MIT’s Center for Art, Science & Technology (CAST) sponsors programs for both public and on-campus audiences that offer a dynamic new model for creative experimentation among the fields of art, science, technology, and engineering. In so doing, CAST is pushing the boundaries of what it means to combine once-separate realms of inquiry in entirely new ways.
CAST creates venues and partnerships to advance and disseminate to the general public developments at the intersections of art, science and technology. These new platforms include:
- The MIT Sound Series explores advances in sound and music-making across disciplines, media and artistic practices. We commission, compose and perform contemporary music, which will make a distinctive contribution to the cultural landscape of Boston and beyond.
- CAST convenes a biennial international symposium that invites artists, scientists and technologists to probe issues that transcend disciplines. The first, in 2014, a two-day symposium entitled "Seeing / Sounding / Sensing," investigates the diverse pathways of knowledge acquisition charted by the arts, humanities and cognitive sciences.
- As part of MIT's campus-wide innovation initiative, the $10K Creative Arts Competition awards a prize for the most innovative use of the arts as a core component of a business plan and promotes entrepreneurial proposals rooted in the arts.
At another level, CAST has an educational mission: to support teaching and learning about the arts – broadly defined – within a predominantly science and engineering institute. To that end, CAST is devising ways to capitalize on a proud tradition at MIT – going back decades – that integrates art with MIT's culture of experimentation and discovery.
Building on this legacy, CAST is both broadening and deepening campus-wide residencies with renowned and emerging artists, including semester-long or repeated visits that are attached to research or academic programs.
CAST also supports faculty, researchers and curators with seed grants to develop cross-disciplinary courses, research, exhibitions and entrepreneurial projects at the intersections of art, science and technology. These investments advance teaching, learning and scholarship and also nurture startup ventures that will launch the creative industries of the future.
Through these and related activities, CAST is carrying out an ambitious experimental agenda in the arts, one that seeks to strengthen the role of the arts at MIT and, at the same time, offer intellectual leadership and serve as a model for other universities seeking to integrate exploration in the arts with scientific and technological inquiry.
We invite you to join us in establishing MIT CAST. Gifts of all sizes will build an annual fund to support faculty research, artist residencies, symposia, competitions and public programs.