MIT Lights It Up For Big 150

Dean's List, East
Wednesday, May 4, 2011

If you’re in Cambridge this weekend and you’re looking for a good time, head to MIT. That’s probably not what people usually say about a place where sleep is a treasured commodity, but the school is celebrating its 150th anniversary in a big way with a weekend of playful installations that light up the Charles River.

The campus and the riverfront will be open to the public for over 20 interactive projects to mark the end of the Festival of Art+Science+Technology. The interactive projects, which showcase energy, light and media, promise to be grand in scope and creative in nature. Among them are: Light Drift, a display of ninety brightly glowing orbs in the river that change color as people sit on corresponding orbs along the shore; SOFT rockers (shown above), solar charging stations disguised as outdoor rocking lounge furniture; and Liquid Archive, a floating screen that will show the original artists’ proposals for the 1972 Charles River project.

The weekend, which was curated by Professor Meejin Yoon (Principal of Howeler + Yoon Architecture and MY Studio), will feature work by MIT Department of Architecture Head, Nader Tehrani (founder and principal of Office d’A and of the newly formed NADAAA), Professor Sheila Kennedy (Principal of Kennedy Violich Architecture), and Yoon herself.

Yoon originally created Light Drift for the Mural Arts Program in Philadelphia last year.

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