• Vito Acconci's Instant House is a self-erecting architectural unit consisting of flags, wood, cables and pulleys. Acconci will speak at MIT next week.

    Vito Acconci's Instant House is a self-erecting architectural unit consisting of flags, wood, cables and pulleys. Acconci will speak at MIT next week.

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CAVS artist's presentations begin next week

Vito Acconci's Instant House is a self-erecting architectural unit consisting of flags, wood, cables and pulleys. Acconci will speak at MIT next week.


Acconci Studio founder Vito Acconci, one of America's foremost conceptual artists, will give this year's first Center for Advanced Visual Studies (CAVS) artist's presentation on Tuesday, Oct. 4, at 6:30 p.m. in Room N52-390.

Acconci, who began as a poet in the early 1960s, started in the mid-1970s producing audio and video installations that turned exhibition spaces into community meeting places. More recently, he has been creating large-scale architectural projects.

Acconci's latest projects explore the difference between public and private space and seek to invent a new kind of architecture that is fluid, changeable and portable. At the CAVS, he and contributing members of Acconci Studio, a theoretical design and building workshop he formed in 1988, will talk about how they work and discuss several upcoming projects, in a rare appearance as a group.

Subsequent CAVS presentations this fall will be made by Canadian artist Christina Mackie (Oct. 25) and the Danish artists' group N55 (Nov. 15).

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on September 28, 2005 (download PDF).


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