixed media project about a community of Montrealers and a wooden space ship of sorts, just  to mention a few… as with everything during my day at MIT- all projects orbited around some of my own favorite themes and muses.
Felt quite at home, and i am hatching plans to go BACK with a purpose soon!
Thank you my hosts, and i trust you all to push the boundaries of imagination and fabrication.
knowing your minds and hands are hard at work, makes me sleep deeper at night.

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as if the day of future art & technology was not already perfect… turned out MASSIVE ATTACK was playing at the house of blues that night…. ended the perfect day with that….. then awoke in the morning to find out that amazing artist RONI HORN has a retrospective at the ICA in Boston!

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MY BOSTON IRISH ROOTS AND ST PATRICKS DAY SPIRIT, WERE ALIVE AND WELL THAT DAY!
see you soon … will be WICKED when we PARK the CAR together…

xMAdMx

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8 Responses to “M.I.T. Blind Date Blows Mind”

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  3. kittiebadlkuck says:

    MIT sounds so much fun! I would love to visit. Thanks for the report Melissa!

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